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Peggy Holmes to Direct ‘Luck’ for Skydance Animation and John Lasseter

Skydance Animation's first feature film Luck is getting a big change behind the scenes. The picture is currently in production but will see a swap in the director's chair. Alessandro Carloni (Kung Fu Panda 3) was primed to go from co-director to solo director on the pic, but creative differences have brought about a change. Now, Peggy Holmes (Secret of the Wings) will take over as director, per THR. Luck, described as "a comedy that pulls back the curtain on the millenia-old battle between the organizations of good luck and bad luck that secretly affects our …
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Skydance Animation's First Film 'Luck' Lands New Director (Exclusive)

Peggy Holmes has come aboard to direct Luck, Skydance Animation’s first animated feature that is currently in production.

Holmes takes up the mantle from Alessandro Carloni, the Kung Fu Panda 3 co-director who was due to make his solo helming debut with Luck and is now exiting the project over creative differences.

Holmes is a steady hand in animation circles. She shares directing credit on two of the most successful features from Disney’s Disneytoon division, the Fairies franchise entries Secret of the Wings and The Pirate Fairy, and made her debut with the home entertainment release The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning. Holmes ...
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Netflix: 10 Best Original Animated Films

From the last decade, Netflix has been a helpful platform for veteran filmmakers and up-and-coming artists to partner in creating films. This also applies to animation, as the streaming service effectively established its animation division and branched out with acclaimed projects like Bojack Horseman, Big Mouth, and Tuca & Bertie.

Related: 10 Netflix Originals to Watch if You Loved Marriage Story

Even with these quality animated shows on Netflix, they should not overshadow the service's animated films. Thus, this list will rank the Netflix original animated films. As long as Netflix has exclusive distribution rights in North America, the movie will be taken into consideration. Films that got a Netflix release internationally, like Kung Fu Panda 3 in Japan, will not be included.
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Abominable Review: How to Train Your Baby Yeti

Mark Harrison Oct 14, 2019

The first major collaboration between DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio, Abominable isn't nearly as bad as the title suggests...

Having previously co-produced Kung Fu Panda 3 with Pearl Studio, DreamWorks Animation now brings us the Chinese animation house's first original film, Abominable, which is a perfectly lovely movie whose title doesn't suit it at all. From writer-director Jill Culton, the film offers up a lively and colourful road trip across China with three youngsters and the baby yeti they've taken into their care.

When the film begins, teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet) is getting over her father's untimely death by throwing herself into the gig economy and escaping to the rooftop of her apartment building by night. It's there that she finds a big white fluffy creature hiding from a private scientific organization's roving helicopters and staring wistfully at a nearby “Visit Everest” billboard.

With her preening Insta-famous
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All 36 DreamWorks Animation Movies Ranked From Worst to Best (Photos)

  • The Wrap
DreamWorks Animation has gone through its share of upheaval, with a few big successes and some notable failures. Since its first animation releases in 1998, it has changed, diversified, merged and been acquired by major studios. Given those fluctuations it’s not surprising that its roster of 33 movies are of varying quality. With their latest –Trolls– opening Friday, we take a look at the best and worst that DreamWorks has to offer.

1. How to Train Your Dragon (2010): Audiences are joyfully transported watching Hiccup, a gangly teenage boy and Toothless, his beloved, green-eyed winged dragon, soar above the Nordic landscape. It’s a rare movie aimed at children in which the hero faces– but doesn’t fully overcome– peril. While Hiccup is undeniably courageous, he loses a leg. There’s nuance, mystery and narrative heft here amid the brisk pacing and exhilaration. The 3D animation is indelibly beautiful.

2. How to Train Your Dragon 2
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‘Abominable’ Snowballs to $650,000 at Thursday Box Office

  • The Wrap
“Abominable,” the animated family film from DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studios, earned $650,000 in box office previews on Thursday from 2,950 screens. It opens on 4,242 screens this weekend.

Abominable” is the sole new wide release this weekend and could contend for the number one movie in America depending on how “Downton Abbey” performs in its second weekend. Universal is handling domestic distribution, and both the studio and independent trackers are projecting an opening between $17-20 million for the film.

That would put it close to films like “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” which also opened to $20.4 million in Sept. 2017, and DreamWorks’ “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie,” which made $23 million. Those films though skipped preview screenings. The previous DreamWorks release, this spring’s “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” raked in $3 million in Thursday previews behind a $55 million opening weekend.

Also Read: 'Abominable' Film Review: Familiarity Doesn't Stop the
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‘Nezha’ beats Zootopia to become biggest animation of all time in China

‘Nezha’ beats Zootopia to become biggest animation of all time in China
Enlight Media animated feature broke Zootopia’s $220m record on August 2 after only eight days on release.

Chinese animated feature Nezha has overtaken Disney’s Zootopia to become the highest-grossing animation of all time at the Chinese box office.

Nezha broke Zootopia’s $220m (Rmb 1.5bn) record on August 2 after only eight days on release. As of Monday morning (August 5), the film had grossed $343m (RMB2.38bn) and was accounting for around 62% of the country’s total box office on 47% of screenings.

According to reports on Mtime, industry insiders are predicting Nezha could reach the RMB4bn benchmark as it
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Shanghai: Lightchaser Seeks More Chinese Animation Talent

  • Variety
There is huge potential market for animation films in China. But Chinese companies are struggling to make the content to fulfill that demand, said Lightchaser Animation Studios’ co-founder Yuan Ye in Shanghai.

“Although animation education in China has improved, when it comes to character effects or other technical skills, they don’t teach any of it in universities — you can only learn it on the job in a company environment,” he said at a panel on talent development Friday at the Shanghai International Film Festival. While there are many fresh graduates in the field, even those with stronger technical abilities don’t always have the artistic chops to create animated features.

His firm set up structures to fill this gap from the get-go, establishing an internal talent-development system that attempts to turn fresh-faced graduates and inexperienced individuals into professionals with the skills needed to work on Lightchaser’s feature films,
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Netflix’s ‘Love, Death & Robots’ Gets Second Season Helmed By Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Netflix has brought on a female director for the newly-announced second season of its animated anthology series Love, Death & Robots.

The season will be helmed by animation veteran Jennifer Yuh Nelson, who, with her work on DreamWorksKung Fu Panda 2, became the first woman to direct an animated film for a major Hollywood studio. Nelson also directed Kung Fu Panda 3 and recently made her live-action directorial debut with young adult thriller The Darkest Minds. Before she became a director, she worked as head of story on Kung Fu Panda, and as a story artist on Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Madagascar.

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‘Love, Death & Robots’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix

  • Deadline
Netflix is bringing back adult-skewed animated anthology series Love, Death & Robots for another go-round. In addition, Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda) has joined as supervising director for the second season and will oversee all episodes. Netflix announced the news on Twitter.

Tim Miller created the series and executive produces with David Fincher, Jennifer Miller and Josh Donen. Love, Death & Robots showcases five- to 15-minute episodes created by different animation teams from around the world. The series features a wide breadth of genres — science fiction, fantasy, horror and comedy — that house the stories told through animation styles from traditional 2D to photo-real 3D CGI.

Nelson has directed multiple episodes of Spawn. She directed the dream sequence in Kung Fu Panda and went on to direct Kung Fu Panda 2 and Kung Fu Panda 3, as well as live-action feature The Darkest Minds. She also worked as a story artist on the 2005 animated film Madagascar.
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‘Love, Death, and Robots’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

  • Variety
Netflix has ordered a second season of “Love, Death, and Robots.”

The announcement was made on Twitter Monday morning. Jennifer Yuh Nelson has joined the series as supervising director, overseeing all episodes. She previously directed multiple episodes of “Spawn,” “Kung Fu Panda 2” and “Kung Fu Panda 3, and the live-action feature “The Darkest Minds.” She also worked as a story artist on the 2005 animated film “Madagascar.”

The first season of the series consisted of 18 episodes and was released on March 15. Each episode is a standalone animated short story. The stories covered a range of genres, from sci-fi, to fantasy, horror, and comedy. Each episode ran from 6-17 minutes in length and hailed from different writers, directors, and animation studios. “Love, Death, and Robots” is executive produced by David Fincher, Tim Miller, Jennifer Miller and Josh Donen.

"Love, Death and Robots" will be back! Jennifer Yuh Nelson has joined as
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Abominable Trailer: A Yeti Adventure from DreamWorks Animation

  • MovieWeb
Ready for the Yeti? DreamWorks Animation has released the first teaser trailer and poster for Abominable, which is coming to a theater near you this fall. The animated comedy adventure follows a young girl and her snow loving Bigfoot as they set off on an incredible journey across the globe to discover the true meaning of family. You can find your own way on September 27.

Big. Bigger. Abominable. DreamWorks Animation has shared their newest 3D Comedy-Adventure in theaters this September, from the creators of the blockbuster franchise How to Train Your Dragon. DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio's co-production Abominable takes audiences on an epic 2,000-mile adventure from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes.

When teenage Yi encounters a young Yeti on the roof of her apartment building in Shanghai, she and her mischievous friends, Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) and Peng (Albert Tsai), name him "Everest" and
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Tom McGrath Is Back To Direct ‘Boss Baby 2’, Jeff Hermann To Produce For DreamWorks Animation

  • Deadline
Tom McGrath Is Back To Direct ‘Boss Baby 2’, Jeff Hermann To Produce For DreamWorks Animation
Exclusive: The Boss Baby director Tom McGrath is returning to helm the DreamWorks Animation sequel. The first 2017 movie earned McGrath an Oscar nomination in the animated feature film category and grossed over $527M at the worldwide box office. It also spawned a Netflix series The Boss Baby: Back in Business.

The Boss Baby 2 will mark McGrath’s sixth movie as a director with Dwa followinig the Madagascar trilogy, Megamind, and the first Boss Baby. Combined, McGrath’s Dwa pics have grossed $2.7 billion at the worldwide B.O. Adapted by Michael McCullers from Marla Frazee’s book, Boss Baby stars Alec Baldwin as a suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby who pairs up with his 7-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co. Boss Baby 2 is scheduled for a March 26, 2021 release via Universal.

It was also announced today that Jeff Hermann will be making his feature film
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Endeavor jumps on board 'Monkey King - A Hero's Journey To The West' (exclusive)

The project involves major Hollywood talent including writer James Felder and producer Walter A McDaniel.

Endeavor Content has picked up international rights to $20m Chinese animated feature Monkey King – A Hero’s Journey To The West, which involves major Hollywood talent including writer James Felder and producer Walter A McDaniel.

Felder, whose credits include animated series Ultimate Spider-Man and The Avengers, has scripted the feature, based on the Chinese classic Journey To The West, about the simian superhero and his sidekicks Pigsy, Sandy and the White Horse.

McDaniel, a comic book artist who has contributed to films including Deadpool and Batman,
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Angelina Jolie could be the next star to join the McU in ‘The Eternals’

  • HeyUGuys
Angelina Jolie has entered into negotiations to join Marvel and Disney’s adaptation of the Jack Kirby comic ‘The Eternals’.

No word of which role Jolie would be up for has been made public. ‘The Rider’s’ Chloe Zhao will take the helm on the next chapter of the McU universe. Matthew and Ryan Firpo have adapted the screenplay.

Making their first appearance in 1976, ‘The Eternals’ are a species of humanity, described as an offshoot of the evolutionary process that created sentient life on Earth. Created by an Alien species known as Celestials, they were created to be the defenders of Earth, which leads to the inevitability of war against their destructive counterparts, the Deviants.

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The film is thought to centre around Sersi, a fourth generation member of the group born during the
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'Captain Marvel' crosses $900m worldwide, becomes tenth highest superhero release (update)

'Captain Marvel' crosses $900m worldwide, becomes tenth highest superhero release (update)
How To Train Your Dragon 3 delivers sixth highest industry animation bow in India.

March 25 Update: In an important session that keeps alive hopes of crossing the cherished $1bn global threshold, Captain Marvel performed slightly higher than expected to deliver an estimated $87.1m and reach $912.4m after three weekends through Disney, and used a $52.4m international haul to stand at $590.9m.

Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us opened in its first 47 territories via Universal Pictures International on a combined $16.7m led by a $1.9m number two debut in the UK, while Fox International’s Bohemian Rhapsody debuted in China in fourth place on $6.4m.
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'Captain Marvel' crosses $900m worldwide, becomes tenth highest superhero release

'Captain Marvel' crosses $900m worldwide, becomes tenth highest superhero release
How To Train Your Dragon 3 delivers sixth highest industry animation bow in India.

In an important session that keeps alive hopes of crossing the cherished $1bn global threshold, Captain Marvel performed slightly higher than expected to deliver an estimated $87.1m and reach $910.3m after three weekends through Disney, and used a $52.1m international haul to stand at $588.8m.

Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us opened in its first 47 territories via Universal Pictures International on a combined $16.7m led by a $1.9m number two debut in the UK, while Fox International’s Bohemian Rhapsody debuted in China in fourth place on $6.4m.
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Wink’s Joe Aguilar on Why Animation Co-Productions Are Risky and Slow

  • Variety
China’s Wink Animation, a division of Huayi Brothers, is a Chinese animation company that creates both Chinese-language films and globally-skewing features for the young adult market. It produces both fully animated and hybrid content that combines live action with animated characters.

The company is led by CEO Joe Aguilar, former CFO of Oriental DreamWorks, who led the flagship Sino-Hollywood co-venture while it produced “Kung Fu Panda 3,” the highest-grossing animated co-production of its time. Aguilar will be at FilMart on Tuesday to deliver a keynote address on co-productions in the animation space.

According to Aguilar, it will still be quite some time before globally successful animated co-productions explode onto the scene. “It’s not going to go as fast as everyone wants it to happen. There’s a lot to learn in terms of the risk factors, and culturally about how to work together,” he told Variety.

Since a
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'How To Train Your Dragon 3' rules international, 'Green Book' crosses $100m (update)

'How To Train Your Dragon 3' rules international, 'Green Book' crosses $100m (update)
dateFox International’s Alita: Battle Angel brings in $40.4m for $278.2m.

March 4 Update: DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World delivered another robust weekend via Universal Pictures International to rule the roost as $54.9m from 58 territories in play boosted the running total to $280.9m from 61 overall.

China was instrumental in driving the big films at the weekend. The Hidden World opened there on $32.8m, while Alita: Battle Angel soared past $100m in its second weekend, and best picture Oscar winner Green Book delivered a $17.1m debut in the market.

Fox’s Alita: Battle Angel brought in
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'How To Train Your Dragon 3' rules international, 'Green Book' crosses $100m

Fox International’s Alita: Battle Angel brings in $40.4m for $278.2m.

DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World delivered another robust weekend via Universal Pictures International to rule the roost as $52m from 58 territories in play boosted the running total to $277.7m from 61 overall.

China was instrumental in driving the big films at the weekend. The Hidden World opened there on $13.7m, while Alita: Battle Angel crossed $100m in its second weekend, and best picture Oscar winner Green Book delivered a $17.1m debut in the market.

Fox’s Alita: Battle Angel brought in $40.4m to rank
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