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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
Sneak peak of the new Blue’s Clues

Nickelodeon is rebooting the classic children’s show Blue’s Clues, with a new host, a new look, and a new name: Blue’s Clues and You.

Nick Park says new Wallace & Gromit project in the works
Disney assumes full control of Hulu in deal with Comcast
Disney/Fox update release schedule through 2027
Uglydolls opens

Uglydolls opens today in 3,652 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film isn’t faring will with the critics, earning just a 31% at Rotten Tomatoes. Their consensus: “Very young viewers may be entertained by UglyDolls — if only because they’re less likely to recognize the many familiar elements in its affirmative yet formulaic story”. […]

Missing Link opens

Laika’s Missing Link opens today in 3,500 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film is a hit with critics, earning an 89% on Rotten Tomatoes. Their consensus: “Another beautifully animated triumph for Laika, Missing Link is a visual treat with lots of humor, plenty of heart, and even a little food for thought”. BOM […]

Disney+ to stream all seasons of The Simpsons at launch

“The longest-running primetime scripted series in U.S. TV history, The Simpsons, will join Disney+ when the service launches November 12th. The first 30 seasons of the animated hit will be available from day one, and the streaming service will be its exclusive SVOD home.”

Disney+ coming in November for $6.99 per month
Missing Link team reflects on years-long process behind stop-motion film
Live Scooby-Doo show heading on global, five-year arena tour
An inside look at the stop-motion animation studio Laika