Trailer Park–The Anthropomorphic Animals (and Other Things) Edition

Secret Life of Pets

Yes, it’s that time again.  Time for another edition of Trailer Park.  This time we’re looking at four coming attractions of the animated variety.  Two hail from Illumination Entertainment and two from Disney companies.

The Secret Life of Pets gives a look into the world of animals at home when humans are not around.  Zootopia looks at a parallel universe of animals living their lives like humans.  The Good Dinosaur is another parallel universe story, following the lives of dinosaurs if that giant asteroid bypassed Earth 65 million years ago.  And Minions follows the little yellow fellows from Despicable Me as they look for the ultimate villain to support.

Minions theater

And then we have our recommendation of viewing while you’re waiting for the talking animal shows to hit your local theater.  Let’s get on with it!

First up, The Secret Life of Pets from Illumination Entertainment.  Here’s the trailer:

Voice actors include comedians Kevin Hart, Louis C.K., Bobby Moynihan, and the great Albert Brooks.  The Secret Life of Pets arrives in theaters July 8, 2016.

Next, Zootopia from Disney/Pixar:

Voice actors include Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman.  Zootopia arrives in theaters March, 2016.

Here is the trailer for The Good Dinosaur from Disney:

Voice actors include Jeffrey Wright, Anna Paquin, the great Sam Elliott, and Frances McDormand.  The Good Dinosaur arrives in theaters November 25, 2015.

And finally, here is one of several funny previews for Minions from Illumination Entertainment:

Voice actors include Sandra Bullock, Michael Keaton, Jon Hamm, Geoffrey Rush, Laraine Newman, and Jennifer Saunders.  Look for Minions next month, July 10, 2015.

While you’re waiting for these movies, check out any production by the British production company Aardman Productions.  No one does talking and anthropomorphic animals better and funnier.

Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers, an Oscar winner, is probably the best of them all.  Check out this exciting excerpt from the short film here:

We could watch Wallace & Gromit all day.

Aardman also created a successful series called Creature Comforts, using real interviews with various average folk on the streets of England, only showing animals being interviewed in place of the people.  It’s great fun.  Check out this segment from the series:

C.J. Bunce


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