5 Must-See TV and Movie Trailers: ‘Pete’s Dragon’ and More

Trailers are as much a part of the movie-going experience nowadays as the films themselves. There’s something incomparably exciting about seeing what amounts to a two-minute sizzle reel of a release’s best scenes. It’s why trailer culture has proliferated into what it is today, and makes it so even the release date of a short teaser is a day to look forward to. In the spirit of these, our team gathers together the best the internet has to offer, delivering all the TV and movie trailers and teasers you can possibly handle in one place every week.

1. Storks

It’s a great time for smart, well-written animated movies. Even while Pixar and Disney continue to dominate, it’s no longer just their game anymore. 2014’s The LEGO Movie proved that firsthand, and soon, it’ll be followed by a full-on LEGO franchise. That’s not all Warner is working on right now. Storks stars Andy Samberg, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, and Kelsey Grammar, and is written/directed by Nicholas Stoller, the man behind Get Him to the Greek among many others. The second full-length trailer gives us a good look at some of the better jokes the movie offers, as well as the general story, all of which seem promising at least for now.

2. Making History

If it feels like the world of comedy television is being dominated by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller right now, it’s probably because it is. The LEGO masterminds were executive producers for the pilot of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and are in charge of their own show in The Last Man on Earth. Adding to their already-extensive resume will be Making History, a comedy following two men as they travel through time back to the American Revolution. It stars Adam Pally (Happy Endings), Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl), and Yassir Lester, and if the first look from FOX is any indicator, it’s going to be hilarious.

3. Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards

It’s been one crazy season for Game of Thrones this year. Having finally outpaced George R.R. Martin’s novels, the HBO series has finally taken flight. We’ve seen the return of characters long thought to be dead, along with the most significant plot movement the show’s ever seen. All this has led us to the penultimate episode, famously utilized by showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff as the climactic chapter in each season.

For Season 6, we’ll get the biggest battle in Game of Thrones history. According to numbers reported by Entertainment Weekly, filming for “Battle of the Bastards” required 600 crew members, 500 extras, 160 tons of gravel, 70 horses, 25 stuntmen and women, 25 days of shooting, and 4 camera crews. In total, EW estimates that each episode this season cost a whopping $10 million on average. “Battle of the Bastards” will then lead right into the season finale the following weekend, wrapping up a run of episodes to remember in 2016.

4. Pete’s Dragon

Disney’s mission to put out live-action remakes for its entire animated library doesn’t stop with classics like Cinderella and The Jungle Book. No, they’re digging a level deeper, bringing stories like Pete’s Dragon to life. Strictly speaking, the original film released in 1977 wasn’t actually an animated movie. Instead, the dragon itself was a cartoon, super-imposed into an otherwise live-action affair. Technology has improved by leaps and bounds since then, giving us a full-on CGI version of the titular flying lizard in Pete’s Dragon. 

5. Moana

You can’t swing a cat without hitting a new Disney project right now, evidenced by this week’s release of the first teaser for MoanaThe film is the next installment in the studio’s long line of princess stories, although the initial footage is shockingly short on our titular heroine. Yahoo! posits a theory that a movie marketed directly to young girls isn’t something Disney sees as profitable, citing the low box office numbers for The Princess and the Frog. That of course isn’t necessarily true, but for now, most of the Moana marketing prominently features Dwayne Johnson’s character, Maui.

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