The Incredibles 2 Release Sparks a Week of Exciting Animation Trailers
The Incredibles 2 hits theaters on June 15. To call it “highly anticipated” would be an understatement. Audiences and critics adored The Incredibles back in 2004. With its cliffhanger ending, many clamored for years to get a second one. Finally in 2014 Pixar announced that a sequel was in the works, and the news made headlines. Early reviews are looking very positive, so it's safe to say that audiences will pack the theaters to see the movie.
With such a strong turn out expected, it only makes sense for other studios to start releasing trailers for some of their own major upcoming features. So many will be seated in front of an animated movie two weekends from now. Having those trailers out to screen before The Incredibles 2 is a surefire way to hit hard with marketing. As a happy result, this whole week has seen a rush of new trailers for very eagerly anticipated movies, and they've all made a splash on the Internet. Let's take a look at what we can look forward to.
It began on Monday when Walt Disney Animation released the second trailer for Wreck-It Ralph 2, otherwise titled Ralph Breaks the Internet. A sequel to 2012's Wreck-It Ralph, the film features our two main characters breaking out of the arcade and escaping to the wider world of the Internet. The trailer shows cameos from Google, Twitter, Amazon, but a lot of buzz has been generated over one part in particular: major scenes happening with Disney's own website. We see all Disney princesses together in one room, an image now shared far and wide. With Marvel and Star Wars also making an appearance, it's a crossover that promises to rival Avengers: Infinity War in breadth.
Behind the scenes though, something very important is riding on this movie. Rich Moore has returned to direct the sequel, but he's also joined this time by Phil Johnston. This will be Johnston's first feature-length directing credit. He's been a writer for both the original movie and Zootopia, so it'll be exciting to see him step into a new role. Ralph Breaks the Internet releases November 21.
The fun continued on Tuesday when Warner Bros. released the teaser for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. 2014's The LEGO Movie ended up a surprise feature which won over audiences and critics alike with its comedic flair. It also proved a strong boost to the newly rebranded Warner Animation Group. In the (not-so-)grim trailer, the world has been decimated by the DUPLO menace, and our heroes need to save the day once again.
Since the first LEGO Movie, it's become a flagship series of Warner Animation, with LEGO Batman and LEGO Ninjago also getting feature films. However, there's been a decrease in returns, with last year's LEGO Ninjago Movie only grossing $122 million on a $70 million budget. While the studio also has Smallfoot releasing later this year, LEGO Movie 2 will be a test to see if the LEGO Movie franchise can keep sailing. The LEGO Movie 2 will release February 8, 2019.
On Wednesday, Sony Pictures Animation released a second trailer for their upcoming film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. It takes a look at world where, instead of only a single Spider-Man swinging around saving the day, there are many Spider-Men...Spider-Mans? Spider-People? In any case, it focuses on teenager Miles Morales as he gets swept into this high-flying world.
This film could not be coming out at a better time. Audiences love Spider-Man right now, especially with Tom Holland's performances over the past few years in the Disney/Marvel cinematic universe. Into the Spider-Verse is not a formal part of that universe, but it instead hearkens back to its comic book roots. It's colored in the classic Ben-Day dots of classic comics, and flashes that remind the audience of the old Batman "KA-POW"s of Adam West. It's a strikingly different aesthetic from the grounded semi-realism solidified by Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy and the current run of Marvel films. If Into the Spiderverse does well, it could signal that audiences are hungry for a different strain of superhero movies. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hits theaters December 14.
Then on Thursday, DreamWorks released the trailer for How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. In the trailer, our main characters have managed to build their island into an ideal peaceful coexistence between humans and dragons. However, the balance is upset by not only the discovery of a whole other world of dragons, but also a ruthless hunter. The whole thing also takes an ominous tone when main character Hiccup narrates at the beginning "There were dragons when I was a boy," "were" being the keyword here.
How to Train Your Dragon has been a consistent hard-hitter for the studio, with the two previous installments being not only some of the most critically acclaimed movies that DreamWorks has made but also some of the most beloved by fans. Bringing the trilogy to a successful conclusion would leave a powerful legacy for DreamWorks long into the future. This third movie has seen a bumpy road though: the first release date had been 2016, but it got pushed back to 2017, and then 2018. Then DreamWorks was sold to Universal, and the ensuing reshuffle of projects saw it land in 2019. Speaking of Universal, this is also a major moment for the studio. This will be the first DreamWorks movie to be distributed under the Universal logo. While work obviously went on during its independent era, there's no doubt that we're going to see Universal's influence on this film. It will be a strong indicator towards what direction DreamWorks will be steered in the future. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World will be in theaters March 1, 2019
There's a lot of exciting stuff coming out soon: sequels, conclusions, and spin-offs of beloved characters will soon grace movie screens around the world. From Disney to Universal, from Sony to Warner Bros., audiences have a lot to look forward to in the future of animated feature films.