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The Best Of 2021: The More Things Change…

Our annual recap of the year that was is finally up, with us giving you our favorites in film, television, and anything else we might’ve liked! Plus we reveal your picks for the best animated movies of 2021!

The Bad Guys

After years of being bad, can DreamWorks… I mean can The Bad Guys leave their dark days behind them and start being good?

Oscar Night 2022

Tonight’s the night. The winners of the 94th Annual Academy Awards will be announced this evening. And we’ll be here covering it as part of our annual Oscar event, now in its 18th year! Be sure to join us for a live chat during the show this evening!

Production Designer Rona Liu on Turning Red

Turning Red has pastels, promotes believability over photorealism, and of course glorifies chunky cuteness. In this exclusive interview, find out what makes the new Pixar film visually so special.

Animated Views’ 2022 Oscar Contest

Animated Views is giving away $50 worth of movies — your choice of Amazon or Fandango gift cards — during our 18th Annual Oscar Event! Enter today for your chance to win!

The Legend of Vox Machina

The animated adaption of Critical Role is ultra violent and heavy on profanity. Yet the series is brought to life with majestic visuals, thrilling narratives, and colorful characters that make The Legend of Vox Machina a critical success.

The 2021 AV Readers’ Choice Poll

Critics, the Academy, Hollywood guilds, and even the Animated Views staff will tell you what they think. But now it’s your turn to be the critic! What was the the best animated film of 2021?

2021 Quick Review Recaps

Join us as we end the year off right with a quick review recap of some of the big studio releases of 2021!

Composer Dan Romer dives into the music of Luca and Ciao Alberto

Read how Romer was inspired by various forms of Italian music, including film scores, for his music in Pixar’s well-received feature Luca and its spin-off short.

Composer Germaine Franco on her enchanting score for Encanto

Encanto brilliantly showcases the beautifully diverse music of Colombia. Read how the richness of this culture was utilized in creating and shaping the new Disney film!

Santa Inc.

Bah humbug!

Arcane

The animated series based on League Of Legends boasts a wonderfully emotional narrative, breathtaking visuals that mix CG and hand-drawn animation, and a delightful ensemble cast of characters, making Arcane a legendary show.

Inside Job

A very adult comedy whose fascinating exploration of conspiracy theories being real is merely a cover for chronicling the social life of its megalomaniacal and enduring lead, though at the cost of under-developing other characters.

Star Wars: Visions

The anime anthology series invites audiences to explore a fascinating new approach to the Star Wars mythology, presenting an exciting and unique look at the galaxy far, far away.

Composer Michael Kramer on He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe

Find out how Kramer’s evolution as a composer blended with his love of toys to create Master-ful music that is tremendously original, yet evocative of the classic characters that fans remember.

Showrunner Rob David and Co-Executive Producer Jeff Matsuda on He-Man

With yet another He-Man show about to launch, find out what makes this one unique and still faithful to the original 1980s concept.

Comic-Con@Home 2021 Coverage

Watch our coverage of Comic-Con@Home 2021 featuring an X-Men fandom surprise party, the 50th anniversary of Rolling Stone magazine’s coverage of Marvel, a celebration of geekdom in 1981, The Owl House, Family Guy, and more!

Star Trek – Lower Decks: Season 1

Really, this is a Star Trek show! The missions are real, but seen through a comedy lens. The writing is sharp, the performances are great, and Trek fans can enjoy some genuine character comedy without being subjected to camp.

Pixar Character Art Director Deanna Marsigliese plunges into the art of Luca

Is Luca the freshest Pixar film in years? If so, it’s partially due to its unique characters. Discover how they come into being in our exclusive interview!

Composer Philip Klein on Wish Dragon

Klein is a triple-threat: Composer, conductor, and orchestrator. Learn about his contributions to the latest Netflix film, as well as his work on The Mandalorian and Raya And The Last Dragon.

The “Best” Of 2020: The Year The Earth Stood Still

2020 was the worst ever, but we’ve done our best to find the highlights for our annual survey of the year that was, or would have been, or whatever!

Director Mike Rianda on The Mitchells vs. The Machines

The first-time director discusses the strong theme of family, both in front of and behind the screen, in Sony Animation’s newest film.

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!

“It’s been Dave Metzger all along” – the art of arranging WandaVision theme songs

The songs of Wandavision are an homage to sitcoms of the past. Read our interview with the songs’ orchestrator to see how it was achieved.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Zack Snyder’s Justice League is a superhero epic, serving not only as a vindication for its director, but also as a fully satisfying experience for the fans who have been begging for it to be released.

The Croods: A New Age

Everyone’s favorite stone-age family — no, not that one! — are back for more of the same.

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.

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.

Pixar’s Paul Abadilla, Sets Art Director on Soul

Like the film itself, the art direction on Soul is a mix of the concrete and the abstract, and with a big musical influence!