News Archive for James R Whitson

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.

Sonic director announces release pushed back to February 2020
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
DreamWorks unveils slate of film and TV programming to be previewed at Annecy
Disney-Fox deal is complete; Iger’s big swing could change media industry
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 […]

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 […]

Latest Aladdin teaser reveals Will Smith’s Genie

“A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, Aladdin is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port […]

The Lego Movie 2 opens

Warner Animation’s The Lego Movie 2 opens today in 4,303 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film is a hit with the critics, earning a Certified Fresh 84% at Rotten Tomatoes. Their consensus: “While it isn’t quite as much fun as its predecessor, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part fits neatly into an […]