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Moana: Ultimate Collectors Edition

Disney’s second animated smash of 2016 is this brilliant action adventure musical from masters of the craft John Musker and Ron Clements, and this disc presentation is as solid as they come!


Pinocchio: Walt Disney Signature Collection

Walt Disney’s epic masterpiece joins the Signature line, with a typically light treatment where the (lack of new) supplements can’t hold a candle to the brilliant feature.


John Hurt, screen veteran and prolific animation voice actor, passes away aged 77

Disney announces Moana to set sail for Blu-ray combo pack and 3D edition March 7

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Epic Comedy-Adventure Moana Sails Home on Digital HD Feb. 21 and Blu-ray March 7 Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana”, the sweeping story of a spirited teenager who sets sail on a daring adventure to save her people, starring newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of brave and tenacious Moana and Dwayne […]


Just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, star of Singin’ In The Rain and Charlotte’s Web, dies aged 84

2016: Animated Views’ Review Of The Year!

Our band of intrepid contributors cast their eyes back on the picks of the past twelve months, from movies to discs and books – and everything inbetween!


PBS Walt Disney documentary gets BBC revision, UK airing

To unofficially mark 50 years since his death in December 1966, the PBS American Experience documentary Walt Disney has been given a revised television airing by the BBC. Originally a two-part, four-hour program, the documentary has been recut into two one-hour shows, the first part of which was broadcast Saturday evening and is now available […]


Pete’s Dragon

One of Disney’s biggest surprises of the year is this wonderfully good-natured gem, a mighty fine family film that stands out from all the other talking animals and fish currently out there. Just lovely.


The BFG

Spielberg directs a rare misfire that draws on Roald Dahl’s book, Amblin production values and Disney magic, but disappointingly fails to deliver on all lackluster counts.


The Secret Life Of Pets

Illumination’s latest finally breaks away from those Minions, with a less distinctive movie that still delivers laughs even if it gets close to being lost in the animal comedy fray.


Is it Throwback Thursday? The new Pete’s Dragon is now available…on VHS!?

No, you didn’t read that wrong, although it’s not strictly true either! To promote the home release of its new version of Pete’s Dragon, Walt Disney Home Entertainment has been sending out a very special package to select review websites: a clamshell VHS edition of the movie! The clamshell doesn’t actually contain an old-school tape […]


Kubo And The Two Strings

Laika steps up stop-motion, and largely western animation in general, with this beautiful and deeply heartfelt tale, nicely showcased on this disc.


Finding Dory

Pixar’s Nemo sequel is a movie in search of a plot and, despite huge audience approval, one just doesn’t get the feeling the filmmakers were really invested in what amounts to being a major creative disappointment.


The Paranormal Action Squad hits YouTube Red

YouTube Red today debuts its first animated series THE PARANORMAL ACTION SQUAD from Michael Rowe, an Emmy-winning writer on “Futurama” and “Family Guy,” and some of YouTube’s top gaming/animated creators, SeaNanners, TheMrSark and VanossGaming. The series launched today, November 16th, with a holiday episode still to come in early December. THE PARANORMAL ACTION SQUAD is […]


Record 27 animated features to compete for Oscar slots

Now DreamWorks India operation is to close in “early 2017”

Back In Time

Back In Time strives to entertain with stories of making Back To The Future and the fan community that has built up around the trilogy, but you’ll end up using your remote to travel forward and save a few minutes.


All Things Must Pass: The Rise And Fall Of Tower Records

It used to be the place to buy your LaserDiscs and soundtracks, remembered fondly in this entertainingly celebrational retrospective.


Beauty And The Beast: 25th Anniversary Walt Disney Signature Collection

As with Snow White, this second Signature disc is perfectly fine, but loses everything that made past editions must-haves.


Well that was quick: 200 DreamWorkers lose jobs under NBCUniversal

The Walt Disney Studios: A Lot To Remember

Becky Cline and Steven Clark prove there is a lot to remember about the Walt Disney Studios, and all of it worthy of discovering or revisiting in this lavish new book.


The Jungle Book

A terrific audio-visual presentation, commentary and documentary bolster this disc debut for Disney’s triumphant re-do, though it feels more might come in a promised 3D edition.


Raiders! The Story Of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

A terrific extras package makes up for a slight lack of focus in the main feature itself, which tells of a bunch of kids remaking Indy’s first screen adventure.


Alan Menken discusses Sausage Party‘s super-serious music in new featurette

Oh My Disney celebrates Bambi anniversary with retrospective production article

Suicide Squad “all flash, no fun” according to first review

Mad Magazine founder, cartoonist and movie poster artist Jack Davis dies aged 91

Rocketeer to fly again at Disney

Festival Stop-Motion Montreal newsletter announces selection for its 8th edition

Anomalisa

Not for everyone, and certainly not for kids, Anomalisa reminds us that animation is a medium, not a genre, and can be used to tell all kinds of stories, from the fantastical to the mundane…in a fantastical fashion.



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