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UK’s Zycon and China’s DeZerlin draw up mega animation pact

Aardman co-founder Dave Sproxton discusses why the UK lags behind in animated feature film production

How Pixar’s cartoon cheese led to a smarter view of disease

Moana’s How Far I’ll Go wins Grammy for Best Song Written For Visual Media

Sony moves Lin-Manuel Miranda project Vivo up

90th Academy Awards nominees announced

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the list of nominees for the 90th Annual Academy Awards. The winners will be named on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC at 6:30pm ET. The animated and visual effects contenders include:

Captain Underpants and Emoji Movie usher in return of cinema to Saudi Arabia

Rotten Tomatoes names the best animated movies of 2017

Cartoons to keep watching in 2018

The Star

The Star isn’t stellar, but if you go in with the right spirit, and not expecting any miracles, you might find it to be an unexpected gift.

Animator Bob Givens, responsible for Bugs Bunny redesign, dies at 99

The 2017 AV Readers’ Choice Poll

Critics, the Academy, Hollywood guilds, and even the Animated Views staff are rendering their judgment on the top films of the year. But now it’s your turn! What was the best animated film of 2017?

Puppets from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer listed on eBay for $10 million

Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book: Origins retitled Mowgli

What Disney deal means for Fox animation and Blue Sky Studios

Early Man director Nick Park on his prehistoric world

Library of Congress adds Dumbo to the National Film Registry

Disney buys most of Fox

In an industry-shaking deal reportedly between $50-60 billion, the Walt Disney Company bought most of the assets of 21st Century Fox. According to Deadline, Disney CEO Bob Iger said the deal will give Disney a “much larger international footprint” and enable it to “use cutting-edge technology and we know how important that is in this […]


Coco is a beautiful film in a lot of ways — artistically, musically, and culturally. But narratively it’s just a ghost of the type of stories we’re used to from Pixar.

Incredibles 2 teaser trailer released

26 animated feature films submitted for 2017 Oscar consideration

AMPAS announced today that twenty-six films have been submitted for consideration in the Best Animated Feature Film category for the 90th Academy Awards, but some still need to have their required Los Angeles qualifying run before being finalized. If sixteen or more films qualify, there will be five nominees up for the Oscar. For the […]

Gael García Bernal talks about singing in Coco

Pixar scientist speaks on the calculus of animation

Journalists boycott Disney films after company snubs paper due to alleged biased reporting

21st Century Fox holding talks to sell most of company to Disney

21st Century Fox holding talks to sell most of company to Disney

My Little Pony: The Movie opens

Lionsgate and Allspark’s My Little Pony: The Movie opens today in 2,528 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film is doing well with the critics, earning a solid 70% on the Tomatometer. Box Office Prophets predicts a 5th place opening weekend with $8.5 million, while BOM says 6th place with $8.3 million.

The humble roots of Despicable Me

My Little Pony cast discuss their roles

Why 1930s animation continues to grip our culture


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