Sing sneak preview

Sing may not have the brand-name recognition of a new Batman movie, or the critical pedigree of a Disney Animation project. But at this point, you’d be a fool to underestimate Illumination Entertainment’s knack for making lots and lots of money.

The animation studio behind Minions and Secret Life of Pets clearly expect to rake in the dough with their next big feature, which combines anthropomorphic animals with an American Idol-style singing competition. They’re so confident, in fact, that they’re going to let the first audiences see it for free. Universal has announced free preview screenings of Sing to take place Thanksgiving weekend, in AMC theaters across the country.  Read More »

Justice League Dark trailer

Years ago we heard Warner Bros. was interested in making a Justice League Dark movie. Director Guillermo del Toro spent a few years developing the comic book film, but it ultimately ended up in the capable hands of Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow). That movie appears closer to happening than ever, but before we see Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, and Etrigan the Demon in Liman’s film, which Warner Bros. wants to begin shooting early next year, they’ll try to save the world in the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie.

Below, watch the Justice League Dark trailer.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Disney movie

Lin-Manuel Miranda has kept himself busy since leaving the Hamilton stage this summer, in a large part by teaming up with Disney. He’s composed music for this month’s Moana, will co-star in Mary Poppins Returns, and even signed up to help out with the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. And the relationship won’t stop there. Miranda has revealed he’s working with Zootopia co-director Byron Howard on a new animated film.  Read More »

Hayao Miyazaki Coming Out of Retirement Again

hayao miyazaki unretires

2016’s been a rough year, so here’s a bit of good news to brighten your day. Hayao Miyazaki, the legendary Japanese animator and filmmaker, has decided to come out of retirement for one last feature film. Specifically, he’s got plans to turn a CG-animated short he’s been working on, Boro the Caterpillar, into a full-length feature. Read More »

The Croods 2

While I don’t think anyone was chomping at a bit to see The Croods 2, there will undoubtedly be some animation fans disappointed by the news that arrived over the weekend.

DreamWorks Animation and their new parent comedy Universal Pictures have dropped an asteroid on the animated sequel to the 2013 prehistoric family comedy. But the good news is that this doesn’t mean the Croods will be put on ice forever. Read More »

Moana - Kakamora

A record 27 features have been submitted for consideration in the animated feature film category for the 89th Academy Awards. The number of Oscar-qualifying films has risen greatly over the past few years. For instance, last year there were just 16 films submitted. But with so many films submitted to the Academy, I wonder how many of these movies have you seen? Hit the jump to see the list of 2016 Oscar-Qualifying Animated Feature Films.

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Young Justice season 3

It’s the news Young Justice fans have been waiting literally years to hear: DC Animation has officially confirmed the animated teenage superhero series will return for a third season. The series had been cancelled in 2013 by Cartoon Network, despite boasting strong ratings, critical acclaim, and a devoted fanbase.

Get up to speed on Young Justice season 3 below.  Read More »

Moana early buzz

So far, Disney Animation’s Moana has looked pretty promising, with an excellent voice cast that includes Dwayne Johnson and an appealing heroine voiced by Auli’i Cravalho. It’s technically another Disney princess movie (Moana is the daughter of the chief) but one that’s more concerned with Moana’s exploration of the Pacific than it is any fairy tale romance. And now with the release date just a couple of weeks away, the first reactions have started rolling in, giving us a much better idea of what to expect.

The studio is currently in the midst of its most impressive run since the Disney Renaissance of the mid-’90s, which bodes well for the creative forces Moana — but on the other hand, means it’s got a really high bar to clear. So how does Moana stack up? Get the Moana early buzz after the jump, along with a new Moana clip.
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The Simpsons Renews For Season 29 and Season 30

Technically, The Simpsons is the longest running scripted TV show of all time. With their 28th season, they have long surpassed the two shows in second place, Law & Order, and Gunsmoke. However, when it comes to the latter program, Gunsmoke is actually still the longest-running scripted TV show by episode count, because even though it lasted just 20 seasons, those seasons in total contained 635 episodes. But The Simpsons will soon blow that record out of the water as well.

Fox has confirmed that The Simpsons has been renewed for a 29th and 30th season, and when all is said and done, that will take their episode count well past Gunsmoke‘s record-holding number. However, with all the trouble Fox had getting all the cast back for the last renewal, can we expect any more issues this time? Find out after the jump. Read More »

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Big Hero 6 Animated Series Voice Cast

Way back in the spring, we learned that Disney XD would bring back the superhero team Big Hero 6 in their own animated series. At the time, all we knew was that it would pick up shortly after the events of the first film and the series would be executive produced by Kim Possible creators Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley along with another Kim Possible vet, Nicholas Filippi, who’ll serve as supervising director. But now we have word on the voice cast, and fans of the movie will be very pleased to hear who’s on board.

Find out all the Big Hero 6 animated series voice cast  after the jump. Read More »