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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!

MeTV generates nostalgia with Toon In With Me and Saturday Morning Cartoons

“Cartoon Curator” Bill Leff talks about a new show for those who remember the good old days of TV before 24-hour networks and streaming.

The 2020 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 2020?

Soul

Soul has lofty aspirations and it hits the high notes almost every time, with incredible animation, captivating music, and an engrossing plot. While it’ll make you think a lot more than laugh, the end result is a virtuoso performance.

Helluva Boss

This is not a family-friendly show, pushing acceptable adult content to a shocking degree, but those willing to brave the fires of Beelzebub may enjoy the independently produced high quality animation, eccentric characters, and nice melodies.

The Puppetoon Movie: Volume 2

Featuring brilliant restoration work, this new compilation of classic George Pal stop-motion shorts astounds the viewer with its animation, music, and color. Also included are rare European films, including ones with hand-drawn animation.

Disney Historian Christian Renaut on The Best Of Disney’s Animated Features

Renaut tells Animated Views what separates his book from other Disney film books, in Jeremie’s exclusive interview.

Warning From Space

Arrow Video brings out the Japanese classic, allowing a reappraisal after years of low-quality TV broadcasts and public domain DVDs. It’s good, too, once you get past the silly-looking starfish aliens.

Chiodo Bros talk Netflix’s Alien Xmas

The talented brothers realize their dream of a stop-motion special in the classic tradition, speaking about the immense project, its origins as a book, and how producer Jon Favreau helped guide production, in our exclusive, in-depth interview.

ZooPhobia: Bad Luck Jack

While the characters and story echo Disney Channel programming, the independently produced short contains high quality animation and catchy songs, presenting a wholesome creature that is fun to watch and not fear.

Mulan

The live-action update to the Disney animated classic makes an admirable attempt at providing depth to the title character against strong visuals. But with everything else lacking excitement, it’s not quite “a girl worth fighting for”.

DC FanDome Online Event Recap

Read our quick recap of the one-of-a-kind online fan event, including coverage of Wonder Woman 1984, The Batman, and Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

Didier Ghez’s They Drew As They Pleased series goes full circle

Ghez speaks to us about the sixth and final volume of the landmark series, which ventures into the modern era while also harkening back to the beginning.

AV Roundtable Flashbacks: Titan A.E.

Covid be thwarted! The Animated Views team gathers virtually for the first of our AV Roundtable Flashbacks, revisiting anniversary year films from the past couple of decades, blasting off with Fox Animation’s Titan A.E.!

Comic-Con@Home Coverage

Watch our coverage of Comic-Con@Home featuring the Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film 30th Anniversary, Ray Harryhausen 100th Birthday Celebration, and “The Secret Origins of Saturday Morning Cartoons”!

Glen Keane’s Over the Moon: Meet Fei-Fei and her creators

A beloved Chinese tale takes form, as the legendary animator/director collaborates with a team of creatives to craft a uniquely touching and personal film.

Trolls World Tour

While the magic of the original might not quite be fully recaptured here, Trolls World Tour is nevertheless cheery, non-demanding escapism that might be exactly what the doctor ordered during these uncertain times.

The Willoughbys

The Willoughbys is full of contradictions: a story that’s dark but sweet, animation that’s not top-notch but charming, and characters who are dysfunctional but likable. If this what we can expect from streaming services, sign me up!

Onward: A Musical Chat with Conductor/Orchestrator Nicholas Dodd

Dodd describes his collaboration with the composers, musicians, and singers, and what makes working with Pixar so special.

The Willoughbys on Netflix: A Chat with Director Kris Pearn

Pearn shares how design and music contribute to telling an originally subversive tale based on a quirky children’s book, in our exclusive interview.