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Lego Star Wars Terrifying Tales coming to Disney+ in October
“Disney Princess” culture isn’t toxic, study finds
Pixar teases Turning Red with trailer and poster

“Growing up is a beast. Check out the new trailer for the upcoming all-new original feature film Turning Red from Pixar Animation Studios’ director Domee Shi, who won an Oscar for her 2018 short film, Bao. Young actress Rosalie Chiang lends her voice to Mei Lee, a 13-year-old who suddenly ‘poofs’ into a giant red […]

The Addams Family 2 vacation themed character posters released
Spirit Untamed now available on demand

DreamWorks’ Spirit Untamed is available on demand starting today after playing in theaters since June 4th. The reviews are mixed, with the film earning 44% at Rotten Tomatoes. Their critical consensus: “While it might be a passable diversion for younger viewers, Spirit Untamed is a middling sequel that lacks the essential energy suggested by its […]

Stream Luca soundtrack online

Walt Disney Records released Disney and Pixar’s Luca Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, composed and produced by Dan Romer, this past weekend. The score was recorded with an 82-piece orchestra at the Newman Recording Stage, and was orchestrated and conducted by Mark Graham. Romer performed on accordion and acoustic guitar. According to the Disney press release: […]

Luca opens on Disney+

Pixar’s Luca is out today on Disney+. It’s a hit with the critics earning a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes. Their consensus: “Slight but suffused with infectious joy, the beguiling Luca proves Pixar can play it safe while still charming audiences of all ages.”

Netflix and Aardman tease Robin Robin musical holiday special

Netflix has released the teaser trailer for the upcoming stop-animation musical holiday special, Robin Robin, debuting on the service on November 27th, 2021. The 30 minute special is produced for Netflix by Aardman Animation. The synopsis: “When her egg fortuitously rolls into a rubbish dump, Robin is raised by a loving family of mice. As […]

FX sets Archer season 12 premiere date
VFX secrets behind Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

“Lorraine Cink talks with Eric Leven, VFX Supervisor of Marvel Studios’ the Falcon and The Winter Soldier, about some of the VFX magic behind the scenes that helped bring some of Sam Wilson’s high-flying action scenes to life.”

Oscar Night 2021

After a longer than usual delay, the winners of the 93rd Annual Academy Awards will finally be revealed this evening. And we’ll be here covering it as part of our annual Oscar event, now in its 17th year!

Animated Views’ 2021 Oscar Contest

Animated Views is giving away $50 worth of movies — your choice of Amazon or Fandango gift cards — during our 17th Annual Oscar Event! Enter today for your chance to win!

Rescue Rangers begins filming
First teaser trailer for Spirit Untamed unleashed

From DreamWorks: “An epic adventure about a headstrong girl longing for a place to belong who discovers a kindred spirit when her life intersects with a wild horse, Spirit Untamed is the next chapter in the beloved story from DreamWorks Animation. Lucky Prescott (Isabela Merced, Dora and the Lost City of Gold) never really knew […]

Acclaimed animator Yasuo Otsuka passes away at 89
Nominations for the 93rd Oscars announced

After a weird year for movies, cinema in 2020 has finally almost reached its end with the nominees for the 93rd Academy Awards being revealed. Leading the animated entries is Soul, with three nominations. The full list follows. The Oscars will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021, and will be televised live on ABC […]

Raya And The Last Dragon

Raya and The Last Dragon had potential. A unique setting, an interesting foundation, amazing animation. Squandered because they thought we wanted a princess with a totally outrageous paradigm rather than a hero on the regular.

Nickelodeon greenlights The Patrick Star Show

Nickelodeon has given the official greenlight to The Patrick Star Show (13 episodes), the second spinoff of the number-one animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. Produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio, The Patrick Star Show is a family sitcom starring Patrick and the rest of his family as they are constantly disrupted by Patrick’s wild whims and surreal […]

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run

Sponge On The Run, has a few of the not-so-secret ingredients that made the franchise so popular. But over twenty years removed from its launch, this outing has gone stale.

Is Pepe Le Pew next in line for cancellation?