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PIXAR’S Upcoming Film ONWARD Gets New Trailer

Do you believe in magic? The creative minds at Pixar do, and they’re at it again with an enchanting new teaser trailer for their upcoming movie Onward. Starring Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer, the movie is set in a magical fantasy world that’s grown past its humble origins and into its own civilized suburban world.  

The trailer opens with some gorgeously animated environments, as we see pegasi fly around and mermaids swim and jump through the water. But then the fantasy world modernizes, and we see airplanes and suburbs taking over the colorful mountains and lakes. It’s then that we’re introduced to Ian Lightfoot (Tom Holland), a lanky elf teenager living in the suburban world of New Mushroomton. But even if it is close to everyday life as we know it, there are still elements of the fantastic here hidden in plain sights, like dragons being kept as pets and wild unicorns running feral in the streets, looking for trash cans to raid. Ian leaves his house and is picked up by his burly older brother Barley (Chris Pratt), who is eager to get started on a “quest,” which Ian seems quite unhappy about. The trailer ends with the two brothers riding in a grungy van down the road towards their quest, or as Ian puts it, their “really fast and strange errand.”

The movie also has a short plot synopsis that was released with the trailer:

Set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney and Pixar’s “Onward” introduces two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new original feature film is directed by Dan Scanlon and produced by Kori Rae—the team behind “Monsters University.”

So there’s a lot to be excited about with this news, but there’s also a bit to be cautious about. To start with though, let’s go over the good. The animation, like always, looks fantastic, and it’ll be really great to see Pixar animation depicting a fantasy world. One can argue that they did that with 2012’s Brave, but not only was that not really fantasy, what with it taking place in Scotland and not, say, Narnia, but it focused more on showcasing the actual real-life land as opposed to making their own new one. Also, they’ve chosen some great actors for this role. Most notably there’s Tom Holland and Chris Pratt, both fresh off of their Marvel roles and hopefully ready to give the movie their all. We know that Pratt can definitely bring it, as he’s done voice work before (like in the two Lego Movie installments), but Holland is still unknown. By the time of Onward’s release he will have been in two other voice roles though: Spies in Disguise and The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle, so we’ll know soon enough just how well he can act with his voice. And they also have Julia Louis-Dreyfus, doing her second Pixar film since 1998’s A Bug’s Life.

In addition to this, the movie looks to be a clever subversion of the fantasy genre. It’s taking place in a fantasy world, complete with elves and centaurs and trolls, but that world has evolved and grown to be much like our own, to the point where magic is nonexistent in this technologically advanced world. Watching our main characters go on a “quest” to see if there is still some magic left in the world not only makes for a great way to get everyone engaged in the fantasy world and how it works, but it serves as a nice parallel to our own, where many try to find that little bit of magic that’s out there somewhere, even amidst all of our TV shows and cell phones.

However, even though there’s promise in this premise and in what we’ve seen so far, that doesn’t mean that the movie is beyond scrutiny. The main issue that pops up to me is that the main duo behind Monsters University is directly behind this movie as well. Now, while it’s not necessarily a bad movie, Monsters University is still definitely one of Pixar’s weakest films, ahead of only a select few like Cars 3 and The Good Dinosaur, so having the same duo behind another movie means that it also has the capacity to be sub-par. Besides this, we still haven’t really seen that much of the movie. If more information and trailers come to light and show that the movie doesn’t actually hold that much interesting content, then we could very well have a stinker on our hands. Only time will tell on that point.

Despite this though, I’m still hopeful for Onward. While it may be unproven and we might not know that much about it yet, I think the concept is unique and has merit, I like the way the animation looks, and I’m a big fan of the voice cast (at least who’s been announced so far). Seeing Pixar take a stab at one of my favorite genres is going to get me into the theaters anyways, and I hope that they deliver a fun, clever, adventure-filled film. Onward is set to release on March 6, 2020.

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Trailer Release for Genndy Tartakovsky’s New Show PRIMAL | Trailer Breakdown and Analysis

A legend returns to television. After his comeback with the largely successful fifth season of Samurai Jack, Genndy Tartakovsky is coming back to Adult Swim with a new show: Primal. For those unaware, Tartakovsky has created such classic cartoons as the aforementioned Samurai Jack, along with Dexter’s Laboratory, the Clone Wars miniseries, and he’s even directed all three of the Hotel Transylvania movies. And with a new show releasing soon, fans are excited to see what he does with this new series.

Based on the recent teaser trailer, we get a bit of just what Primal will be. We open with a series of slow shots setting us up with our protagonist and the otherworldly beauty of his environment. He’s an unnamed caveman living in prehistoric times, set against harsh climates and even harsher predators: dinosaurs. We then get a bunch of action shots of the caveman fighting different prehistoric monsters, from large snakes to woolly mammoths. And, towards the end of the trailer, we see the caveman teaming up with a large tyrannosaurus rex, both of them howling to the sky as they engage in deadly, bloody fights to the death.

Now while this doesn’t tell us much about any sort of plot for the show, or even about the characters of the show, the trailer does succeed in giving us a theme, a mood. Primal is drawn in the same style that Tartakovsky loves, with everything having straight lines and sharp angles, even if his style has matured some as he’s gotten older. And it’s this sharp art style that helps add to the intensity of the show. There’s blood everywhere, fights rage against impossible odds, prehistoric monsters abound, and the sharp line work really helps add to this. Tartakovsky and his crew chose to give audiences a feel for the show instead of just giving us facts and plot points, making his trailer stand out among others that have come out recently. You can tell just by watching this trailer whether or not you’d be interested in what’s to come.

However, while I may wish for more facts about the show, since that’s how my mind works, even I can tell that this new show is looking to be another homerun for Tartakovsky. Every one of his shows just gets better and better with its style and animation, and Primal looks to be pushing the envelope of what that style can achieve. Also, having this show on Adult Swim is great because it allows for the animation to be more bloody and graphic without being restricted by censors. Whether or not this bloodier cartoon is gratuitous or not is simply up to personal opinion, but if it’s what the creator feels needs to be in the show in order for it to be whole then I’m down to see how it turns out. Hopefully, the show is as action-packed as this trailer. Primal is set to start releasing Fall 2019 on Adult Swim.

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NETFLIX’S SHE-RA Season 2 Releases Next Week

Season 2 is just around the corner for She-Ra (Princess Adora) and the rest of the Princess Alliance, and the hype is steadily building. With such a strong opening to Netflix’s reboot of the 80’s nostalgic property She-Ra: Princess of Power, it’s no wonder that fans are excited about this new season and what it’ll bring. Along with a trailer that released a month ago, fans have also been given a plot synopsis for the upcoming seven episodes of the show:

“Firmly at the lead of the Princess Alliance, Adora embarks on a quest of self-discovery to learn more about her past and her future as She-Ra. With Catra rising the ranks of the Horde, the Rebellion must fight to thwart her next attack. “

This gives fans a lot to get excited about. For starters, it sounds like we’re going to see more of the Alliance fighting against the Horde, which should help make an interesting internal conflict for Adora since she’s originally from the Horde. Facing her old friends and allies, especially her old best friend Catra, will undoubtedly make for some great character drama and growth for our heroine. With Catra climbing higher and higher into the Horde’s ranks, taking on more responsibility, and Adora doing the same as the leader of the Alliance, it’ll be intriguing to see how their relationship changes through the course of this season, especially as they find more and more people relying on them. Lastly, there’s the question of what Adora will learn about her past. It sounds like she’s going to be separated from the rest of the group for a while as she journeys to learn more about what happened to her and her family, and just how she ended up under the care of the Horde. Whatever she learns, whether it’s good or bad, will doubtlessly help shape her into the leader and heroine she was always destined to become. She-Ra and the Princesses of Power will release next week on April 26.  

 

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