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Latest Animation News


‘Coco’ Review: Pixar Does It Again With Dazzling New Toon


Pixar proves with its 19th feature film that not only has it not lost its touch, it’s getting better. In what may just be the most diverse ‘toon they have tackled yet, Coco takes us right from the heart of Mexico’s talent show Dia de Muertos to the Land of the Dead, where 12-year-old Miguel Rivera (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) gets some major life lessons from the deceased. Miguel is a young boy obsessed with music and playing the guitar in the tradition of his great great… Read


‘Harley Quinn’: DC Digital Service Orders Animated Series About Comic Book Villainess From ‘Powerless’ Trio

EXCLUSIVEHarley Quinn, the breakout character from the Warner Bros/DC film Suicide Squad that already is set up for a spinoff movie, is getting her own animated TV series. Warner Bros’ upcoming DC-Branded direct-to-consumer digital platform has ordered 26 episodes of half-hour adult animated action-comedy series Harley Quinn, from Powerless executive producers Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker and Dean Lorey via Warner Bros. Animation. Harley Quinn is closely… Read


‘Mary And The Witch’s Flower’ Director On Exploring World Of Magic Through The Eyes Of A Young Girl

Coming up in the animation ranks at Studio Ghibli as an in-between and key animator before making his directorial debut with The Secret World of Arrietty, and earning his first Oscar nomination for 2014’s When Marnie Was There, Japanese director Hiromasa Yonebayashi struck out on his own this year with Mary and the Witch’s Flower. Based on The Little Broomstick by English novelist Mary Stewart, this dynamic first feature from Yoshiaki Nishimura’s Studio Ponoc tells the… Read


‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Creator Among Juried Annie Award Winners

Stephen Hillenburg

Organizers of the 45th annual Annie Awards have unveiled their annual jury awards, recognizing career achievement and exceptional contributions to animation. Those include the Winsor McCay Award for career contributions to the art of animation, which will be presented to British character animator James Baxter, SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg, and Canadian animation duo Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis. ASIFA-Hollywood also said today it will bestow the Ub… Read


‘Incredibles 2’ Teaser: Little Jack-Jack Shows Off His Baby Superpower

Here’s a baby who’s something special: The new teaser for Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 lets us know just what superpower (or at least one of them) belongs to little Jack-Jack. In the clip, Jack-Jack uses his baby blues to laser-etch the movie’s logo. The green beamed stare thrills dad Bob (voiced by Craig T. Nelson). Incredibles 2, directed by Brad Bird and produced by John Walker and Nicole Grindle, follows the family of superheroes from the original 2004 film (which… Read


Wendi McLendon-Covey Joins Voice Cast Of Open Road’s ‘Playmobil’

EXCLUSIVE: The Goldbergs star Wendi McLendon-Covey will lend her voice in Open Road Films Playmobil, the live-action/animated hybrid film based on the classic toy series. Frozen animator Lino DiSalvo is making his directorial debut in the film, which was developed in cooperation with Pathé France and produced by The Little Prince team of Aton Soumache, Dimitri Rassam, Alexis Vonarb along with Axel Von Maydell and Moritz Borman. Blaise Hemingway wrote the screenplay and… Read


Oscars 2018: A Look At Contenders In The Best Animated Feature Race

With only a handful of Oscar-nominated directors in the running for Best Animated Feature this year, the race feels wide open, with no obvious frontrunners and the potential for any number of up-and-coming helmers to break through. Winning for Zootopia last year, Walt Disney Studios should be in the mix with Lee Unkrich's anticipated Pixar entry Coco—a Day of the Dead- themed musical feature centering on a young boy's journey through the Land of the Dead. Another… Read


Netflix Acquires Animated Family Film ‘Klaus’ From ‘Despicable Me’ Co-Creator

Netflix has acquired exclusive global rights to the animated family film Klaus, which marks the directorial debut for Sergio Pablos, who wrote the story and is the co-creator of Despicable Me. The voice cast is a good one with Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons and Joan Cusack. The film is in production in Madrid, and Netflix plans to roll it out for Christmas 2019. The Christmas family comedy will tell the story of a desperate postman who inadvertently brings… Read


‘The Breadwinner’ Director Nora Twomey On Life In An Imbalanced Society: “Inequality Hurts Everyone”

“It’s always relevant,” Irish director Norah Twomey says, reflecting on the treatment of women in society. Indeed, in light of myriad sexual abuse scandals that have rocked Hollywood over the last several months, it feels like there is no better time to see her animated feature The Breadwinner than the moment that’s transpiring right now. Based on a best-seller by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner follows Afghani adolescent Parvana, who sees her father unjustly torn from… Read


‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ Teaser: First Look At Monsters’ Holiday Clip, Photos & Poster

Monsters on vacation? Here’s what it looks like. In this first-look teaser for Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, Drac (Adam Sandler) and his pack of ghouls go cruising in style. Sony Pictures Animation dropped the teaser trailer today, along with new photos and the poster (see above and below). The film stars Sandler as the top vampire sailing on a luxury liner with his family and friends. Also voicing are Andy Samberg (Johnny), Selena Gomez (Mavis), Kevin James… Read


Women In Animation Group Steps Up Efforts To Combat Workplace Sexual Harassment

An organization dedicated to advancing women in the field of animation has taken up the fight against workplace sexual harassment, discussing the topic at meetings with independent studio owners, posting online resources for victims and planning a session with legal experts to offer advice. As Hollywood seeks to come to terms with how to respond to numerous accounts of sexual misconduct, Women in Animation President Marge Dean notes sexual harassment is one reason the… Read

Box Office

‘Coco’s Otherworldly Mexico Run Lands Pixar Toon As Market’s #1 Movie Ever


As of this past Sunday, Disney/Pixar’s Coco was already the highest-grossing animated movie ever in Mexico. Today, it’s adding the title of the No. 1 film of all time there on a local currency basis. Through yesterday, its first 19 days of release drew 824M pesos ($43.1M). With today’s numbers folded in, it will pass 827M pesos and knock stablemate Marvel’s The Avengers from its top-ranked perch. The performance of Coco, directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, has been… Read