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First look at Guy Ritchie’s live-action remake of Disney’s Aladdin
Oscar shortlist finalists for animated shorts, visual effects, and music announced

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the films shortlisted in several categories for consideration at the upcoming 91st Oscars. The ten films still in the running for Best Visual Effects are: Ant-Man and the Wasp Avengers: Infinity War Black Panther Christopher Robin First Man Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Mary Poppins Returns […]

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse opens

Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse opens today in 3,813 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film is a huge hit with the critics, earning an impressive 97% from Rotten Tomatoes. Their consensus: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse matches bold storytelling with striking animation for a purely enjoyable adventure with heart, humor, and plenty of superhero […]

Sony seeks patents on Spider-verse animation tech
2018 Golden Globe nominees revealed

The nominees for the 76th Golden Globe Awards have been announced. The fully animated entries were relegated to the Best Animated Film category this year. Those nominees are: Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Mirai, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. In addition, Mary Poppins Returns (which features some animated sequences) was nominated […]

AFI names Mary Poppins Returns to Best Picture list
Bringing a 2D touch to DreamWorks Animation’s short Bird Karma
First look at BBC’s Christmas animation Zog
46th Annual Annie Awards nominations announced

ASIFA Hollywood has announced the nominees for the 46th Annual Annie Awards. Besides movies, the awards also recognize animated achievements in television, live actions films, video games, advertising, shorts, and student films. The nominees for Animated Feature are: Early Man, Incredibles 2, Isle Of Dogs, Ralph Breaks The Internet, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Incredibles […]

Butch Hartman’s tribute to Stephen Hillenburg

Fairly Odd Parents creator Butch Hartman has posted a tribute video to SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg. The two worked at Nickelodeon at the same time during the late 1990s to early 2000s.

Bao director Domee Shi en route to first feature
Ralph Breaks the Internet

tl;dr Not as good as the original. Very funny. Weird ending. Worth seeing.

Ralph 2 helps fuel record Thanksgiving weekend box office
Ralph Breaks the Internet opens

Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet opens today in 4,017 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film is winning over the critics with an 88% score at Rotten Tomatoes. Their consensus: “Ralph Breaks the Internet levels up on its predecessor with a funny, heartwarming sequel that expands its colorful universe while focusing on core characters […]

Sarah Silverman on her return as Vanellope
Lost Disney film showing Mickey Mouse’s predecessor found in Japan
Stan Lee passes away at 95
First Toy Story 4 trailer released

Disney and Pixar have debuted the first trailer for their highly anticipated summer 2019 release, Toy Story 4. While the teaser doesn’t give much away, it includes the first officially released synopsis of the film as well.

The Grinch opens

Illumination’s The Grinch opens today in 4,141 theatres, according to Box Office Mojo. The film is splitting the critics, earning a 57% at Rotten Tomatoes. Their consensus: “The Grinch gives the classic Seuss source material a brightly animated update that’s solidly suitable for younger viewers without adding substantially to the story’s legacy.” Still, prognosticators predict […]

Interviews with the cast and director of The Grinch

Flickering Myth has interviews with some of the people behind The Grinch, which opens this week. Director Scott Mosier Benedict Cumberbatch Kenan Thompson Cameron Seely Benedict Cumberbatch

Netflix details new animation programming slate
A look at the three versions of the Grinch on screen
TV’s animation boom sparks new studios at Netflix and CBS
The Grinch billboards in LA are savage and spot-on
Documentary filmmakers using animation in novel ways to tell their stories
Peanuts Productions

It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time for Peanuts TV specials! This franchise has been a pop culture phenomenon for almost seven decades. How well do you know the productions the Peanuts gang have appeared in over the years?

Simpsons producer responds to claims the show is dropping Apu
25 animated features submitted for 2018 Oscar consideration