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Trailers drop for two 2018 furry features

Edited by Sonious as of 17:37
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A pair of trailers came out within hours of each other last week for future furry features; Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs, a stop-motion animated movie featuring talking dogs, and Peter Rabbit, a live action movie featuring CGI animals who wear clothes in addition to talking.

Flayrah has covered Isle of Dogs before, and the trailer doesn't reveal anything, cast-and-crew-wise, not already known, but does show that this will be writer/director Wes Anderson's first science fiction film, albeit with the fantastic element of English (but not Japanese) speaking dogs.

The release date has moved up to March 23, instead of an April 20 release date as originally revealed.

The second film is a (apparently very loose) adaptation of Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit and other stories involving the titular rabbit. James Corden will voice the titular role. Please note the scene which seems to take it's staging, though not tone, from a different movie with a rabbit protagonist. The movie will be coming to theaters February 9 in America.


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The Peter Rabbit trailer had me interested until he ran into those birds. Then it went downhill from there (pun intended). While I will still plan to see this for the animation work the entire attitude and vernacular of these characters is completely at odds with the original Beatrix Potter stories. Now we have "Alvin and the Chipmunks" set in the British countryside. At least Domhnall Gleeson is in it, that's a plus.

And why was that pig looking longingly when the naked fox spun by him/her? Perhaps the question answers itself.

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Actually that was Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle the hedgehog who made the sexy comment about the fox going nudist. ^^

I found it amusing when both of these hit on the same day. The animations fans all looking at Isle of Dogs and going "Oh yeah!" and then looking at Peter Rabbit and going "Oh, NO!"

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Yeah, the reaction to Peter Rabbit has been incredibly negative (and you'll notice I couldn't resist taking a potshot or two myself), but when I googled it before submitting today, Google news' three most recent headlines went "this looks awful", "no man, this looks really awful" followed by the Manchester, UK paper saying "this looks awesome!" and I had to admit, I was kind of charmed.

You do you, Manchester.

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The trailer for Sony Pictures Animation’s 2018 “Peter Rabbit” theatrical feature looks quite similar to the Emmy-winning “Peter Rabbit” TV series for Nickelodeon from Brown Bag Films in Dublin. I haven’t seen any complaints about it.

Fred Patten

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Peter Rabbit is kind of an iconic character; he's a rabbit who wears a blue jacket.

The movie and cartoon are adapting the same story (which featured some well-known illustrations), so it's not surprising they look similar.

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Peter Rabbit does seem to be more mean-spirited in the Sony movie.

I can’t help wondering if the release of “Isle of Dogs” was moved up to March 23 to get away from Adolf Hitler’s birthday (April 20).

Actually, I suspect that getting away from the competition of “Rampage”, the Dwayne Johnson monster movie, also scheduled for April 20, 2018 release, is more likely the reason.

Fred Patten

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I really doubt that; the last time Wes Anderson had a wide release movie, it was Fantastic Mr. Fox ... which flopped, actually.

Fantastic Mr. Fox has gone on to be a cult favorite, but that's the thing; Anderson was always a cult favorite. That's why they decided to release Fantastic Mr. Fox wide. He can do gangbusters on a limited, "arthouse" release, but in a wide release, he'll probably just flop again, regardless of how the movie turns out, and a movie starring a former professional wrestler based on an arcade game and a Wes Anderson movie are not competing for the same audience.

The release date is actually completely mystifying to a lot of movie type sites, especially award sites, though, because he's releasing in early spring, i.e. he'll be forgotten by next spring, when the Oscars come around. Of course, the truth is, he's not gunning for awards either; the fact that his next movie is a stop-motion furry sci-fi should have been a clue.

I suspect the movie got moved up because he realized he'd finish it earlier. He makes movies; if the Royal Tennenbaums becomes a minor hit, that's nice. If The Grand Budapest Hotel is nominated for Best Picture and gets him a Best Director nomination as well, that's nice, too. But the truth is, Wes Anderson's going to do whatever the hell Wes Anderson's going to do, apparently.

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This new Peter Rabbit movie reminds me a lot of Hop. Hop was not totally terrible, but it was kinda bad. I have similarly low expectations for this.

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“Hop” was made by Illumination Entertainment, before it made the much more popular “Despicable Me”, “Minions”, “The Secret Life of Pets”, and “Sing”.

Illumination would probably prefer to forget about “Hop” today.

Fred Patten

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I remember that I sort of liked "Hop". Much more than these chipmunk movies, anyway. Perhaps it's the rose-tinted glasses, but the animation did the trick.

Now I am still not the biggest fan of these comedy-with-animated-animals genre-movies, but that's mostly because of the "comedy" part... and the squeaky voices. Oh the voices!

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Oh, the Chipmunks movies are bad too. However, at least they have pretty decent music. As for Hop, I did kind of think EB was funny just because the actor did a good job with him, but the story was bad and the human character was terrible.

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Come to think of it now, it IS unusual to do a an "adaptation" of Peter Rabbit in which Peter is an adult character. (Albeit an extremely CHILDISH adult character, true...)

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How about “Peter Rabbit – Tank Killer”, where Farmer McGregor gets a Wehrmacht Tiger Tank to protect his carrot patch, but Peter takes him out with a panzerfâust?

or “McGregor” by Paul Di Filippo, reprinted in my “Already Among Us”?

“Suddenly, from behind a shrub leaped a giant animal, a slavering rabbit with a mouthful of fangs! In an instant he was joined by another, and another!

The rabbits grabbed his guardian and his mother, and began to bite their necks and rend their flesh.

McGregor screamed/twisted in his chair/writhed in his bed.

The rabbits, finished with the lifeless corpses of the adults, their snouts incarnadined, turned on the little boy.”

Get it on Amazon.

Fred Patten

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Lovely... O_o

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Someone watched a little too much Watership Down as a kid.

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Screw that CG movie, THIS is the superior version of Peter Rabbit:

Well, I'll be...

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Yarst. My hearing isn't good enough to hear this audio; especially with two other patients in this hospital room who have their TVs at top volume. And Amazon doesn't have any "Look inside" feature.

It's not new if it has a 2004 publication date.

I’ve read a couple other Luath Press books; “Milk Treading” and “The Killer Kitty Cult” by Nick Smith. Very good if you like hard-boiled crime among anthro cats.

The two by Nick Smith are still in Luath’s catalogue, but I don’t see “The Tale o Peter Kinnen” there. Does have the only copies left?

Fred Patten

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My post was a joke.

Well, I'll be...

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I don't know why, but there's something that bugs me about Wes Anderson's style.

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I liked his "Fantastic Mr. Fox". I would have preferred good CGI animation to stop-motion, but I had no objection to Anderson's retelling of Dahl's story.

Don't get me started on Picker's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" opera, though.

Fred Patten

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