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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 — […]


Steve Carell discusses voicing Gru and Dru in Despicable Me 3

Cars 3

Cars 3 is a little too similar to the original model. But with fun characters, nice writing, and top of the line animation, the film easily leaves the previous entry of the franchise in the dust.


Cartoon Network reveals The Amazing World of Gumball puppets episode

Cars 3 opens

Pixar’s Cars 3 opens today, in 4,256 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film is splitting the critics, earning a just fresh 64% rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Their consensus: “Cars 3 has an unexpectedly poignant story to go with its dazzling animation, suggesting Pixar’s most middle-of-the-road franchise may have a surprising amount of tread […]


Composer Randy Newman drives huge orchestra for Cars 3 score

Writer suing Disney details plot similarities in his version of Zootopia

Wallace & Gromit’s Peter Sallis dies at 96

Captain Underpants’ startlingly low budget could dramatically alter the animation industry

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

With fun animation, hit-or-miss jokes, and a meandering plot, Captain Underpants is a mixed bag, somewhere between “not bad” and “not great”, and more tepid than epic.


Captain Underpants opens

Dreamworks’ Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie opens today in 3,434 theatres, according to Box Office Mojo. The film is doing very well with the critics, earning an 82% freshness rating at Rotten Tomatoes. BOM projects a second place weekend, behind Wonder Woman, with $28.8 million.


The next generation of Mexican TV animation creators

Kevin Hart talks Captain Underpants

DreamWorks moves forward on 2021 Boss Baby sequel

Poster for Hotel Transylvania short Puppy revealed

Sony Pictures Animation has released the poster for their new Hotel Transylvania short, Puppy. The film is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack, Dexter’s Laboratory, Star Wars: Clone Wars) and produced by Michelle Murdocca (Hotel Transylvania, Hotel Transylvania 2). In the short, the residents of Hotel Transylvania find their world turned upside-down when youngster Dennis […]


Cars 3 will pay tribute to abandoned ghost tracks

First Women in Animation World Summit to be held at Annecy

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


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