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Megamind returns for movie sequel and TV series
Toy Story, Mando, Rocky star Carl Weathers dead at 76
Illumination releases Despicable Me 4 trailer

Following the 2022 summer blockbuster phenomenon of Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru, which earned almost $1 billion worldwide, the biggest global animated franchise in history now begins a new chapter as Gru (Oscar® nominee Steve Carrell) and Lucy (Oscar® nominee Kristen Wiig) and their girls —Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Madison […]

Netflix releases full trailer for Avatar: The Last Airbender
The 2023 AV Readers’ Choice Poll

Critics, the Academy, Hollywood guilds, and even the Animated Views staff will tell you what they think. But now it’s your turn to be the critic! What was the the best animated film of 2023?

96th Oscar nominations announced

The nominees up for Academy Awards for films released in 2023 have been announced. Here are the nods in animation categories. Best Animated Feature – The Boy and the Heron – Elemental – Nimona – Robot Dreams – Spider-man: Across the Spider-Verse Best Animated Short – Letter to a Pig – Ninety-Five Senses – Our […]

Welcome to the public domain, Mickey Mouse
How Wish packed in over 100 Disney easter eggs
Jennifer Lee on Wish and leading Disney Animation
NSYNC reunites… for Trolls Band Together screening
Marvel’s What If…? Season Two trailer debuts
Pixar teases new emotion in first Inside Out 2 trailer
Annecy Festival to expand scope with $27 million animation hub
Paddington In Peru sets late 2024 UK release, early 2025 for US
Doctor Who wants to keep animating its missing history
Skydance Animation jumps from Apple to Netflix
From the Archives: The Animated News Weekly

After some excavation deep into the embarrassingly cluttered AV archives, we discovered some long lost content: the newsletters we published in the years after our 2003 launch!

Best Animated Year Poll – 20th Anniversary Edition

On our 10th anniversary we asked you to pick the best year for animation during our existence. Now it’s time to vote again, this time for the top annual slate of movies during our second decade.

Twenty Years of AV

Wow. Twenty years. There’s no way we’ve been doing this for two decades! But it’s true. Animated Views turns 20 today. That puts us among the ranks of Wikipedia, YouTube, and Twitter – in terms of longevity, at least!