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Animator Roundtable

“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…

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…

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…

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'…

‘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

‘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

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…

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.