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Animator Roundtable

“What We Need Are Poets and Inspiration”: Pros From ‘Encanto’, ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ and the THR Animation Roundtable

THR‘s annual Animation Roundtable started with a discussion about what the phrase “animation is film” (inspired by the recent Animation Is Film Festival) means to each of these storytellers. “We often talk in our world about the idea that animation is a medium, not a genre, and the medium is film and cinema,” says Phil […]

“It’s All Imagination Coming to Life”: Jennifer Lee, Josh Cooley and the Animation Roundtable

Dean DeBlois, Jill Culton and Jinko Gotoh join the conversation on finding the right voice talent, progress on the diversity front and why there’s never been a better time to put an imaginative spin on reality.

Animation Roundtable: The Risk of Making Toons for All Ages and Why Hiring More Females Is “Crucial”

Whether they're exploring Taliban rule ('The Breadwinner') or the connections between the living and the dead ('Coco'), animated movies can be ambitious — and surprising. Six filmmakers discuss what happens when a years-in-the-making film suddenly becomes timely: "Everyone in Russia thought 'The Boss Baby' was a movie about Putin."

Animation Roundtable: 6 Toon Creators on Fears, Methods and Which 2D Characters They Secretly Wish They Were

Hollywood's top animators — Pete Docter ('Inside Out'), Charlie Kaufman ('Anomalisa'), Peter Sohn ('The Good Dinosaur'), Steve Martino ('The Peanuts Movie'), Roger Allers ('Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet') and Richard Starzak ('Shaun the Sheep Movie') — discuss which emotion was cut from Pixar's Oscar frontrunner and how to approach the ratings board (when an animated film lands an R-rating).

Animation Roundtable: 6 Top Filmmakers on ‘Frozen’ Lessons and Why Sequels Are “Killing” the Industry

Don't relegate these filmmakers to the kids' table, where the movie industry often forces animators to sit. Not only have their projects scored big at the box office — 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' took in $619 million worldwide, while 'The Lego Movie' collected $468 million — but they also are among the year's most inventive films. After all, they create every single frame from scratch

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ Producer Cast Cate Blanchett During Oscars Bathroom Break

In the sequel to the successful 2010 animated feature, Blanchett voiced Valka, the protagonist's mother

‘Lego Movie’ Producer Reveals How He Got Christopher Nolan to Approve of Lego Batman

Dan Lin tells THR they are now "deep in production" for a Lego Batman stand-alone movie, out in 2018

Roundtable: 5 Top Animators on the Good and Bad of Celebrity Voices and Creative Input From Their Own Kids

The masterminds behind "Frozen," "Despicable Me 2," "Monsters University," "The Croods" and "Epic" on how star voices are great for marketing a film, but creatively, the character comes first -- and how the director's son saved the "Avatar"-like look of "Epic."

THR’s Animation Roundtable: 7 Top Filmmakers Debate R-Rated Toons and If ‘Tintin’ Should Be Eligible for Ani Oscar

The directors of "Winnie the Pooh," "Cars 2," "Puss in Boots," "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Rio," "Rango" and "Tintin's" animation supervisor also discuss their influences and 3D.

The Animation Roundtable

Animation filmmakers are a tight-knit group of friends. But that didn’t stop a vigorous debate about art, the Pixar-DreamWorks rivalry and why someone from their field deserves a best picture Oscar.