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BOX OFFICE: 'Rango' still a tough hombre; 'Mars Needs Moms,' not so much.

When to comes to Hollywood's animated fare, this town may not be big enough for both "Rango's" sheriff and the laser-shooters of "Mars Needs Moms." Paramount/Nickelodeon's "Rango" proved resilient, grossing $23-million one week after the Johnny Depp-voiced film debuted...

By Michael Cavna  | March 13, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation, The Holly Word  | Tags:  Alice in Wonderland, How to Train Your Dragon, Mars Needs Moms, Rango  
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NEW 'PUSS IN BOOTS' TRAILER: 5 Reasons Why Hollywood So Knows What It's Doing

"PUSS IN BOOTS": You didn't really think DreamWorks was just going to let the mighty Shrek franchise retire after a mere four films and 3-billion bucks at the box office, didja? Last summer, "Shrek" story-writer and voice actor Walt Dohrn...

By Michael Cavna  | March 4, 2011; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  Antonio Banderas, DreamWorks Animation, Paramount, Puss in Boots, Shrek  
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'RANGO' BOWS IN: How the animated Depp film could help change the game

Update: "Rango" was tops at Friday's domestic box office, grossing an estimated $9.8-million at nearly 4,000 theaters. Revising expectations slightly downward, industry observers now predict an opening-weekend take of $36-million to $38-million, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "RANGO": Johnny...

By Michael Cavna  | March 4, 2011; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp, Rango, Tim Burton, Wes Anderson  
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THE 2011 OSCARS: Handicapping the Animated Short nominees

Update: "The Lost Thing" wins the Oscar for Animated Short. When it comes to Oscars-nominated animation, feature films tend to get the "Lion King's" share of the spotlight. But this year's field of Animated Shorts is particularly rich. Pixar's...

By Michael Cavna  | February 27, 2011; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  Day & Night, Let's Pollute, Madagascar, Oscars animation, The Gruffalo, The Lost Thing  
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NCS REUBENS: Your 2011 'Cartoonist of the Year' finalists are... [UPDATED]

The National Cartoonists Society has just announced its three finalists for the 2011 Cartoonist of the Year Reuben award. And your trio of contenders are: GLEN KEANE, the animator/director who most recently worked prominently on Disney's "Tangled." Keane has...

By Michael Cavna  | February 22, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Animation, The Comic Strip  | Tags:  Cul de Sac, Disney animation, Glen Keane, NCS Reuben Awards, Pearls Before Swine, Richard Thompson, Stephan Pastis  
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ANIMATED PARODY OF THE DAY: 'The Simpsons' Meet Pixar

With the Oscars on the horizon, "The Simpsons" continues a season most inspired. Into its fourth different decade, Fox's hit show -- led by executive producer Al Jean -- has especially unfurled great cross-art-form parodies in recent months. The...

By Michael Cavna  | February 21, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  Al Jean, Nick Park, Pixar, The Simpsons  
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Older Entries in This Category »

ANIMATION OF THE DAY: If superheroes were hipsters, Michael Cavna , January 19, 2011
VIDEO OF THE DAY: LBJ orders himself some pants, Michael Cavna , January 18, 2011
FOX NEWS JABS: Is 'The Simpsons' guilty of overkill?, Michael Cavna , December 14, 2010
Times Square bomb: a 'South Park' link?, Michael Cavna , May 2, 2010
Golden Globes go to Pixar's 'Up' , Michael Cavna , January 17, 2010
Remembering 'GUMBY' creator Art Clokey , Michael Cavna , January 9, 2010
Awards season: The Best Animated Shorts of 2009, Michael Cavna , January 7, 2010
'Don't Be a Jerk -- It's Christmas!': SpongeBob talks, Christian Hettinger , December 25, 2009
The Interview: Animator Bryan Brinkman, Michael Cavna , March 23, 2009
The Interview: Pixar Animator Angus MacLane, Michael Cavna , December 11, 2008
The Interview: HBO Animator Steve Dildarian, Michael Cavna , September 19, 2008
 
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