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Guillermo del Toro Talks Animated Ode to Mexico 'Book of Life' (NEW TRAILER)

The Mexico of new animated Halloween film "The Book of Life," producer Guillermo Del Toro promised, "is not just as folklore memory. It's punk, scat, rock 'n roll modernity. It's a colorful and playful celebration of the life of all those who came before us."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 7, 2014 3:11 PM
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Studio Ghibli Speaks Up About Future Plans: Will We See More from Miyazaki? (UPDATED)

Studio Ghibli producer, manager and erstwhile president Toshio Suzuki, who brought Hayao Miyazaki out of obscurity and into the light in the 1980s, has spoken up about what the upcoming changes at the animation house really mean. And we may be seeing more from Miyazaki.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • August 3, 2014 6:42 PM
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Are Studio Ghibli's Days Numbered? Say It Ain't So

It seems impossible to think that one of the world's most beloved animation studios might shut its doors and stop making films, but that's what one Japanese news site says might happen to Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 31, 2014 4:15 PM
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PREVIEW: Pixar's 'Inside Out'

Thursday night at the Directors Guild, Pixar provided the same sneak peek of Pete Docter's "Inside Out" that was presented at the Annecy festival last week, except we were also treated to the first screening of the short that will play in front of it (next year to the day): the lovely Hawaiian-themed "Lava" musical directed by animator James Murphy.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 20, 2014 7:10 PM
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DreamWorks Animation Acquires Classic Toon 'Felix the Cat'

The problem is that publicly-held DreamWorks Animation's fortunes rise and fall with each individual release. When "Mr. Peabody" disappoints overseas, the company takes a $57-million write-down. So under pressure to diversify in order to improve DreamWorks Animation's financial performance, Katzenberg is expanding the horizons of the Glendale-based animation producer, whose films are released by Twentieth Century Fox.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 18, 2014 1:26 PM
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French Animated Pic 'Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart' to Get North American English-Language Release

When it comes to animated films, most people here in the U.S. think of the big names: Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks, Blue Sky, perhaps Japan's Studio Ghibli. The great films being made abroad either don't come to the states, or they don't get much play because they're not in English.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 18, 2014 12:31 PM
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Review: Oscar Nominated 'Ernest & Celestine' a Gentle and Delightfully Weird Animated Treat

Taboo friendship is one of the many resonant themes in the sweetly strange and delicately animated “Ernest & Celestine,” which is up for the Best Animated Feature Oscar.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 24, 2014 2:49 PM
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Animation Oscar Race: Why 'The Croods' Is 'Frozen''s Only Real Challenger (FEATURETTE)

In the Oscar animation arena, competition is fierce. The conventional wisdom has $500-million global smash "Frozen," Disney's best princess musical since "Beauty and the Beast," leading the pack by a good distance. Its strongest competitor, caveman family comedy "The Croods," comes from Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation, which put together a formidable filmmaking partnership. Chris Sanders (Oscar-nominated "How to Train Your Dragon") and Kirk De Micco ("Space Chimps") explain how they built a global hit --with four strong female characters.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2014 3:28 PM
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DreamWorks and Netflix Chase Kids with Streaming Partnership

In a landmark deal, DreamWorks presents a new animated series, "Turbo FAST," now available to stream on Netflix. The children's series will be the first of 300 hours of programming the studio will create for the streaming service.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 26, 2013 12:36 PM
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Ari Folman Takes on Animated Anne Frank Feature

Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman, who animated the Oscar-nominated documentary about his experiences serving in the Israeli military, "Waltz with Bashir," and combined live action and animation in this year's Cannes entry and European Film Award-winner "The Congress," will now tackle another hybrid genre. He is set to start production in 2014 on an animated historic family film about World War II diary writer Anne Frank.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2013 3:31 PM
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