Upcoming Animated Films in 2018

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Once again, it’s time to take a look at what next year has to offer us in terms of theatrical animation! Many of us felt that 2017 wasn’t a great year for animation (at least, not for mainstream animation), so we’re hoping that 2018 can make up for it!

Check out my list below of the upcoming theatrical animated films set for release next year! Bear in mind that these are only the animated films with verified US/Canada release dates and that any and all dates are subject to change at any time. Enjoy!

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‘The Boxtrolls’ Opens At #3!

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LAIKA’s latest offering (after Caroline and ParaNorman), The Boxtrolls, has opened up in the #3 spot in the weekend box office. The film about a boy who grows up with a bunch of trolls named the Boxtrolls, opened up with a $17 million gross in the US/Canada box office. Against a $60 million budget, the film may prove to be financially successful in the weeks to come. And with the reviews slightly leaning towards the positive side, that may happen sooner than later.

Have you seen the film? What did you think of it? If not, do you plan to see it?

“The LEGO Movie” Builds Up To A $69 Million Weekend Debut!

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Seems like LEGO is still as popular as ever! “The LEGO Movie” won the weekend US/Canada box office with a grand opening of $69 million! The film has just been getting great reviews after great reviews! I haven’t seen the film yet, but I want to, although I’m skeptical about the voice acting (that of Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks, especially).

Have you seen it? If so, how was it? If not, do you plan to see it? Lemme know in the comments!

Animation Director Arthur Rankin, Jr. Dies At 89!

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Arthur Rankin Jr., an animation director/producer/writer most famous for his work done with partner Jules Bass, has passed away at the age of 89! Arthur Rankin, Jr. (1924-2014) founded the company now known as Rankin/Bass Productions with his partner, Jules Bass. They were most famous for their stop-motion holiday specials including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Frosty the Snowman”, “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”, and “The Year Without a Santa Claus”. They also worked on animated feature films including “Mad Monster Party”, “The Hobbit”, and “The Last Unicorn”.

Arthur Rankin, Jr.’s death is a great loss indeed!

Stop-Motion Animator/Visual Effects Expert Ray Harryhausen Dies at 92!

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Ray Harryhausen has died today at the age of 92! Mr. Harryhausen (1920-2013) was known best for his work creating stop-motion animation for various live-action films including “Jason and the Argonauts”, “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad”, “The Golden Voyage of Sinbad”, and “Clash of the Titans” amongst others. His visual effects as well as himself will be greatly missed!

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My Thoughts: FRANKENWEENIE (2012)

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Tim Burton movies are always…well, most of the time…enjoyable!

"They call me Tim Most-Of-The-Time-Enjoyable Burton!"

“They call me Tim Most-Of-The-Time-Enjoyable Burton!”

And this is no exception! It’s a wonderfully made stop-motion animated remake of an earlier short of the same name directed by Tim Burton.

I had completely forgotten that it was a live-action short!

I had completely forgotten that it was a live-action short!

The film received positive reviews, critical praise, and was even nominated for the “Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film”! And now, I have something very controversial to say! More

Smallest Movie Made With Atoms!

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The extremely smart people of IBM have created what the Guinness Book of World Records verifies as the smallest movie ever made! I don’t mean small as in, low-budget, but physically small! The film, “A Boy and his Atom”┬áis made from…ATOMS! This stop-motion animated film was made using carbon atoms and moved around with a scanning tunneling microscope! I love it and think it’s super cool! What do you all think?