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Animation admissions 14.2% in North America, report

16 June 2015 6:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Groundbreaking research “mapping” the European animation industry is to be presented at the Annecy Festival.

The “Focus On Animation” is published by the Strasbourg-based European Audiovisual Observatory. Financed by the European Commission, it offers “in depth” intelligence and data on the state of European animation. Its findings are likely to have a major bearing on European strategy toward animation.

Predictably, the report underlines the dominance that the Us (“by far the largest market for animation in the world”) still enjoys in the sphere. 

“Between 2010 and 2014, feature animation did a yearly average of 173.9 million tickets” (in North America) the report notes, pointing out that this accounts for 14.2% of the total admissions in North America. 

The yearly average market share for European animated films in North America between 2010 and 2014 was 2.96%.

Gnomeo And Juliet, Arthur Christmas and The Pirates! Band Of Misfits accounted for 75% of the admissions to European animation in North America.

Meanwhile, European »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Annecy: Report Outlines Trends and Challenges of Europe’s Animation

14 June 2015 5:21 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Studiocanal, Aardman Animations, Ben Stassen’s nWave Pictures and Germany’s Constantin emerge as current drivers of Europe’s wide-audience movie animation industry, according to a pioneering study, “Focus on Animation,” which contains a wealth of pan-European and single-territory stats, establishing the base for a fuller report on the sector.

Produced by the European Audiovisual Observatory for the European Commission, and to be presented Wednesday at France’s Annecy Animation Fest, the study is a first-phase survey but still a powerful indicator of key companies and trends.

It captures a European animation industry in dynamic, if often challenging, flux. Though the authors are cautious about drawing conclusions, one driver that emerges from its figures is new market entries.

In terms of box office outside animated features’ main country of origin, “Gnomeo and Juliet,” from Kelly Ashbury (“Shrek 2”), topped Europe’s top 10 international animation movies, punching 19.9 million admissions outside the U. »

- John Hopewell

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Annecy: Report Outlines Trends and Challenges of Europe’s Animation

14 June 2015 5:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Studiocanal, Aardman Animations, Ben Stassen’s nWave Pictures and Germany’s Constantin emerge as current drivers of Europe’s wide-audience movie animation industry, according to a pioneering study, “Focus on Animation,” which contains a wealth of pan-European and single-territory stats, establishing the base for a fuller report on the sector.

Produced by the European Audiovisual Observatory for the European Commission, and to be presented Wednesday at France’s Annecy Animation Fest, the study is a first-phase survey but still a powerful indicator of key companies and trends.

It captures a European animation industry in dynamic, if often challenging, flux. Though the authors are cautious about drawing conclusions, one driver that emerges from its figures is new market entries.

In terms of box office outside animated features’ main country of origin, “Gnomeo and Juliet,” from Kelly Ashbury (“Shrek 2”), topped Europe’s top 10 international animation movies, punching 19.9 million admissions outside the U. »

- John Hopewell

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Laura Linney Joins Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

30 April 2015 2:59 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

There are people you expect to be announced as joining the cast of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. And then there’s Laura Linney. Imagine our surprise, then, when The Hollywood Reporter brought word that Linney is aboard the sequel. Usually found in indie and dramatic fare such as Kinsey, You Can Count On Me, Mystic River and The Truman Show, the closest she has come to a big superhero project is voicing the computer in Arthur Christmas. Yet, next year, she’ll be on screen in some unspecified role. Though the plot is still mostly unknown, the sequel will see the turtles – performance captured and voiced by Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek and Jeremy Howard – tackling threats new and old in New York City. Megan Fox and Will Arnett are back as April O’Neill and scuzzy cameraman Vernon Fenwick respectively, with Danny Woodburn once more »

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movie review: return visit

26 February 2015 10:21 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

There’s not much of a story, just a chance to spend more time with the gang of classy sexy randy oldsters. And that’s just fine. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

Well, what else were they going to call the sequel? At least there is an actual “second best” iteration of Sonny Kapoor’s (Dev Patel: The Last Airbender) residential hotel in the works: he is ready to expand into a new location in Jaipur, thanks in part to the steady business hand of his partner and one-time first guest (back in the previous film, that is), Muriel (Maggie Smith: My Old Lady). There actually isn’t much of the way of story this time around, just some gentle dramedy, as everyone is prodded to settle into the ex-pat retirements they chose in »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Studiocanal’s ‘Shaun The Sheep Movie’ Thrives in Foreign Markets

24 February 2015 5:54 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Hot off the runaway success of “Paddington,” Studiocanal is once again demonstrating the strength of its family entertainment biz with its latest franchise-based animation feature “Shaun The Sheep Movie.”

Penned and helmed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak for Aardman Animation, “Shaun,” which has just opened in Asia, has already scored $21 million ($18.8 million) from 2.5 million admissions worldwide. The movie has yet to open in approximately 40 markets, with the next raft of releases set to take place this week in South Africa, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia and Vietnam.

Based on the hit stop-motion TV series, “Shaun” marks the first collaboration between Studiocanal and Aardman Animation. The Paris-based company told Variety that it is eager to partner again with the U.K. shingle.

“Shaun,” a non-verbal, gag-ladden comedy following the adventures of a brave and endearing sheep, world-premiered at Sundance to warm reviews. It will be released in the U.S. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Peter Lord interview: Shaun The Sheep, being big in Minsk

6 February 2015 6:35 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Aardman co-founder Peter Lord talks Shaun The Sheep, making family movies, and wearing the same shirt for a long time...

He might have had a small cold when he spoke to us, and he might have been reaching for a box of Lemsip, but Aardman co-founder Peter Lord was on fine form when we got to chat to him last week. He was chatting about Aardman's latest feature, the lovely Shaun The Sheep: The Movie. But we talked about a lot more than that...

My favourite Tweet on your Twitter feed of late. Can we start there? Someone sent you a picture from China. And it showed the lift in her apartment complex, that had Shaun The Sheep imagery on the hotel's posters. I think many of us in the UK aren't aware of just how huge Shaun The Sheep has become outside of the UK, and how he's »

- simonbrew

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Richard Starzak & Mark Burton interview: Shaun The Sheep

5 February 2015 2:21 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Aardman, Jason Statham, Whizzer And Chips, Wall-e and more, as we talk Shaun The Sheep with its directors...

A new Aardman movie is always something of a treat. And today, Shaun The Sheep: The Movie lands in UK cinemas. It's just the fourth stop motion feature the company has made since 2000's Chicken Run, and what's more, there's barely a word of dialogue in this one. We got to chat with its directors, Richard Starzak and Mark Burton, about what on earth they were up to.

And here's how it went...

I'm a long-time fan of Aardman stuff. Not just for the craft side - I think at the heart of the best of Aardman is very, very strong storytelling. Here, you've given yourself a sizeable challenge by telling a story without dialogue. Can you take us through that, and give us an idea of how that makes the screenplay itself look? »

- simonbrew

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With 'The Lego Movie' out of the mix, the animated feature battle is on

16 January 2015 12:32 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The biggest Oscar shocker yesterday morning, bar none, was "The Lego Movie" missing out on a nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. For many, it was the frontrunner to win the Oscar, and indeed, its absence has everyone still in the category thinking they might have a play on this thing. My bet would be on "How to Train Your Dragon 2," which won the Golden Globe last weekend. But there are those on the Disney campaign who are making everything they can of the statistic that no film that wasn't nominated by BAFTA has ever won this particular Oscar. So the "Big Hero 6" fire will surely get a lot of kindling next week. There was a bit of a silver lining Thursday night, however, as "The Lego Movie" won the animated prize at the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards. Director Christopher Miller called the day a "roller coaster of emotions, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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