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Kelly Marie Tran, ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Director Carlos López Estrada Launch Antigravity Academy Banner (Exclusive)

Kelly Marie Tran and her Raya and the Last Dragon director Carlos López Estrada (who helmed the Oscar-winning animated feature alongside Don Hall) are officially coming together professionally. The pair have launched production company Antigravity Academy, which will develop and produce movies, television, theater and short-form content from and about people from historically excluded communities. […]

Raising Our Voices: ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Receives Outstanding Achievement in Animated Filmmaking

Watch a video of Raya and the Last Dragon writers Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim, directors Carlos López Estrada and Don Hall and stars Kelly Marie Tran and Daniel Dae Kim accepting the Raising Our Voices Award for outstanding achievement in animated filmmaking for the Disney film. The Hollywood Reporter’s Raising Our Voices series, presented by […]

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 […]

The Magic Maker: Jennifer Lee’s Plan for Walt Disney Animation — and Finding the Next ‘Frozen’

In early 2019, Walt Disney Animation Studios chief creative officer Jennifer Lee was scrolling on her phone in bed when a BBC News video about an African comic book company caught her eye. “I keep telling people this and they laugh at me, but we’re going to kick Disney’s ass in Africa,” Hamid Ibrahim, a […]

‘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, […]

‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Leads 2022 Annie Awards Feature Nominations

ASIFA-Hollywood announced the nominations for its 49th Annie Awards for animation on Tuesday, with Walt Disney Animation Studios leading the feature competition with 10 nominations for its Raya and the Last Dragon and 9 nominations for its Encanto. Close behind are Pixar’s Luca and Sony Pictures Animation/Netflix’s The Mitchells vs. The Machines with 8 apiece. […]

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 […]

“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 […]

‘Luca’ Leads Nielsen Movie Streaming Rankings With Huge Launch

Pixar’s latest offering Luca impressed in its debut on Disney+, according to Nielsen’s latest streaming ratings. The family film easily topped the list of the top 10 most watched movies for the week of June 14-20, with a huge 1.57 billion minutes of viewing time. That’s the equivalent of roughly 16.6 million full runs of […]

Moviegoers Erupt With Applause as L.A. Theaters Reopen: “It’s Absolutely Invigorating”

The Hollywood Reporter surveyed the scene on Monday at the busy AMC Century City 15 to find consumers relieved, elated and excited about once again experiencing films on the big screen: "I'm all for it."