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2021 Global Box Office Down 50 Percent From Pre-Pandemic Times: MPA Report

While movie ticket sales in 2021 certainly improved over 2020 — when cinemas were shut for much of the year — global box office revenue was still down a hefty 50 percent from pre-pandemic times as the movie business struggled to emerge from the COVID-19 era and grapple with a new landscape dominated by streaming. […]

‘Encanto,’ ‘Flee’ and More Filmmakers Break Down Looks of Animated Secondary Characters

Encanto’s Bruno Bruno, voiced by John Leguizamo, was always the mysterious uncle in the Madrigal family, but his look also evolved, to contrast with his description in Disney’s earworm “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.” Explains head of animation Kira Lehtomaki, “there was this myth created about him — 7-foot frame, scary mythology being built up around […]

How Animated Oscar Nominees Explore Family Trauma in Kid-Friendly Stories

One of the many celebrated innovations of Encanto, Disney’s irresistible animated musical and Oscar frontrunner for best animated feature, is that it does not feature a conventional villain. There’s no all-encompassing darkness threatening to swallow a peaceful realm, no sinister spiritualist coveting the soul of an innocent waif, and certainly no power-hungry evildoer plotting to […]

From Storyboard to Screen: How Editors From Animated Oscar Hopefuls Helped Craft Their Films’ Stories

FLEE Janus Billeskov Jansen, editor Writer-director Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s animated documentary Flee — a contender in categories including feature animation, documentary and international feature (representing Denmark) — was edited by Janus Billeskov Jansen, a veteran editor whose award-winning work in features, documentaries and shorts includes Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round, which won the Oscar for best […]

“Everyone Is Really Bummed Out” Over Pixar’s Third Straight-to-Streaming Film

A year ago, Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Chapek extolled the “artistic triumph” of Pixar’s Soul during an earnings call and said he was “absolutely thrilled” with the results of sending the film straight to Disney+ in the U.S. amid the pandemic. Soul’s Christmas Day debut on the service in 2020 helped lure new subscribers […]

‘Encanto,’ ‘Flee’ and ‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines’ Artists Detail How They Designed Their Animated Characters

LUCA Luca (Disney/Pixar) Character art director Deanna Marsigliese describes the title character as “direct, playful and expressive,” citing as examples the “[bold shapes] and exaggerated proportions, much like those found in children’s drawings.” She adds that Luca represents curiosity, and so his eyes are the largest of any character in the film. Additionally, Japanese block prints, […]

How ‘Luca,’ ‘Vivo’ and ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Sound Designers Created Sonic Landscapes of Animated Worlds

One of the “great things” about doing sound design for animated films is that one is involved from the early stages of production, says sound veteran Randy Thom, an Academy Award winner for The Incredibles and sound designer and rerecording mixer on Sony Pictures Animation’s Vivo. “The filmmakers really need sound in their early experiments […]

THR’s Full Animation Roundtable Now Available on ‘Behind the Screen’

The Hollywood Reporter‘s complete Animation Roundtable is presented in a new episode of THR‘s Behind the Screen podcast. Recorded remotely on Nov. 5, the discussion features Elaine Bogan, director, Spirit Untamed; Enrico Casarosa, writer-director, Luca; Carlos López Estrada, director, Raya and the Last Dragon; Quiara Alegría Hudes, writer, Vivo; Phil Lord, producer, The Mitchells vs. The Machines; Jonas […]

John Krasinski, Selma Blair and Marlee Matlin Set for Honors at Media Access Awards

The Media Access Awards has announced the honoree roster for the Nov. 17 virtual event. Hosted by Millicent Simonds and presented in partnership with Easterseals, the ceremony fetes “those individuals, series, and films that have redefined on-screen representation for the disability community, while advancing the portrayal and employment of people with disabilities in Hollywood.” Honorees […]

China Box Office: Disney’s ‘Luca’ Stumbles With $5.1M Opening

Disney and Pixar’s Luca, the first Hollywood movie to release in China in 10 weeks, opened to just $5.1 million over the weekend, coming in a distant second place behind holdover Chinese hit Raging Fire, which has been in cinemas since late July. Directed by the late Benny Chan and starring Donnie Yen, Raging Fire […]

Box Office: Disney’s ‘Luca’ to Release in China on August 20

Disney/Pixar’s coming-of-age sea monster story Luca has been granted a China theatrical release date of Aug. 20, which will make it the first Hollywood studio release in the country in over two and a half months. China’s film regulators have been instituting a longer-than-usual blackout on major foreign film releases in deference to the celebrations […]

‘The Tomorrow War’ Stays Atop Streaming Movie Rankings Chart

Amazon Studios and Skydance’s tentpole The Tomorrow War easily stayed atop Nielsen’s movie streaming chart in its second week of play on Prime Video. Starring Chris Pratt, the sci-fi epic garnered 1.1 million minutes of viewing time for the July 5-11 frame, according to Nielsen. Overall, The Tomorrow War was the No. 3 most watched […]