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AWARDS WATCH 2016

Top 15 Leading Contenders For Annie and Academy Awards (in order of release) 1. KUNG FU PANDA 3 (1/29/16) Dreamworks/20th Century-Fox. D: Jennifer Yuh Nelson; Co-Director: Allesandro Carloni. 2. ZOOTOPIA (3/4/16) Disney. D: Byron Howard, Rich Moore. 3. FINDING DORY (6/17/16) Disney/Pixar. D: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane. 4. THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (7/8/16) Universal […]

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SNEAK PEEK: Season 3 Netflix “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” Clip

The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show is back and crazier than ever! After last season’s cliffhanger, Season 3 opens with Peabody and Sherman teaming up with alter-ego versions of themselves to defeat an evil cyborg version of Mrs. Hughes and fix the course of history! The zaniness continues when the Penthouse is invaded by neighbors, […]

TRAILER: “25 April” – Opens This Week In LA

Opening in Los Angeles this Friday (October 21st – for Oscar consideration) at the Laemmle Town Center 5 in Encino, is 25 April – an animated documentary based on the tragic 1915 Gallipoli Campaign of WW1 – told through the perspective of six New Zealanders who were involved. Here’s the trailer:

FIRST LOOK IMAGE: Jane Fonda’s character from “Elena and the Secret of Avalor”

Elena and the Secret of Avalor, a special television movie event, premieres as a special simulcast Sunday, November 20th (7:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. The TV movie tells the backstory of how Elena was imprisoned in her magical amulet by the evil sorceress Shuriki, voiced by legendary actress Jane Fonda, and […]

TRAILER: “Ballerina”

Set in 1879 Paris. An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house. Ballerina, directed by Eric Summer and Éric Warin (The Triplets of Belleville), and starring the voice of Elle […]

FiveThirtyEight Oversimplifies the Animation Industry

Data-centric website FiveThirtyEight thinks it’s nailed down the Seven Ways to Become an Animation Powerhouse. Their analysis is incomplete though, and misses a few large factors that make animated movies successful. For starters, their title is misleading; there are no seven ways listed in the article. Instead writer Walt Hickey merely analyses the performance of […]

TRAILER: Raymond Briggs “Ethel and Ernest”

A new trailer has dropped for Ethel and Ernest, a hand drawn, feature length adaptation of the graphic novel by Raymond Briggs (The Snowman, When The Wind Blows). The film will be initially released by Universal in London on October 28th. The feature was produced and adapted by Lupus Films and directed by Roger Mainwood […]

TRAILER: “Ice Age: Collision Course”

Scrat is back – and based on international grosses it looks like the rest of the Ice Age gang will never face extinction. Directed by Mike Thurmeier and Galen Chu, Blue Sky’s Ice Age: Collision Course will be released July 22nd by 20th Century Fox. Here’s the latest trailer:

Sony Pictures Animation Announces 2017 & 2018 Slate

Sony Pictures Animation formerly announced today its 2017/2018 slate – which includes five theatrical features, three television series and one direct-to-video movie – moves signaling an expansion of its output and increased year-round production across multiple platforms. Among the news in today’s announcement: Genndy Tartavakosky will be returning to direct 2018’s Hotel Transylvania 3; Bob […]

GKIDS to Produce and Distribute Cartoon Saloon’s “The Breadwinner”

GKIDS, the well-known distributor of international animated features, announced that CEO/Founder Eric Beckman and SVP of Distribution David Jesteadt will executive produce, along with Angelina Jolie Pitt and others, The Breadwinner, the latest feature from the two-time Academy Award nominated animation studio, Cartoon Saloon. GKIDS had its first Oscar nomination with Cartoon Saloon’s The Secret […]

Women In Animation: “The Quagmire Of The Female Character” June 2nd

The June meeting of Women In Animation is a panel discussion presented by movie executive and producer Lindsay Doran. The Quagmire Of The Female Character will be discussed at Sony Studios in Culver City on June 2nd. Once upon a time, almost all of the protagonists in animated movies were male (with various professions) or […]

Aardman Casts Eddie Redmayne in Nick Park’s next Feature “Early Man”

Aardman and Studiocanal today announce that Eddie Redmayne has joined Nick Park’s new prehistoric comedy adventure Early Man as the voice of Dug. Pictured in the studio this week Eddie Redmayne is the first cast member to be revealed as production begins. Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed […]

REVIEW: “Ratchet & Clank”

Ratchet & Clank, a new CG feature based on a long-running PlayStation game, hits the screen with a clunk. Even for viewers who’ve never played the game, it feels stale and derivative, with elements that recall Star Wars, The Incredibles, The Phantom Menace, Tiger & Bunny, George Pal’s Tulips Shall Grow, The Simpsons, and pretty […]