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  • coronavirus pandemic Jul 10

    London Animation Studio Adapts to Finish Disney Film

    A London animation studio is following the British motto of “keep calm and carry on” during the coronavirus pandemic to complete its first feature film in time for Disney’s planned release early next year

  • Canada Dec 2, 2019

    ‘Frozen 2' Ices Competition Again With Record Thanksgiving

    “Frozen 2” kept a wintry wind at its back in its second week, setting a Thanksgiving record with a whopping box office bounty, while newcomer “Knives Out” found its own broad audience. Disney’s new set of adventures for Anna, Elsa and Olaf brought in $85.3 million in the U.S. and Canada over the weekend and earned an unprecedented $132.7 million...

  • Canada Nov 25, 2019

    ‘Frozen 2' Heats Up Box Office With $127M Opening Weekend

    Six years after “Frozen” kicked up a pop-culture blizzard, the sequel to Elsa, Anna and Olaf’s adventures snowed-in the box office with an estimated $127 million debut domestically and $350.2 million worldwide, according to studio estimates Sunday. The opening for the Walt Disney Co.’s “Frozen 2” buried several records. It’s the highest-grossing debut ever for any animated film globally. It...

  • head Nov 18, 2019

    Study Sees Future for Hibernating Astronauts

    Just watch out for aliens, right? The European Space Agency says putting astronauts into a state of suspended animation could make it easier to reach other planets. The agency said Monday that its researchers examined how hibernation would affect the design of a crewed mission to Mars and concluded that it could help to significantly shrink the size of spacecraft.

  • disney Nov 12, 2019

    Disney Plus Suffers Technical Errors on Launch Day as Company Joins Streaming Fray

    Disney’s brand-new streaming service Disney Plus may be a victim of its own success. The $7-a-month service offering an array of Disney classics and new shows suffered some technical difficulties hours after launching at 3 a.m. E.T. on Tuesday. Users began reporting issues with the service on Twitter early Tuesday morning.

  • CEO Nov 12, 2019

    Disney+ Enters Streaming Wars

    The “streaming wars” officially have a major new player. Disney+ joined the fray Tuesday morning, presenting a big, new rival for established players such as Netflix and Hulu.

  • Los Angeles Oct 19, 2019

    'The Casagrandes' Extols Mexican American Life Via Animation

    “The Casagrandes,” Nickelodeon’s new original animated series that centers around an 11-year-old girl trying to survive a big city, is one of the first cartoons in the U.S. to feature a multigenerational Mexican American family. The long-awaited spin-off from the network’s popular animation series, “The Loud House,” premiered Monday and comes as more networks are taking chances on Latino-themed shows....

  • head Aug 28, 2019

    Fall Preview: The Women Behind Elsa on ‘Frozen 2'

    Years after “Frozen” came out, some of us still can’t walk through our home without accidentally prompting “Let it Go” to erupt from some unseen toy. Elsa never really left us. But she’s back.

  • CEO Aug 25, 2019

    Here's What We Learned About Disney's Upcoming Films at the D23 Expo

    Disney is the king of the box office. The company, which houses a half dozen studios under its film umbrella, has hauled in nearly $8 billion globally since January, and still has three more film releases before the end of the year. On Saturday, the company gave fans more to feast on. In addition to providing information about already announced...

  • director Aug 17, 2019

    ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit' Animator Richard Williams Has Died

    Richard Williams, a Canadian-British animator whose work on the bouncing cartoon bunny in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” helped blur the boundaries between the animated world and our own, has died. He was 86 years old. The Oscar-winning artist died from cancer at his home in Bristol, England, on Friday, his daughter Natasha Sutton Williams said Saturday. Williams’ career straddled the...

  • Japan Jul 21, 2019

    Police Get Arrest Warrant as Survivor Recalls Kyoto Arson

    Japanese police have obtained an arrest warrant for a suspect as soon as he regains consciousness from injuries in a deadly arson at a Kyoto anime studio. Kyoto police said Sunday they are ready to arrest 41-year-old Shinji Aoba on arson and murder allegations. Aoba is accused of storming Kyoto Animation’s No. 1 studio Thursday, setting it on fire and...

  • Associated Press Jul 20, 2019

    Suspect in Japan Anime Studio Arson Reportedly Had Grudge

    The man suspected of setting ablaze a beloved Japanese animation studio, killing 34 people, was raging about theft and witnesses and media reported he had a grudge against the company, as questions arose why such mass killings keep happening in the country. Police only have said the suspect Shinji Aoba, 41, who is hospitalized with severe burns and unable to...

  • Japan Jul 19, 2019

    Police Search KyoAni Studio Where Fire Killed 33

    Japanese police are searching for clues into why a man set a Kyoto anime studio on fire, gutting the building and crushing the hearts of many comic fans around the world. The man, screaming “You die!” stormed into Kyoto Animation on Thursday, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire, killing 33 people and injuring 36 others....

  • Japan Jul 18, 2019

    Man Shouting ‘You Die!' Kills 33 at Japan Anime Studio

    A man screaming “You die!” burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire Thursday, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked the country and brought an outpouring of grief from anime fans. Thirty-six others were injured, some of them critically, in a blaze that sent people scrambling up the...

  • Canada Jun 24, 2019

    ‘Toy Story 4' Opens Big But Below Expectations With $118M

    “Toy Story 4” brought the box office to life with a $118 million opening weekend after a three-week slump of underperforming sequels, but the Pixar film’s below-expectations debut didn’t quell continuing concerns about a rocky summer movie season. The “Toy Story 4” opening, according to studio estimates Sunday, ranks as the fourth highest animated film opening ever, not accounting for...

  • President Jun 10, 2019

    Women Are Underrepresented in Top Media Jobs, Study Finds

    Women make up roughly half of all executives in animation, but a study released Monday says the numbers fall significantly when it comes to female directors and other leadership roles in the industry. The study by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and the nonprofit advocacy group Women in Animation said that in the past 12 years, only 3% of animated...

  • actor May 21, 2019

    Recreating ‘Aladdin's' Magic With Will Smith, Fresh Faces

    In 1992, Disney transported audiences to the mythical land of Agrabah, where they met a street rat with a heart of gold, a flying carpet, a headstrong princess and a magical genie with some oddly current pop culture references. With the music and lyrics of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, “Aladdin” would go on to win the hearts...

  • Minnesota May 14, 2019

    Cells That Refuse to Die May Play Role in Bodies Aging

    Call them zombie cells — they refuse to die. As they build up in your body, studies suggest, they promote aging and the conditions that come with it like osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers are studying drugs that can kill zombie cells and possibly treat the problems they bring. Basically the goal is to fight aging itself, which hopefully will...

  • director Apr 30, 2019

    Summer Movie Preview: ‘The Lion King' Roars Again

    Director Jon Favreau has just left a scoring session for “The Lion King ” with Hans Zimmer and an orchestra. It was for the stampede (yes, THAT stampede). And it will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the 1994 animated classic that, with Favreau’s footage playing in the background, it got a little emotional in that room.

  • NBCUniversal Inc. Apr 28, 2019

    Hollywood Plots the Future of Entertainment

    Sit back and watch, or jump in the action? Spaces CEO Shiraz Akmal.

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