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First Images Released From Upcoming 3D Stop-Motion Pinocchio Movie

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Check out the first images (above) from the upcoming 3D, stop-motion Pinocchio movie.

Last we heard, Warner Bros was working on a live action version of the classic tale.

In the meanwhile, The Hobbit Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro has teamed up with The Jim Henson Company and Pathe on this edgy version of the Disney classic that draws heavily from a 2002 Pinocchio book, which was illustrated by Gris Grimly.

Grimly will co-direct with Mark Gustafson, and production will start up later this year.

Here's what del Toro had to say about the project:

“There has to be darkness in any fairy tale or children’s narrative work, something the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson and Walt Disney understood. We tend to call something Disney-fied, but a lot of people forget how powerfully disturbing the best animated Disney movies are, including those kids being turned into donkeys in Pinocchio. What we’re trying to do is present a Pinocchio that is more faithful to the take that Collodi wrote. That is more surreal and slightly darker than what we’ve seen before.”

More from del Toro:

"The Blue Fairy is really a dead girl’s spirit. Pinocchio has strange moments of lucid dreaming bordering on hallucinations, with black rabbits. The sperm whale that swallows Pinocchio was actually a giant dogfish, which allows for more classical scale and design. The many mishaps Pinocchio goes through include several near-death close calls, a lot more harrowing moments. The key with this is not making any of it feel gratuitous, because the story is integrated with moments of comedy and beauty. He’s one of the great characters, whose purity and innocence allows him to survive in this bleak landscape of robbers and thugs, emerging from the darkness with his soul intact.”

This is exactly what we'd expect from the guy who brought us Pan's Labyrinth, and we're feeling good about it!

Besides, it couldn't POSSIBLY be any worse than the 1996 Jonathan Taylor Thomas Pinocchio movie. Oh, JTT…

What do U think? Are U intrigued by this dark, creepy take on Pinocchio?

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Sneak Peek At The Animated Community Christmas Episode!

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This looks so AMAZING!

We can't get over how inspired every episode of this show has been so far this season!

Check out a short sneak preview of the stop-motion animated episode of Community (above) set to air just in time for the holidays!

According to an official synopsis:

When Abed (Danny Pudi) wakes up in stop-motion animation, he takes it as a sign that he and the group must re-discover the meaning of Christmas. Meanwhile, Jeff (Joel McHale) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) become growingly concerned about Abed’s mental health and enlist the help of Professor Duncan (John Oliver). The group undergoes hypnosis to explore Abed’s winter wonderland and soon unravel the truth behind Abed’s madness.

Ha! Glaringly self-aware, as always!

We're so psyched!

What do U think?? Have you liked Community this year??

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OK Go Does It Again!

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These guys are MASTERS!

Check out (above) the AMAZING band OK Go's latest jaw-dropping music video for their new track, Last Leaf, which features some amazing stop motion camerawork and a whole lot of toast!

Unbelievable, no? We're so obsessed!

No one does music videos like OK Go!

Just stunning!

Thoughts??

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Mark Ruffalo Is ACTUALLY Playing The Hulk!

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THANK GOODNESS they're not trying that shiteous CGI for it again! It always looks so ridic!

Mark Ruffalo recently revealed that in his upcoming flick, Super Friends The Avengers, he'll be playing both Bruce Banner AND The Hulk, instead of the filmmakers relying on CGI to animate his character's super hero alter-ego like in the previous flicks!

He explains:

"I'm really excited. No one's ever played the Hulk exactly, they've always done CGI. They're going to do the Avatar stop-action, stop-motion capture. So I'll actually play the Hulk. That'll be fun. I really love the first TV version of it, the Bill Bixby one. I'm gonna shoot for that a little bit. He was an everyman in it. He's always on the run and trying to find love. It's really a sympathetic character, before he turns into the Hulk and fucks everything up. I hope I don't bulge in anyone's face, that's all I have to say."

We sort of have a good feeling about this! Hopefully they won't find another way to eff it up!

What do U think?? Are U excited about the new Hulk??

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