James R Whitson Author Archive
Reviews | Interviews | Features | Blogs | News

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
Spider-Man, Bao win animation Oscars, First Man wins VFX award

Sony Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature this evening. It’s the first non-Disney/non-Pixar winner since 2011’s Rango. On their Twitter account the studio posed the above image and said, “There’s a hero in all of us, and we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you to the […]

Oscar Night 2019

Tonight’s the big night! The winners of the 91st Annual Academy Awards will be revealed this evening. And we’ll be here covering it as part of our annual Oscar event, now in its 15th year! Be sure to join us for a live chat during the show this evening!

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World opens

DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World opens today in 4,259 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film is a hit with the critics, earning a 91% at Rotten Tomatoes. Their consensus: “The rare trilogy capper that really works, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World brings its saga to a […]