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The Rotoscopers
Views Animation Addicts Podcast #64: The Lord of the Rings – So Many Miniskirts

Morgan, Mason and Chelsea have a rotospective at Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 The Lord of the Rings.

Film
Views Rio 2

Rio 2 is the type of film that needs to become an endangered species in Hollywood — a vapid, unoriginal movie that will appeal only to young children who aren’t familiar with all the cliches and stereotypes.

Blu-ray
Views The Venture Bros.: The Fifth Season

The latest season of the [adult swim] fan favorite sees the rebirth and fall of SPHINX, The Monarch gain his revenge on Doctor Venture (or so he says), and the recently graduated Venture Bros. clumsily finding their way in the world, even as family secrets come to light.

Artists
Views Great songs never die: how art director Amos Sussigan is crafting the look of Aria For A Cow

We check in on the production of the short based on the Howard Ashman song, and look at its visual style.

Composers
Views Composer Frode Fjellheim on Frozen‘s native spirit

We speak with the Norwegian composer about helping to give the Disney hit its own unique sound.

Blu-ray
Views Adventure Time: The Complete Third Season

The third season of the hit show keeps the strange stuff, while developing relationships a little further. Above all, it stays entertaining and creative in a way that can captivate both kids and adults.

The Rotoscopers
Views Animation Addicts Podcast #62: Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron – Tradigital Animation

It’s Morgan and Mason for a M&M episode, where they review DreamWorks’ 2002 traditionally animated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.

Film
Views Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Mr. Peabody and Sherman’s focus on family is a nice change from the classic series, but the lack of humor and a good story make it improbable you’ll enjoy the film.

Blu-ray
Views Justice League: War

A younger version of the Justice League comes together as it battles Darkseid, not to mention a stale script and unappealing characterization. There are kernels of goodness here, though, as well as a nice set of bonus features.

Tooning In
Views Oscar Night 2014

Tonight’s the night! The Oscar winners will be revealed this evening. Join us during a live chat, find out who will win our contest, and see the consensus picks from our readers.

The Rotoscopers
Views Animation Addicts Podcast #61: The Last Unicorn – Give Us More Pirate Cat!

Morgan, Chelsea, Mason and special guest host Whitney Grace come together to discuss Rankin-Bass’s 1982 film The Last Unicorn.

Yearbooks
Views Oscar nominated animated shorts of 2013

This year’s Oscar nominated animated shorts range from the traditionally told to the metaphorical, from computer animated images to painted pages, and — like any awards list — from good to not-so-good.

The Rotoscopers
Views Animation Addicts Podcast #60: The Lion King – It’s SFX!

The people have spoken! The top requested film in 2013 was The Lion King! Go along with Mason, Morgan, and Chelsea as they talk about the iconic film from their childhood!

Film
Views The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie is an unexpectedly good film. And just like Legos themselves, it’s something that boys and girls, no matter their age, can all enjoy.

The Rotoscopers
Views Animation Addicts Podcast #59: A Monster in Paris – Don’t Judge This Flea by Its Cover

In the latest edition of their podcast, Morgan and Chelsea jump right in to the discussion of the unconventional and under-appreciated French film, A Monster in Paris!

Artists
Views Sony Pictures Imageworks’ Pete Travers talks “wonderfood” VFX in Cloudy 2

The Visual Effects Supervisor discusses his role in crafting the entertaining and visually imaginative sequel to Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs.

Film
Views The Nut Job

Despite the clever title and concept, The Nut Job fails to deliver the goods on just about every level — with a stale story, unremarkable animation, and lackluster acting.

The Rotoscopers
Views Animation Addicts Podcast #58: Cats Don’t Dance – It’s Big & Loud!

It’s big and LOUD! The Rotoscopers look into the one and only film from Turner Feature Animation, Cats Don’t Dance.

Artists
Views Disney historian Didier Ghez takes us for a “Grand Tour” with Walt

The new book, over two decades in the making, enlightens fans about the surprising significance of the Disneys’ 1935 European adventure.

The Rotoscopers
Views Animation Addicts Podcast #57: Best of 2013

Kick off the new year by looking back at 2013 and the best moments from the Animation Addicts Podcast. Also, the results of the 2013 Rotoscopers Awards are announced!

Yearbooks
Views The Best Of 2013: Unlucky, Or Lucky For Some?

It’s time once again for us to pick the best – and the worst – of the theatrical and home video year in animation! With a dearth of truly classic releases, what got our top scores and what were disappointments? It’s all in here…

Directors
Views Great songs never die: how director Dan Lund is giving a new life to Aria For A Cow

Read how a “lost” Howard Ashman song is getting the opportunity to get the audience it deserves – by being made into an animated film.

Blu-ray
Views The Puppetoon Movie

George Pal’s amazing “replacement animation” shorts are now in HD. This two-disc set has three features, loads of bonus shorts, and a bevy of bonuses. This just could be the release of 2013!

The Rotoscopers
Views Animation Addicts Podcast #56: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Santa Hates Misfits

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Chelsea, Morgan and Mason dive into the Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer Christmas special by Rankin-Bass!

Blu-ray
Views The Smurfs 2

The sequel is much like the first, but this time the focus is on Smurfette and her families. This is a primo example of kids films in the modern age, with lots of CGI as well as old-fashioned slapstick.

The Rotoscopers
Views Rotoscopers YouTube: Saving Mr. Banks review

Join Rotoscopers host Morgan Stradling as she shares her thoughts on Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks.

The Rotoscopers
Views Animation Addicts Podcast #54: Mary Poppins – Jack of All Accents

Morgan and Mason are joined by Rotoscopers writer Blake Taylor, as they discuss Blake’s favorite film Mary Poppins, as well as the upcoming Saving Mr. Banks.

Contest Corner
Views AV’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Nominations

The Academy, Hollywood guilds, critics, and even the AV staff will be rendering their judgment on the top films of the year. But now it’s your turn! What was the best animated film of 2013?

Directors
Views Is there Room On The Broom for the Best Animated Short Oscar?

Directors Max Lang and Jan Lachauer revisit the making of Room On The Broom, as the short flies into awards season already with Annie and BAFTA recognition.

Directors
Views Director Luiz Bolognesi tells A Story Of Love And Fury

We have a chat with director Luiz Bolognesi of the intriguing Rio 2096, the Annecy winning animated film from Brazil.

Film
Views Saving Mr Banks

Disney’s own retelling of a moment in the Studio’s history doesn’t dig deep enough to be a real “making of Mary Poppins“, but a unique story angle and fun 1960s recreations add up to a jolly confection that should please fans and casual viewers alike.

Interviews
Views Author Charles Solomon puts the chill to us with The Art Of Frozen

The well-known animation historian shares his insight on the making of Disney’s latest hit, from its accelerated production to its ultimate triumphs.

The Rotoscopers
Views Animation Addicts Podcast #55: Frozen – She’s Flawless… with Flaws!

As Frozember comes to a close, join Morgan, Chelsea, and Mason on this EXTENDED review of Disney’s Frozen!

Film
Views Frozen

Some of the plot holes may be frightful, but the story, music, visuals, and cast are delightful. Frozen is easily one of the Disney’s best in recent years, and it’s a film that will definitely not leave you cold.

Filmmakers
Views O Brother Bear, Where Art Thou?: Why Disney Channel turned down Brother Bear: The Series

With Brother Bear hitting its 10th anniversary, director Pete Michels and writer Bart Jennett recall making the ultimately-rejected pilot for its TV series spinoff.


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Animated News

Prolific animation composer Powell profiled

Variety looks at the career of composer John Powell. “Twenty of his 54 features have been animated. And with a resume that also includes a 2010 Oscar nomination for his soaring How to Train Your Dragon score and music for such hits as Happy Feet, three of the Ice Age movies, two Dr. Seuss entries, Kung Fu Panda and the original Shrek, it’s hard to dispute that Powell has made a lasting impression on the genre.” Powell said of his partiality towards animation, “I grew up on The Jungle Book, Warner Bros. cartoons, and Tom and Jerry. I love the artistry of animation, and I prefer the stories. It’s much more joyful. Live-action is just so much about people fighting all the time.”


New president named at Warner Bros Animation

Deadline reports that Sam Register has been promoted from EVP Creative Affairs to President of Warner Bros Animation. Peter Roth, Warner Bros Television Group President and Chief Content Officer said, “Sam has done an outstanding job shepherding Warner Bros Animation over the past six years, reinvigorating one of the most storied and accomplished animation production companies in this industry. His creative instincts coupled with boundless enthusiasm, passion and energy were all key drivers in WBA’s recent successes, and I know that he will bring the same level of leadership and commitment to his new mission.”


Upcoming Smurfs movie blog

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Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet), director of Sony Pictures Animation's brand new all-animated computer-generated Smurfs feature film, launched his official blog this morning at www.SmurfsProductionBlog.com
The blog, called The Blue Print, will chronicle his journey directing the animated comedy, feature guest contributors and offer exclusive glimpses at the making of film.
First up is a piece of concept art teasing the new look of the Smurfs Village, very close to Peyo's original creation. Check back for several updates every week.



Enjoy the first five minutes of How to Train Your Dragon 2

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DreamWorks has been getting fans excited about its newest feature How to Train Your Dragon 2 by releasing tidbits as the premiere date draws closer. The trailers hint at a dynamic storyline with a new enemy, new dragons, and secrets from Hiccup's past. DreamWorks has unleashed the movie's first five minutes on the Internet. The clip shows how the characters have aged and how they enjoy their new hobby: dragon racing. It also hints at Hiccup's longing to explore. Check out the clip on the Playlist and see the movie on June 13th.



Animated movie music back in style

The animated movie musical is back in vogue, according to the Los Angeles Times. The biggest sign of the change has been on the music charts. “For the first time in 20 years, a soundtrack from an animated film has been No. 1 on the Billboard charts for 10 weeks. This week, Disney’s fairy tale Frozen displaced 1994′s The Lion King to become the top-selling animated movie soundtrack of all time. It’s not the only music from an animated film that’s hot right now: Happy, Pharrell Williams’ ubiquitous mood booster from Despicable Me 2, has been No. 1 on the single charts for eight weeks.”


Fox to end ADHD

Entertainment Weekly reports that Fox is ending its Saturday night animation block Animation Domination HD on June 28th. “Affiliates are not sorry to hear the block is going away. In addition to under-performing in the ratings, some stations have apparently received complaints about the risque content of the programming, which targeted young male viewers with Adult Swim-like content”.


Antonio Banderas says Puss in Boots 2 has begun production

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While chatting with Collider about his upcoming action sequel The Expendables 3, Antonio Banderas let it drop that he has begun recording dialogue for a Puss in Boots sequel. “We started the new one four days ago," he said of the first Shrek spin-off.  "It did incredibly well with audiences and critics, all around the world, and the character is going to keep going." He didn't reveal any details about the plot, other than to say that Puss will go to "a completely different land which is very exotic," and that they are trying to do "an adventure movie" as opposed to the spaghetti western tone of the last film. No release date has been set.

“We started the new one four days ago.  It did incredibly well with audiences and critics, all around the world, and the character is going to keep going.
Read more at http://collider.com/puss-in-boots-2-news-antonio-banderas/#fviz6UwsmRlh63hQ.99
“We started the new one four days ago.  It did incredibly well with audiences and critics, all around the world, and the character is going to keep going.
Read more at http://collider.com/puss-in-boots-2-news-antonio-bander


Postman Pat: The Movie trailer arrives

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Postman Pat is making a special delivery: the trailer for his first computer animated feature. In Postman Pat: The Movie, the beloved British postal worker becomes famous when performing on a televised talent show – thanks to singing vocals by Ronan Keating – and is replaced by the evil Patbot 3000 to deliver mail throughout Greendale. Directed by Mike Disa, Postman Pat: The Movie will hit UK theaters on May 24. View the trailer, courtesy of The Telegraph, here:More


Moonbot acquires Olivia Kidney and The Extincts

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Moonbot Studios, home of William Joyce, develops most of their creative properties in house. For the first time ever, Moonbot has bought two outside properties to turn into feature films. The first is the Olivia Kidney trilogy by Ellen Potter, which is planned as a live action movie with extensive animated sequences.

“At Moonbot, we’re grabbing for magic and Olivia Kidney has captivated us,” said William Joyce, Moonbot co-founder and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. “Ellen Potter has crafted a unique and enchanting fantasy that we can’t wait to bring to life as a film.”

Moonbot also purchased the film rights for The Extincts by Veronica Cossanteli. Both properties were selected for their immersive, imaginative worlds.



Rio 2 box office, Blue Sky’s big foreign appeal

Rio 2 just missed winning the weekend box office, taking in $39 million to the Captain America sequel’s $41.4 million. Box Office Mojo notes its take was “essentially identical to the first Rio’s $39.2 million debut around the same time in 2011. Among recent animated movies, it’s noticeably higher than Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 ($34 million) and Mr. Peabody & Sherman ($32.2 million)… With the Easter holiday coming up—and without any serious family competition for a long, long time Rio 2 should hold well. It’s possible that it eventually matches the first movie’s $143.6 million total.

But the bigger prize for Blue Sky Studios may come oversees. Buzzfeed reports that while none of their movies “have made much of a box office impact in the U.S., not even the Ice Age movies, the studio’s marquee franchise… the box office picture radically changes, however, when looking at how much money animated feature films make overseas. Two of the all-time top five highest foreign grosses for animated films have been from Blue Sky: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, with $690.1 million, and the fourth and most recent movie in that franchise, 2012’s Ice Age: Continental Drift, with $715.9 million, which is the best foreign box office take ever for an animated film to date. Yes, even better than Frozen (although that will change likely this week). Blue Sky’s movies do so well overseas that, on average, they gross more worldwide than DreamWorks Animation”.


New How to Train Your Dragon 2 trailer and poster

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As was reported earlier, a new (and supposedly final) trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2 has been released, and can be seen on YouTube. In addition, a brand new one sheet for the film has been posted at the IMP Awards. The 3-D sequel flies into theaters on June 13th.



Rio 2 opens

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Blue Sky's Rio 2 opens today in 3,948 theatres, according to Box Office Mojo. Critics are split with most leaning the wrong way, according to the Tomatometer where the film currently sits at 47%. Their consensus: "Like most sequels, Rio 2 takes its predecessor's basic template and tries to make it bigger – which means it's even busier, more colorful, and ultimately more exhausting for viewers outside the youthful target demographic". The critics may not matter so much as Box Office Mojo projects a tight race for the weekend top spot between Rio 2 and the Captain America sequel in its second week, with both films possibly toping just over $40 million.



Final How to Train Your Dragon 2 trailer on the way

The final trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2 is just days away now, with the film’s official Facebook page announcing that it will be shown in theaters before Rio 2 next Friday. However, it is very likely to appear online shortly before then. How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens everywhere June 13th.


Aardman’s Shaun The Sheep Movie gets its first teaser trailer

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The first teaser trailer and poster for Aardman's Shaun the Sheep the Movie has been unveiled online, reports Collider. Shaun the Sheep the Movie marks the big screen debut of Shaun, who was first seen in the Oscar winning Wallace & Gromit short film A Close Shave and got its own TV show later, proving to be one of Aardman’s most popular and lovable characters. Directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzack, Shaun the Sheep the Movie opens in the UK theaters on March 20, 2015. A US release date has not been announced.



Frozen is now the biggest animated movie ever in terms of worldwide box office

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Frozen surpassed yet another milestone today, surpassing Toy Story 3 to become the biggest animated movie of all time in terms of worldwide box office receipts, The Wrap is reporting. The movie also passed Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, making the billion dollar hit one of the ten biggest movies of all time. One record Frozen won't break, however, is at the domestic box office, where Shrek 2 still reigns supreme as the biggest toon ever with a take of $441 million. In other Frozen success stories, the movie's soundtrack returned to the top of Billboard 200 this week, and the film's Blu-Ray release dominated the sales charts by selling 3.2 million copies on its first day alone.



Cowabunga! First Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer now online

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After years of troubled production, a first teaser trailer for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot is now online, and can be seen on YouTube. The preview features only fleeting glimpses of the heroes in a half-shell, with the main focus being on Megan Fox's April O'Neal. Those who want to wait to see the trailer on the big screen should be able to do so when Captain America: The Winder Soldier opens next week. The live-action/animated movie kicks its way into theaters on August 8th.



First How to Train Your Dragon 2 clips emerges

A first (and very short) clip from How to Train Your Dragon 2 has made its way online, and can be seen at ComingSoon.net. In addition, a new trailer for the sequel is expected to debut in the coming weeks. The much anticipated release flies into theaters on June 13th.


Dexter’s Laboratory gets a comic book series

Dexter’s Laboratory was a popular show on Cartoon Network. It was about a super genius boy named Dexter with a secret laboratory in his house. His experiments were constantly being destroyed by his older sister Dee Dee with whom Dexter had a love-hate relationship. Cartoon Network is breathing new life into some of its popular, older properties via comic books, says ComicsAlliance. Dexter’s Laboratory joins fellow shows Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls, and Ben 10 with an ongoing comic series. Even more exciting news is there will be a crossover series called Super Secret Crisis War starring other favorite Cartoon Network characters.


Muppets not quite Most Wanted at the box office

The Muppets returned to the big screen for the first time since 2011′s The Muppets this weekend, but in terms of money, things weren’t quite as good for them this time around. Box Office Mojo is reporting that Muppets Most Wanted made a less-than-expected $17 million, which was still good for second place. Part of the reason for this was possibly due to Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which continued to show decent legs with a take of $11 million for a total gross of $81 million. Muppets Most Wanted got decent to great reviews, with a “freshness” rating of 77% over at Rotten Tomatoes.


Behind the animation on Cosmos

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The reboot of the classic TV series Cosmos is currently airing on FOX, which in addition to featuring impressive computer-generated images of the galaxy, also features animated sequences that tell the stories of old scientists and astronomers from history. Yahoo! Movies took a look behind the scenes, revealing that the idea for those scenes came from executive producer Seth MacFarlane (who is obviously best known for his animated comedies Family Guy and American Dad!). The site features an interview with MacFarlane's animation producing partner, Ann Druyan.  "I didn't want the characters to be hyper-realistic," she said.  "It might come across as hokey. I knew that we were going to have transitions between live-action locations into these animated worlds, and that couldn't be jarring. I didn't want the viewer to be like, 'Oh my God, now we're in some cartoon land.' So there had to be a way to make semi-seamless transitions and not have them look weird." Cosmos airs Sundays on Fox and Mondays on National Geographic Channel.



Final Maleficent trailer now online

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The final trailer for Disney's upcoming Maleficent is now online, and can be seen at ComingSoon.net. The movie will reveal a number of things about the classic villain--including how she "lost her wings"--and of course will retell the story of Sleeping Beauty. Starring Angelina Jolie, Maleficent opens everywhere May 30th.



First Peanuts teaser trailer from Blue Sky

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The first teaser trailer for Blue Sky's upcoming Peanuts animated film has hit the web. Slated for a 2015 release, the studio hypes the new preview: "For the first time ever, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang we know and love from Charles Schulz's timeless Peanut comic strip will be making their big-screen debut; like they've never been seen before in a CG-Animated Feature film in 3D". See the trailer here: More



The Incredibles 2 and Cars 3 both in the works from Pixar

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Fans have been wondering if it would happen for years, but it looks as though Pixar may finally be getting to work on an Incredibles sequel, Collider is reporting. At a recent meeting with investors, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that Brad Bird is "currently writing The Incredibles 2." Iger also said that another Cars film is also in the works. It is, of course, unknown at this point when either film will be released.



GKIDS to bring Ghibli’s The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya Stateside

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GKIDS has announced that they have acquired the theatrical and home release North American distribution rights for Studio Ghibli's The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya, the new animated feature by Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko, Only Yesterday, My Neighbors the Yamadas), reports Deadline. An English language version is being produced by Studio Ghibli and Geoffrey Wexler, with Frank Marshall of Kennedy/Marshall Executive Producing. The same team that handled the English versions of The Wind Rises and From Up on Poppy Hill, which was also distributed by GKIDS in 2013. The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya is slated for a late 2014 theatrical release, just in time for awards season submissions.



Sony Pictures Animation unveils updated production slate

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SPA has just announced their production slate. It includes Kelly Asbury (Shrek2, Gnomeo & Juliet) directing an all-animated new Smurfs film with new designs and environments, scheduled for August 2015, and Genndy Tartakovsky directing Hotel Transylvania 2 eyeing September 2015, Popeye and developing an original idea entitled Can You Imagine?. The first concept art of this creation has just been revealed.




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