Tuesday 26 June 2012

Trailers: Blue Sky Studios' Epic and Tim Burton's Frankenweenie

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Today brought two fantastic new trailers for two highly anticipated upcoming animated films. Firstly, and thanks to Tyler Carter for sharing this with us via Twitter, Good Morning America brings us the first teaser trailer for Blue Sky Studios' 2013 release, Epic. The premise is magical and draws from nature, based on the book, The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs by William Joyce, and the trailer reflects this. Set to a fantastically calm, atmospheric score, the teaser is almost reminiscent of Avatar, and Epic looks set to be Blue Sky's most beautiful and delicate film to date.

Two weeks ago we got the first piece of concept art from the film, that seemed to capture this calm yet (pardon the pun) epic scale and many crowed that this could be Blue Sky's best film yet. But there were also the naysayers, who said that, given the voice cast, including BeyoncĂ©, it would fall down a daft comic route. This should allay that. Aside from a few jokes towards the end of the trailer, the teaser is almost entirely speechless, which is exactly how it left me.

Look forward to seeing more from Epic over the next several months now that Ice Age: Continental Drift is almost out in theatres.

Secondly, the second fantastic trailer for Tim Burton's black-and-white, stop-motion return to animation direction, Frankenweenie, is up over at iTunes Movie Trailers. Showcasing the wicked comedy and attuned  sense of character that has made Burton's films such huge hits in the past, Frankenweenie look set to be a huge hit for Disney.

Epic is due for release on 24th May, 2013, with Frankenweenie hitting later this year, on 5th October (US) and 17th October (UK).

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