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‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Review: Third Time Still A Charmer

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Completing the trilogy of DreamWorks Animation’s enormously satisfying adaptations of Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon book series, writer-director Dean DeBlois has again invested the story with adventure, emotion, great characters, and this time even a charming romance (in beautiful black and white). At its heart, this is still essentially a boy and his dog tale, but doing it instead as a Viking boy and his dragon. Continuing the legacy of Hiccup (voiced by Jay… Read

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‘Green Eggs and Ham’: Michael Douglas, Adam Devine, Diane Keaton Among Voice Cast For Ellen DeGeneres’ Netflix Series

Netflix likes Green Eggs and Ham, judging by the top-flight voice cast assembled for the new animated series set for a debut next fall. The Ellen DeGeneres-produced adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic will feature Michael Douglas, Adam DeVine, Diane Keaton, Ilana Glazer, Eddie Izzard, Tracy Morgan, Keegan-Michael Key, Daveed Diggs, John Turturro, Jeffrey Wright, and Jillian Bell. Based on the beloved book by Dr. Seuss, the animated series follows opposites Guy and Sam as… Read

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‘War For Cybertron’: Netflix Sets Transformers Universe Origin Toon Series For 2020

Netflix is getting set to explore the origins of the battle between Autobots and Decepticons. The streamer is teaming with Hasbro and Rooster Teeth on War for Cybertron, an original animated series from the Transformers universe that will premiere worldwide next year. Produced by Rooster Teeth with Polygon Pictures serving as the animation studio, the series “will explore the expansive universe of Cybertron in a way that audiences have never seen before," said John… Read

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Skydance Promotes Holly Edwards To President Of John Lasseter-Led Animation Division

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EXCLUSIVE: We are hearing that Holly Edwards, who previously served as Skydance Animation’s Head of Production, is being promoted to the position of president of Skydance Animation. We understand that John Lasseter, Head of Animation, made the announcement in an informal staff meeting, that both he and Skydance boss David Ellison made the appointment. Edwards replaces Bill Damaschke, who previously held the title. We also hear he is departing the studio. Edwards will… Read

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‘DC Super Hero Girls’: Trailer Arrives For New Cartoon Network Series From Producer Lauren Faust

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The women’s super-empowerment movement continues to soar higher and higher. The just-released trailer for DC Super Hero Girls previews the major new Warner Bros. Animation initiative that gets underway March 8 with DC Super Hero Girls: Sweet Justice, a one-hour movie that ushers in the television era for the animated franchise that has been on YouTube since 2015. Sweet Justice will be followed on March 17 by the Cartoon Network series DC Super Hero Girls, which will air… Read

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Netflix’s Animated ‘Love Death And Robots’ Gets Premiere Date & One Heavy Trailer

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Netflix said Thursday that its way adult-skewed animated anthology series Love Death and Robots from Tim Miller and David Fincher will premiere on the streaming service March 15. It also dropped a trailer that offers the first real look at the series, which consists of 18 animated short stories. Jennifer Miller and Josh Donen are executive producers for the series, which will showcase episodes between 5-15 minutes long each created by different animation teams from around… Read

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‘Star Trek’: Nickelodeon Near Deal For Kids Animated Series From Alex Kurtzman, Hageman Brothers & CBS TV Studios

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Alex Kurtzman and CBS TV Studios have set the latest extension of the Star Trek TV franchise. Nickelodeon is in negotiations for a Star Trek animated series from Emmy-winning writers Kevin and Dan Hageman (Trollhunters, Ninjago), CBS TV Studios and Kurtzman’s studio-based Secret Hideout banner. Penned by the Hageman brothers, the animated series is targeted at younger audiences. Because of that, it would be the first new Star Trek project outside of CBS All Access, which… Read

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‘Frozen 2’ Teaser: Disney Unveils First Look At Sequel

The much-anticipated Frozen 2 doesn’t hit theaters until Nov. 22, but this first-look teaser might, just might, hold the can’t-wait kids over for the time being. Opening with a gorgeous sequence in which Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel) attempts to conquer the sea with her icy powers, the 1:59-minute clip then reunites the queen with Princess Anna (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Sven the reindeer and Olaf the snowman. Directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, Frozen 2… Read

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Sony/TriStar Closes 8-Figure Deal For Lord-Miller Hybrid Animation ‘Last Human’

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EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures is putting the finishing touches on a huge deal that brings the studio Last Human, a package for a tentpole project to be directed and produced by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, one that all weekend had Universal, Warner Bros, Netflix, MGM/Annapurna, Paramount, New Regency and MRC all bidding. Everybody but Fox/Disney, after Lord & Miller were unceremoniously dropped from the Star Wars spinoff Solo. Sources said the upfront commitment is… Read

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Marvel & Hulu Ink Pact For ‘Howard The Duck’ Animated Series + More – TCA

Things between Marvel TV and Netflix may be winding down, but Hulu and its Disney-owned corporate cousin are just getting started it seems. In a deal quite reminiscent of the accord struck between the Reed Hastings-run streamer and Disney back in 2013 for four new series and The Defenders team-up limited series, Hulu and Marvel today unveiled four new original adult animated series and a The Offenders team-up special. As a third season of the Schwartz and Stephanie Savage… Read

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‘PAW Patrol’ Animation Studio Guru Studio Ups Rachel Marcus To VP

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Guru Studio, the Toronto-based animation company behind Nick Jr.’s PAW Patrol, Sprout’s Justin Time and Netflix’s True and the Rainbow Kingdom, has promoted Rachel Marcus to VP Creative Development. The move expands her role to include leading the company's overall development of original IP, as well as oversee creative partnerships, co-productions and features. She will report to Guru’s president and executive creative director Frank Falcone. Marcus joined Guru in 2015… Read

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‘Dilili In Paris’ Coming To U.S. In Samuel Goldwyn Deal

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Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights to Michel Ocelot’s animated Dilili in Paris, which is part of SGF’s plan to expand into distributing more family entertainment films. A 2019 theatrical release is in the works. Dilili centers on a young girl who becomes caught up in a mystery plot that will take her through the upper reaches and lower depths of Belle Époque-era Paris. In the course of her investigation, she visits incredible places and encounters a series of… Read