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Animated Movies Database Archive

Take a trip back to 2003 and the site that we descended from! Animated Movies held a treasure trove of info about past and future films. We’ve taken the database out of storage so you can unbox it and explore it as it last appeared online!

Animated Views Timeline

We recall the history of the website told via the milestones and highlights of the last fifteen years in this timeline, where you can revisit key posts and images from our past.

AV is fifteen!

Fifteen years ago today, Animated Views was born! Come take a walk down memory lane with us as we look back at our history. And we’ve got a special present for you — the original Animated Movies database, as last seen online in 2003!

Smallfoot

Smallfoot is a story of two disjointed halves — or is it? For a film where the laughs are few and far between, the designs bland, and most of the songs trite, it’s no small feat that the plotting will having you thinking after the credits roll.

How to Train Your Dragon: Dragonvine

This graphic novel is on the short side and the art a little inconsistent, but the nice storytelling co-written by director Dean DeBlois is enough to whet fans’ appetites ahead of the third film.

Disney historian Didier Ghez celebrates the art of Disney’s mid-century era

The fourth book in the acclaimed series covers an era in which the Disney studio branched out into television, theme parks, and modern design.

Star Wars – Rebels: Complete Season Four

Lucasfilm’s TV show brings pain to our heroes, who constantly have to turn losses into wins. The final season provides both tears and cheers in the best Star Wars tradition.

2018 San Diego Comic Con Exclusive

An exclusive recap of the annual convention, including coverage of the Mickey Mouse 90th Anniversary, Star Wars: The Clone Wars 10th Anniversary, Invader Zim, and the 1984 Supergirl film!

Animated Views IV: A New Hope

Welcome to the all-new Animated Views! It’s been nine years since our last revamp, and it showed! With our 15th anniversary coming up, we wanted to get this place spruced up for our loyal readers. So what’s new? Read on to find out!

Teen Titans Go! To The Movies

Teen Titans is a very fun film that families will be able to enjoy together. It’s for kids and adults. It’s for people who love superheros and people who are tired of superheroes. And it’s for people who just like to laugh.

Cruising with Hotel Transylvania 3 vis dev artist Lizzie Nichols

Set sail with Animated Views as we trek through the mind and reveal the talent of a key figure at Sony Animation in this exclusive interview.

Composer Toby Chu gives us an appetite for Pixar’s Bao

Read how Chu used music to help mix east and west in this celebrated short film, now appearing with The Incredibles 2.

Mary And The Witch’s Flower

Studio Ghibli fans will be happy that sort-of successor Studio Ponoc has made a beautiful debut film. The tale of a girl who finds herself a witch may be familiar on the surface, but the seeds of future greatness are obvious.

Incredibles 2

In a world where blockbuster over-the-top superhero movies have become as mainstream as westerns were back in their heyday, Incredibles 2 brings the humanity back to the genre.

Pixar Shading Art Director Bryn Imagire reveals the “incredible” art behind I2

Jeremie finds out what is new and what isn’t in the design of The Incredibles 2.

Muppet Babies Composers Andy Bean & Keith Horn Make Your Dreams Come True

We speak with the musical team behind the new Muppet Babies and find out how they kept it sounding classic yet contemporary.

The Breadwinner

This Oscar-nominated film tells of a young Afgan girl who disguises herself as a boy to support her family, after her father is arrested by the Taliban, in an eye-opening story that sees oppression fought with courage and love.

Oscar Night 2018

Tonight’s the night! Oscar statuettes will be bestowed on lucky filmmakers this evening at the 90th Annual Academy Awards. Join us for a live chat and keep track of your contest ballot!

2017: Animated Views’ Review Of The Year!

As the Oscars bring awards season to a close, we take our own look back on the good, the bad and the ugly of 2017 in film, television and animation, plus your picks of the year!

Early Man

Early Man is fun, but leaves a lot of potential untapped. Aardman is still top of their game technically, but hopefully the issues here are an anomaly and we’ll see more evolved storytelling in their next generation of films.

Animated Views’ 2018 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 14th Annual Oscar Event! Enter today for your chance to win!

Of Rabbits and Ducks: a chat with composer Dominic Lewis

Rising star in the film music sphere Dominic Lewis has found success in feature films, TV, and animation. AV speaks with him about his current projects: Peter Rabbit and DuckTales.

Revolving around Revolting Rhymes with directors Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer

Read about the conception of the Oscar-nominated short, adapting the work of Roald Dahl, in our exclusive interview.

Director/writer Robin Joseph satisfies our curiosity about Fox & The Whale

As we look forward to the Oscar nomination announcements, learn more about one of the shorts in the running, in an AV exclusive!

The Star

The Star isn’t stellar, but if you go in with the right spirit, and not expecting any miracles, you might find it to be an unexpected gift.

The 2017 AV Readers’ Choice Poll

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! What was the best animated film of 2017?

Coco

Coco is a beautiful film in a lot of ways — artistically, musically, and culturally. But narratively it’s just a ghost of the type of stories we’re used to from Pixar.

Production Designer Carlos Zaragoza puts a smile on The Emoji Movie

We have a chat to learn about the inspirations and the challenges for this interesting film project.

Pixar Production Designer Harley Jessup “remembers” Coco

Our exclusive interview with the veteran Pixar team member also gives a peek at the gorgeous imagery from the upcoming film.

Justice League Action – Superpowers Unite: Season One, Part One

The World’s Greatest Superheroes battle the forces of evil in colorful bite-sized stories that are perfect for younger kids and their parents.