News Archive for James R Whitson

Funimation ending its partnership with Crunchyroll
Original Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, leaves Sesame Street after nearly 50 years
The under-appreciated craft of stop-motion animation
Dick Van Dyke “apologizes” for atrocious cockney accent in Mary Poppins
“Claymation” pioneer Will Vinton passes away at 70

Oscar, Emmy, and Clio Award winner Will Vinton has died at age 70. Vinton was a pioneer in stop motion animation, trademarking the name “claymation” for his process.

Guillermo del Toro visits Mickey in Roadster Racers
Smallfoot opens with $23 million weekend haul
Smallfoot opens

Warner Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks’ Smallfoot opens today at 4,131 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film is doing well with the critics at Rotten Tomatoes who have given it a 75% on the Tomatometer. Their consensus: “Smallfoot offers a colorful distraction that should keep younger viewers entertained – and a story whose […]

Illumination drops new Grinch trailer

The latest trailer for Illumination’s upcoming animated feature, The Grinch, is now online. The film opens November 9th and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character.

How to Train Your Dragon 3 filmmakers detail bittersweet finale
Captain Marvel teaser trailer released

Marvel has finally released the first teaser trailer for their newest cinematic hero, Captain Marvel. Brie Larson stars along with Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law. The film is set to debut March 8, 2019 — two months before she may make another appearance in the Avengers: […]

DC Universe launches
First full trailer for Mary Poppins Returns

The first full trailer for Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns has been released. The films opens December 19, 2018, and stars Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch inks deal with Netflix
Each state’s favorite animated Disney movie
Incredibles 2 crosses the $1 billion mark worldwide
Butch Hartman announces what’s next after Nick: a new streaming network
Incredibles 2 opens

Pixar’s Incredibles 2 opens today in 4,410 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film is doing super with the critics, earning a 93% score at Rotten Tomatoes. Their consensus: “Incredibles 2 reunites Pixar’s family crimefighting team for a long-awaited follow-up that may not quite live up to the original, but comes close enough to […]

Incredibles 2 wants to turn stay-at-home dads into superheroes
Fox Animation heads pledge “business as usual” amid Disney, Comcast bids
Craig T. Nelson & Holly Hunter discuss Incredibles 2
Lisa Henson remembers her father Jim’s ‘gentle sense of humor’
WB Animation reviving Looney Tunes shorts