Watch: The New 'Pixels' Trailer Kills a Smurf and Battles Donkey Kong

Watch: The New 'Pixels' Trailer Kills a Smurf and Battles Donkey Kong

May 19, 2015

Even if you didn't grow up in the 1980s, the new trailer for Pixels is bound to stir nostalgic memories of all the great video games from the first generation of joystick madness.

This preview expands upon what we've already seen from the summer action-comedy, adding additional layers to the main characters' backstories while teasing battle sequences that look dangerously fun. Makes us wanna play some Donkey Kong, to be honest.

Check it out below.

 

Back in 2012, Disney's Wreck-It Ralph played off that fond nostalgia with an empathetic look at classic video game characters who had been pushed into early retirement. Now Pixels comes along to challenge the notion that these icons were ever actually heroic.

As the trailer explains, NASA sent a time capsule into space in 1982, filled with indicators of mankind's life and culture. The idea was to send a friendly message in hopes of meeting other life forms. Unfortunately, some things don't translate well, and mankind's positive message got garbled into a threat by an alien race, inspiring them to send an attack force to wipe out the Earth, an attack force of … video game characters.

Yup, that's where Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, and Josh Gad enter the picture. They are all classic arcade game buffs who are enlisted by the President to battle the aliens and save the planet, 8 pixels at a time.

Chris Columbus, who wrote and/or directed a batch of great comedies, like Goonies and Mrs. Doubtfire, directed. The trailer features riffs on a bunch of familiar blockbusters like Independence DayGhostbusters, and The Italian Job, along with a cameo appearance by a video game creator, himself an icon. Then get ready to rumble with Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and many more in theaters on July 24.

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Tags: Pixels
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