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Scrat Finally Gets the Acorn in Final Blue Sky Studios Animation



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A year after Blue Sky Studios was officially shut down, the studio released one final hurrah. This project took the form of six shorts starring their beloved nutty mascot, and it was titled Ice Age: Scrat Tales. But while the shorts had their grand premiere today on Disney+, something extra was revealed to the internet and gave a perfect sendoff to the studio. Yes, Scrat finally got his beloved acorn. Watch the video below.

The short was uploaded on the YouTube channel Finale, as its only upload, and with the following in the description:

What makes this short so memorable, and bittersweet, is that it’s a perfect bookend to the very first shot from a Blue Sky Studios feature film, 2002’s Ice Age. Twenty years ago, audiences were introduced to the sabertoothed squirrel as he trotted on screen for the first time and began looking for a spot to hide his acorn. What started off as a cute introduction to the frozen world of Ice Age exploded into a multi-film struggle between Scrat and fate, as he found himself frozen, pounded, fallen to the center of the earth, the bottom of the ocean, and even to outer space!

Related: Ice Age Characters From the Movie Franchise, Ranked

Since his introduction, audiences were hooked on the little squirrel/rat as he faced all levels of bad luck and adversaries. Every movie in the Ice Age film franchise involves a Scrat side plot of some kind that is separate from the other main characters (though once in a while they do cross paths). Usually, these plots are centered around him trying to simply bury his acorn, reclaim it, or get it back from another hungry beast. Like Charlie Brown or Wile E. Coyote, Scrat refuses to give up and continues to survive on willpower alone.

From his debut to his curtain call, Scrat was voiced by Chris Wedge. Wedge, aside from voicing the furry friend, is most well known for co-founding Blue Sky Studios as well as directing Ice Age, Robots, Epic, and Monster Trucks. In a 2002 interview with Ain’t It Cool News, Wedge talks about Scrat’s debut in the very first Ice Age movie.

Time has not been kind to Scrat as a character. The little guy has struggled with glaciers, lightning, crumbling earth, and just about every representative of the elements has been against him. And that’s probably the true power of this final shot. For once there are no wacky hijinks, no slapstick, no suffering. It’s just Scrat, in a pretty relaxed state, as he finally picks up his acorn and enjoys it for the first and last time. It’s truly the end of an era for Blue Sky Studios, but for the talented and hard-working people that made it something special, it’s an unforgettable chapter in an ongoing story.



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Exclusive: Tim Rozon Talks New Movie Dakota and His Love of Animals and Comic Books



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Tim Rozon had solidified himself as a frequent face in Canada’s film and television industries (especially in the immensely popular show Instant Star) before Schitt’s Creek, but it was that show from Dan and Eugene Levy which launched him into international recognition. Rozon played Mutt Schitt, one of the most relatively stable people in the great comedy series, and one of the few narcissists in the show despite being movie-star handsome. He quickly became a fan-favorite character on Schitt’s Creek.

In the past seven years, he’s been in the main cast of several underrated and quirky science fiction TV shows Wynonna Earp, SurrealEstate, and Vagrant Queen. These shows may not have amassed the huge popularity of the biggest sci-fi shows, but when Rozon spoke to us, they were making headlines. SurrealEstate, in a largely unprecedented move, had been uncanceled on CTV Sci-Fi Channel in Canada and on SyFy in the States, after being canceled roughly seven months prior.

“To be honest, I found out a little bit before yesterday,” Rozon says, “but it was one of those things where I got the call, and I was just kind of speechless listening. Like, we’re back. Oh my god, we’re back. I was so happy. I love that show, and as a cast, we were so close. The show was great. The episodes are amazing.” Rozon had been on a variety of shows, so while the cancellation of SurrealEstate was upsetting, it wasn’t the most surprising thing in the world. “It’s not my first rodeo,” Rozon says, “so I’ve been there before. I’ve been on lots of canceled shows, but I’ve never been on a show I got saved before [in this way], and I’m so grateful, and so happy, and so excited.”

Related: 5 Reasons Why There Needs to be a Schitt’s Creek Movie

The Earp Expo was scheduled for the same week that Rozon received this news, making this season of his life (in which the new film, Dakota, is also premiering) quite joyful and productive. While Wynonna Earp never got the attention many believe it deserved, it did garner critical acclaim and developed an extremely loyal and adoring fan base over the course of its run. This resulted in The Earp Expo, a convention devoted solely to the TV series, which stars Rozon as Doc Holliday alongside Melanie Scrofano and Shamier Anderson. The fans have made The Earp Expo into a truly special place for the Wynonna Earp cast and crew, and Rozon loves it, saying:

Now, Dakota is being released, a movie set around a dog featuring Rozon as Sergeant CJ Malcolm. CJ is fulfilling a promise he made to his friend and fellow Afghanistan veteran Clay Sanders, who passed away overseas – he’s taking back Dakota, a combat dog, to Sanders’ widowed wife Kate (played by Abbie Cornish) and daughter Alex (played by Lola Sultan). CJ is like a shaved, more traumatized version of Mutt from Schitt’s Creek, exhibiting the same quiet and introspective intensity but with a deep kindness rooted in his heart. It’s the perfect addition to a very wholesome film about PTSD and trauma, along with healing and relationships.

Rozon’s quiet stoicism is used to great effect here, something he brings to many roles. As Rozon says, “I’m a pretty big introvert, not going to lie. I’ll prove it. Here,” he says, turning his camera to reveal his walls lined with books, many of them comic books. “This is some of my comic book collection in my loft. It’s mostly books and comic books here, so I spent a lot of time alone kind of reading books.” Rozon continues, speaking about his quiet but often kind characters:

CJ’s (and the Sanders family’s) protective and healing relationship with Dakota is the real heart of the film, and arguably what most attracted Rozon to the part in the first place. “I’m an ambassador for a charity out here called Unite for Change, and it’s for the Animal Welfare Fund,” Rozon says. “It’s for rescue animals, because I’ve met many rescues myself here, and I’ve had lots throughout my life, including Great Danes, horses, cats, raccoons, you name it.” Rozon talks tenderly about animals and personally resonates with Dakota‘s story of how kindness can change not only wounded or traumatized animals but wounded people, as well. He continues:

As Discover points out, dogs are the only animal to have evolved alongside humans, and “no other species has been so thoroughly integrated into human society.” For 33,000 years, dogs have been living with humankind, helping us hunt and gather, providing companionship and protection, and loving the lonely.

Related: These Movie Characters Love Their Pet(s) More Than They Do Any Human

Far beyond being adorable, dogs lead the blind, comfort the sick, sniff out drugs and bombs, provide transportation, and much more. They literally lower blood pressure and ease stress, and people who have dogs as companions are statistically proven to live longer; for people with a history of heart attacks, living with a dog provides a 65% reduced risk of mortality. As such, there are countless dog fanatics in the world, and for them, Dakota will likely be a comforting film.

In addition to animals, Rozon is passionate about comic books, which seems appropriate for someone who stars in so many acclaimed sci-fi shows. His delight is visible at getting to express his love for them, and could easily be interviewed solely about the Silver Surfer, his “favorite comic book character.” He gleefully nerds out:

Perhaps his love for the Silver Surfer says something about Rozon and the types of characters he enjoys playing. “He’s kind of this wounded character floating around space,” Rozon says. “He knows he’s looking for something that he’s lost, but he doesn’t know what it is, because Galactus kind of wiped his memory to give him the Power Cosmic. But he’s searching for the person he loves, and he doesn’t know it. I always just loved that so much. Plus, he’s flying through space on a surfboard, which is kind of amazing.”

Between his adoration of comic books, passion for animals, and general introspection, Rozon has a kind and quiet personality which seems almost incongruous to his incredible good looks (and which certainly makes him incapable of noticing them). He was waiting to hear back on a role he recently auditioned for, one which he really liked, but discovered that his handsomeness had actually gotten in the way.

“I really liked this part,” Rozon says, “and I called my agent and said ‘so what happened?’ And he says, ‘yeah, I have to tell you, they think you’re too good-looking.’ I didn’t even know what that meant.” Plenty of fans, both at The Earp Expo and around the world, definitely do know what that means, with Rozon’s good looks even being a comical aspect of Schitt’s Creek. “I guess if that’s the biggest cross I got to bear, I’ll take it.”

“I never think about it like that,” Rozon continues. “I still think I’m the goofy kid nobody would talk to.” Regardless, people keep wanting to talk to Rozon; he develops lasting friendships with every project he works on. “I was literally talking to Mel this morning from Wynonna Earp. I was talking to Sarah Levy from Schitt’s Creek yesterday. I saw Annie [Murphy from Schitt’s Creek] a couple of weeks ago,” he says, before speaking kindly about even more people from different series he’d been in contact with. It’s clear that Rozon makes an impression on co-workers and audiences alike, with many circling back to his kind presence through the years.

Dakota hit theaters April 1st, but is getting its VOD/Digital release on Friday, May 20th. Rozon is also starring in a remake of Terror Train, the classic horror film with Jamie Lee Curtis and David Copperfield, which will stream on Tubi in October.



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Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2022



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2022 has already been an impressive year for horror movies, with Scream and Texas Chainsaw Massacre starting off the year. Luckily, there are still several interesting features to come.

Last year was also a great year for the horror genre. 2021 saw movies like M. Night Shyamalan’s Old, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, the Fear Street trilogy and the Candyman remake.

This year will also see a few remakes and sequels, like the long-awaited Hocus Pocus 2 and the remake of Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot, which was originally released on screen in 1979, and is based on the book of the same name. There will also be another installment of the popular Evil Dead franchise, Evil Dead Rise.

There will be a lot of new, original material this year to get excited about. Like Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling, which is a psychological thriller about 1950s suburbia, starring Harry Styles and Florence Pugh. Or David Slade’s Dark Harvest, which is based on the novel of the same name by Norman Partridge.

While several of these highly anticipated horror flicks are set to release during the fall – fittingly around Halloween – now is a great time to get excited for what’s to come and read about some of the most anticipated horror movies to hit the screens in 2022.

The Black Phone is about a 13-year-old boy (Mason Thames) who gets kidnapped by a sinister masked killer (Ethan Hawke), and is kept in a soundproof basement. There’s a disconnected phone on the wall in the basement that starts to ring and connects the boy with the voices of the killer’s previous victims, who want to help him escape.

The movie will be directed by Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) with co-writing from screenwriter and film critic C. Robert Cargill, and is based on a short story by Joe Hill; Stephen King’s son. Jason Blum, of Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity, Insidious) will be producing.

The Black Phone will have its theatrical release on June 24th, and just from the trailer alone, it looks like bona fide nightmare fuel.

The horror/drama Men is about a young woman (Jessie Buckley) who ventures out into the English countryside for some self-care and personal time, when she discovers something, or someone, in the woods is stalking her. Alex Garland (Ex Machina) wrote and directed the movie, with A24 (Midsommar, Hereditary) aiding in production.

The trailer depicts a very creepy, unsettling plot that looks ripe with twists, turns, and depth that’s recognizable with A24 productions. The theatrical release for Men is set for May 20.

RELATED: A24’s Men: Plot, Cast and Everything Else We Know

Halloween Ends is the thirteenth and seemingly the last installment in the Halloween franchise, created by horror master John Carpenter. It follows the 2018 reboot Halloween and the 2021 sequel Halloween Kills, and will be directed by David Gordon Green, who was also responsible for the other two films in the reboot trilogy.

Halloween Ends will pick up where Halloween Kills left off and put Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Michael Myers against each other for a final showdown. Jason Blum is on board for production and the movie will feature writers who worked on the recent prequels, like Danny McBride.

Michael Myers has been terrorizing audiences since the debut of the original Halloween in 1978. Several sequels and reboots have been released over the years – some better than others. Viewers will have to wait until Halloween Ends’ theatrical release on October 14 to see how – and if – the franchise comes to an end.

‘Salem’s Lot is one of Stephen King’s most notable classics. It was adapted on screen once before in 1979, and received rave reviews from critics, labeling it one of the best King adaptations. Later in 1987, the sequel, A Return to ‘Salem’s Lot debuted, but really didn’t live up to the original.

The horror classic about Ben Mears (Lewis Pullman), a writer who returns to his childhood home of Jerusalem’s Lot and finds it slowly overcome with vampires, is being remade and directed by Gary Dauberman (Annabelle, The Nun). Well-known horror director James Wan, (The Conjuring, Inisidious), is also coming on as a producer.

The theatrical release for ‘Salem’s Lot is set for September 9. There have yet to be any trailers or sneak peeks released for the movie, but Wan and Dauberman are aiming to keep the remake as close to the original book as possible.

NOPE is the latest movie from acclaimed director Jordan Peele (Us, Get Out). It’s about a couple of caretakers at a horse ranch in California that encounter some kind of strange presence that affects animal and human behaviors. Maybe it’s aliens or some other strange supernatural force. It’s unclear, and the trailer is just as ambiguous as the title itself. However, knowing what Peele is capable of from his past works puts NOPE at the top of the list for summer must-sees. NOPE also has a star-studded cast including Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Keke Palmer (Hustlers), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) and Barbie Ferreira (Euphoria).

The theatrical release is set for July 22.

RELATED: Why Nope Could Be Jordan Peele’s Best Film Yet



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