This was a big week for comedy and animation. It's a nice change. There are so many serious, dark, and gritty trailers that fill up every other week that it's good to have a little time away from them. Don't worry — there's still some of the dark stuff down below, but for the most part, you're in for a fun week.
A few trailers have been out for the Peanuts movie so far, but this is the first one that really gives a sense of what the film will be like. There are a lot of classic moments ripped out of the comics, but the rest really shows the film's story beginning to come to life. It comes out on November 6th.
Kung Fu Panda 3
DreamWorks' successful Kung Fu Panda series is returning once again, and that means even more Jack Black this year. This time around, Bryan Cranston has a role as his father — and the rest of the voice cast is as wonderful as ever. It'll be out in January.
The first season of The Leftovers wasn't the huge hit that some were expecting it to be, and now the series appears to be undergoing a bit of a revamp in order to change things up. The new season apparently drops quite a few cast members and, as this first teaser reveals, brings the show to an entirely new location. Presumably, there's just as much mystery and angst. It starts on HBO this fall.
A Deadly Adoption
This is going to be amazing, right? For some reason, Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig are starring in a Lifetime movie. Or a parody of a Lifetime movie. Or something. Obviously it's all very dramatic. It premieres Saturday night.
The Spoils Before Dying
The Spoils Before Dying is a comedy miniseries with an incredible cast, a wonderful jazz age setting, and a noir vibe. Michael Kenneth Williams, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, Tim Meadows, and quite a few other familiar faces pop up in the trailer. It starts on IFC July 8th.
The Secret Life of Pets
The animation in The Secret Life of Pets is really wonderful, but it's the names behind it that should make you take a moment to check it out: some of the writers and directors behind it also made Despicable Me, and the voice cast includes Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, and Jenny Slate, among quite a few others. The film comes out next year on July 8th.
The Stanford Prison Experiment
This looks intense and absolutely fascinating. The film covers the famous experiment that turned college students into prisoners and prison guards to see how their behavior would change. We all know the results, but watching a rendition of it all unfold is still quite stunning. It opens July 17th then goes on-demand July 24th.
Boulevard is supposed to be Robin Williams' final live action role, and it's certainly an emotional one. The film has his character looking back on a life that he feels he could have lived differently and figuring out whether he still has the time to change. It's a powerful final subject, and it's always great watching Williams in a dramatic role. It opens July 10th.
The trailer for Sicario probably goes a little too far in trying to explain itself, but it otherwise manages to set up a very dark drug trafficking thriller. Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin all star, so there's a pretty great cast to watch play it all out. It opens in September.
Basically all you need to know is that 13 Minutes is another World War II film from the director who made Downfall, which is where that Hitler reaction meme comes from. This film focuses on Georg Elser, who attempted (and failed) to assassinate Hitler in 1939. The film will be out in the UK on July 17th.
People Places Things
I don't think Jemaine Clement can say anything without being funny, so the trailer for People Places Things is pretty wonderful for anyone who likes his comedy. Plus, Jessica Williams shows up. It's supposed to come out in theaters and on-demand August 14th.