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Buoyed by a worldwide haul of $429 million, Universal and Illumination Entertainment surprised exactly no one today by announcing plans for Sing 2.
It’ll open on December 25, 2020, and is one of three Universal animations to land a new release date – spoilers: the other two are Minions 2 and The Secret Life of Pets 2. The former has been brought forward one week to July 3, 2020, while The Secret Life of Pets 2 – which was initially pegged for launch in 2018 – has been bumped back almost a full year, all the way back to July 3, 2019.
Elsewhere on the slate, the Benedict Cumberbatch-led How the Grinch Stole Christmas will light up theaters on November 9, 2018. On paper, that seems to be a little early for a festive-themed animation, but Universal has no doubt sought inspiration from Garth Jennings’ Sing, which thrived in the early November corridor against strong competition (see: Doctor Strange, Hacksaw Ridge, Loving). Last and certainly not least, »
- Michael Briers
Fans of PBS’ educational lineup for kids know full well that the network’s hours of “Wild Kratts” and “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” eventually fade into programming aimed for adults. Starting this week, more children will be able to tune into their favorite PBS programs around the clock.
On Monday, PBS’ “PBS Kids” channel will be made available via cable and live-stream via 107 PBS licensees to 90% of U.S. TV households. PBS said 73 licensees – typically a PBS member station – will launch the channel January 16, with additional outlets coming online over the next several months. The TV channel will be made available for free on pbskids.org and the PBS Kids Video App for mobile devices and tablets.
The goal is to extend the reach of PBS Kids programming so that it’s more available to children when they are likely to want it – after school and in the evenings. The launch also helps the public broadcaster reach »
- Brian Steinberg
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