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    Sony’s big summer sequel Smurfs 2 failed to draw big numbers at the American box office this past weekend. The live-action/CG-animated hybrid landed in the third spot Stateside, making about $27.8 million during its first five days at the box office. The studio was projecting a $35 million opening weekend, since the original movie brought […]

    The post Second Time’s Not a Charm for ‘The Smurfs’ appeared first on Animation Magazine.


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    Retailers will be offering a delightful stocking stuffer for Peyo-philes on December 3 as Sony Pictures Animation’s The Smurfs 2 arrives in Blu-ray 3D combo pack, Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet formats from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. BR and BR 3D sets will also include the new 2D/CG hybrid mini movie The […]

    The post ‘Smurfs 2′ to See Holiday Release appeared first on Animation Magazine.


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    Ireland-based Cartoon Saloon’s new feature, Song of the Sea, is coming to North America via a deal the studio struck with distributor GKIDS. The film, the second from The Secret of Kells director Tomm Moore, is a 2-D animated feature about Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on […]

    The post GKIDS to Bring ‘Song of the Sea’ to America appeared first on Animation Magazine.


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    A trailer has been released for Song of the Sea, the upcoming animated feature from the studio and director behind the Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells. Take a look at it right now: “Almost five years after we posted the initial concept trailer online, I’m excited to share this small taste of the final film […]

    The post Trailer Teases Moore’s ‘Song of the Sea’ appeared first on Animation Magazine.


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    GKIDS has announced the North American release date for Cartoon Saloon’s highly anticipated animated feature Song of the Sea. The folk tale inspired 2D film will open in New York at the IFC Theater and Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox Theater on December 19, before expanding to Los Angeles and other major markets through the holiday […]

    The post ‘Song of the Sea’ Opens in NYC, Toronto December 19 appeared first on Animation Magazine.


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  • 10/13/14--19:42: Seals of Excellence
  • With their much-anticipated, beautiful 2D pic, Song of the Sea, director Tomm Moore and the team at Cartoon Saloon find inspiration in Ireland’s charming folktales. Five years ago, director Tomm Moore, producer Paul Young and the team at Cartoon Saloon revived the dream of traditional 2D animation with the charming and highly original The Secret […]

    The post Seals of Excellence appeared first on Animation Magazine.


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    Flying in from Darkest Peru comes the sequel to the surprise family megahit Paddington. Based on the classic children’s book series by Michael Bond and Peggy Fortnum, the 2014 live-action/CG hybrid proved an astonishing smash that handled its property with charm and wit, especially relative to many similar updates of beloved children’s properties. Not willing […]

    The post Trailer: ‘Paddington 2′ Promises a Hairy Crime Caper appeared first on Animation Magazine.


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    It looks like a certain lovable bear is getting his own TV series again. StudioCanal has announced that it is planning a new animated TV series featuring Michael Bond’s beloved Paddington Bear character. The 52 x 11 minute series will target preschool audiences and will be launched at the MIPCOM TV confab in Cannes next […]

    The post StudioCanal Plans New Paddington Bear TV Series appeared first on Animation Magazine.


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    StudioCanal’s live-action/CG-animated feature Paddington 2 enjoyed a great opening box office in the U.K, beating heavy-hitters such as Murder on the Orient Express and Thor: Ragnarok to land at No. 1 with £8.26 million ($10.9 million) in 607 venues. However, Variety reports that the film’s original U.S. distributor, The Weinstein Company, is trying to find […]

    The post Weinstein Co. Tries to Find New Parent for ‘Paddington 2′ appeared first on Animation Magazine.


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    Deadline reports that StudioCanal’s charming family sequel Paddington 2 has been snatched up for US distribution by Warner Bros., following a scramble to find the little bear from darkest Peru a new home by Weinstein Co. this week. The studio, which is home to franchise producer David Heyman (also behind Gravity and the Harry Potter […]

    The post WB Wins Bid War for ‘Paddington 2’ appeared first on Animation Magazine.


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    This weekend, a friendly Peruvian bear named Paddington is back in the spotlight. The loveable ursine hero of Michael Bond and Peggy Fortnum’s 1958 book has returned to the big screen in the acclaimed new feature Paddington 2, which opens in the U.S. Friday, January 12. The family film — directed by the original 2004 […]

    The post A Beloved Furry Friend Returns in ‘Paddington 2’ appeared first on Animation Magazine.


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    The critically acclaimed hybrid family flick Paddington 2 will soon be available to home audiences, with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment set to release the charming sequel on Digital (March 27), Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD (April 24). And of course, a healthy helping of bonus features to make the release as tasty as a marmalade […]

    The post ‘Paddington 2’ Breaks Out on Disc & Digital This Spring appeared first on Animation Magazine.


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    Last week, over 900 international animation producers, directors, distributors, sales agents from 41 different countries gathered in Bordeaux for the 20th edition of the annual Cartoon Movie confab. On display were pitches for 60 animated projects in various stages of development and production. Many of these innovative film may easily restore everyone’s faith in the […]

    The post Cartoon Movie Top 20: The Next Big Euro Animation Wave appeared first on Animation Magazine.


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    Actor Hugh Grant will be the lead voice in Aardman Animation’s upcoming feature The Pirates! Band of Misfits for Sony Animation. The British actor will voice the bearded Pirate Captain who travels far and wide in a quest to win the coveted Pirate of the Year Award. Pirates is directed by Aardman founder Peter Lord, […]

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    Sony Animation began production on the sequel to its 2011 hit The Smurfs today. Most of the cast and crew from the original movie, which made over $560 million at the global box office, are coming back for the second outing, which will be released on July 13, 2013. The plot of the live-action/CG hybrid […]

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    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is offering a real swashbuckling good time on DVD and Blu-ray this summer, with The Pirates! Band of Misfits set to hit shelves on August 28. The film will be available on DVD ($30.99), Blu-ray/DVD combo ($40.99) and 3D Blu-ray/DVD ($45.99) combo packs—all with UltraViolet. Based on the popular books by […]

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    Aardman fans, rejoice! This spring’s stop-motion animated feature The Pirates! Band of Misfits arrives on DVD and Blu-ray 3D today (Tuesday, August 28). Directed by Aardman co-founder Peter Lord (Chicken Run) and co-directed by Jeff Newitt, this critically acclaimed action-packed comedy adventure follows the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain, voiced by Hugh Grant (About A Boy), in […]

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    Management-production company The Gotham Group, which reps a lion’s share of animation professionals, and talent management outfit Principal Entertainment Los Angeles have launched a joint venture. The companies will continue to operate at Gotham’s offices on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles says The Hollywood Reporter. The announcement was made by Gotham CEO Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and […]

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    The Smurfs 2 director Raja Gosnell and animation director spill the beans on the trials and tribulations of bringing the little blue creatures’ second big cinematic adventure to life. Astute students of Smurfs lore know that the lovely Smurfette (a.k.a. la Schtroumpfette) first began her life as a one-off character in Spirou magazine back in […]

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    Sony’s The Smurfs 2 was the most popular movie on Wednesday with a $5.2 million opening day Stateside. Although the family pic’s numbers were slightly lower than DreamWorks’ Turbo (which also opened on a Wednesday at made $5.6 million and a $31 million five-day weekend), the live-action/CG hybrid is expected to draw a larger audience […]

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