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‘The Bad Guys’: DreamWorks Embraces the Latest 2D Trend for Its CG Heist Comedy

The influence of “Into the Spider-Verse” continues to infiltrate the Hollywood mainstream, with DreamWorks’ latest heist comedy, “The Bad Guys,” following in the footsteps of “The Mitchells vs. The Machines,” “Luca,” and “Turning Red” to subvert CG animation with a handmade, illustrated look. First-time feature director Pierre Perifel definitely wanted to break through the “boring” […]

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‘The Batman’ Shares the Box Office with a Surprise Hit: ‘Jujutsu Kaisen 0’

This weekend is the two-year anniversary of when theaters closed and began the unprecedented disruption of a century-old business. Its impact remains a work in progress, although positive signs continue: “The Batman” crossed the $300 million domestic mark in its third weekend. That’s two days earlier than “Batman v Superman” in 2016, which opened $30 […]

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Skydance Animation Signs Exclusive Overall Deal With ‘Zootopia’ Filmmaker Rich Moore

Skydance Animation has landed another major talent.Rich Moore, director of “Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” is joining the team in an exclusive, multi-year overall deal. Under the new pact, Moore will create, develop and produce original animated features for the studio.After leaving Disney in 2019, Moore did a brief stint at Sony […]

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Oscars 2022: Best Animated Feature Predictions

Updated: February 8: The Oscar nominations are out and Disney dominated with “Encanto” and “Raya and the Last Dragon,” and Pixar’s “Luca.” This marks the first time that Disney has had two in contention since 2016 and the first time it’s had three since 2012. The other two slots were taken by Sony/Netflix’s “The Mitchells […]

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Disney Continues To Bet Big On Streaming; ‘Raya,’ ‘Pinocchio,’ ‘Enchanted’ Sequel & More Headed To Disney+

Hot on the heels of WarnerMedia’s announcement that every WB film in 2021 would be heading to HBO Max on the same day it arrives in theaters, Disney decided to announce what the studio plans to do with some of its big 2021 films. And yes, some of them are going straight to streaming.Read More: […]

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‘Onward’ on Track to Earn $40 Million Box Office Opening

Disney/Pixar’s “Onward” is heading for a $40 million opening weekend after making an estimated $12.1 million on Friday from 4,310 screens. While that hits the lower end of $40-45 million pre-release projections set by Disney and independent trackers, that result would still stand as one of the lowest opening weekends ever for a Pixar release.Only […]

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‘Cats’: Film Review

Back in the summer of 2015, the co-directors of Disney’s “Zootopia” went rogue, disregarding the advice of their corporate colleagues and appearing onstage at the Annecy animation festival disguised as the talking-animal cartoon’s fur-covered lead characters, an anthropomorphic rabbit and her foxy best friend. The audience ate it up, but behind the scenes, the Disney […]

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Homegrown Animated Movie ‘Nezha’ Scored $674 Million in China, but Is It a Fluke?

The tale of a young folk deity who flies around on wheels of fire has defied audience and industry expectations about the commercial potential of animation in China to become the country’s second-highest-grossing film of all time. “Nezha” has earned $674 million (Rmb 4.81 billion) since its July 26 release, putting it behind only 2017’s […]

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Disney Has Already Broken Its Own Annual Global Box Office Record With $7.6 Billion

The 2019 box office was predicted to be a year of Disney domination, and that has proven to be all too true as the studio has broken the all-time annual global box office record in just seven months thanks to Marvel films like “Avengers: Endgame” and its latest release, “The Lion King.”The previous record had […]

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