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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.

Money Talks: 8 Out Of 10 Of The Top Grossing Movies Of 2013 Are Sequels Or Reboots

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 31, 2013 3:52 PM
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Iron Man 3
With the clock ticking on 2013, you might be finalizing your list of resolutions before heading out to celebrate the New Year. But in Hollywood, you can bet that studio executives are looking at the year that was, and hoping to do more of the same in the years ahead. Much more.

‘Frozen’ & ‘Monsters University’ Dominate Annie Awards Nominations With 10 Each

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2013 11:25 AM
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With the Thanksgiving break now officially over, and only three short weeks until Christmas, it seems Hollywood isn't wasting one hot second when it comes to nominations and awards. And so it continues with yet another branch of industry types getting to together to honor the best of the best, and this time, it's the folks in animation.

Oscars: Can Karen O & 'Short Term 12' Beat Disney's 'Frozen' In The Music Categories?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 25, 2013 2:31 PM
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Oscars, Score, 2013
This week sees the arrival of Disney's "Frozen," the studio's most acclaimed film in years. It's also a serious throwback to the studio's animated musicals of the late 1980s and 1990s, a full-on songfest with multiple numbers of Broadway quality, and that's useful for our purposes, because this week we're going to focus on the musical categories of the Academy Awards.

Oscars: Will Hayao Miyazaki Win Best Animated Feature For 'The Wind Rises'?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 12, 2013 2:19 PM
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Oscars Animation 2013
The last week or so has seen the animation branch of the Academy start to crystallize their contenders: a list of 19 features have been announced as the submitted films for the Best Animated Feature category, along with a list of 10 shorts. This year sees a fairly major change in the category, with voters on the nominating committee now able to watch the films on screeners, rather than attending special in-theater screenings. They also only have to watch two-thirds of the eligible films (twelve and a half, which we're assuming rounds up to thirteen), rather than the 80% which was the case in previous years.

'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 »

First Poster For 'The Good Dinosaur' Plus Director Dan Scanlon Responds To The Movie’s Delay

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 26, 2013 4:14 PM
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Pixar
The latest frothy animated concoction from the wizards over at Pixar was supposed to be delivered into theaters nationwide in May of 2014, but that has changed. In “The Good Dinosaur,” the asteroid that killed off all the dinosaurs misses the planet completely, so it’s sort of fitting that the movie itself will bypass its original release date, rescheduled for Thanksgiving 2015. Well, the first poster for the film has just debuted (via Bleeding Cool), and we got an exclusive statement from two Pixar principles about the delay.

In Honor Of 'Riddick:' 10 Of The Most Unnecessary Sequels Ever

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2013 2:11 PM
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10 Of The Most Unnecessary Sequels Ever
If popcorn cinema in 2013 has been defined by one thing, it's been "Sharknado." But if cinema in 2013 has been defined by two things, it's "Sharknado" and... a glut of unnecessary and unwanted sequels. Think about it: "A Good Day to Die Hard," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," "RED 2," "Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters" "Despicable Me 2," "Kick-Ass 2," "Planes," "The Smurfs 2," "Grown Ups 2." These aren't just movies that are creatively unnecessary, they are movies that it's hard to imagine anyone wanting (though in the Sandler movie's case people bizarrely did actually show up, to humanity's shame). Even "Monsters University," arguably the year's best sequel/prequel/spin-off, wasn't one that seemed that creatively in demand—it was better than expected, but hardly essential. This week sees yet another sequel few were clamoring to hit theaters: "Riddick," the third movie in the series started by 2000's "Pitch Black" and continued with 2004's "The Chronicles of Riddick.". And it got us thinking about other egregious examples through the years.

Pixar Filmmaker Bob Peterson Reportedly Off 'The Good Dinosaur,' Studio Seeking Replacement

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 26, 2013 7:09 PM
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“The Good Dinosaur”
A couple of weeks ago at the D23 Expo, during the lengthy presentation on Walt Disney Animation, there was a noticeable absentee: Pixar alum Bob Peterson, whose debut feature as a director, "The Good Dinosaur" (he co-directed "Up" with Pete Docter), was featured heavily. Co-director Pete Sohn was there, as was producer Denise Ream, plus a few members of the movie's starry voice cast (including Lucas Neff, Judy Greer and Bill Hader). Peterson's absence was conspicuously odd and according to Disney personnel on the scene, Peterson wasn't available due to "scheduling difficulties." But of course it looks like now that isn't the case: Blue Sky Disney is reporting that Peterson is officially off the project and that the movie is frantically looking for a replacement so it can make its May 30th, 2014 release date.

Box Office: 'The Heat' Burns 'White House Down'; 'Monsters University' Still Valedictorian

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 30, 2013 1:21 PM
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Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in The Heat
In its second week, Pixar's "Monsters University" is still top of the class with $46.2 million and a running total of $171 million. Pixar should enjoy the top spot while it lasts. With Universal's "Despicable Me 2" and Disney's "The Lone Ranger" opening next weekend, 'Monsters' is bound to lose some of its family audience and may not even get a passing grade this 4th of July weekend.

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