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First 'Wreck-It Ralph' clip: Meet Ralph and Sarah Silverman's Vanellope von Schweetz

Will Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph be a crossover success, appealing to both old-school video game nerds and today’s hyper-stimulated kids? We won’t know for sure until the movie’s release — but judging from this first clip, Ralph looks pretty darn charming.

The film follows the titular character (John C. Reilly), the villain of a retro Donkey Kong-esque game, as he embarks on a game-hopping quest to prove that he can be a hero. In the all-candy world of Sugar Rush, he meets pint-sized Vanellope von Schweetz — a go-kart racer with the mischievous, pinched voice of Sarah Silverman. Ralph and Vanellope’s sweet/tart meet-cute is the subject of the video below:

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'Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United': First Look at Marvel Animation's debut movie -- EXCLUSIVE

The big green guy and the big metal guy are having a post-Avengers reunion in animated form.

Marvel Animation Studios has exclusively revealed plans to EW for its debut feature, Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United, which will team Tony Stark and Bruce Banner in a fight against the villain Zzzax, a creature formed out of pure energy who can absorb human minds.

As these first images show, the movie (which will debut on home video April 23) is a hybrid of computer-generated animation and hand-drawn art.

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Casting Net: Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale board animated 'Great Migration.' Plus: Rachel Griffiths, Melissa McCarthy, Adam Rodriguez

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• Vanessa HudgensAshley TisdaleAshley Benson (Pretty Little Liars), and Big Time Rush members Kendall Schmidt and Logan Henderson have all signed on to lend their voices to the indie animated feature The Great Migration, about a predator whose altered state proves to be a threat to the local ecosystem. If the project wasn’t already chockablock with teen dreaminess, all of the actors will also contribute to the film’s original soundtrack. No director was announced, but screenwriter Kevin G. Schmidt (Cheaper By the Dozen) will also perform in the film. [THR]

• Rachel Griffiths and Kathy Baker have signed onto Saving Mr. Banks, Disney studios announced today, joining Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in the film about the struggle between Walt Disney (Hanks) and author P.L. Travers (Thompson) to adapt her Mary Poppins series of books into a feature film. Griffiths will play Travers’ Aunt Ellie, the inspiration for Poppins, and Baker will play Tommie, who worked with Disney at his studio. Colin Farrell, Paul GiamattiJason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, and Bradley Whitford costar. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) is directing from a script by Kelly Marcel (who created Fox’s Terra Nova).

• Always up for a party, Melissa McCarthy is in talks to join The Hangover Part III in a small role. Current in production, the film costars Bradley CooperEd Helms, and Zach Galifianakis, with a script by Craig Mazin (The Hangover Part II, and McCarthy’s upcoming comedy Identity Thief) and director Todd Phillips. [Variety]

• Adam Rodriguez has joined the remake of the ’80s romantic dramedy About Last Night, which follows two singletons (Michael EalyJoy Bryant) who turn a one night stand into a possible relationship. Rodriguez will play the ex-flame of Bryant’s character. The film is as-yet untitled, since screenwriter Leslye Headland (Bachelorette) drew more from the original source material, David Mamet’s play Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Kevin Hart and Regina Hall play the couple’s respective friends, who don’t approve of the relationship. Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) is directing. [Variety]

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Toronto Film Festival: Selena Gomez says young Biebers loved 'Hotel Transylvania' premiere, but lost shoes

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Selena Gomez knows just how to please her main squeeze Justin Bieber. Take his much younger brother and sister to her Hotel Transylvania premiere! But keep track of their shoes.

Over the weekend, Gomez took Bieber’s siblings Jaxon and Jazmyn to the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of her fun, musical, vampire girl-falls-for-human dude animated comedy romance, featuring Gomez as 118-year-old teen vamp Mavis, Andy Samberg as backpacking boy-crush Jonathan, Adam Sandler as Mavis’ overly protective pop Dracula, and a slew of others, including Steve Buscemi and Fran Drescher.

What were Jaxon and Jazmyn’s take on the film?

“They loved it. They enjoyed it. We lost some shoes, and they got really excited, but it was good,” Gomez, grinning, told EW.com at a press junket for the movie on Sunday. READ FULL STORY

Check out the trailer for animated Graham Chapman biopic 'A Liar's Autobiography' -- VIDEO

We haven’t heard much from Monty Python comedy team member Graham Chapman recently. Although, as directors Bill Jones and Ben Timlett point out in the production notes for their new animated Chapman biopic A Liar’s Autobiography, that’s mostly because the troubled funnyman has been dead since 1989.

Before his demise, however, Chapman recorded an audio version of his memoirs — also called A Liar’s Autobiography — and will thus be heard in the film alongside the freshly recorded voices of his fellow Pythons Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam.

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'Despicable Me' minions spinoff set for December 2014 release

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The minions are coming, the minions are coming! Our favorite short, yellow, overall-clad, goggle-sporting workers from 2010’s animated film Despicable Me — which starred Steve Carell, Jason Segel, and Russell Brand — and 2013’s upcoming Despicable Me 2 will be coming to a theater near you on Dec. 19, 2014, EW has confirmed.

The 3D-CG spinoff will be directed by Pierre Coffin, who co-directed the original movie and its upcoming sequel with Chris Renaud. This new minions project will be co-directed by Kyle Balda. The film will also be produced by Illumination Entertainment’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy. This project marks Universal Pictures’ fifth motion picture collaboration with Illumination.

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'The Aristocats' on Blu-ray: Songwriter Richard Sherman reflects on the Disney classic and working with Walt

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Before The Princess and the Frog dazzled a generation of Justin Bieber- and Miley Cyrus-loving kids with New Orleans jazz, Disney’s The Aristocats introduced kids of the 1970s to jazz of the circa 1910 French variety.

Tuesday Disney released The Aristocats on Blu-ray, and to commemorate the release, EW chatted with Richard Sherman, who wrote some of the film’s music along with his late brother, Robert Sherman. (In the photo below, that’s Richard on the left, Robert on the right.) The duo composed two songs for the 1970 film about a collection of musically gifted cats: the title song and “Scales and Arpeggios,” along with deleted song “Pourquoi?” sung by Hermione Baddeley as Madame Bonfamille, and its reprise, “She Never Felt Alone,” sung by Robie Lester as Duchess.

Sherman appears in a special feature about those deleted songs on the Blu-ray release, which edited together storyboards from the planned scenes with original recordings of the songs.

“It was a big kick seeing those storyboards again after 40 years and telling the story of how it was supposed to have started,” Sherman said.

The Sherman Brothers’ long career with Disney also included such hits as The Jungle Book and Mary Poppins (they invented the word “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”), as well as music for many of the theme park rides in Disneyworld, Disneyland and Epcot.

Sherman talked with EW about his work for The Aristocats, which singer brought his songs to a level he never expected and what’s next in the legacy of Disney animated musicals – a format that the House of Mouse departed from for 12 years between Mulan and The Princess and the Frog. READ FULL STORY

'Chico & Rita': Check out an exclusive clip of the jazzy Oscar-nominated animated love story – VIDEO

Bright splashy colors, bright smiles, a love story soaked in summer-y jazz, set in Cuba, Hollywood and New York.

That’s Chico & Rita, nominated this past year for a best animated feature Oscar, and set for digital release on iTunes next Tuesday by Cinedigm Entertainment Group. A standard DVD and limited edition collector’s set on DVD and Blu-ray come out Sept. 18.

Directed by Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque) and artist Javier Mariscal, the movie is like a vibrant, beautifully drawn postcard come to life. Chico, a piano player, and Rita, a knock-em dead Christina Hendricks curvy singer, fall in love and lust in1948, and deal with heartbreak and separation.

Check out the exclusive clip below, a dream sequence filled with New York big band pizazz, and Chico imagining Rita with her hips going ba-da-bum down a staircase like a Cuban Marilyn Monroe.

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'Brave' director Brenda Chapman breaks silence: Getting taken off film 'heartbreaking... devastating... distressing'

When Pixar’s Brave arrived in theaters in June, two directors shared full credit for the film: Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman. The project had originated with Chapman — who’d previously directed DreamWorks Animation’s The Prince of Egypt — but at the beginning of 2011, the studio took the reins from her completely and handed them to Andrews, who’d worked on The Incredibles and Ratatouille.

It was a surprising development to say the least, given that Chapman had been Pixar’s first female director of a feature length film, not to mention that Brave featured the studio’s first female protagonist, a fiery Scottish archer-princess named Merida (Kelly Macdonald). But other than a brief comment to the Los Angeles Times in 2011 that the split was due to “creative differences,” Chapman has remained silent on the matter. Until now.

In an essay for a larger New York Times feature about women’s perpetual underrepresentation in all corners of Hollywood, Chapman wrote that the past year and a half had been “a heartbreakingly hard road” for her. “When Pixar took me off of Brave — a story that came from my heart, inspired by my relationship with my daughter — it was devastating,” she writes.  READ FULL STORY

'Despicable Me' minions spin-off gets 2014 release date

Breaking bold new ground in mainstream dada-esque filmmaking, the bright yellow, pill-shaped Minions that stole so much of the 2010 animated hit Despicable Me are getting their own spin-off film, aiming for a 2014 release, EW has confirmed.

Some of you may be thinking “Whaaaa?” — the Minions have no discernible language, and their adorably antic behavior doesn’t immediately seem suited to sustain a 90-minute feature. READ FULL STORY

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