Teaser Trailer and Poster for SHAUN THE SHEEP THE MOVIE

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Aardman Animation has released a teaser trailer and poster for Shaun the Sheep the MovieShaun the Sheep is a spin-off of Aardman’s Wallace and Gromit franchise, and per the synopsis, “When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. Shaun’s mischief accidentally causes the Farmer to be taken away from the farm, so it’s up to Shaun and the flock to travel to the Big City to rescue him.”  The teaser trailer doesn’t show any of this, but it does provide the cute, cheeky humor of Aardman’s movies.  While I’ve liked some Aardman films more than others, I’ve found them all enjoyable, and this one looks like it will continue that streak.

Hit the jump to check out the teaser trailer and poster.  Shaun the Sheep the Movie opens in the U.K. on March 20, 2015.

Geek Gifts: Upcoming DC Collectibles Include MAN OF STEEL, Aardman Batman & Robin, and More

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A number of really cool collectibles from DC are set to be released in a couple of months, and we thought we’d take a minute to rundown what’s on tap.  Briefly:

  • Man of Steel: Superman 1:6 Scale Iconic Statue – A fairly detailed sculpt of Henry Cavill’s Superman from the upcoming Zack Snyder film.
  • Aardman Batman and Robin (Classic) Action Figure 2-Pack – A fantastic take on Batman and Robin from the stop-motion geniuses at Aardman.  Wallace and Gromit fans take note.
  • 1:1 Scale Green Lantern Power Battery and Ring Prop Replica – Every diehard Green Lantern fan needs their own power battery.
  • Batman Statue By Michael Allred – A nifty black and white sculpt of the caped crusader.

Hit the jump to check out images and further information for all of the aforementioned collectibles.

THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS Review

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Aardman Animation’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits packs the frame with sight gags, constantly throws out clever asides, and has more wit than a dozen other animated family films combined.  And yet, it’s rarely laugh-out-loud funny.  Being clever, witty, and fun usually lead to a film that constantly has you gasping for air from laughing so hard, but those hard laughs never come in The Pirates!.  Instead, the movie generates both admiration for the intelligence of its jokes and the frustration that those jokes can only muster grins and chuckles.

Director Peter Lord Talks Aardman’s THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS; Plus 10 Things to Know About the Film

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If you’re a fan of Aardman Animation (Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Chicken Run, and Flushed Away), I’m pretty sure you have April 27th circled on your calender.  That’s because on that date, we finally get a new movie from one of the best animation companies in the world.  In their latest film directed by Peter Lord, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Hugh Grant stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain who is trying to win the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award with his rag-tag crew (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen).  However, with a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and bitter rivals like Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) trying to stop him, it’s not going to be an easy task.  David Tennant is also along for the ride as the voice of Charles Darwin.  For more on the film, here’s a featurette, behind-the-scenes images, and my set visit.

I recently got to speak with Peter Lord in both a group setting and on my own.  During the interviews Lord talked about how the project came to him, the challenges of making the film, how Aardman’s relationship with Sony actually works, why the UK and the US have different titles, Easter eggs, the music, voice casting, and a lot more.  In addition, I’ve picked out a few of the highlights of the interviews and created a ten things to know about the film.  It’s all after the jump.

New Behind-the-Scenes Images from Aardman Animation’s THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS

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If you’ve seen the trailers for Aardman Animation’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits, you know we’re most likely in for another comedy gem from the studio that brought us Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit.  However, you might not be aware that the stop-motion animation process used to bring The Pirates! to life was an arduous task that spanned 18 months.  We’ve already brought you a featurette giving us a peek into the filming process, as well as coverage from Steve’s visit to the set and interview with director Peter Lord, and now we’ve got new behind-the-scenes images to share with you that detail how The Pirates! was brought to life.

Hit the jump to check out the images. The film features the voices of Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Jeremy Piven, and Imelda Staunton. The Pirates! Band of Misfits opens in 3D on April 27th.

New Images from THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS

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Sony Pictures’ The Pirates! Band of Misfits have launched a new interactive site with lots of visual goodies for fans of The Pirates! and Aardman Animation. If you’re not familiar with the name, you’ll probably still recognize their previous works, such as Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run and Flushed Away. Aardman has a unique and appealing animation style that Steve got to take and up-close-and-personal look at when he visited the set.

Directed by Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt (Chicken Run), The Pirates! Band of Misfits stars Hugh Grant, in his first animated role, as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain who is trying to win the Pirate Of The Year Award with the help of his rag-tag crew (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen).  To win, Pirate Captain must contend with a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and bitter rivals like Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek). The Pirates! Band of Misfits opens April 27th. Hit the jump to meet the pirates. 

15 Things to Know About THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS From Our Set Visit; Plus an Interview with Director Peter Lord

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In a non-descript office park about an hour and a half outside of London, the magicians of Aardman Animation are hard at work bringing their next stop-motion movie, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, to life.  At least they were back in October, when I got the chance to visit the studios.  If you’re not familiar with the name Aardman, they’re one of the best animation companies in the world and they’ve made great music videos, short films, TV shows, and feature films like Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Chicken Run, and Flushed Away.  Quite simply, when you see the name Aardman, you know you’re going to get something special and it’s going to be unlike anything else out there.

In their latest film directed by Peter Lord, which is based on The Pirates! book series by Gideon Defoe, Hugh Grant stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain who is trying to win the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award with his rag-tag crew (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen).  However, with a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and bitter rivals like Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) trying to stop him, it’s not going to be an easy task.  Hit the jump for more.

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS Review

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I’ve always been slightly perplexed when people ask “How does Santa deliver all his presents in a single night?”  It’s as if the possibility of a fat and jolly gentleman who lives in a hostile climate and has consumer goods made by an army of elves is completely plausible, but there’s no getting around the physics of the delivery.  And if that’s the hang-up, then why not simply answer back, “Magic,”?  Aardman Animation’s Arthur Christmas has fun indulging the question of “How?” but knows that it can be funny and heartwarming if you let Christmas night be magical.

5 Clips for ARTHUR CHRISTMAS

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Aardman Animation—the studio behind Chicken Run and the charming adventures of Wallace and Gromit—has sent over 5 clips from their latest effort, Arthur Christmas.  The film reveals the answer to the age-old question: “So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?”

For more on Arthur Christmas, check out Steve’s thoughts on the first 30 minutes and interview with director Sarah Smith.  James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, and Ashley Jensen comprise the voice cast in the November 23 release. Watch the clips after the jump.

International Trailer for THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS

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The international trailer for The Pirates! Band of Misfits has been released. This may be my favorite trailer for the film yet, as it delves more into plot and maintains that delightfully goofy tone that Aardman (the studio behind Wallace & Gromit) does so well. We also get some good stuff from the character Charles Darwin (yes, that Charles Darwin) and lots of kooky pirates. The story centers on a pirate captain named Pirate Captain (voiced by Hugh Grant) who’s determined to win the Pirate of the Year Award. This one is definitely high on my most anticipated list for 2012.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also features the voices of Salma Hayek, Brendan Gleeson, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Martin Freeman, and Jeremy Piven. The Pirates! Band of Misfits opens in 3D on March 30th, 2012.

7 Things to Know About Aardman’s ARTHUR CHRISTMAS; Plus an Interview with Director Sarah Smith

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With Aardman Animation’s Arthur Christmas hitting theaters on November 23, I headed to London last week and got to see the first thirty minutes and speak with director Sarah Smith.  As a huge fan of Aardman and their previous works (Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run) I figured the footage was going to wow me, and it did.  In fact, the opening thirty minutes were fantastic because it was loaded with jokes for adults that had everyone laughing out loud.  As the presentation ended, I wished we could have stayed and watched the entire movie.

For those that aren’t familiar with Arthur Christmas, it centers on Santa’s son Arthur and his quest to deliver the last Christmas present for a forgotten child on Christmas Eve.  In addition, the film is going to answer the big question: “Just how does Santa manage to deliver all of his presents in just one night?”  However, unlike Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run which used stop-motion animation to tell their stories, Arthur Christmas is using CGI.   In addition, the films loaded with an all-star voice cast made up of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, and Ashley Jensen.  Hit the jump for more.

Theatrical Trailer for ARTHUR CHRISTMAS

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The full theatrical trailer for Arthur Christmas has gone online. The film comes from the fine folks at Aardman Animation (the people behind Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run), and centers on Arthur, Santa’s son, and his quest to deliver the last Christmas present for a forgotten child on Christmas Eve. The teaser trailers were amusing enough, but we never really got a sense of the story. This full trailer gives us a good idea of the plot, and features the nutty humor that we’ve come to expect from Aardman. It’s goofy and doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it also hints at a good amount of heart sure to come through from the unassuming Arthur. We were shown a full scene from the film at Comic-Con (which Matt and I both really liked), and you can read my recap of that panel here.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film features the voices of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, and Imelda Staunton. Arthur Christmas opens in 3D on November 23rd.

Comic-Con 2011: THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS and ARTHUR CHRISTMAS Panel Recap

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If the name Aardman Animation sounds familiar to you, it’s for good reason. While not as prolific as DreamWorks or Pixar, the studio turns out fantastic animated films. Past Aardman flicks include Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit, and at this year’s Comic-Con, the studio gave a preview of their two upcoming releases The Pirates! Band of Misfits and Arthur Christmas. Hit the jump for our full recap from the panel.

THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS Trailer

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I want to see a good pirate movie this year and I certainly didn’t get one with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.  But there may be hope in Aardman Animation’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits.  For those who don’t know, Aardman are the folks behind Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run and judging by the trailer for The Pirates! they’ve done another terrific job.  Not only do they once again provide their charming claymation, but there were numerous jokes in the trailer that had me cracking up.  The film will be getting a presentation at Comic-Con and I’m excited to see more.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film features the voices of Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek, Brendan Gleeson, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Martin Freeman, and Jeremy Piven.  The Pirates! Band of Misfits opens in 3D on March 30, 2012.

Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek and More to Provide Voices for Aardman’s THE PIRATES! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH SCIENTISTS

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Aardman Animation has assembled an impressive voice cast for their upcoming stop-motion 3D animated film The Pirates! In an Adventure with ScientistsVariety reports that Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, Salma Hayek, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Piven, Brendan Gleeson, Brian Blessed, and Ashley Jensen will all lend their voices to the film.  The movie will be the first voice acting role for Grant and he’ll play the lead role of a “bearded Pirate Captain who travels far and wide in a quest to win the much coveted Pirate of the Year Award.”  I’m already smiling at the thought of someone with Grant’s signature foppish, befuddled delivery playing a pirate.   Chicken Run co-director Peter Lord will direct alongside Jeff Newitt.

While Pixar is usually dubbed the “Animation Studio with the Perfect Track Record” I’ve always been incredibly charmed by Aardman’s films.  They’ve only done three feature films to date (Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, and Flushed Away) and I’ve enjoyed all of them.  Their latest film, Arthur Christmas, opens in 3D on November 23rd.

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