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Zootopia wins animated prize at Producers Guild Awards

The decidedly different role of an editor in animated films

Marvel teases future Spider-Man animation projects for TV

How Kubo and the Two Strings landed a surprise Visual Effects nomination

Oscar nominations for 2016 films announced

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced nominations for the 89th Academy Awards today. Categories featuring animated films include: Best Animated Film • Kubo and the Two Strings • Moana • My Life as a Zucchini • The Red Turtle • Zootopia

Why Regular Show is the Seinfeld of cartoons

Regular Show finale; creator and actors say goodbye

Details and first look at Pixar’s Coco

The AV Readers’ Choice Poll – Best Animated Feature Film of 2016

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 – vote now!

Sing opens

Illumination’s Sing opens today in 4,022 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The critics are mostly happy with the film, giving it a 68% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Their consensus: “Sing delivers colorfully animated, cheerfully undemanding entertainment with a solid voice cast and a warm-hearted – albeit familiar – storyline that lives up to its […]

Sing’s five-year journey to the big screen

Samuel L. Jackson back in the recording studio for Incredibles 2

Animation roundtable discusses inspirations and breaking the mold

Oscar hopeful Bilal is first CG-animated feature from the Middle East

Rogue One soundtrack online for free at Disney Music’s Vevo page

Six animated films nominated for Golden Globes; Moana and Sing lead with two each

Six animated films were nominated for Golden Globe Awards today, according to The Hollywood Reporter, including three of the five nominees for Best Original Song. Best Animated Film: • Kubo and the Two Strings • Moana • My Life as a Zucchini • Sing • Zootopia Best Original Song: • Can’t Stop the Feeling – […]

New details about Despicable Me 3 villain revealed

Why Sing will get a sequel

Amazon Studios is developing Emily the Strange, its first animated feature

Details and concept art from cancelled 1993 Jurassic Park animated series

How Seth Rogen brought back adult animation with Sausage Party

Disney to release new Beauty and the Beast soundtrack in March

Secret Life of Pets’ Eric Stonestreet talks Duke, Kevin Hart, and the sequel

How Moana’s animators brought a tattoo to life

Hollywood’s longest-serving union leader, Animation Guild’s Steve Hulett, last day on the job

Director Garth Jennings and Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri discuss Sing

Oscar’s French animation connection draws on deep talent pool

You can get tattoos and photo copies in the building where Walt Disney once made magic

59th Annual Grammy nominations announced

Nominees for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced. Animation didn’t figure heavily this year with only two nominees, both in the same category. – Best Song Written For Visual Media: Can’t Stop The Feeling! — Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, from […]


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