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The Secret Life Of Pets

Illumination’s latest finally breaks away from those Minions, with a less distinctive movie that still delivers laughs even if it gets close to being lost in the animal comedy fray.

Is it Throwback Thursday? The new Pete’s Dragon is now available…on VHS!?

No, you didn’t read that wrong, although it’s not strictly true either! To promote the home release of its new version of Pete’s Dragon, Walt Disney Home Entertainment has been sending out a very special package to select review websites: a clamshell VHS edition of the movie! The clamshell doesn’t actually contain an old-school tape […]

Kubo And The Two Strings

Laika steps up stop-motion, and largely western animation in general, with this beautiful and deeply heartfelt tale, nicely showcased on this disc.

Finding Dory

Pixar’s Nemo sequel is a movie in search of a plot and, despite huge audience approval, one just doesn’t get the feeling the filmmakers were really invested in what amounts to being a major creative disappointment.

The Paranormal Action Squad hits YouTube Red

YouTube Red today debuts its first animated series THE PARANORMAL ACTION SQUAD from Michael Rowe, an Emmy-winning writer on “Futurama” and “Family Guy,” and some of YouTube’s top gaming/animated creators, SeaNanners, TheMrSark and VanossGaming. The series launched today, November 16th, with a holiday episode still to come in early December. THE PARANORMAL ACTION SQUAD is […]

Record 27 animated features to compete for Oscar slots
Now DreamWorks India operation is to close in “early 2017”
Back In Time

Back In Time strives to entertain with stories of making Back To The Future and the fan community that has built up around the trilogy, but you’ll end up using your remote to travel forward and save a few minutes.

All Things Must Pass: The Rise And Fall Of Tower Records

It used to be the place to buy your LaserDiscs and soundtracks, remembered fondly in this entertainingly celebrational retrospective.

Beauty And The Beast: 25th Anniversary Walt Disney Signature Collection

As with Snow White, this second Signature disc is perfectly fine, but loses everything that made past editions must-haves.

Well that was quick: 200 DreamWorkers lose jobs under NBCUniversal
The Walt Disney Studios: A Lot To Remember

Becky Cline and Steven Clark prove there is a lot to remember about the Walt Disney Studios, and all of it worthy of discovering or revisiting in this lavish new book.

The Jungle Book

A terrific audio-visual presentation, commentary and documentary bolster this disc debut for Disney’s triumphant re-do, though it feels more might come in a promised 3D edition.

Raiders! The Story Of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

A terrific extras package makes up for a slight lack of focus in the main feature itself, which tells of a bunch of kids remaking Indy’s first screen adventure.

Alan Menken discusses Sausage Party‘s super-serious music in new featurette
Suicide Squad “all flash, no fun” according to first review
Mad Magazine founder, cartoonist and movie poster artist Jack Davis dies aged 91
Rocketeer to fly again at Disney
Anomalisa

Not for everyone, and certainly not for kids, Anomalisa reminds us that animation is a medium, not a genre, and can be used to tell all kinds of stories, from the fantastical to the mundane…in a fantastical fashion.

Elstree 1976

The Force isn’t too strong with this peek behind the masks of a bunch of Star Wars actors and bit-parters that’s as down to earth as its personalities and lacking a true spark of real content over curiosity.

Beauty and the Beast teaser trailer now online

The first teaser trailer for Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast is here! The highly anticipated release arrives in theaters next March.

Is the Dream over? NBC/Universal to acquire DreamWorks Animation

It’s official – Comcast owned NBC/Universal will acquire DreamWorks Animation, the sale bringing DWA back under the same fold as its original parent DreamWorks/Amblin, whose films are now distributed by Universal. Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DWA will finally compete with Disney on a massive scale, from television to theme parks and, while he will stay on in […]

How Disney’s original Jungle Book remains Germany’s biggest film!
Jeffrey Katzenberg’s recipe for “the perfect family movie”
The Good Dinosaur

Pixar’s latest makes a quick transfer to home video, where its simple pleasures will be enjoyed by a younger than usual audience for the Studio’s films, even if parents may wonder why the originality is extinct.

The Return Of 2015: Animated Views’ Review Of The Year!

As awards season comes to an end, we offer our own appraisal of the last year’s offerings in film, home video, books, music and more!

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs: Walt Disney Signature Collection

Disney’s first feature is back on Blu-ray in a decent, maybe even solid but certainly not spectacular edition that repeats as many extras as it drops more significant ones.