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Secret Life Tops Box Office, Hits Record

The Secret Life Of Pets

Illumination Entertainment’s The Secret Life of Pets jumped through movie theaters this weekend, topping the record for the biggest opening weekend ever for an original animated film. With a weekend take of $103.17 million for its first three days, Pets surpassed the $90.4 million record made by Pixar’s Inside Out last year. Pets also had the widest opening ever for an animated film, opening in 4,370 theaters this weekend.

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NBCUniversal Buys DreamWorks Animation


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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Nut Job 2 Gets Release Date

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ToonBox Entertainment’s The Nut Job 2– originally to be released January 15th- is now looking at a release next month on May 19. The sequel to 2014’s The Nut Job features the return of Will Arnett as Surly Squirrel.

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Cartoons for Children, Part 1

Pinto's Prizma Comedy Revue

The idea that cartoons are created only for children is a pretty common one. However you may find that this preconception is a lot farther away from reality than you would think. Disney became the king of cartoon- land, and in doing so turn animation into an integral part of the film industry, with his philosophy dominating the market until the end of the century. But animation- not even in Walt Disney original intentions- was never intended only for kids.

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Snowtime! An Animated Ball

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In the wake of the massive snow storm on the Eastern seaboard, I found myself waiting in line to see Carpe Diem’s winter children’s animated snowfest La Guerre des Tuques, which is called Snowtime! for US audiences. This Sundance showing was the premiere of the English-language version of the film, and was shown as part of the Sundance Kids segment of the film festival. The kids at the show were all met by Chloe at the door, and most left with their very own Snowball of fun.

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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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Guardians of the Galaxy Release Imminent

Guardians of the Galaxy

The premiere of Marvel / Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy is imminent on Disney XD… and sneak peaks are already airing. A series of animated short peaks that preview the series have already started airing on Disney XD. There will be a full advance preview on September 5, with the full one-hour premiere following on September 26.

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Good Dino Shows Off

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“A single moment can change history” says Pixar’s first official trailer for The Good Dinosaur,, their rather troubled film to be released this November. And a single kindness can change everything. In what looks like a boy and his dog film with roles reversed, we see the asteroid barely miss the earth, and Arlo befriend a feral human he names Spot.

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Inside Out Flips Box Office Upside Down

Inside Out

The Pixar hit machine is tearing up the box office. After suffering some criticism for not releasing anything in 2014, it now looks like that might have been worth the wait- at least audiences seem to be of that opinion. In it’s opening weekend, Inside Out brought in an estimated $91.1 million dollars, giving it the record for both an original animated and live-action movie gross for an opening weekend.

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New Cast For Good Dinosaur

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Troubled Pixar feature film The Good Dinosaur just suffered another shake-up- an almost complete change-up in the voice cast. The film, which was originally set for a December 2013 release, has suffered setback after setback, from release dates to story to even having the director replaced. Now, only one of the original cast remains.

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