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Why DC should focus on animation for its superheroes

Disney World animates their castle with the help of classic characters in stunning new nighttime show

Canada’s DHX Media buys controlling interest in Peanuts for $345 million

Original Disneyland map could sell for $1 million at auction

Animation Block Party to celebrate 10th anniversary of Bee Movie with special program

First look at the characters from Sony’s holiday film The Star

The Boss Baby

While there is some fun for kids in The Boss Baby, adults sitting with them will be wishing they were at the grown-ups table instead.


Zootopia, Piper, Jungle Book earn Oscars

Disney and Pixar took home the animation Oscars at the 89th Annual Academy Awards. Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Clark Spencer won Best Animated Feature for Zootopia. Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer won Best Animated Short Film for Piper. And Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Dan Lemmon won Best Visual Effects for […]


Oscar Weekend 2017

The winners of the 89th Annual Academy Awards will be revealed this weekend. Here are all the details you need for our 13th Annual Oscar Event.


Rock Dog opens

Summit Entertainment’s Rock Dog opens today in 2,077 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film is getting low to mixed reviews from the critics, scoring a 43% at Rotten Tomatoes. Box Office Prophets predicts a dismal 10th place opening weekend with just $3.7 million.


Floyd Norman and Leo Sullivan to help run Punch Animation

Production company Punch TV Studios has announced they are creating a new division that will focus on the development of animated television series and movies called Punch Animation. Previously Urban Television Network (the first African-American owned network in America) Punch Animation has hired animation legend Floyd Norman to be the President of Creative Development and […]


Shrek’s lazy example defined a studio and changed animation

Nick short The Fairly Odd Phantom is a Butch Hartman reunion

Take a video tour of Pixar

Jorge Garcia talks about preparing for Rock Dog role

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


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