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Nut Job 2’s $8.9 million breaks Emoji Movie record for worst opening for a film playing in over 4,000 theatres

Mark Hamill and Rian Johnson recommend ignoring all Last Jedi marketing

The Nut Job 2 opens

The Nut Job 2 opens today in 4,003 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film is faring poorly with the critics, earning just a 15% from Rotten Tomatoes. Box Office Prophets predicts a second place opening weekend finish with $14.5 million.


Despicable Me tops Shrek to become highest-grossing animated franchise

James Gunn talks Guardians and Marvel future, says third film will be last with current cast

The awkward language of The Emoji Movie

Maya Rudolph on Nut Job 2, parenting, and SNL

The studio that made Castlevania explains why it was a dream project

How bad is the year in animation so far?

The Simpsons Movie’s writer and director discuss the film on its 10th anniversary

Why Hollywood is adapting material that doesn’t have a narrative or even characters

Netflix announces Matt Groening’s fantasy animated series Disenchantment

Paramount hires former DreamWorks exec Mireille Soria to lead animation division

Steve Whitmire, performer of Kermit since 1990, no longer with the Muppets

Avengers 4 to conclude 22-movie arc, Spider-man sequel to mark new period

Trey Parker fed up with South Park jokes about Trump

Hayao Miyazaki picks his 50 favorite children’s books

Bringing War for the Planet of the Apes to life

Despicable Me 3 opens

Illumination’s Despicable Me 3 opens today in 4,529 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film is splitting the critics, with a just Fresh 62% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Their consensus: “Despicable Me 3 should keep fans of the franchise consistently entertained with another round of colorful animation and zany — albeit somewhat scattershot — […]


Steve Carell discusses voicing Gru and Dru in Despicable Me 3

Cars 3

Cars 3 is a little too similar to the original model. But with fun characters, nice writing, and top of the line animation, the film easily leaves the previous entry of the franchise in the dust.


Cartoon Network reveals The Amazing World of Gumball puppets episode

Cars 3 opens

Pixar’s Cars 3 opens today, in 4,256 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film is splitting the critics, earning a just fresh 64% rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Their consensus: “Cars 3 has an unexpectedly poignant story to go with its dazzling animation, suggesting Pixar’s most middle-of-the-road franchise may have a surprising amount of tread […]


Composer Randy Newman drives huge orchestra for Cars 3 score

Writer suing Disney details plot similarities in his version of Zootopia

Wallace & Gromit’s Peter Sallis dies at 96

Captain Underpants’ startlingly low budget could dramatically alter the animation industry

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

With fun animation, hit-or-miss jokes, and a meandering plot, Captain Underpants is a mixed bag, somewhere between “not bad” and “not great”, and more tepid than epic.


Captain Underpants opens

Dreamworks’ Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie opens today in 3,434 theatres, according to Box Office Mojo. The film is doing very well with the critics, earning an 82% freshness rating at Rotten Tomatoes. BOM projects a second place weekend, behind Wonder Woman, with $28.8 million.


The next generation of Mexican TV animation creators


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