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TOP STORIES

Annecy: Chris Meledandri on Matthew McConaughey as a Koala Legit Theater Owner, ‘The Grinch’

By John Hopewell

ANNECY, France – Matthew McConaughey will voice Buster, a showman entrepreneur koala running a legit theater in Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming music-driven event comedy, Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri revealed Wednesday...


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Annecy: How Big-Budget 'The Peanuts Movie' Stayed True to the Strips

By Peter Debruge

Yesterday, the trailer for Fox’s “The Peanuts Movie” debuted online, winning over skeptics who’d wondered whether Blue Sky was worthy of bringing Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of cartoonist Charles M. Schulz&rsqu...


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Annecy: Chris Meledandri Receives MIFA, Variety’s First Animation Personality of the Year Award

By John Hopewell

ANNECY – One day before one of Universal’s biggest bets of 2015, “Minions,” premieres at France’s Annecy Festival, Chris Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment and its producer, accepted MIFA ...


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Annecy: Sergio Pablos Preps Directorial Debut 'Klaus'

By John Hopewell

ANNECY – “Despicable Me” co-creator Sergio Pablos, one of the key figures in Spain0s potential animation renaissance, is teaming with Gustavo Ferrada, a senior Spanish industry figure and producer on Juan Jose Campanella&rs...


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Annecy: 'Ballerina' Producers Prep Second Period Toonpic 'The Bravest'

By Elsa Keslassy

Following "Ballerina," the team behind "Intouchables" - Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou and Nicolas Duval -- are poised to explore further the animation world with their second toonpic, "The Bravest." "The Bravest" marks the producers' second an...


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Annecy: Canada's Tangent Teams With Arcadia, Araña and Pachacamac On 'Ozzy' EXCLUSIVE

By Emiliano De Pablos

Canadian toon house Tangent Animation is joining forces with Spain's Arcadia Motion Pictures, Capitan Araña and Pachacamac to co-produce 3D animated feature “Run Ozzy Run.” Atresmedia, the DeAPlaneta-controlled Spanish med...


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'Snow Queen 2' Secures Widest Ever Release for a Russian Movie in China

By Leo Barraclough

Alexei Tcitcilin’s 3D animated movie “The Snow Queen 2,” which screens out of competition at the Annecy Film Festival this week, has secured the widest ever release for a Russian film in China. It'll open there on July 31 o...


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Shibuya, Caribara, Frame Team For ‘Lily’

By John Hopewell

ANNECY – Underscoring the build in animation worldwide, Monaco’s Shibuya Productions is teaming with Bulgaria’s Frame Productions and France’s Caribara Animation to produce animated feature “Lily and the Magic P...


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REVIEWS

Film Review: 'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water'

By Andrew Barker

As far as nautical nonsense goes, it’s hard to top the climax of 2004’s “The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie,” in which the fate of our heroes hinged on the density of David Hasselhoff’s leg hair. This year’s ...


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'Shaun the Sheep Movie'

By Guy Lodge

Conventional wisdom may have it that sheep are dumbest of all livestock, but the woolly ones' wits get a collective sharpening in "Shaun the Sheep Movie."


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Annecy: Women in Animation Present Gender Disparity Data

By Emilio Mayorga

ANNECY—According to a survey of several L.A.-based animation schools 60% of animation students are women. But only 20% of all animation creative’s are women. The telling data, from Women in Animation (WIA) board member surveys an...


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Annecy: 14 Spanish Projects Pitched at MIFA Market

By Emilio Mayorga

ANNECY--BRB ‘s "Bubble Bip," "Animal Crackers," "Pumpkin Reports" and "Dino Games" were some of the fourteen Spanish toon projects pitched at Focus on Spain, a standout Territory Focus at this year’s Annecy MIFA market, coincidin...


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Annecy: Chile's Nino Viejo, Pinata, Punkrobot Set 'Legend’ (EXCLUSIVE)

By Emiliano De Pablos

Chilean toon houses Nino Viejo Animation, Pinata Corp and Punkrobot Studio have partnered to co-produce animated TV series “The Legend of Zeta & Ozz,” a project selected to form part of Annecy 2015's Mifa market pitches. Targ...


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Annecy: Estudio Teremim Unveils TV Series 'Lulina' (EXCLUSIVE)

By Emiliano De Pablos

Sao Paulo-based Estudio Teremim is boarding pre-school animated TV series “Lulina and the Moon,” one of the 25 projects chosen to be pitched at Annecy Festival's Mifa market. Produced by Luiza Favale and helmed by Estudio Teremim...


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