“The Secret Life of Pets 2” is very similar to the first movie in this series (the first one was just named without the “2”). It has mostly the same animated characters, and (mostly) the same actors doing the vocal work of those characters. The same cheerful animation style is used to tell a cute and engaging story about several pets who live in New York City. Read more
Watch Simba take his place as king in this new sneak peek of Disney’s “The Lion King,” featuring the voice of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala.
Cast: Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, Florence Kasumba, Eric André, Keegan-Michael Key, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph, with Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and James Earl Jones.
Director: Jon Favreau
Producers: Jon Favreau, Jeffrey Silver, Karen Gilchrist
Screenplay by: Jeff Nathanson
Disney’s “The Lion King,” directed by Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book”), journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
Staying true to the classic story, director Jon Favreau utilizes pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring the iconic characters to the big screen in a whole new way. Featuring the voices of Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon
Missed it at the theatre?? Here’s your chance to see it for free!! Come catch a screening of the Oscar-Winning Film, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, at Sun Devil Stadium! Here’s all the information you need:
WHAT: Arizona State University students and the extended Phoenix community will have a chance to watch SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE inside Sun Devil Stadium. The event will feature a special pre-recorded interview with the directors of the film, Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman, made especially for us!! The interview and free screening were inspired in part by the Projecting All Voices initiative at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Students and the public can RSVP here!
WHEN: Friday, March 29 | 6:30 p.m. *Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University
500 E. Veterans Way, Tempe, 85287
Parking free in LOT 59 (north side of stadium)
Use NORTHEAST and SOUTHEAST stadium gates for entry
DETAILS: This year’s Oscar-winning film for Best Animated Feature promotes a message of innovation and inclusion.
Directors Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.
The directors will speak about the importance that inclusion had on the making of the film. The storyline and its theme of inclusion inspired the hashtag #AnyoneCanWearTheMask. Attendees will be given Spider-Man masks to put on when prompted by the directors at the end of the interview.
This event is hosted by ASU 365 Community Union. The interview was made possible by ASU Film Spark, Marvel Studios, Sony Pictures Animation and ASU alumnus, Michael Helfant.
For more information, please visit the Facebook event page.
To RSVP, visit the ASU 365 Community Union website.
“Wonder Park” is an animated comedy for children, but there are some darker themes floating just below the surface. There is a true celebration of imagination and display of joy for having family and friends. However, there are a few ominous notes in the background. There is a parent who is very ill and must move away for treatment. This leads to the abandonment of a cherished imaginative creation, called “Wonder Park”. The little girl grows up from being a small child and must put away childish things to take on the new role of caregiver for the dad, who is lost day-to-day without the help of his spouse.
Hey, but push all that nonsense aside, let’s get on with the “Wonder” of Wonder Park.
A little girl named June (Brianna Denski) works tirelessly with her Mom (Jennifer Garner) who helps her create ‘Wonder Park’. When June is about middle-school age, she and some friends try to build the park for real, in her yard. The results are a disaster. June is no longer interested in ‘Wonder Park’, the place that she designed and built, in miniature, in her room. Also, her Mom gets very ill, and she needs to move away for medical care.
Her Dad (Matthew Broderick) is very distraught, but tries to put on a happy smile. June knows that is miserable, and one day without her assistance would be awful for him. But Dad gets June to agree to go to her favorite summer activity – Math Camp. Just so much fun on the bus, singing the jolly song about “Pi”…
June escapes from the trip, because she is worried about her Dad. She walks into the woods to get back to town. But lo and behold, she comes across an entrance to ‘Wonder Park’. Never mind that it is only an imaginative place that she and her Mom created over the years. She has found it for real, and boy – it is in real bad shape.
There are some friendly animals that run ‘Wonder Park’. Greta (Mila Kunis) is a wild boar who is the ‘glue’ of the operation. Boomer (Ken Hudson Campbell) is huge blue bear who is in charge of taking naps. Steve (John Oliver) is a porcupine, and he works as the safety officer of the Park. Gus and Cooper (Ken Jeong and Kenan Thompson) are two brother beavers who are in charge of construction work. Peanut (Norbert Leo Butz) is brilliant chimpanzee and the one with the ideas for the magical Wonder Park rides. But Peanut would get his inspiration from the whispers of June and her Mom to design the fantastic places.
But now June is in an actual full-size creation of ‘Wonder Park’, and it is not in good shape. When June put away all of her ‘Wonder Park’ things as she grew up, this caused the Park to fall into disrepair. There is a giant black cloud called ‘The Darkness’ hovering over, sucking up all the pieces as the Park falls apart. There used to be cute little chimp toys in the Gift Shop turned into vicious ‘Chimpan-Zombies’. These little devils have taken over the Park. Peanut has gone missing, and the rest of the group is on the run. Greta and June agree to save the Park and find Peanut. Boomer always tries to help, but he keeps passing out. Gus and Cooper keep getting in each other’s way. Steve is so enamored with Greta, and he sometimes forgets to keep safety first.
June is a really smart cookie. But will she be able to figure out how to stop the damage to the Park. Will she be able to save Peanut? Will she ever be able to get that catchy, jolly song about “Pi” out of her head? Well, because this movie is aimed to the younger set, you can probably figure out the correct answers. She finds that she works really well with Greta, Boomer, Steve, Gus and Cooper. But that is because she imagined them many years ago. But when Peanut is found and The Darkness is vanquished, then June will be free to get back to her home. Her Dad is worried that she is missing, and her Mom is back from the medical leave.
“Wonder Park” turns on a lot of charm when it finally gets going. It has a very capable voice cast. John Oliver is probably the funniest, but he has the best lines. It is nice to see Matthew Broderick getting a turn with some voice work too. The action does get a little frantic at times. But the overall layout and design of the Park is very imaginative. The transition from June’s real life town to the world of fantasy in the woods never does get explained. But then again, that would spoil the ‘Wonder’ of it all. The story never takes you to any place that you have not been to before, that is – if you have seen any children’s movies in the past twenty years.
This movie gets up to bat, and it takes a swing and gets a two-base hit. It just doesn’t hit the ball out of the “Wonder Park”.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 will follow summer 2016’s blockbuster about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy will produce the sequel to the comedy that had the best opening ever for an original film, animated or otherwise.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 will see the return of writer Brian Lynch (Minions) and once again be directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me series, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax). www.thesecretlifeofpets.com
Cast: Lake Bell, Hannibal Buress, Dana Carvey, Harrison Ford, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Pete Holmes, Garth Jennings, Ellie Kemper, Nick Kroll, Bobby Moynihan, Patton Oswald, Jenny Slate, Eric Stonestreet
Director: Chris Renaud
Co-Director: Jonathan Del Val
Writer: Brian Lynch
Producers: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2
From Columbia Pictures’ and Sony Pictures Animation comes THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2!
A hilarious all-star cast of new and returning talent are brought together as the flightless birds and scheming green pigs take their beef to the next level.
Directed by: Thurop Van Orman
Screenplay by: Peter Ackerman
Produced by: John Cohen
Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage and Nicki Minaj
From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and producer Peter Del Vecho—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, and the music of Oscar®-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Walt Disney Animation Studios’…
This is the best sequel I’ve seen in a long time. It’s perfect. Written very skillfully and playfully by Phil Lord (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) and Chris Miller (Cloudy Chance of Meatballs) makes it an automatic win. They were the perfect team for this project and their years on this earth researching and studying the material used in this film pays off for their audience in the sheer amount of laughter that’ll be coming out of their mouths. This film is slick, smart and a whole lot of fun.
‘The Lego Movie’ was exceptional and was followed by several other films but ‘The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part’ assembles again the original heroes of Bricksburg in a yarn you won’t see coming. The adventure they take us on is as magical. It’s not only magical for the children sitting in the theatre viewing the beautiful animation and the enlightening story accompanying it, but it’s entertaining for adults, as well. If you didn’t see the first one, don’t worry. You don’t necessarily have to see it to get what’s going on here, however, for more hilarity I suggest you do.
So, we’re taken inside the town of Bricksburg. All safe were the citizens who believed their lives were comfy and cozy. A Fool’s dream. Their simple lives suddenly become anything but awesome. A very real and BIG challenge confronts them in the form of LEGO DUPLO® blocks. At first, these strangers are thought cute and sweet; anything but dangerous. Their adorable voices, baby doll eyes, and innocent faces leave the town defenseless. Bricksburg is caught off guard when the true aim of Duplo’s destruction and dominance is identified. After a horrific attack, the town tries to rebuild. They’ve learned how to keep Duplo from hurting them by not doing or having anything cute. By not showing weakness of any kind.
This doesn’t work for long… they’re back. However, this time, they make contact with General Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz). Though he still often goes about singing his ‘Awesome’ mantra, Emmet (Pratt) has just had a dream about the end of times. He and a group he forms must stop this from becoming a reality when everything from his dream starts to come true. The film gets very sophisticated from here. Emmet, Lucy (Banks) and their team are now on their way to meet mysterious Queen Watevra Wa-Nabi, who’s played by the incredibly talented and hysterical Tiffany Haddish. The queen has a sinister plan, involving a song that will get stuck in your head, that they must prevent. By the way, this song will get stuck in your head before the movie ends. It drove me crazy for days.
Having hatched a plan on how to destroy the queen, Emmet meets Rex Dangervest who lends a hand in their quest to stop their new enemy, but Emmet sees that one by one the members of the gang gives in to her mysterious power. They now doubt the entire mission… especially when Batman (Arnett) explores his softer side and decides that Alfred might not be the only company he wants for the rest of his life. Superman with glitter in his hair is another giveaway that this strange new world might be one to accept. There are even several different versions of Wonder Woman and each of them is fine with her body type. They listen to and enjoy the strange song which Emmet and Rex refuse to do. They’re staying on course.
When the movie first starts, Will Ferrell’s live-action character of dad is with his son and daughter who are playing Lego’s. He’s insisting that brother share with his sister. This becomes the theme of the film. Duplo and Lego. Boy and Girl. Dark and Light. Destruction of all things.
Enter the message.
I flipped out over this movie but before I tell you everything that happens, I’ll cut to the chase. See this and on the big screen preferably. You’ll never forget seeing scenes recreated from popular films such as ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ and characters such as Bruce Willis from ‘Die Hard’ crawling around in air ducts in his white t-shirt. The adorably destructive Duplo is a must-see. In fact, every one of the characters in this film are amusing and imaginative. Spoiler… you won’t see this one coming but RBG makes an appearance. And why not? She’s everywhere right now! For that alone, you cannot miss, ‘The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part.’
“Bo’s taken control of her own destiny,” said “Toy Story 4” director Josh Cooley. “While Woody was watching Andy grow up, Bo gathered dust until she took it upon herself to head out into the world. And when Woody shows up, they can’t believe that they’ve found each other again.”
Annie Potts returns as the voice of Bo Peep. “She is modern, independent, capable and confident,” said Potts of her character. “Bo is written and conceived to be inspiring as she has weathered life’s ups and downs with grace. I aspire to that.”
“Toy Story,” originally released on Nov. 22, 1995, was the first fully computer-animated feature film and the highest grossing movie of the year. It was nominated for three Oscars® and two Golden Globes®. With new energy from Bo Beep, let’s see how far it goes.
ABOUT “TOY STORY 4”:
Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.
Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”), and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”), Disney·Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.
U.S. Release Date: June 21, 2019
Voice Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris
Director: Josh Cooley
Producers: Jonas Rivera, Mark Nielsen