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Watch: 50-Minute Roundtable With Directors/Producers Of 'Frozen,' 'Monsters University' & More

  • By Joshua Encinias
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  • February 28, 2014 6:22 PM
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Animation Roundtable
In 2004 the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature was in it’s fourth year. Three very different films were nominated (“The Triplets of Belleville,” “Brother Bear,” and “Finding Nemo”), with ‘Nemo’ taking home the award. Since then demand for high-performing animated films has skyrocketed. In 2013, three animated features made it into the top 10 grossing movies of the year (“Despicable Me 2,” “Frozen,” and “Monsters University”), bringing in over $600 million combined. Needless to say, Hollywood plans on riding this wave for the foreseeable future, and The Hollywood Reporter recently held a roundtable discussion with some of this year’s Best Animated Feature nominees.

'Frozen,' 'Planes' & 'The Smurfs 2' Among 19 Finalists For 2014 Animated Feature Oscar Nomination

After our own Drew Taylor declared "Frozen" to be a new Disney classic, perhaps you won't be too surprised to learn that it has been submitted and accepted as a finalist for Best Animated Feature Film. But don't get fooled. The only criteria for the 19 movies that made the cut seems to be that they meet the eligibility requirements so flops like "The Croods" and "Free Birds" along with critical punching bags like "Planes" and "The Smurfs 2" get the same consideration as Hayao Mizayaki's "The Wind Rises." Read More »

Weekend Box Office: 'Furious 6' Leads Biggest Memorial Day In History, Doubles 'Hangover Part III' Opening

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 26, 2013 1:28 PM
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It was touted as one of the biggest box office match-ups of the year, but now that the dust has settled, it wasn’t even close. “Fast & Furious 6” more than doubled the weekend take of closest competitor “The Hangover Part III” in a showdown between two sequels we never expected to happen four years ago, when Universal reluctantly re-assembled the pieces for “Fast & Furious” and Warner Bros. gave us the first 'Hangover.' For one, success in perpetuity: an immediate sequel to “Fast & Furious 6” is already slated for next summer. But put down your bottles and cans, boys and girls – “The Hangover” ends here. With this weekend, Vin Diesel and the boys might be looking at a three-day global total close to $270 million.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Epic' Memorial Day Brings 'Fast & Furious 6,' 'The Hangover Part III' & 'Before Midnight'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • May 24, 2013 3:51 PM
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There are plenty of traditions associated with Memorial Day: barbeques, the return of white pants, massive sales, and, of course, the release of long-awaited blockbuster flicks. We get two this weekend, both hailing from impressively resilient franchises. Plus, there's the highly anticipated next chapter in the "Before [insert time of day]" series. But maybe you're not a sequel person, in which case you can indulge in a 3D animated feature for the kiddies (in all of us), probing documentaries, dark comedies, and a biopic. Because what's more American than variety? Happy Memorial Day, cinephiles: let us know how you'll be celebrating at the theaters!

Review: Visual Grandeur Of ‘Epic’ Undone By Undercooked, Rote Story

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • May 24, 2013 9:05 AM
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Let’s get one thing out of the way: “Epic,” the latest from Blue Sky Studios (the “Ice Age” films, “Robots” “Horton Hears a Who” and “Rio”) is at times breathtakingly beautiful. The Chris Wedge-helmed feature presents a visual step-up for Blue Sky and we are luckier for it. The film features a rich and compelling vision of a forest populated by a variety of tiny creatures and protected by the Leafmen.

Watch: New Trailer For Animated 'Epic' Featuring Voices Of Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz & More

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • March 7, 2013 11:23 AM
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With two and a half months to go until the release of “Epic,” Blue Sky has dropped another trailer for the film that includes a few new reveals -- but quick cuts to ornate nature scenes viewed on a laptop likely don't do justice to their intended 3D glory.

Watch: New Full-Length Trailer For Blue Sky's Animated 'Epic' Debuts

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 20, 2012 2:48 PM
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Back in 2006, "Ice Age" director Chris Wedge announced that his next directorial effort would be "Leaf Men," based on the William Joyce children's book "The Life Men and the Brave Good Bugs." (Joyce also conceived and co-produced this week's big animated extravaganza, "Rise of the Guardians.") Fox, the company that owns Blue Sky Studios, the animation studio that Wedge co-founded and runs out of a Greenwich, Connecticut campus, was unimpressed with his proposal and Wedge very nearly packed his bags, bringing the project to Pixar and his old chum John Lasseter (they had worked together on "TRON"). In 2009, Fox agreed to give "Leaf Men" the greenlight and now, in 2012, we're finally seeing the final, long-form trailer, now titled "Epic." If nothing else it looks like it lives up to its new name.

Watch: Trailer For Fox & Blue Sky's Miniaturized 'Epic' Debuts

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 26, 2012 12:22 PM
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Well, a movie calling itself "Epic" should probably kick off with an appropriately epic trailer. While we didn't quite get that with this, the first glimpse from the Fox/Blue Sky Studios' (loose) adaptation of the William Joyce book "The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs," it's still a promising-enough looking clip that draws us into a strange and magical world.

Voices Assemble! Beyonce, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Knoxville, Aziz Ansari, Jason Sudeikis & Steven Tyler Are 'Epic'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2012 4:26 PM
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20th Century Fox and Blue Sky have certainly never been shy about padding out their animated movies with as many big time celebrity voices as possible, and while the jury is still out on whether or not it makes a difference to the quality of the end product, it certainly can't hurt, and it makes the red carpet a lot more fun.

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