Month: April 2014

MIA-BD: Where are these AWOL animated movies in HD?

In 2006, the newly launched AV started an MIA-DVD campaign to “compile the most concise listing we can of American and international feature films and cartoon short series as yet unavailable” on DVD. Den of Geek now asks why aren’t these 18 great animated films available on today’s HD disc format? “Sadly, there are some […]

The Pirate Fairy

This fun family film keeps up the quality of the Fairies franchise, serving as a clever prequel to Peter Pan, while in some ways almost being a super-hero film for little girls.

Frozen crosses $400 million mark at domestic box office

There’s yet another Frozen success story to be discussed today, as the Disney movie finally crossed the $400 million mark in the US, The Wrap is reporting. That makes the film only the 19th film to ever cross that milestone, and the sixth movie from the Mouse House to do so. It’s also the fourth […]

Disney’s new short Feast announced

The Disney Insider blog has revealed the title, concept, and some art from Disney Animation Studios’ latest short film. Titled Feast, and helmed by Paperman head of animation Patrick Osborne, the short “is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite […]

Prolific animation composer Powell profiled

Variety looks at the career of composer John Powell. “Twenty of his 54 features have been animated. And with a resume that also includes a 2010 Oscar nomination for his soaring How to Train Your Dragon score and music for such hits as Happy Feet, three of the Ice Age movies, two Dr. Seuss entries, […]

New president named at Warner Bros Animation

Deadline reports that Sam Register has been promoted from EVP Creative Affairs to President of Warner Bros Animation. Peter Roth, Warner Bros Television Group President and Chief Content Officer said, “Sam has done an outstanding job shepherding Warner Bros Animation over the past six years, reinvigorating one of the most storied and accomplished animation production […]

Upcoming Smurfs movie blog

Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet), director of Sony Pictures Animation’s brand new all-animated computer-generated Smurfs feature film, launched his official blog this morning at The blog, called The Blue Print, will chronicle his journey directing the animated comedy, feature guest contributors and offer exclusive glimpses at the making of film. First up […]

Enjoy the first five minutes of How to Train Your Dragon 2

DreamWorks has been getting fans excited about its newest feature How to Train Your Dragon 2 by releasing tidbits as the premiere date draws closer. The trailers hint at a dynamic storyline with a new enemy, new dragons, and secrets from Hiccup’s past. DreamWorks has unleashed the movie’s first five minutes on the Internet. The […]

Animation Addicts Podcast #64: The Lord of the Rings – So Many Miniskirts

Morgan, Mason and Chelsea have a rotospective at Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 The Lord of the Rings.

Animated movie music back in style

The animated movie musical is back in vogue, according to the Los Angeles Times. The biggest sign of the change has been on the music charts. “For the first time in 20 years, a soundtrack from an animated film has been No. 1 on the Billboard charts for 10 weeks. This week, Disney’s fairy tale […]

Fox to end ADHD

Entertainment Weekly reports that Fox is ending its Saturday night animation block Animation Domination HD on June 28th. “Affiliates are not sorry to hear the block is going away. In addition to under-performing in the ratings, some stations have apparently received complaints about the risque content of the programming, which targeted young male viewers with […]

Antonio Banderas says Puss in Boots 2 has begun production

While chatting with Collider about his upcoming action sequel The Expendables 3, Antonio Banderas let it drop that he has begun recording dialogue for a Puss in Boots sequel. “We started the new one four days ago,” he said of the first Shrek spin-off.  “It did incredibly well with audiences and critics, all around the […]

Rio 2

Rio 2 is the type of film that needs to become an endangered species in Hollywood — a vapid, unoriginal movie that will appeal only to young children who aren’t familiar with all the cliches and stereotypes.

Postman Pat: The Movie trailer arrives

Postman Pat is making a special delivery: the trailer for his first computer animated feature. In Postman Pat: The Movie, the beloved British postal worker becomes famous when performing on a televised talent show – thanks to singing vocals by Ronan Keating – and is replaced by the evil Patbot 3000 to deliver mail throughout […]

Moonbot acquires Olivia Kidney and The Extincts

Moonbot Studios, home of William Joyce, develops most of their creative properties in house. For the first time ever, Moonbot has bought two outside properties to turn into feature films. The first is the Olivia Kidney trilogy by Ellen Potter, which is planned as a live action movie with extensive animated sequences. “At Moonbot, we’re […]

Rio 2 box office, Blue Sky’s big foreign appeal

Rio 2 just missed winning the weekend box office, taking in $39 million to the Captain America sequel’s $41.4 million. Box Office Mojo notes its take was “essentially identical to the first Rio’s $39.2 million debut around the same time in 2011. Among recent animated movies, it’s noticeably higher than Cloudy with a Chance of […]

New How to Train Your Dragon 2 trailer and poster

As was reported earlier, a new (and supposedly final) trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2 has been released, and can be seen on YouTube. In addition, a brand new one sheet for the film has been posted at the IMP Awards. The 3-D sequel flies into theaters on June 13th.

Rio 2 opens

Blue Sky’s Rio 2 opens today in 3,948 theatres, according to Box Office Mojo. Critics are split with most leaning the wrong way, according to the Tomatometer where the film currently sits at 47%. Their consensus: “Like most sequels, Rio 2 takes its predecessor’s basic template and tries to make it bigger – which means […]

Final How to Train Your Dragon 2 trailer on the way

The final trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2 is just days away now, with the film’s official Facebook page announcing that it will be shown in theaters before Rio 2 next Friday. However, it is very likely to appear online shortly before then. How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens everywhere June 13th.

Aardman’s Shaun The Sheep Movie gets its first teaser trailer

The first teaser trailer and poster for Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep the Movie has been unveiled online, reports Collider. Shaun the Sheep the Movie marks the big screen debut of Shaun, who was first seen in the Oscar winning Wallace & Gromit short film A Close Shave and got its own TV show later, proving […]