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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

Halloween SpongeBob SquarePants stop-motion episode airing in October

The Lego Ninjago Movie

The Lego Ninjago Movie is enjoyable but not at all awesome. While there is some fun to be had, it’s hard to spin it as anything else but a letdown.


Aardman launches online hub for original animated comedy

PRESS RELEASE Academy Award winning studio Aardman have today launched AardBoiled – an exciting new YouTube hub for creators of original, off-beat animated comedy. With 17 successful YouTube channels for their own IP sharing content with a global audience and an average of over 25 million monthly views, the studio is now looking to share […]


The Lego Ninjago Movie opens

Warner Bros.’ The Lego Ninjago Movie opens today in 4,047 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film hasn’t impressed the critics as much as the previous two titles, earning only 48% at Rotten Tomatoes. BOM projects a second place weekend for the movie with $35 million, while Box Office Prophets sees it winning the […]


Fox, Locksmith Animation ink multi-year production and development deal

Kobe Bryant, Glen Keane, John Williams bring star power to Animated Short Oscar race

How 9/11 changed Disney’s Lilo & Stitch

The climax of Disney’s Lilo & Stitch originally featured a large passenger airplane weaving through the building of a city. But as the film was being finished the terrorist attacks on September 11th occuered prompting the studio to rework the finale. Vox shows us a side by side comparison of the original cut and the […]


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 — […]



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