A rabbit terrorizes caveman Eddie Redmayne in first ‘Early Man’ Teaser Trailer

Eddie Redmayne is out to find some not-so-fantastic beasts in the first teaser trailer for Early Man, the new claymation feature from Wallace and Gromit studio Aardman Animations.

The Oscar winner voices Dug, a courageous caveman who must unite his tribe to fight the mighty Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston).

He seems to have his work cut out for him, though, considering they’re barely able to stand up to a rabbit in the first promo. Cue the sad trombone.

Early Man arrives Jan. 26, 2018 in the UK, but sadly does not have a U.S. release date yet.

The 25 Best Animated Films of All Time

Why yes, it is a tale as old as time: another Disney animation getting the live-action treatment. We’ve already seen live-action Cinderella, Maleficent, and The Jungle Book, to name a few, and Mulan, The Little Mermaid, and more are on the way. The latest addition to the growing list is the new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. But as much as we enjoy the new versions, there’s an irreplaceable magic to the original animated films.

Perhaps you’ll go see Beauty and the Beast, fueled by nostalgic excitement or curiosity, or perhaps you’ll choose to preserve your childhood by treating yourself to a rewatch of the original instead. Whatever you choose to do, we can all agree that the animated Beauty and the Beast is a classic. Here, we’ve put together a collection of the 25 best animated films of all time—they’re definitely not just for kids.

Fantasia (1940)

fantasia-1940

It’s incredible to think that Disney’s psychedelic explosion of vignettes was released in 1940—think about all the labor that went into translating this kind of magic to the big screen. Fantasia really is pure magic, with spectacular dancing hippos, centaurs, and a score featuring Bach and Tchaikovsky. Then, of course, there’s Mickey Mouse and the brooms that almost drown him—a nightmarish yet somehow still delightful segment that remains the film’s most iconic. Fantasia, the precursor to future psychedelic animations, lingers in the mind like an acid trip.

Belladonna of Sadness (1973)

Belladonna of Sadness (1973)

Fantasia is just child’s play compared to this long-lost psychosexual fever dream from Japanese director Eiichi Yamamoto, which was inspired by French writer Jules Michelet’s feminist witchcraft book, La Sorciere. Too X-rated for its own good, Belladonna failed to find popular footing upon its release, even shuttering its parent studio. But with a 2016 U.S. release—more than four decades later—this curious work found a new cult following, and a new audience to scandalize (it is rather shocking, even by modern standards). Though drawn in the most delicate manner, with soft pastels and watercolors, Belladonna almost immediately traumatizes the viewer—as well as its heroine, who is viciously assaulted. Consider yourself warned.

Fantastic Planet (1973)

fantastic-planet-1973

Were all animators just tripping their faces off in 1973? Like a Salvador Dali-fied Dr. Seuss book, this Franco-Czech animation from René Laloux is a strange sci-fi oddity about blue-skinned creatures called Draags who have enslaved humans (“Oms”) on a faraway planet. Though the extremely two-dimensional drawing style recalls children’s books, Fantastic Planet’s chilling Cold War-inspired, genocidal tale tips it more towards the “adult” side of the scale. It’s never not a trip, and a present-day viewing will probably have chilling familiarity in our troubled political climate.

Robin Hood (1973)

Robin Hood (1973)

Though this is considered “budget Disney” (Robin Hood was the first film from the studio after Walt Disney’s death, and it was called an “embarrassment”), it’s still one of the best. Robin Hood is, of course, the famed little people’s hero, who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. There have been several adaptations of the dude but none as charming as Disney’s fox, who was weirdly kind of hot? Robin Hood plays out like a fairy tale, with a whistling rooster narrator, a fair maiden (Maid Marian, Robin’s foxy love interest), and a squad of furry friends that helps Robin recover what the Trump-ish Prince John has taken.

Watership Down (1978)

Watership Down (1978)

The filmmakers should really apologize to anyone who watched this thinking it’d be some innocuous Peter the Rabbit or Thumper-from-Bambi type movie. Do not be fooled by the “It’s a beautiful day” narration in the trailer, which is quickly followed with “Or is it?” Indeed. This animated adventure, adapted from Richard Adams’ novel, is brutal in how it puts adorable cartoon bunnies in constant danger—think blood-soaked fields and disturbing deaths—as they try to find a new home. This harrowing tale’s political allegory and poetic tone will leave the viewer shook.

Akira (1988)

Akira (1988)

Kanye West raved about it being one of his favorite movies, and we gotta give it to him—the man has good taste. This apocalyptic flick, set after a nuclear explosion in Tokyo, shares in the sci-fi genre of Blade Runner (also set in the year 2019) and The Matrix, with a futuristic urban setting drawn in incredible detail. Set in Neo-Tokyo, Akira follows a teen biker protagonist named Tetsuo on an action-packed mission to free the imprisoned psychic, Akira. Like Ghost in the Shell (which is getting a Scarlett Johansson-starring live adaptation this month), this manga-turned-movie is considered one of Japan’s finest works of animation and has a huge cult following.

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

Not just one of the best from the celebrated Studio Ghibli filmmaker, Hayao Miyazaki, My Neighbor Totoro is simply one of the best animated films, ever, period. It never fails to lift up spirits, with two adorable children who find magic outside their humble Japanese home, including the cutest, gentlest giant (Totoro) and a wondrous cat bus. No matter what age you are, Totoro will make you feel like a child again: gleefully uninhibited, open to supernatural delights, or simply open to life’s most basic pleasures—even when darker contexts loom (here, a post-WWII Japan).

The Little Mermaid (1989)

The Little Mermaid (1989)

If you, too, grew up wanting to be a mermaid, then this Disney movie provided a little perspective through our main gal Ariel, who had serious leg-and-land envy. The Little Mermaid kicked off Disney’s renaissance (see also: the next few movies on this list), and it’s obvious why. This Faustian tale of a mermaid giving up her beautiful voice to pursue life as a human (and fall in love with the dreamy Prince Eric) gave us one of the most memorable Disney soundtracks, along with a strong-willed, adventurous go-getter of a heroine who is relatable even at her most stubborn and frustrating. Sure, there are some suss things about this movie, like the prince falling for a girl who couldn’t talk back, but The Little Mermaid’s enduring legacy is as a Disney all-time favorite.

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

There’s a good reason why this was the first animated film to receive a Best Picture nomination. Beauty and the Beast is Disney at its very best—beautifully animated, with a thrilling, heartfelt story—and that’s why there are such high expectations riding on the live remake. Every girl I knew wanted to grow up to be Belle, the beautiful weirdo who was more concerned with borrowing books from the library than accepting Gaston’s gross and shallow advances. Of course there’s that, um, bestiality element, but look, the point is that only a pure soul like Belle could see the prince inside the buffalo and free him from the curse that turned him into a monster and everyone else at the castle into kitchenware.

Aladdin (1992)

Aladdin (1992)

Damn, Disney was on a roll, following The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast with another instant classic, Aladdin: the rags-to-riches tale of romance adapted from One Thousand and One Nights with a Shakespearean touch (ahem, Othello). A bread-stealing, open-vested homeless boy falls for an out-of-his-league royal princess with a pet tiger, and successfully woos her, despite the evil Jafar’s attempt to steal her hand, thanks to a Robin Williams-voiced genie and one magic carpet. “A Whole New World,” by the way? An absolute banger.

Porco Rosso (1992)

Porco Rosso (1992)

What an odd little film! But a great one, too. Hayao Miyazaki’s protagonist here is an ex-WWI Italian fighter pilot who also happens to be…a pig. Why, yes, it is a curse our dear Porco Rosso (translation: Red Pig) must live with. But that doesn’t stop him from canoodling with gorgeous women or flying planes—the latter thanks to the help of a mechanic protegée named Fio. As weird as it is, Porco Rosso is brilliant and funny, and takes a fascinating spin on history. There’s a little bit of Casablanca, Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, and even a hint of Inglourious Basterds, and the childlike exhilaration that occupies all of Miyazaki’s best films.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)<

Remember when Tim Burton was churning out spooky hits, instead of strange Alice in Wonderland movies with Johnny Depp? The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of Burton’s most important works (it was even honored in a Blink-182 lyric), and immensely influential for the stop-motion movies that followed. This Halloween-slash-Christmastime movie, which Burton conceived and Henry Selick (later of Coraline fame) directed, follows the skeletal hero Jack Skellington, who tries to bring Christmas cheer to his Halloween Town. Listen out for the incredible Danny Elfman score.

The Lion King (1994)

The Lion King (1994)

Another Shakespearean Disney endeavor: Here, Hamlet is adapted into a tale about lions and their jungle friends. The Lion King is still selling tickets on Broadway, all thanks to this immensely popular animation. The movie boasted a robust cast and serious pop cred, with Elton John in charge of the soundtrack. It’s impossible not to feel the love (tonight) watching Simba and Nala tussle in the grass, but it’s also completely devastating when Scar betrays his brother Mufasa and leaves the orphaned Simba to think he was responsible for his father’s death. Simba gets back up on his paws, though, thanks to a little “Hakuna Matata” from his new buds Pumbaa and Timon, and we get to see the cub turn into the noble king of the jungle he was always meant to be.

Toy Story (1995)

Toy Story (1995)

The surprisingly impressive third installment, Toy Story 3, may be the one that got the Best Picture Oscar nom in 2010, but the computer-animated first Toy Story is the OG masterpiece that made Pixar the leaders in animation excellence. Two rivals, cowboy Woody and astronaut Buzz Lightyear, slowly overcome their differences in a heartfelt story of friendship and growing up, and set off on an adventure worthy of their Western/outer space backstories. Plus, Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”? Classic.

Hercules (1997)

hercules-1997

Greek mythology has never been more fun. Compared to its Disney Renaissance stablemates, Hercules doesn’t get talked about enough, but this tale of a demigod separated as an infant from his almighty parents Zeus and Hera is an epic story that keeps testing its freakishly strong hero. The best part of the movie, however, is not the title protagonist, but his love interest, Megara—who has some serious column-esque hair, by the way—a take-no-shit-from-anyone girl who’s tormented by her ex-boyfriend and Hades (we’ve all been there, right?) and plays rightfully hard to get with Herc. Let’s also not forget the iconic Muses, who sing like Phil Spector-era girl group members; in one of the most memorable scenes, they provide Meg with backup vocals in her lovelorn “I Won’t Say I’m in Love” number.

Perfect Blue (1997)

Perfect Blue (1997)

This proto-Black Swan animation from Satoshi Kon is no light viewing, and it’s certainly not kid-friendly. It starts innocuously enough, with Mima, a Japanese pop star who decides to make a foray into acting. This angers her fans, especially one creepy stalker, who starts invading her life in terrifying ways. Mima also starts becoming tormented by an alter-ego who claims to be the real her, as she falls deeper into a seedy industry that puts her in more and more compromising positions. The double identity element is reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s work (and that of his descendant, Brian De Palma), and there’s a touch of Olivier Assayas as well (Personal Shopper, Demonlover). Graphic, sexually explicit, and haunting, Perfect Blue is a daring look at celebrity, media’s violent gaze, and Japan’s history with sexualization and exploitation.

Mulan (1998)

Mulan (1998)

Where were we when Mulan fully showed up at gender’s funeral like, “Hello, I am here to fight some Huns”? Not only did Mulan give us some much needed Asian representation on screen, but she became a brave role model who refused to be confined by dated sexist norms. Our Chinese heroine becomes one of the boys and joins the army to relieve her elderly father of the duty. Along the way, she and Captain Li Shang share some sparks and kick some Hun ass together. Like in most great Disney films, there’s a wacky sidekick: the Eddie Murphy-voiced mini dragon, Mu-Shu. Plus, Christina Aguilera recorded the pop version of Mulan’s identity crisis anthem, “Reflection”—what’s not to love?

Shrek (2001)

Shrek (2001)

The wild success of Shrek can be credited to how perfectly it catered to children and adult audiences alike. For kids, it was a fantastical fairy tale, complete with castle, dragon, damsel in distress, and a curse in need of breaking. But this DreamWorks animation—which had Mike Myers voice the titular ogre, Eddie Murphy his loyal donkey steed, and Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona—also packed Shrek with a load of pop culture references, from Robin Hood to The Matrix, and a soundtrack that pandered to the parental crowd. I first heard “I’m a Believer” and “Like a Virgin” thanks to Shrek—and let us never, ever forget Smash Mouth, who still refer to their fans as “Shrekers.”

Spirited Away (2001)

Spirited Away (2001)

Up there with My Neighbor Totoro as one of Hayao Miyazaki’s best, Spirited Away remains the sole Japanese film to take home the Best Animated Feature Oscar, and is still Japan’s highest-grossing film. But unlike Totoro, Spirited Away has a darker side, and is often truly terrifying—whether it’s the main plot point of a little girl getting trapped in spirit world, or that scene where protagonist Chihiro’s parents get turned into pigs. The ghostly No-Face is another Miyazaki creation that continues to haunt our dreams, but the idea of being separated from one’s parents and fighting to get back home is enough to keep anyone on the edge of their seats. Of course, Miyazaki finesses this with the most beautiful and imaginative illustrations.

Waking Life (2001)

Waking Life (2001)

Before 2006’s A Scanner Darkly, Richard Linklater experimented with the rotoscoping technique in his 2001 film Waking Life. Though aesthetically a huge departure for the director who had given us Slacker, Dazed and Confused, and Before Sunrise, this movie showcased Linklater’s affinity for waxing poetic: a dead giveaway that it was indeed his creation. If anything, one hint comes when we’re reunited with Before Sunrise leads Celine and Jesse (Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke) for a brief rendezvous in bed, before we ever knew that film would receive a sequel—let alone a trilogy—a few years later.

Finding Nemo (2003)

Finding Nemo (2003)

The Little Mermaid isn’t the only under-the-sea classic on this list. Pixar made quite the splash with Finding Nemo, the story of a brave little clown fish who is separated from his father and must venture through the terrifying deep blue sea to find him. Along the way, Nemo meets the loveable space cadet, Dory (who, of course, would later get her own film, Finding Dory); a surprisingly friendly shark; cute turtles; and a gang of sea creatures trapped in a dentist’s tank. With some expert animation, the ocean itself looks simply breathtaking as well.

Persepolis (2007)

Persepolis (2007)

Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel was turned into a feature film with the help of French animator Vincent Paronnaud, who preserved Satrapi’s black and white drawings but breathed life into them to match the vivacious punk spirit of the Iranian teen girl at the heart of this coming-of-age story. Satrapi, who co-directed, drew (literally and figuratively) from her own life, exploring what it means to be a woman in a country with strict traditional norms, and her move to Europe, which posed new questions for her sense of identity.

Coraline (2009)

Coraline (2009)

Arguably the best film from the stop-motion animation house Laika, Coraline is also straight-up scary, and no wonder: It was adapted from a Neil Gaiman book. Like all kids, Coraline is frustrated by her parents, so she runs off and finds Stepford-like replacements, who are creepily cheery, with black buttons instead of eyes. That alone is horrifying enough, but Coraline also faces off with a horrifying spider lady straight out of a James Wan film.

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

We can’t wait for Wes Anderson’s upcoming star-studded animation, Isle of Dogs, in large part because he did it so well with his Roald Dahl adaptation, Fantastic Mr. Fox. The source material, about a fox who loves to steal from mean farmers, proved to be ripe for Anderson’s auteurist touch—not just visually, but also in the wry sense of humor that can be found in any of his other films, delivered perfectly here by George Clooney.

World of Tomorrow (2015)

World of Tomorrow (2015)

Don Hertzfeldt’s 2012 feature, It’s Such a Beautiful Day, could easily have made the list, but it’s his Oscar-nominated short film, World of Tomorrow, that remains his most affecting. The wry “I no longer fall in love with rocks” line is cute and quotable, but in just 17 minutes, this movie can make you both laugh out loud and sob like a baby. Animated in Hertzfeldt’s trademark line drawing, this futuristic short follows an adorable kid named Emily (voiced by his four-year-old niece), who meets her future, grown-up clone. The clone takes her through a journey of memory, contemplating life with a sentimentality beyond the toddler’s comprehension—but absolutely comprehensible to older viewers. Delightful, and heartbreaking all the same.

‘Destiny 2’ won’t let you transfer your character progress from ‘Destiny’

Say goodbye to all the gear and currency you’ve spent hours and hours (and hours) farming for in Destiny, because the sequel won’t let you transfer any of it over.

In a blog post today, Bungie announced that in order to make the second Destiny game feel like a true sequel, Destiny 1 players will not be able to bring any of their earned items or abilities over to the new game.

Sequels represent the start of a new adventure for every player, with new worlds to explore, new stories to tell, new powers to acquire, new loot to earn, and much more. This led us to a decision that would enable us to serve both the game and the player’s best interests: Destiny 1 power, possessions, and Eververse-related items and currency will not carry forward. They will, however, remain accessible to you in Destiny 1.

This was previously rumored by Kotaku, whose sources also noted that Destiny’s sequel will be coming to PC as well as Xbox One and PS4.

The team won’t completely forget about players who’ve spent hundreds or even thousands of hours with their Guardians, though. If you’ve reached level 20 on a Guardian and finished the Black Garden story mission, you’ll be able to carry over that Guardian’s class, race, gender, face, hair and marking selections. Additionally, you will receive “honors that reflect your Destiny 1 accomplishments.”

We believe this is the best path forward. It allows us to introduce the major advancements and improvements that all of us expect from a sequel, ensuring it will be the best game we can create, unencumbered by the past. We’re looking forward to sharing more details with you later this year for how we will honor your legacy in the future.

The Destiny sequel has yet to be officially announced but is expected to release in late 2017.

In the meantime, Destiny will be receiving one final event called Age of Triumph, which will be revealed March 8.

Screens, voice cast and release timing for Telltale’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ game

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 isn’t the only cosmic Marvel journey coming this spring; Telltale Games is getting in on that action as well.

The studio’s next episodic release — Guardians of the Galaxy: A Telltale Series — is a standalone story based on the Marvel Comics series. In other words: this isn’t an MCU joint.

We don’t know much about the story beyond that. Star-Lord and his gang of fellow cosmic protectors happen upon a strange artifact that each of them covet, but they’re not alone. Some as-yet-unidentified dark power wants the artifact for itself.

A newly released batch of screenshots and concept art don’t give away any spoilers, but they do offer a sense of what the game looks like. If you’re familiar with Telltale’s past forays into the comic book universes of The Walking Dead, Fables and Batman then this should look familiar.

telltale-game-2

telltale-game-3

telltale-game-3

telltale-game-4

telltale-game-5

telltale-game-6

telltale-game-7

telltale-game-8

These images represent our first close-up look at the game, though Telltale recently revealed who will be voicing the five heroic stars. Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights) is Star-Lord; Emily O’Brien (The Young and the Restless) is Gamora; Nolan North (Uncharted series) is Rocket Raccoon; Brandon Paul Eells (Watch Dogs) is Drax; and Adam Harrington (The Wolf Among Us) is Groot.

The first episode should arrive sometime between April and June. Assuming Guardians follows the same release pattern as past Telltale titles, expect subsequent episodes to follow every month or two after that.

Don’t be surprised if it arrives close to the upcoming movie. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which hits theaters on May 5.

How To Get Free ‘Hearthstone’ Cards During The ‘Hearthstone’ Global Games

The Hearthstone Global Games are almost upon us and voting for your favorite player in your   home country will earn you some free Whispers of the Old Gods cards.

Similar to the Overwatch World Cup, the Hearthstone Global Games brings together the top Hearthstone players from 48 countries around the world to compete for glory and a $300,000 prize pool. Teams are made up of the top player on each country’s leaderboard plus three more players voted on by their fellow countrypeople. If you participate in the vote, you get a free pack of cards.

How to get your cards

To vote, head on over to the Global Games page on the Hearthstone website, log in to your Battle.net account and select who you want to see representing your country in the games. You can only vote once and voting is open until March 13 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

Unfortunately not every country is represented by the Global Games, but players whose countries aren’t represented can still participate by voting for one player from whichever country they want and get their pack of cards.

Blizzard mentions that your complimentary card pack won’t appear immediately but did not say when they would be delivered to players’ accounts.

The Global Games

This year’s Global Games tournament is the first of its kind for Hearthstone and will be played in a team format rather than 1v1, each player having two classes to play in a match.

The tournament starts with the 48 teams being seeded based on winter season Hearthstone Competitive Points (HCP) into groups of six for round robin play. The top three teams from each group will move onto a second group stage with seeding determined by spring season HCP. The top two teams in each group of four will move forward along with some third-place teams that win tie-breakers.

Sixteen teams will then compete in a single elimination bracket with the top four moving onto the Global Games finals with a single elimination bracket.

Specific dates have yet to be announced but expect the first group stage to start soon and the second group stage to start after the spring season concludes.

Go crazy with the miracles of Visual Effects, the secret has been unveiled !!!

Have you ever seen behind the scenes shots? Have you ever seen how these scenes are transformed into visual effects ? No…
Don’t worry… You can now see all these through 3D World Magazine Issue no. 199. A 12 page feature which flashes up on the talent of VFX effects of spellbind TV series like The Flash, Game of Thrones and discover how the CGI of these small screens are shinning like stars.
The first ever magazine which will not only showcase behind the scenes shots and after sparkling visual effects scenes but will also aid with the tutorials of the everlasting battle series “The Game of Thrones”. These tutorials will carry training for matte painting, the creation of a man made of fire, and advice on how to simulate a famous VFX shot. Isn’t that amazing??
What else can be so amazing about this 3D World Magazines when the President and Visual Effects Supervisor of Vancouver’s Artifex Studio , Adam Stern reveals about how he created his biggest project Continuum as this issue’s cover page.
The Time Marine from the Award Winning Canadian hit series Continuum.
Don’t hold your eyes looking at the cover page only. There is lot more to come. This is just the beginning, from the next page, the excitement will take you to the tour of 3D world and lot more. This magazine is the icing on the cake for the CGI artists which contains the bandwagon of this technology and what all things it has in its store, almost the future of VFX for these artists. To add more zest to your excitement, there is a walkthrough of massive 5GB of resources, including models and setup files, textures and meshes, and video walkthroughs.
In addition to guiding you with tutorials and other resources for VFX effects, this magazine will take you to the ride of reviews of Renda PW-E7F, Unfold3D 9 and Photoscan 1.1.6, beginners tips for getting started in Houdini, all the latest 3D printing news.
A magazine worth to have.. The magic begins !!!

One Stop Game Solution