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How Warner Bros. and Lego sold a comedy about the most humorless vigilante in comics

First cast photo from the Han Solo movie released

Rock Dog’s Luke Wilson chats with kids about film and life as a celebrity

Lego Batman director answers burning questions

A look at the 2017 Oscar nominated short films

The Lego Batman Movie

Despite a thin story The Lego Batman Movie is an extremely fun ride with great animation, music, and acting. Though maybe next time leave the more dreary plotlines to that other Dark Knight.


The Lego Batman Movie opens

The Lego Batman Movie opens today in 4,088 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film is a hit with the critics, earning an impressive 91% at Rotten Tomatoes. Their consensus: “The Lego Batman Movie continues its blockbuster franchise’s winning streak with another round of dizzyingly funny — and beautifully animated — family-friendly mayhem”. BOM […]


At Lego Batman Movie premiere Will Arnett says he’s the “absurd Batman”

Fifty Shades Darker to be no match for The Lego Batman Movie

Lego Batman star Will Arnett talks Ben Affleck’s Batman

A rare trip inside Disney’s secret animation vault

Cartoon Saloon, Mercury Filmworks partner for new animation studio

Why do cartoon characters wear gloves?

The Lego Batman Movie voices include fun surprises

Lego Batman filmmakers discuss the movie’s humor

Animated Views’ 2017 Oscar Contest

Animated Views is giving away $50 worth of movies — your choice of either an Amazon gift card or a Fandango gift card — during our 13th Annual Oscar Event! Enter today for your chance to win!


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


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