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A Slew of Disney Animation Sequels


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With the seeming unstoppable success of Disney’s live-action adaption The Jungle Book, and previous box-office toppers Maleficent and Cinderella– Disney is sifting through a lot of old animation classics with an eye to live-action remakes. With the box office success of each successive live-action adaption, it is no surprise at all that we see more adaptions on the horizon. Now Disney is saying they are already working on The Jungle Book 2, with both director Jon Favreau and writer Justin Marks returning to the film.

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Game-Inspired Ratchet a Clunker


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The video-game inspired animated film Ratchet & Clank opened this weekend, but could not overpower the 1-2 punch of Disney animation. Despite opening on nearly 2900 screens, the Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment production could not overcome the almost universal panning by critics, and the film only took in 4.8 million, and coming in at 7th in the box office.

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NBCUniversal Buys DreamWorks Animation


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In a stunning shake-up of animation studios, NBCUniversal has picked up DreamWorks Animation for 3.8 billion dollars, in a deal announced April 28th. Comcast- the parent company of NBCUniversal- says that Dreamworks “will become part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.

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Big Hero 6 As Animation Series


Big Hero 6 Animated Series

Big Hero 6 The Animated Series” will be an animated television series for kids, tweens and families, and is based on Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award-winning 2014 feature film, also titled Big Hero 6. The TV series has begun production for a 2017 premiere on Disney XD.

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French César Nominations Announced


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France’s national film awards- the Césars- have been announced. With two animation categories, it is not unlike the Academy Awards, except the entrants are limited to French films. The ceremony will take place in Paris on February 26 at the Théâtre du Châtelet.

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NY Children’s Film Fest Slate & Jury


NEW YORK INT’L CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL

The critically acclaimed New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival has announced its 2016 jury and slate preview for the upcoming event, which runs February 26-March 20 in New York. Now in its 19th year, the Festival is the nation’s largest for children and teens and will present all new animated, live action, documentary and experimental shorts and features from approximately 30 countries.

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Oscar Nominees Are Announced


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Awards season is upon us, an the grand-daddy of all the awards shows announced their nominees early this morning. At 5:30 am, John Krasinski, Guillermo Del Toro & Ang Lee announced the selected few at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Conspicuous by their absence are any films from Disney and DreamWorks; this years animation nominees show more of a foreign film blend than we have seen in previous years. Overall, Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Revenant was the big winner overall, taking in 11 total nominations. Jennifer Lawrence became the youngest woman- at 24- to garner four Best Actress nominations.

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DreamWorks Announces a Cast of Trolls


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DreamWorks Animation today announce the main voice cast of their second feature film for 2016. Trolls will feature the voices of Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Russell Brand, Icona Pop, Ron Funches and Kunal Nayaar, all of whom have all taken to Twitter to reveal their characters.

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Trailer for Kubo and the Two Strings


Kubo and the Two Strings

Ready for a first look at Laika Entertainments fourth stop-motion animated feature Kubo and the Two Strings? The studio has just released a sneak-peak advance teaser video for the film. Much more stylized than any of their previous films, Kubo and the Two Strings is also the first film from animator-turned-director (and Laika CEO) Travis Knight.

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