Universal Pictures just unveiled the official trailer for the upcoming "Despicable Me" sequel, voiced by Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Al Pacino, Steve Coogan and Ken Jeong. Check it out below, in addition to a new poster.
The first movie hit theaters back in 2010 and ended up grossing $543 million on a $69 million budget, becoming the 10th-biggest animated film in US history. The sequel is set to be released on July 3rd.
Meanwhile, the studio is also working on the "Minion" spin-off, which will star Sandra Bullock as a villain bent on world-domination. "Minions" is set to hit theaters on December 19th, 2014.
I love THE IRON GIANT. But I don't share your sentiments about CGI animation, Mink. TOY STORY 3 almost made me damn near cry. Yep, I'm a p*ssy when it comes to animated films.
minkowskiwrites: on March 19th, 2013 at 9:40:24 PM
"What movies have heart to begin with anymore anyways?"
I'll take "Four Letter Synonyms for Nothing" for a 100 Alex.
minkowskiwrites: on March 19th, 2013 at 9:44:46 PM
"TOY STORY 3 almost made me damn near cry.'
Well, that's true, but I felt that was more about manipulation than genuinely connecting emotionally with the audience. A good attempt I agree, but no where nearly as good as, say, some of the sh*t Hayao Miyazaki has made.
Just seems like there's a soul or spirit in most cel-animated films whereas CGI flicks feel hollow, and when they don't it's because they're emotionally manipulating you.
Despicable Me was a great movie, but mostly because of the interactions between Gru and the kids, and the evil-scientist vibe and the gadgets were more of a backdrop for the movie, which doesn't seem to be the case for this film.
I will be wary of this one, and maybe catch it on 1channel when it comes out.
Mink, how do you arrive at manipulation of the audience?
minkowskiwrites: on March 19th, 2013 at 10:14:17 PM
I just didn't feel the story was organic and genuine. I felt it was contrived beforehand to arrive at its emotional destination. Like it wasn't telling an organic, natural story so much as following a formula to deliver a product that would make the audience feel a certain way.
I see where your coming from. I do feel a lot animated films nowadays seem to have a list that they must check off to get their desired effect. These are films I may like, but seem flimsy at their emotional core in hindsight. I just thought the TOY STORY films seemed less contrived to me, more heartfelt, more genuine in their approach.
minkowskiwrites: on March 19th, 2013 at 10:27:54 PM
They are, Cress, imo, but they're still somewhat a way off from animated films that are much like their live-action counterparts. Dunno.
I do CGI, and giving a blob of polygons life is much harder than giving a drawing life. I can't explain it, and maybe I'm full of sh*t, but there is something...f*ck it, more natural in drawing a woman in pencil and bringing her to life on paper than making a character in a computer program and having the software interpolate the key frames.
Maybe's it's just me. I grew up in animated films and shows, and when I watch even some sh*t like He-Man, the original show, I see the illusion of LIFE, whereas some sh*t like that Nickelodeon CGI show that was in the news here recently just looks...artificial.
Maybe younger folks see the situation entirely in reverse.
minkowskiwrites: on March 19th, 2013 at 10:31:29 PM
@DeaftOne. I liked Wreck-It-Ralph. Reilly and Silverman were both good. It had a lot of different styles of animation mixed together. I know..not really because it was all CGI, but you know what I mean DeaftOne.
Deaft0newrites: on March 19th, 2013 at 11:57:47 PM
Yeah it was really creative and it's like a nod to how unique games can look. It's the first animated movie I have bought since AKIRA.
For once i actually agree with Mink, at some point at least.
The problem is not the CGI, its just the american way of making movies. Always trowing an oversimplified moral at the audience for once, and always making the characters one dimensional and shallow. Hollywood always treats its audience like idiots, over-explaining every aspect of the movie, leaving no room for us to use our imagination. Its like they are afraid that we miss the point or something.
Take Hayao Miyazakis movies, and you see characters who lives, who have spirit, and you get to enter worlds where you actually can use your brain to figure out some of the universe for yourself.
Using your imagination may hurt at the beginning, but you get used to it after awhile. We have done it here in Europe for centuries, and it may have given us some dictators now and again, but they have been taken care of.