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25 underappreciated family movies of the last 20 years

26 May 2016 8:09 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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From Flushed Away and Hunchback to Titan A.E. and Sky High - the family movies that don't get the love they deserve...

When I sit through a film such as Zootropolis, Rango, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Eddie The Eagle or Coraline, I can’t help but be thankful somebody has bothered. As a parent as well as a movie lover, I’ve grown to really dislike family movies that just turn up to act as a surrogate babysitter for 90 minutes, with no intention of becoming anybody’s favourite film. The films I'm going to talk about are the family movies therefore that I think both try and do something a bit more, yet continue to fly under many people's radar. 

A bonus mention before we get going, and number 26 in the list, much to my surprise: Alvin & The Chipmunks 4. I was expecting next to zero from it, courtesy »

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Open Road Joins ‘Playmobil’ Animated Movie

12 May 2016 3:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the animated feature film “Playmobil,” based on the German toy line, and set a Jan. 18, 2019, release date.

“Playmobil” will be directed by Disney veteran Lino Disalvo and produced by the team behind “The Little Prince” (Aton Soumache, Dimitri Rassam, Alexis Vonarb) along with Axel Von Maydell and Moritz Borman.

The project was developed in cooperation with Pathé France and will be sold internationally by Lionsgate and Wild Bunch.

Playmobil toys are produced by the Brandstätter Group in Germany. A wide range of accessories, buildings, vehicles and animals are also part of the Playmobil line with over 2.9 billion figurines produced in more than 100 countries.

The move comes two years after Warner Bros. saw an outsize success from “The Lego Movie,” based on the Danish toy line, with over $460 million in worldwide grosses. Three more Lego movies are coming from the studio. »

- Dave McNary

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Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) movie review: creature feature

24 March 2016 8:14 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Marvelous. A bouncy comedy mystery adventure parable in a fantasy world meticulously and cleverly conceived and gorgeously realized. I adore this movie. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly loving Disney these days

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

One of the things I really loved about Madagascar was the unspoken metaphor about city living that underpinned it: that cities are civilizing. That cities are places that even out the differences between us and somehow allow us to coexist in relative harmony. I mean, look: Madagascar’s heroes were a lion and a zebra, predator and prey in the wild but best of friends within the cultivated confines of the urban jungle who wouldn’t even dream of cannibalism… until, pointedly and yet still only in passing, they are removed from the civilizing influence of city life.

And now someone has gone »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Zootropolis: Rich Moore and Byron Howard interview

22 March 2016 8:39 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The directors of Zootropolis on the big, late change to their film, how 1/24th of a second matters, and Jason Statham

Zootropolis finally makes its bow in UK cinemas this weekend, and it’s been well worth the wait. It continues an astonishing run from Walt Disney Animation Studios, and we were lucky enough to spend some time with its directors, Rich Moore (Rm) and Byron Howard (Bh), to chat about the film.

Here’s how it went…

Can you take us mere mortals inside a Walt Disney Animation Studios pitch meeting, where a project like this begins? Where you take four or five ideas to John Lasseter? Is it as brutal as it sounds?

Bh: He’s not as brutal as you might think!

Rm: John’s mom was an art teacher. So John really has that talent of picking out something nice about everything that someone does. »

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Box Office Democracy: Zootopia

10 March 2016 3:30 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

I’m sure everyone has the movie they watched almost every day when they were little. Mine was Ghostbusters and I’ve been wondering how much that was because I liked the movie (I still do) or because my parents had so much influence at that point in my life that they could essentially force me to like whatever they wanted. Maybe kids don’t work like that, but if they do I hope I can make mine like a movie like Zootopia. If I’m going to watch a movie untold hundreds of times out of a love-fueled obligation I hope it’s something as sweet, funny, and complex as Zootopia. If my future child instead prefers the work of Adam Sandler I hear you can abandon a kid at a fire station, no questions asked.

It’s tempting to say Zootopia is a non-traditional Disney effort but perhaps that’s not accurate anymore. »

- Arthur Tebbel

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'Zootopia' could win Disney its third Best Animated Feature Oscar in four years

4 March 2016 10:55 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

"Zootopia" opened Friday to rave reviews, scoring a jaw-dropping 99 at Rotten Tomatoes (which scores on a pass/fail basis) and 81 at MetaCritic (which uses a sliding scale). Disney has won two of the last three Oscar races for Best Animated Feature and this sly satire could complete the hat trick.  -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Emmy Predictions Prior to prevailing for "Frozen" in 2013 and "Big Hero 6" in 2014, the animation giant had lost six Oscar races in a row. Two of those bids were for films from the co-directors of "Zootopia": Byron Howard ("Bolt") lost to "Wall-e" in 2008 and Rich Moore ("Wreck-It-Ralph") was bested by "Brave" in 2012. They have teamed up for the first time on "Zootopia," the 55th animated feature from Disney. The sassy script, which is full of topical references and zingers, is by Jared Bu »

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Review: 'Zootopia' is more rooted in the zeitgeist than typical Disney animation

1 March 2016 | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One of the most interesting things about Walt Disney Feature Animation is the way it has evolved over the course of its history from Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs to today. There are such distinct eras in its development, such major shifts in creative energy, such giant peaks and valleys, that even the worst moments in its history are worth study for animation fans. I wish Disney would embrace their entire history and not just their hits, because there is so much to learn from films like Song Of The South or The Black Cauldron. Right now, though, they have hit a stride that is admirable, and Zootopia is another triumph for the current version of the studio following films like Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, and Big Hero 6. First and foremost, Zootopia is a reminder of just how beautiful animated films can be. Holy cow, this thing is almost hallucinatory. »

- Drew McWeeny

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Win A Family-Four Pack To The Advance Screening Of Zootopia In St. Louis

24 February 2016 9:38 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery.

Directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”), co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), and produced by Clark Spencer (“Wreck-It Ralph”), Walt Disney Animation Studios »

- Movie Geeks

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'Frozen' Easter Egg Discovered in New 'Zootopia' Photo

20 February 2016 2:42 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It's doubtful that the new Disney animated comedy Zootopia will bring the same fevered devotion and love as fans have for the studio's 2013 blockbuster Frozen. But that doesn't mean the animators can't have a little fun. They've decided to hide a cool Frozen Easter egg away in this animal-lovers paradise. And we have a new image that shows off this cool treat in all it's glory.

Disney has a long and storied history when it comes to scattering Easter eggs throughout any of their animated movies. And it appears that Zootopia is ready to give Frozen a big shout out. And no, we're not talking about the fact that Kristen Bell, who voices Anna in Frozen, also returns to voice a three-toed sloth in this latest animated adventure.

A new image shows off the icy district of Tundratown, one of the many burgs in the animal kingdom of Zootopia. If you look closely, »

- MovieWeb

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Disney’S Zootopia Wild Premiere In Hollywood, CA

18 February 2016 6:26 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Last night, the historic El Capitan theater held the red carpet premiere of Disney’S Zootopia, and the stars came out to celebrate! 

Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Nate Torrence, Shakira, Jenny Slate, Directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore, co-director/co-screenwriter Jared Bush and more walked the wild carpet, despite the rain. Check out some of the photos, provided by Walt Disney Studios courtesy of Getty Images, below!

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. »

- Melissa Howland

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'Zootopia' TV Spot Wishes Everyone a Happy Valentine's Day

13 February 2016 1:24 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

What kind of animal would forget Valentine's Day? Don't miss out on spoiling your special some-bunny on this Lover's Holiday! Disney's new animated comedy Zootopia has released a special Valentine's Day TV spot, which shows the various animals in this quaint burg enjoying the long weekend. In Zootopia, nothing says 'I Love You' like a dozen carrots, onions and a Fox taser. Just show you care, and take your time.

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it's a melting pot where animals from every environment live together-a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn't so easy. »

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Meet The Robinsons director developing new animated Disney film

9 February 2016 10:25 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Stephen Anderson confirms that he's got a new feature project in the works at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

The revival in the fortunes of Walt Disney Animation Studios - which continues with the incoming Zootropolis - can be traced back to films such as Bolt and Tangled. But I'd go earlier, and suggest the turning point was the underrated Meet The Robinsons. The 2007 film was directed by Stephen J Anderson, who also co-directed the also-underappreciated Winnie The Pooh.

And now, it turns out that Anderson has a new film up and running at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He's not giving too much away just yet, but chatting to The Traditional Animation Show, he confirmed to host Stephen Anderson that "I'm developing a new feature at Disney".

Details? Not yet. "It's a little early, it's a little too early unfortunately for me to talk about. I'm very excited about it, »

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‘Playmobil’ Movie to Be Directed by ‘Frozen’ Animator Lino Di Salvo (Exclusive)

9 February 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin — “Frozen’s” head of animation Lino Di Salvo has come on board to direct “Playmobil: Robbers, Thieves & Rebels,” the $75 million animated feature film based on the iconic toy brand.

Di Salvo, who spent 17 years at Disney Animation, was head of animation for “Frozen,” which scored more than $1.2 billion worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time. Di Salvo also served as animation supervisor on “Tangled” and “Bolt.” He joined Paramount Animation as creative director back in 2014.

The animated feature is being produced by Dimitri Rassam and Aton Soumache’s On Animation Studios, the Paris-based shingle behind Mark Osborne’s “The Little Prince.” France’s powerhouses Wild Bunch and Pathe are handling international sales, with Pathe set to distribute in France.

“I’ve learned most of my skills by growing up in the Disney system; I was very fortunate to work on films like ‘Tangled’ and ‘Frozen,'” said Lino Disalvo. »

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The Academy Announces Oscar Week Events Leading Up To 88th Oscars

2 February 2016 12:55 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

If you’re in the Southern California area during the days leading up the 88th Oscars on February 28th, there are great events at the Academy that no movie fan will wants to miss.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a series of public programs celebrating this year’s nominees in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Animated and Live Action Short Film categories.  All events will be held at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The Oscar Week schedule is as follows:

Oscar Week: Shorts

Tuesday, February 23, 7 p.m.

Hosted by director Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Yuh Nelson received an Oscar nomination in the Animated Feature Film category for “Kung Fu Panda 2” and is the director of the sequel “Kung Fu Panda 3,” currently in theaters.  The program will delve into the »

- Michelle McCue

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New clip arrives for Disney’s ‘Zootropolis’

27 January 2016 11:40 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Walt Disney Animation Studios have delivered a brand new clip from their upcoming feature Zootropolis, the animal themed adventure which we believe is being referred to as Zootopia in the U.S.

The new clip is called ‘Elephant In The Room,’ and you can watch it in our player below. First, the synopsis.

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootropolis is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, »

- Paul Heath

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