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Playmobil: The Movie

Playmobil: The Movie is not The Lego Movie. Fortunately, the filmmakers know this too and give viewers something different to play with.

Netflix to release Shaun the Sheep Movie sequel Farmageddon
Frozen II

While actually topping a film like Frozen would be as impossible as finding two identical snowflakes, Frozen II is no more than a lukewarm attempt.

Frozen II opens

Disney’s Frozen II opens today in 4,440 theatres according to The Numbers. While not as big a hit with the critics as the original, the film is still safely Fresh according to Rotten Tomatoes with 77%. Their consensus: “Frozen II can’t quite recapture the showstopping feel of its predecessor, but it remains a dazzling adventure […]

Behind the scenes of Frozen II with Disney’s Jennifer Lee
Tom Kenny joins Nick’s SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage TV event
Lion King, Spider-Verse, Poppins, Avengers, Toy Story, and John Williams pick up 2020 Grammy nominations

The nominations for the 62nd Grammy Awards were revealed today. Winners will be announced on January 26th. Nods of note include: Best Pop Vocal Album: • The Lion King: The Gift — Beyoncé • When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go — Billie Eilish • Thank U, Next — Ariana Grande • No. […]

The story behind Jonathan Groff’s surprising Frozen II ballad
First Sponge on the Run trailer released

Paramount has released the first trailer for the recently renamed third SpongeBob movie: Sponge on the Run. The film will be released in May 2020. “This Memorial Day weekend, SpongeBob SquarePants, his best friend Patrick Star and the rest of the gang from Bikini Bottom hit the big screen in the first-ever all CGI SpongeBob […]

Paramount pulls Rugrats movie, moves Rumble to 2021
Third SpongeBob Squarepants movie gets new title, poster
The 50 best things to watch as Disney+ launches today
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