Welcome back to Trailer Talk, where I talk about the latest trailers and teasers for upcoming movies. Let’s get started.
Onward isn’t the only Pixar film that’s coming out next year. They’re also working on Soul, which is focused on a music teacher, voiced by Jamie Foxx, who dies and his soul goes to a world where other souls exists. When I heard about this movie, I was excited. Then I watched the teaser trailer and my enthusiasm went down a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I liked what I saw and I’m still looking forward to the movie. On the one hand, I’m glad that Pixar is making a movie with a black protagonist and I like the character designs. On the other hand, I’m getting Princess & The Frog vibes where we have an animated Disney movie with a black protagonist and that protagonist is transformed into something nonhuman for the majority of the movie’s runtime. Don’t get me wrong, I still like Princess & The Frog, but that’s been bugging me for a while. And now, we got this movie where the main character become a blue soul. Also, they used an AJR song in the trailer. Pretty bad music choice. I don’t know. I’m cautiously hopeful for this movie because it is Pixar and I expect them to deliver, but for now, I’m more excited for Onward than this.
It’s amazing and unsurprising that Scooby-Doo has lasted this long. For 50 years, it’s been one of Hanna-Barbera’s biggest successes with a simple premise: four teenagers and a talking dog go around solving mysteries involving supernatural occurrences. Warner Bros announced that they’re doing an animated Scooby-Doo movie and that it was going to be the first film in the Hanna-Barbera Cinematic Universe. Yes, that is a thing that’s going to happen. Anyways, while I don’t love the trailer for Scoob!, I do like it. Seems like we’re getting the origins of the Mystery Inc. gang with scenes involving the younger versions of our main characters. Watching this, I’m reminded of A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, a cartoon from the 80s that’s much better than it has any right to be. All of the scenes with Shaggy and Scooby are great, although it is weird to hear Scooby talk like a normal person. While we’re on the subject, I’m not feeling the voice acting that much, especially those of Fred, Daphne, and Velma. Maybe they’ll grow on me with later promotional material. Overall, I think this will be an entertaining movie for Scooby-Doo fans that will be sprinkled with references to other Hanna-Barbera cartoons.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
Remember when the first trailer for the upcoming Sonic The Hedgehog movie was released and we all collectively crapped on it for the ugly character design? Those were the good ol’ days. Well, thanks to the negative backlash of that trailer, Paramount made the decision to postpone the film to next year so they could redesign Sonic and now, we have a new trailer. And I’m gonna say it, this is much better. First off, Sonic’s design is a HUGE improvement. He actually looks like how he looked in the video games. That first design looked like one of those Chinese knockoffs.
Also, the jokes land better and they picked music that actually fits Sonic. Instead of Gangsta’s Paradise, we get Supersonic by J.J. Fad (which wouldn’t be my first choice, but I get why they chose it because it has “Sonic” in the title and Super Sonic is a thing) and Blitzkrieg Bop by The Ramones, plus, they played the Green Hill Zone music. As much as I liked this trailer, though, that doesn’t mean that this movie’s going to be good. It still looks like another generic “cartoon character, but in the real world” movie that doesn’t fully utilize what made the source material appealing in the first place. If you’re gonna have a Sonic movie, have it take place in his world (get it?).
THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN
Like most people around my age group and younger, I grew up on Spongebob Squarepants and it was one of my favorite cartoons as a kid. It was hilarious, creative, and it brought a lot of joy to me. Plus, it’s provided some of the best memes the internet has to offer. These days, I haven’t watch any recent episodes of Spongebob mainly due to lack of interest, plus, I also believe that the show has run its course 20 years later and should end now, especially with its creator Stephen Hillenburg passing away last year. But because Spongebob is Nickelodeon’s biggest money maker, that’s not happening anytime soon. So now, we have a third Spongebob coming out next year and it looks fun. It’s more of the Spongebob that people love, but with a different animation style. It’s computer animation, but stylized to imitate traditional animation. I, for one, welcome unique animation styles. So Spongebob and Patrick head out on an adventure to save Gary, who has gone missing. It’ll be like the previous two Spongebob movies, which are extended episodes of the show (both are good, BTW). Also, Keanu Reeves plays a tumbleweed. You gotta love how prominent Keanu Reeves has been since the John Wick movies. He was in Toy Story 4, he’s going to be in the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 game, and now this. I honestly can’t complain.
It’s still terrifying. Not much has changed from the first trailer to this one. We get more of an idea of what the plot’s going to be. I guess there’s a competition going on to see who’s going to be the top
dog cat. This is still uncanny valley nightmare fuel where none of the characters look or move naturally. Is this what cats see when they overdose on catnip? Because this is what I imagine a cat would see when they took too much catnip. Have fun with the images of Idris Elba or James Corden or Taylor Swift as furries burned into your brain. I’m sure that’s a fetish for somebody. Look, I’m sure that the cast and crew put their all into this movie and I mean no disrespect, but sweet buttery Moses, is this a trainwreck in the making.
Ever since the first Avengers movie, fans have been begging for a Black Widow movie. Years later, we’re getting one right after she was killed off in Endgame. Better late than never, I guess. Anyways, this teaser dropped at midnight and I watched it before I went to sleep. In terms of tone, it feels like Winter Soldier with more focused on the fights and less CGI spectacle, which is there going by the scene near the end where Natasha’s fighting enemies while skydiving. I’m looking forward to the new characters. There’s Yelena Belova, who’s also Black Widow, but blonde. David Harbour, obviously moving on from that awful Hellboy reboot, plays Red Guardian, who’s basically a Russian Captain America. I can’t wait to see Taskmaster in action. For non-comic people, he’s a mercenary who wears a skull helmet and has photographic reflexes, making him capable of going up against the best fighters. You’re damn right, I’m looking forward to this movie and I hope it starts Phase 4 of the MCU strong.
And that’s it for Trailer Talk. Leave your thoughts in the comments below and let me know what you think.