Month: July 2013

Despicable Me 2 Universal’s biggest hit ever?

NBCUniversal head Steve Burke said today that Despicable Me 2 will be “the single most profitable film in the 100 year history of Universal Studios”, Deadline reports. With a production budget of $76 million according to Box Office Mojo, the film has so far brought in $664 million worldwide.

Amazon doubles down on original kids’ animation

Variety reports that Amazon has greenlighted five more children’s shows this year, in addition to the one’s previously reported. The animated offerings include: Grid Smasher, from Dan Clark (Yo Gabba Gabba!, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles); Hard-Boiled Eggheads, from Duane Capizzi (Transformers Prime, Men in Black: The Series, Darkwing Duck); The Jo B. & G. Raff […]

Hader talks Cloudy 2 and South Park

Collider talks with SNL alum Bill Hader. Besides the discussion about his recent exit from that show (for which he was just nominated for his second Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series), they also discuss his role on Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, and his previously part time now […]

Lasseter number two at Academy

Pixar and Disney creative head John Lasseter was just elected to the post of First Vice President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He previously served terms as treasurer and secretary. Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected president.

From Johan to Jordan: Peyo’s daughter tells the Smurfs’ story

Véronique Culliford recalls how her father, Peyo, created the original “blue man group” and examines how his legacy continues in The Smurfs 2.

Samurai Jack returns in ink

Samurai Jack fans should rejoice because the time-traveling samurai is back in dead-tree format. Cartoon Network has partnered with IDW to publish new comics based on the hit cartoon. “Samurai Jack is an irresistible mix of high adventure, comedy and mythic storytelling,” said series writer Jim Zub (Skullkickers), who will be joined by Andy Suriano, […]

First Free Birds poster revealed

The first poster for Free Birds is now online, and can be seen over at Yahoo! Movies. The ad proudly proclaims that the film is “The Greatest Turkey Movie of All Time!” Whether or not it will live up to that bold promise remains to be seen, but audiences can judge for themselves when Free […]

Jon M. Chu gives Masters of the Universe update

Long in development hell, Sony Pictures has been trying to get a live-action Masters of the Universe movie off the ground for years. The project finally found a director in G.I. Joe: Retaliation’s Jon. M Chu, but judging from a recent interview he gave with ComingSoon.Net, it sounds like it’s going to be a long […]

Now Playing: Pacific Rim and more

Now Playing takes on Pacific Rim: A ridiculous spectacle that will impress and disappoint. Also, a look at The Wolverine and R.I.P.D.

Docter talks Inside Out

Pete Docter, the Academy Award winning director of Up, recently discussed his upcoming film Inside Out with The Hollywood Reporter. The plot focuses on an 11 year old girl and what exactly goes on in her mind as she goes about her life. “One story is hard enough. This is two stories that need to […]

First look at Star Wars Rebels has details and a first look at the upcoming new animated series Star Wars Rebels, coming to Disney Chanel and Disney XD in 2014. “The series is set between the events of Episode III and IV — an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. It takes place in a time where the […]

Adult Swim crashes Fox’s ADHD debut

Fox’s late night animated comedy block, called Animation Domination High-Def (ADHD), kicked off this weekend, and rival Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim was there to welcome them… literally! Deadline reports that they were able to place two of their iconic black card bump ads into the new shows “in a stealth move through local buys… done […]

Despicable Me 2 crosses $300 million mark; sequel banned from China

It was expected to be the summer of Iron Man and Superman, but it’s also proven to be the summer of the Minion. After just a few weeks, Despicable Me 2 has crossed the $300 million mark, Box Office Mojo is reporting. The sequel is now the sixth highest grossing animated movies of all time, behind […]

Planes’ WWII veteran Skipper inspired by Lasseter’s father

In Planes, protagonist Dusty Crophopper is mentored by WWII veteran Skipper, who refuses to talk of his wartime experiences until the characters share a poignant scene on an aircraft carrier. Now DisneyToons Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter tells The Wall Street Journal about the real-life inspiration behind Skipper: his father, Paul Eual Lasseter, who served […]


If you can buy into the concept, or are under ten years old, Turbo might be a fun ride. For the rest of us, the film is less fast and furious and more of a race to the bottom.

First poster for Peabody & Sherman now online

The first poster for DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman is now online, and can be seen over at the IMP Awards. Originally slated for release this holiday season, the Rocky and Bullwinkle characters come to theaters everywhere next March.

Animation Addicts Podcast #42: Pokémon: The First Movie – Mewtwo Strike’s Back

Morgan, Mason and guest host Gary Wright talk all things Pokémon! Be prepared for a nerdy, tangent-filled episode because this one takes us straight back into Generation 1.

The Lego Movie to mix stop-motion with CGI

If you’re one of the many people who thought that those LEGO characters in the upcoming Lego Movie very much looked like the real thing, fear not, for your eyes weren’t playing tricks on you. At Comic-Con today, it was officially revealed that the film would be a mix of stop-motion animation and CGI, i09 is […]

Is Family Guy going to kill off a major character? Has an American Dad movie been confirmed?

Exciting movie and TV news just keeps pouring in this weekend from Comic-Con, and the panels for FOX’s popular cartoon shows American Dad and Family Guy were no exception…or were they? During the panel for Dad, Zap 2 It reports that series co-creator Mike Barker strongly hinted that an American Dad movie might be close […]

New Japanese trailer for Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises now online

A brand new 4 minute trailer for Hayao Miyazaki’s new animated feature The Wind Rises has been unveiled online. Based on the manga Kaze Tachinu, the movie tells the story of Jiro Horikoshi, designer of the fighter planes used by Japan in World War II. The Wind Rises opens in Japan on July 20, 2013. […]

New Legend of Korra: Book II trailer; release date for new season revealed

It’s been more than a year since a new episode of The Legend of Korra was shown on Nick, but thanks to this year’s Comic-Con, fans finally have a taste of the show’s next season. Comic Book Movie has the brand new trailer for Book II: Spirits which was shown at San Diego earlier today, […]

Phineas & Ferb are going to a galaxy far, far away…

Taking advantage of the fact that, yes, they own Star Wars now, Disney announced at Comic-Con today that they are planning on sending Phineas & Ferb into the galaxy far, far away, THR is reporting. The special one-hour episode will find the title characters living on Tatooine when they accidentally come into possession of the […]

The Simpsons to meet the Griffins in an upcoming Family Guy

Following years of so-called “rivalry” between the two shows, Family Guy and The Simpsons are set to do an all-out crossover with each other, EW is reporting. In an upcoming Family Guy episode–called The Simpsons Guy–the Griffins somehow wind up in Springfield, where “Stewie is impressed with Bart and his assortment of pranks, Lisa tries to […]

Turbo opens

DreamWorks’ Turbo gets a head start on weekend, opening today in 3,552 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film is holding it’s own with the critics, earning a 64% Fresh rating so far at Rotten Tomatoes.

Upcoming Studio Ghibli projects

Den of Geek looks at what’s in the works from Studio Ghibli. The short answer? The Wind Rises, The Tale Of The Bamboo Cutter, and The Kingdom Of Dreams And Madness. The long answer? Follow the link!

Composer Zuckerman answers anything

Jeremy Zuckerman, the composer behind The Legend of Korra, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, did an AMA (“ask me anything”) session on Reddit yesterday. Questions ranged from his favorite pieces and characters to his process and to the likelyhood of an Avatar soundtrack being released, along with much more.

Minions top box office again

Despicable Me 2 continued its rule of the box office this weekend besting two other films opening, Grown Ups 2 and Pacific Rim. The minions took in $44.8 million, the grown ups $38.3 million, and the alien-fighting robots $42.5 million. DM2‘s cumulative domestic gross so far is $229 million in 12 days.

The Regular Show: The Complete First & Second Seasons

Two slackers get into bizarre mischief as they try to avoid work. Despite strange plots and characters, the show remains oddly down to earth, thanks to the light touch of its creator, who also voices the main character.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 teaser trailer now online

The announcement trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2–which is the same preview that was shown to attendees of Cinema Con earlier this year–has made its way online and can be seen at ComingSoon.Net. Naturally, with the movie almost an entire year away, the clip doesn’t show anything about the plot, except giving audiences […]

Saving Mr. Banks trailer arrives

After gettting our first peak at the characters yesterday, today Disney serves up the first trailer for the film Saving Mr. Banks. “Before the movie could actually be made… Walt Disney had to get permission from Mary Poppins creator and children’s book author P.L. Travers. Saving Mr. Banks — due out in theaters this December […]