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‘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 Mitchells vs. the Machines’ Wins Big at Annie Awards

Sony Pictures Animation/Netflix’s The Mitchells vs. the Machines was the big winner at ASIFA-Hollywood’s 49th Annie Awards for animation, collecting eight awards including best animated feature. Producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s Mitchells — an animated comedy about a family facing a robot apocalypse — additionally won the awards for best direction, presented to Mike Rianda […]

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 […]

‘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, […]

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 […]

‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines’: Film Review

A barely functional family becomes humanity's last hope when a robot apocalypse led by evil Olivia Colman interrupts their road trip in this Sony Animation feature, premiering on Netflix.

Netflix’s New Releases Coming in April 2021

Take a look at the movies and TV shows that will hit the streaming service this month.

Netflix Acquires Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Animated ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’

Made by Sony Pictures Animation, the film previously titled 'Connected,' was initially scheduled for a 2020 theatrical release and then pulled due to the pandemic.