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TRAILER: “The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature”

Surly Squirrel (Will Arnett) and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home and take back their park in The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature. This American-Canadian-Korean 3D computer-animated feature is directed by Cal Brunker and written by Brunker, Bob Barlen and Scott Bindley. It is a sequel to 2014’s […]

Director Henry Yu Talks “Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania”

The animated sequel to Sony Pictures Animation’s Surf’s Up, the 2007 Oscar animated comedy about surfing penguins, will be released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment next Tuesday. Genndy Tartakovsky’s protégé Henry Yu (story artist on Sym-Bionic Titan and both Hotel Transylvania feature films) makes his directorial debut with this project, which is produced by Michelle […]

New York Doubles-Up for an Annie-approved Commercial

Yo! New York is representing at the 2017 Annie Awards with two stalwarts of the east-coast community, J. J. Sedelmaier and Bill Plympton – united for a viral commercial, The Importance Of Paying Attention: Teeth. It is one in a series of three animated spots for the Ford Motor Company, each a gag-themed short about […]

FIRST LOOK TRAILER: The Weinstein Company’s “Leap!”

The Weinstein Company is releasing the French-Candian co-production, Leap! on March 3rd – and here is the first trailer. The film stars the voice of starring Elle Fanning as an orphan girl dreaming of becoming a ballerina, making her way to Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil […]

MOBILE TEASER: Sony’s “The Emoji Movie”

Sony Pictures Animation has launched the world’s first-ever vertical movie trailer designed especially for mobile users supporting the forthcoming animated The Emoji Movie – a computer animated adventure that “unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone”. For the first 24 hours, the trailer will be optimized for mobile users and best viewed on the […]

Production Starts on “Street Gang” – A Feature Documentary on “Sesame Street”

Production is just underway on Street Gang, a documentary on the origin of one of the most iconic shows in the history of television Sesame Street. Macrocosm Entertainment and Citizen Skull Productions are producing the feature based, in-part, on the 2008 New York Times best-selling book of the same name by Michael Davis profiling the […]


With Sing coming out out on Wednesday, and Summit Releasing’s La-La Land in theaters – both films reviving musicals – Summit is in good shape with its plans to put the animated Rock Dog in theaters this coming February. Today the studio dropped its latest trailer (below). Opening theatrically on February 24th via Summit Premiere […]

Lyft Debuts Animated “June” – Directed by John Kahrs and Designed By Kevin Dart

Today, the ride-sharing service Lyft is recognizing its drivers with a commemorative ‘Lyft Driver Appreciation Day’. The company will host drivers to various “pink carpet” events in Los Angeles and Chicago. There, the company will screen June, an original short animated film inspired by real-life Lyft driver stories. Imagined by Lyft’s creative director, Ricardo Viramontes, […]

Gkids Aquires North American Rights To Dash Shaw’s “My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea”

GKIDS, the producer and distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, announced that it has acquired the North American distribution rights for the forthcoming animated feature My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea. The 2016 American independent comedy was written and directed by Dash Shaw, celebrated author of such graphic novels […]

TEASER TRAILER: Universal’s Brazilian Live Action/Animation “Woody Woodpecker”

Universal has released the first teaser trailer for its live action/animation hybrid Pica-Pau (aka “Woody Woodpecker”), set to be released next year in Brazil. The teaser dropped during Comic Con Experience, a pop-culture event being held this weekend in São Paulo. Filmed in Vancouver, Canada and directed by Alex Zamm (Inspector Gadget 2), the movie […]

Late Night Work Club Debuts New Anthology, “Strangers”

The Late Night Work Club collective debuts its the second anthology today, the 42-minute compilation “Strangers” – online now (embed below) – which includes new films from Loup Blaster, Jeanette Bonds, Sean Buckelew, Alex Grigg, Kirsten Lepore, Nicolas Ménard & Caleb Wood with interstitial animation by Charles Huettner and original music by Skillbard, David Kamp, […]

TRAILER: “The Wanted 18”

Animated documentaries – even partially animated ones – are in vogue these days. There have never been so many as in the last year. In the new feature doc The Wanted 18, directors Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan bring to life a remarkable story of nonviolent resistance during the First Intifada. Through a clever mix […]

First Look & Cast Reveal for Sony’s “Emojimovie: Express Yourself”

Sony Pictures Animation announced today that Emmy and Tony award winner James Corden (Into the Woods) and Emmy nominee Ilana Glazer (Broad City) would join previously announced T.J. Miller (Deadpool) to lead the cast of summer 2017’s animated comedy Emojimovie: Express Yourself. Emojimovie: Express Yourself unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within […]

TRAILER: Reel FX’s “Rock Dog”

The first(?) animated release of 2017 is looking to be Rock Dog. Opening in US theaters on February 24th, 2017 via Summit Premiere (a subsidiary of Lionsgate), the pic was directed by Ash Brannon (Toy Story 2) at Reel FX in LA and Texas (though financed by a Chinese production company). Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, […]

Opening in Theaters on Friday: “Bilal: A New Breed of Hero”

Lest you think you already know every film vying for an Oscar nomination this season – Dubai-based Barajoun Entertainment is releasing its feature Bilal: A New Breed of Hero this Friday in Los Angeles. The film, based on the founding of Islam and starring Ian McShane (Game of Thrones, Kung Fu Panda), was awarded as […]