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Studio Ghibli Films to stream on HBO Max
Thirty-two films up for Animated Oscar consideration

Thirty-two features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 92nd Academy Awards: Abominable The Addams Family The Angry Birds Movie 2 Another Day of Life Away Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles Children of the Sea Dilili in Paris Frozen II Funan Genndy Tartakovsky’s ‘Primal’ – Tales of […]

The Addams Family opens

UA/MGM’s The Addams Family opens today in 4,007 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The critics are calling the film altogether ooky, with a 33% score at Rotten Tomatoes. Their consensus: “The Addams Family’s starry voice cast and eye-catching animation aren’t enough to outweigh its saccharine handling of the delightfully dark source material”. BOM still […]

An Addams Family history
Cast discusses bringing “modern issues” to animated Addams Family
Abominable opens

Dreamworks’ Abominable opens in 4,242 theatres today according to Box Office Mojo. The film is doing well with the critics, earning a 76% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Their consensus: “Working with admittedly familiar ingredients, Abominable offers audiences a beautifully animated and overall engaging adventure that the whole family can enjoy”. BOM projects a first place […]

DreamWorks’ Marooned opens with Abominable in select theaters
Disney announces Raya and the Last Dragon
Phineas and Ferb’s Disney+ movie details and title revealed
The Angry Birds Movie 2

Game over, hopefully.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 opens

Sony’s The Angry Birds Movie 2 is now playing in 3,869 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film is doing well with the critics, earning 73% at Rotten Tomatoes. Their consensus: “Like its non-aerodynamic title characters, The Angry Birds Movie 2 takes improbable yet delightfully entertaining flight, landing humorous hits along the way.”

Lion Forge Animation launches with short Hair Love before Angry Birds sequel
Arson attack at Kyoto Animation kills more than 30 people
71st Emmy nominations announced

The nominees for the 71st Emmy Awards have been announced. The animation-related categories follow. Winners will be announced September 22, 2019 on Fox. Outstanding Animated Program Big Mouth Bob’s Burgers BoJack Horseman Come Along With Me (Adventure Time) The Simpsons Outstanding Short Form Animated Program Love, Death & Robots Robot Chicken SpongeBob SquarePants Steven Universe […]

SpongeBob celebrates 20 years with a Big Birthday Blowout and the Best Year Ever

Nickelodeon’s iconic series, SpongeBob SquarePants, has reached its 20th anniversary, and the network is celebrating the “Best Year Ever”!

The Calendar and Countdown app are back!

Count down to opening dates for upcoming animated films on our calendar, and carry the calendar in your pocket with our smart phone app!

Toy Story 4 opens

Pixar’s Toy Story 4 opens today in 4,575 theatres (the second widest opening movie ever) according to Box Office Mojo. Like every other film in the franchise, it’s a big hit with the critics, earning a stellar 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. Their consensus: “Heartwarming, funny, and beautifully animated, Toy Story 4 manages the unlikely feat […]

In defense of Pixar’s mostly solid sequels
Warner Bros. Animation previews new Looney Tunes shorts
The Secret Life of Pets 2 opens

Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets 2 opens today in 4,561 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film is splitting the critics, earning a 53% at Rotten Tomatoes. Their consensus: “The Secret Life of Pets 2 doesn’t teach its animated stars any new narrative tricks — but for fans of the original, this funny, […]

Patton Oswalt on replacing Louis C.K. in Secret Life of Pets 2