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Why Disney Doesn’t Make 2D Animated Movies Any More

Disney no longer makes hand-drawn 2D animated movies, but why is that the case? The Mouse House made its name using traditional animation techniques, including the first full-length animated feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, but in recent years it’s instead turned to computer animation and even live-action remakes of old classics.

Disney’s only animated effort of 2019 is Frozen 2, which is computer-animated, while another of its biggest releases is the live-action The Lion King remake, based on their biggest and best hand-drawn animation. It’s a major reminder of just how far away Disney has come from making 2D animated films, which has been the case for most of the past decade, although the shift away from hand-drawn animation started much earlier.

Related: All The Live-Action Disney Remakes In Development

The most successful period in Disney animation was the late-80s and early-mid-90s, which brought about the Disney Renaissance, a boom period of creativity and quality after many years of drift following Walt Disney’s death. Starting with The Little Mermaid in 1989, Disney went on an incredible run that saw them produce some of their biggest ever hits – Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King – and a few underrated gems too, such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The success was mostly sustained across the 90s, but by the turn of the century it’d started coming crashing down.

In the early 00s, Disney was already turning away from 2D animation, and despite some efforts at reviving the format, such as The Princess and the Frog or Whinnie the Pooh, the movies weren’t quite as successful and Disney closed their 2D animation studio in 2013. A big reason for this was the rise of computer-animation, led by Pixar, who are now owned by Disney. Pixar made a major splash with 1995’s Toy Story, which changed the game in terms of what an animated movie could be. Once they started perfecting that formula in the late-90s and early-00s, it wasn’t long before other studios were attempting to catch-up, including Disney.

Disney started to make their own push with computer-animation, such as 2008’s Bolt, and then finally started to reap the rewards with a four-year period that saw the releases of Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, and Frozen, all of which were big hits for the Mouse House. Since then they’ve released Big Hero 6, Moana, Zootopia, and Ralph Breaks the Internet, all of which utilized 3D computer-animation. Even in the early-00s, it’s clear to see the difference in box-office results between Pixar’s 3D efforts and Disney’s 2D movies: in 2003, Pixar’s Finding Nemo made $940 million, which was 10x its budget. Just a year later Disney released Home on the Range, which cost an estimated $110 million and didn’t even make that back.

It’s tempting to solely put all of this down to the success of Pixar (and later animated franchises such as Shrek as well), but that’s just one (admittedly large) part of the story. Disney themselves should take some blame: it’s not just that Pixar’s movies were making more money, but that they were better. That isn’t because of the animation style, but a change in focus at the top of Disney (including faster productions and more straight-to-DVD sequels) and it was a decline that 2D animation couldn’t pull them out of.

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Alongside Pixar’s rise was the advancement of technology, which has subsequently made it easier for studios to produce animated features. Hand-drawn 2D animation is known for being a painstaking process, often requiring huge teams of animators and a lot of the time meaning things cannot be flexible and decisions have to be locked in a lot earlier. Computer-animation too is still a major undertaking, but it’s generally considered easier to maintain quality control (especially for a big animation house like Disney) and to fix things if they do go wrong or the filmmakers want to do something differently.

Moving towards greater advancements in technology isn’t uncommon in Hollywood: just look at the shift from black-and-white to color. It’s a huge shame that Disney isn’t making 2D animated movies anymore, especially since they’ve yet to create anything on par with The Lion King or Beauty and the Beast in the 3D realm. But when the 3D movies are making more money, and are in a lot of ways easier to produce at a high quality, and they can also turn their old 2D classics into live-action remakes that make $1 billion, it’s clear why Disney has stopped making 2D animated movies.

Next: The Lion King 2019’s Biggest Changes To The Original Animation


2019-07-24 07:07:36

James Hunt

The Lion King 2019 Restores (& Fixes) Animated Scar Deleted Scene

The Lion King 2019 includes – and improves – a Scar subplot that Disney removed from the original movie. In his incredibly detailed CGI remake, director Jon Favreau closely replicates the classic animated film, which famously follows the young lion prince Simba’s adventures (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) after he is exiled due to his evil uncle’s (Jeremy Irons) desire for the throne. Most of the remake’s characters stay true to their original counterparts – except for Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who gets something of a makeover.

Creepier, malevolent, and less theatrical than the animated usurper, Ejiofor’s Scar also features a newly embellished backstory. Indeed, Scar implies that his namesake injury resulted from challenging his brother and king, Mufasa (James Earl Jones). Furthermore, the villain hints that his lust for Sarabi (Alfre Woodard) played a part in this confrontation. This “courtship” is something that Scar resumes after his brother’s death in The Lion King 2019, where he threatens Sarabi with the Pride’s starvation if she refuses to submit to him.

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This might seem like a modern addition to an iconic story, yet Scar’s lechery actually has long been part of The Lion King‘s history. Disney removed similar scenes during production of the original movie, entitled “The Madness of King Scar,” where the increasingly deranged monarch sought to secure his own dynasty with a mate. But instead of Sarabi, the Disney classic initially saw Scar thirsting for Nala (Moira Kelly), which partly explains why she fled the Pride Lands in the first place. Since many rulers were/are focused on their own dynasties, Scar’s search for a wife and heir is a logical and compelling dimension to explore in any version of The Lion King. Indeed, the essence of this subplot was later reworked for the award-winning musical adaptation. Yet it’s clear that Jon Favreau and writer Jeff Nathanson have perfected the idea in their remake.

Certainly, the fact that Scar’s predatory nature was downplayed is an immediate improvement. As per the movie’s storyboards in the mid-1990s, Scar was set to try and force himself upon Nala, singing that his “cylinder’s firing with fervor” in a reprise of “Be Prepared”. Nala refuses him, but an amused Scar chillingly warns her that he always gets what he desires. Audiences – or more importantly, family audiences – understand how maniacal Scar is because he murdered his brother. As such, there’s no need for the film to demonstrate the further reaches of Scar’s depravity in this way.

But the most important choice made in The Lion King 2019 is the switching of Nala and Sarabi. It’s undoubtedly horrible to watch Sarabi being blackmailed by Scar in the new movie, but at least it is without the uncomfortable age gap that separates Nala and the evil king. Though such a dalliance might occur on the real African Savana, it would be distressing to watch a talking, hyper-real Scar try to take advantage of the much-younger Nala – especially after many recent revelations about predators in positions of power.

Related: The Lion King 2019 IMPROVES One Important Sequence From The Original

Furthermore, the tension between Scar and Sarabi adds sense of history to their characters and helps illuminate a previously unknown backstory. Indeed, its rather fitting that the power-obsessed Scar covets a lion who already sat at the same throne that he is so desperate to secure for himself. If the new movie had paired Scar with Nala – as per the initial plan – these fresh dimensions would remain unexplored. Fans and critics are divided on whether Favreau’s version of The Lion King was all that necessary, given its closeness to the animated predecessor. Nevertheless, it’s pleasing that– with this reworked Scar subplot and several other flourishes – Disney have found new avenues to explore in their retelling of The Lion King, for audiences both new and old to enjoy.

Next: All The Live-Action Disney Remakes In Development


2019-07-24 07:07:23

Max Farrow

Superman: Red Son Animated Movie Announced at SDCC | ScreenRant

An animated adaption of the acclaimed mini-series, Superman: Red Son was announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. The movie will start off DC’s animated lineup in 2020, which will also contain Justice League Dark: Apokolips War and Superman: Man of Tomorrow. A Superman: Red Son adaption was originally reported to be in development back in January.

While Superman doesn’t have quite as many films as Batman, the Man of Steel has been the star of a few notable ones. The first DC Universe film was actually Superman: Doomsday, a loose adaption of the Death of Superman storyline. Then there was All-Star Superman, an adaption of the series of the same name. Then came Superman vs. the Elite and Superman Unbound, the final ones in the pre-New 52 animated continuity. The most recent starring Superman movies were The Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen, which re-adapted the iconic storyline. Now, one of the most famous Elseworlds tales in comics is about to be adapted.

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During the world premiere of Batman: Hush at Comic-Con (via: DC Comics Blog), DC announced its 2020 slate of animated movies, with the first being an adaption of Superman: Red Son. DC notes that the storyline was recently adapted loosely in Supergirl, but the new animated movie will likely tread much closer to the source material.

Superman: Red Son is an Elseworlds title built upon one question: what if Superman didn’t land in Kansas, but instead fell into the hands of 1950s-era Russia? Instead of fighting for the American way, Superman is raised to fight for the USSR. The story also features other DC characters, including Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and of course, Lex Luthor. Many fans see Superman: Red Son as the definitive Elseworlds story, so it is certainly notable that it’s getting the animated treatment.

Superman: Red Son isn’t the first Elseworlds story to be adapted. Last year, DC released Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, an adaption of the graphic novel of the same name which had Batman take on Jack the Ripper in Victorian-era Gotham City. If Superman: Red Son does well, that could hopefully open the door to even more Elseworlds adaptions. Many fans have been hoping for a Kingdom Come adaption. Time will tell, but with movies like Batman: Gotham by Gaslight and now Superman: Red Son, it appears DC isn’t just relying on its animated continuity for its movies.

Superman: Red Son does not have a release date yet, but it will be the first DC Universe movie of 2020.

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Source: DC Comics Blog


2019-07-21 03:07:49

Daniel Alvarez

Disney’s Mulan: 10 Best Scenes From The Animated Classic, Ranked

Disney’s live-action Mulan trailer has arrived, and fans are greeting it with mixed reactions. While many are loving the film’s exciting aesthetics and shift toward reality, others are worried by the trailer’s apparent lack of Mushu. While only time will tell how the new movie measures up, there is one thing we can rely on right now: Disney’s 1998 animated original.

Mulan was one of the many incredible stories which the Mouse House shared with us during the Disney Renaissance. While it was very loosely based on the actual legend of Hua Mulan, it does happen to be filled with some of the funniest, touching, and epic scenes to be put into a Disney film. Let’s get down to business and take a look at Mulan’s greatest moments.

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10 Mulan Returns Home

It feels good to see Mulan present the Crest of the Emperor and Sword of Shan Yu to her father. It’s a touching moment that only gets better when her granny complains about Mulan bringing home a weapon instead of a man. That’s when Shang shows up, and her fiery dear Grandma proclaims, “Woo! Sign me up for the next war!”

Shang gets tongue-tied—which he rightly deserves for blowing off Mulan when she tried to warn him about the Huns, by the way—and Mulan invites him to stay for dinner. Grandmother Fa, on the other hand, invites him to stay forever. We won’t argue with it.

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9 Mulan Saves China

The entirety of Mulan’s epic quest to save her country is worth talking about, but it really picks up after her army friends decide to dress as women to trick a few guards.

Meanwhile, Shang’s fighting it out with the Hun’s leader, Shan Yu—and, unfortunately, he gets knocked out. Shan Yu starts chasing after Mulan once she intercedes, and eventually they find themselves battling it out on the roof of the palace. With some expert fan work and a little help from Mushu, Mulan ends up exploding Shan Yu with fireworks. He also manages to throw in one heck of a Batman reference.

8 Mushu Wakes Up Mulan

The world seemed to think Frozen was hilarious and revolutionary for showing what it looked like when a Disney gal woke up with tired eyes and messy hair—but we all know this idea was actually first played up for laughs in Mulan.

Mushu makes Mulan a breakfast that is happy to see her. He also manages to stuff half of it into her mouth while coaching her on her war face. When Mulan learns the troops have left without her, she races to get her gear on and ties up her hair in a matter of seconds. That means this chick knows how to use a sword and go through a quick fashion change. How much more badass can you get?

7 Mulan Meets The Matchmaker

Before Mulan joins the army in her father’s place, she finds herself attempting to stay composed and act properly in order to be married off. The problem for Mulan is that she doesn’t fit the mold that’s been made for her. She’s awkward and a little clumsy, and, while this doesn’t allow for her meeting with the matchmaker to end well, it does produce a memorable movie scene.

The woman interviewing Mulan ends up giving herself an ink mustache, catching on fire, and getting doused in hot tea. Although this downward spiral was not a good look for Mulan or her family, if it hadn’t had happened, she might not have saved China, which—let’s be honest—is a thousand times cooler than finding a husband.

6 Reflection

Soon after Mulan realizes how much she’s disappointed her family by creating an absolute scene at the matchmaker’s, she heads back home and sings.

The song “Reflection” stands on its own. The melody is beautiful, the lyrics are real, and the vocals are pure—but her emotional garden walk makes it even better. The drama heightens when Mulan goes into the family temple and wipes her makeup off with a couple of swipes of her sleeve. Is anything more iconic? As the music fades out, Mulan’s father sits next to her and reminds her to be hopeful via flower metaphor. What a way to finish!

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5 Mulan Cuts Her Hair

The makeover trope has appeared in many, many, many movies. But being real, are any of these copycats even half as good as Mulan’s original transformation? This girl legit slices off her hair with a sword. How cool is that?

This scene isn’t in Mulan to show that she can pretty up. Rather, it’s there for her to declare she can take control; it shows the audience her commitment. The music during this minute is absolutely epic, and our starring heroine takes one last meaningful look toward home before she rushes away with her horse. Cue the adventure.

4 Mulan Meets Mushu

Mulan’s sassy dragon sidekick first encounters her on the edge of camp, right before she first tries to pass herself off as a man. He couldn’t have made it subtle, though, now could he?

After scaring Mulan with his loud and fiery antics, Mushu shocks her by stepping out into the light and revealing himself to be tiny and lizard-like. Mulan is skeptical, but Mushu defends himself. In doing such, he tells Mulan his eyes can see straight through her armor, which gets him a slap and causes him to mouth off on his famous dishonor rant. Dishonor on you, dishonor on your cow!

3 I’ll Make A Man Out Of You

One of Disney’s most memorable songs of all time comes straight out of Mulan, and the montage it’s featured in is just as exciting. “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You” is definitely as swift as the coursing river, and it additionally allows the audience to see Mulan come into herself.

While at first she is uncoordinated and lacks strength, she ends up scaling the incredibly tall pole with weight on her arms—a task which none of her male comrades were able to complete. Of course, there’s that whole segment in the middle where Shang sends Mulan home for falling behind, but it’s all part of her character development and makes her victory at the end even sweeter.

2 The Mountain Fight

There is nothing quite so epic in all of animation history as the scene in which the Huns reveal their true numbers and start charging down the snowy slope. Shang plays the role of the fearless leader, but Mulan takes charge as the determined independent thinker.  First, she destroys most of the enemy army by causing a massive avalanche. And next, she saves Shang from being buried in the snow.

You’re welcome.

Shang tells Mulan how crazy she is but then proceeds to thank her for it. This dude better be thankful, because, if it weren’t for her quick thinking, he’d be dead.

1 Mulan Takes A Bath

It’s pretty hard to forget a scene in a G-rated film in which the main heroine’s bath time gets crashed by a bunch of dudes who don’t realize she needs a little privacy. The scenario leaves Mulan hilariously uncomfortable, and it definitely doesn’t help when Yao stands nude over the lake and declares himself “king of the rock.”

Mulan only escapes the guys with a little help from Mushu, who ends up biting Yao underwater. As she’s walking away, she declares that she never wants to see another naked man again. That’s when a herd runs right by her. Thank goodness that water wasn’t see-through.

NEXT: Mulan Trailer Reveals How Songs Will Be Worked Into The Remake


2019-07-14 03:07:51

Brooke Bajgrowicz

The 10 Best Animated Movies Of All-Time, According To IMDB

It’s a shame when animated movies are looked down upon. Some people believe they’re meant for kids only and others assume they aren’t to be taken seriously. But some of the most emotional and well-written stories in history are animated and they deserve to be treated with respect.

To show them some love, we’ve taken a look at the ratings for animated films on IMDB. While the scores there aren’t a perfect measurement, it is always interesting to see how the hundreds of thousands of IMDB users feel about a movie. From Disney classics to Japanese blockbusters to Pixar and more, these are the ten best animated films of all-time according to IMDB.

10 Toy Story 3

Over a decade after the second installment, Toy Story 3 arrived and managed to exceed all expectations. Fans wondered if it could recapture the magic from the first two classic films. It did that and then some. The years in between releases allowed technology to advance at a rapid pace, making for an incredible looking movie.

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Toy Story 3 perfectly bookended the trilogy by giving the characters an emotional sendoff as Andy said goodbye to his toys and went off to college. It won Best Animated Film at the Academy Awards, as well as Best Original Song. It also picked up a nomination for Best Picture, which is rare for an animated feature.

9 Toy Story 4

Nearly ten more years passed after the third entry when Toy Story 4 surprised audiences. There was even more cause for concern this time around because of how well the previous film wrapped up the story. Somehow, the filmmakers at Pixar managed to tug at our heartstrings once more with another goodbye.

This installment saw the toys adjusting to life with their new kid, Bonnie. No longer the favorite toy, Woody struggled the most. He embarked on a wild adventure to help save Bonnie’s new favorite toy and he ran into his old flame Bo Peep. Once again, the animation improved by leaps and bounds, while the plot hit us right in the feels.

8 Princess Mononoke

In 1997, Princess Mononoke took Japan by storm. For several years, it held the record for domestic box office performance in Japan. The film was directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, who is someone you’ll hear about again on this list. Princess Mononoke signaled a more adult-focused version of his style that set the tone for his best work.

Princess Mononoke told the story of a young Emishi prince named Ashitaka and his place in a struggle between humans and forest gods over the consumption of resources. The film is as visually breathtaking as it is groundbreaking. Miyazaki nailed the man vs. nature story trope better than anyone else.

7 WALL-E

Pixar strikes again with this 2008 release. WALL-E is an interesting tale because it barely has any dialogue. That’s not something you find in a lot of films directed at children. Instead, it focuses on visual storytelling and it hits on every aspect to deliver a touching story.

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The plot centered around a trash compacting robot on an uninhabitable Earth who falls in love with a sleek robot and they travel across the galaxy, ultimately saving mankind. That romantic aspect is what drove this story. Fans were captivated by the love of two robots in a way that hasn’t been matched on screen again. WALL-E also took home the Best Animated Film Academy Award.

6 Coco

The string of Pixar films continues. This 2017 release marked another impressive achievement for the successful studio. It was also a change for them. Instead of telling a story about cars, bugs, or toys, this one focused on a young kid who was transported to the land of the dead during the Day of the Dead.

With stellar music that won an Oscar for Best Original Song and gorgeous visuals, Coco was another huge hit for Pixar. It also took home Best Animated Film and sent audiences on another highly emotional journey. If you’re not crying by the time “Remember Me” plays at the end, you may not have a heart.

5 Your Name

Another recent entry to the list, Your Name hit theaters back in 2016. It was a critically acclaimed Japanese fantasy animated film, giving the country another feather in its cap when it comes to this genre. Directed by Makoto Shinkai, Your Name is about a boy and girl in high school who swap bodies.

That premise may sound like something we’ve heard before, as body-swapping isn’t uncommon in cinema history. However, none have done it quite as well. Your Name received widespread praise for its visual style and for the emotional weight the story carries.

4 Grave Of The Fireflies

We stay in Japan for this next entrant, but we go all the way back to 1988. Grave of the Fireflies was based on a 1967 semi-autobiographical story. It’s not often that a tale about war is turned into an animated movie, but this film did it spectacularly. It focused on two siblings who struggled to survive the final few months of the Second World War.

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Reception to Grave of the Fireflies was universally positive. Roger Ebert included it on his list of the greatest films ever, Total Film placed it on their greatest animated films list, and Time Out featured it on their best World War II films list. It also holds an impressive 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

3 The Lion King

There’s a reason The Lion King is held in such high regard. The 1994 film stands as an all-time classic because it is beautifully animated, tells a fantastic story, and hits all the emotional beats you want from a movie like this. Simba and his sidekicks get a fun story that has a combination of uplifting and heartbreaking moments sprinkled in.

The Lion King is more than just a film. it has become a cultural phenomenon that spawned several sequels, television series, and a blockbuster Broadway show. It also holds the record as the highest-selling VHS home video in history. The 2019 remake has a lot to live up to because the original is a classic.

2 Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

After years of different iterations of Spider-Man, it took an animated film to get it perfect. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse took the idea that anyone could be the wall-crawling superhero and ran with it. Featuring various versions of the character, including Spider-Ham, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, and more.

This film’s success went beyond the plot. It featured a gorgeous animation style that felt like it was lifted right out of the comic book. Add in uplifting scenes, an outstanding soundtrack, respect for the source material, and an unbelievably strong voice cast and you’ve got something special. No other Spider-Man film even comes close.

1 Spirited Away

If you’ve read any list about great movies, you’ve probably heard of Spirited Away even if you haven’t seen it yourself. Another fantastic film from the mind of director Hayao Miyazaki, this is the one that many anime fans consider their favorite. Released in 2001, Spirited Away took home the coveted Best Animated Feature prize at the Academy Awards.

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This was another case of Miyazaki nailing the combination of telling a compelling story with an impressive animation style. Fans and critics everywhere loved it, as evidenced by how it overtook Titanic at the Japanese box office and its 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. You simply can’t discuss the best in animation without mentioning Spirited Away.


2019-07-14 03:07:49

Kevin Pantoja

10 Highest-Grossing Disney Animated Movies Ever | ScreenRant

When it comes to animated movies, Disney is internationally recognized as one of the most groundbreaking and consistently successful studios in the history of cinema. Between Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, the House of Mouse has own dozens of Oscars and grossed billions of dollars at the box office around the world.

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Despite the fact that Disney has certainly gone through certain rough decades during its existence, the studio seems as healthy as ever, banking not only on landmark sequels such as Toy Story 4 and Frozen II, but also on original animated features like Onward and Soul. Curious about which movies made the most money for Disney over the years? Find out below!

10 MONSTERS UNIVERSITY – $744 Million

Directed by Dan Scanlon, Monsters University was Pixar’s first-ever prequel, as we followed the protagonists of 2001’s Monsters, Inc. during their college years. While there were 12 years between the two installments, audiences were certainly not any less eager to see Sully and Mike on the big screen once again.

All in all, Monsters University opened to an $82 million weekend and went on to gross $744 million at the box office around the world, making it Disney’s 10th most successful animated feature ever. While there are no talks of a third Monsters, Inc. installment, Pixar has definitely teased fans with possible cameos.

9 COCO – $807 Million

Lee Unkrich has had a long history at Pixar, having co-directed Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo before finally landing Toy Story 3 – his solo directorial debut. In 2017, Unkrich had yet another outing in the studio with Coco, which became a massive international hit.

Telling the story of 12-year-old Miguel spending the Day of the Dead holiday in Mexico, Coco grossed $807 million internationally at the box office. Moreover, the movie won the Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (for “Remember Me”). Despite its Latin-centric storyline, Coco’s biggest box office outside of North America came from China, where the film made $189 million.

8 INSIDE OUT – $857 Million

It is no secret that 2015’s Inside Out was a very hard animated feature to pull off. After all, having human emotions as film protagonists seemed like a stretch, even for an animated studio. Thankfully, director Pete Doctor and screenwriters Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley were able to get the movie made, capturing the hearts and minds of many fans around the world.

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To this day, Inside Out is still one of Disney-Pixar’s highest-grossing animated films of all time, having reached a worldwide gross of $857 million at the box office. Additionally, the movie was incredibly well-received by critics. Besides the usual Best Animated Feature nomination at the Academy Awards (an award that it won) that Pixar is used to receiving, Inside Out was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay, an award that rarely takes animated features into consideration.

7 FINDING NEMO – $940 Million

In 2003, Pixar was very invested on making movies that would appeal not only to children, but also to their parents and other adults. With Finding Nemo, the studio proved that it was very capable of doing just so.

Around the world, Finding Nemo has grossed $940 million at the box office, coming very close to entering the billion-dollar club. However, it is important to note that it seemed inconceivable for animated features to make over a billion dollars in 2003, meaning that Nemo’s box office gross was definitely considered a major success for Disney and Pixar.

6 THE LION KING – $968 Million

There is only one movie that came out before the year 2000 that is still among the highest-grossing animated films ever. And is it really a surprise to anybody that we’re talking about 1994’s The Lion King?

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Over the years, The Lion King has grossed a total of $968 million around the world, making it one of the most successful non-Pixar animated features from Disney. With so much money behind it, it comes as no surprise that this film inspired Broadway shows, theme park attractions, and even a 2019 remake that is poised to break ground between the live-action and animation genres.

5 ZOOTOPIA – $1.023 Billion

The five highest-grossing Disney animated movies ever have all reached a billion dollars around the world, and this list begins with 2016’s Zootopia.

After grossing $75 million during just its opening weekend, Zootopia went on to make $1.023 billion internationally, solidifying the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ return to its original form. However, it is important to note that Zootopia was not the first-ever animated film to reach the billion-dollar mark (more on that later). Instead, this movie just proved to Hollywood that the animation genre could continuously make a lot of money without having to rely on sequels to do so.

4 FINDING DORY – $1.029 Billion

Thanks to the astounding success of Finding Dory, it so happens that Finding Nemo is only Disney animated movie franchise that has all of its installments on this Top 10 list. Released in 2016, this sequel grossed $1.029 billion across the globe. On its opening weekend alone, Dory made $135 million at the box office.

It certainly feels like the 13 years between Finding Nemo and Finding Dory didn’t mean a thing for Disney fans. While there are no reports regarding a third installment as of yet, one simply has to look at the four Toy Story movies to figure out that Pixar is keen on keeping its franchises going if a good new story can be told.

3 TOY STORY 3 – $1.066 Billion

Toy Story 3 was the first-ever animated movie to make over a billion dollars, grossing a worldwide total of $1.066 billion at the box office. This 2010 movie not only established Lee Unkrich as a blockbuster director and Pixar as a major Hollywood studio, but it also set entirely new expectations for the animation genre.

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Despite the fact that Toy Story 3 seemed like the logical conclusion to one of the most beloved franchises in Disney’s history, it didn’t take very long for a fourth installment to be considered. In fact, actor Tom Hanks (who voices the character of Woody) revealed in 2011 that Toy Story 4 was already in development.

2 The INCREDIBLES 2 – $1.242 Billion

For a long time, it really felt like The Incredibles was going to be one of the Pixar properties that would never actually get a sequel, despite the film’s cliffhanger at the end. What’s more, after Disney acquired Marvel Studios, it didn’t seem as important to develop more superheroes under the House of Mouse.

Fortunately, however, we eventually did get Incredibles 2, which catered to old and new fans and proved that this franchise deserved our attention. In fact, this second installment grossed $1.242 billion at the box office around the world, becoming the second highest-grossing animated movie ever.

1 FROZEN – $1.276 Billion

As of today, it is hard to imagine that an animated movie can get any bigger than 2013’s Frozen. That is, unless we’re considering the upcoming Frozen II.

Many Disney fans do not realize that Frozen actually started off with a slow $67 million weekend, and that it was a grower over time. This is largely because, in 2013, the Walt Disney Animation Studios was still struggling to regain its reputation as a studio that could compete with the likes of Pixar, DreamWorks and Illumination.

In any case, we now all know the success that Frozen went on to become, accumulating a global $1.276 billion gross at the box office and earning the top spot as the highest-grossing animated film ever.

NEXT: Harry Potter: 10 Things In The Movies That Only Make Sense If You Read The Books


2019-07-13 07:07:52

Bernardo Sim

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If you’re not a kid from the ’90s, man, did you miss out! The ’90s were a spectacular time in popular culture, namely for the movies that came reeling out. Besides cult classics like Pulp Fiction, The Matrix, and Jurassic Park, there was a bevy of animated cartoons that have stuck with us ’90s kids well over 20 years later.

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In fact, there are so many spectacular cartoons that came out in the ’90s that some of them have been forgotten about in our incessant nostalgia. It’s almost guaranteed that you have seen the following films, but they aren’t ones that you think of on a regular basis. Maybe you just saw them once, maybe you watch them over and over again, but after this careful reminder, you’ll be itching to get a snippet of these ’90s films again. Here are 10 animated films that ’90s kids have forgotten about.

10 Doug’s First Movie

In 1999, Nickelodeon came out with a film for everyone’s favorite Funnie: Doug Funnie, that is. The television series has proven itself to be one of Nickelodeon’ most successful ’90s animation TV series, alongside shows such as Rugrats and Hey Arnold. The title is Doug‘s First Movie, although sadly, Doug never got a second.

When Doug and his best friend Skeeter discover a creature in Lucky Duck Lake, they learn that their hometown lake is being polluted. After befriending the monster, Doug and his friends work to expose the man behind it all. All of Doug’s main cast appears in the film, including Patti Mayonaise, Roger, and Porkchop, and Doug’s alter-ego, Quailman.

9 A Troll In Central Park

Even if you can’t remember the plot from the film, this picture is sure to elicit some memories. A Troll in Central Park came out in 1994. It’s a musical fantasy comedy film derived from creators of The Land Before Time in All Dogs Go to Heaven. It’s about Stanley the troll who has a magical green thumb that will revive dying flowers or plants.

However, the Kingdom of Trolls does not allow this, and he is taken as a prisoner by Gnorga, the queen. She banishes him to New York’s Central Park, where he finds his friends Gus and Rosie. This film had mediocre success compared to the creator’s other stories, but it’s definitely one every ’90s kid has seen at some point or another.

8 Quest For Camelot

Quest for Camelot is an animated film that is ahead of its time. It came out in 1998 and told the story of Kaylee, whose father, Sir Lionel, is one of the knights of the round table. She wants to be a knight like her father, but her childhood dreams are hindered as an adult.

After an attack on her castle 10 years later, Kaylee becomes the heroine who venturous forth to find Excalibur to save their kingdom. Quest for Camelot has a cast of colorful characters, with the comical two-headed dragons, Devon and Cornwall, helping to steal the show.

7 We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story

If you dig back far enough into your memories, you’ll remember We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story. It’s a 1993 animated film based off of the 1987 children’s book. Coming from the perspective of Rex, the Tyrannosaurus, he and his friends find their way into present-day New York City.

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The “Brain Grain” is made up of a triceratops named Woog, a Parasaurolophus named Dweeb, and Elsa the Pteranodon. Before this journey, however, they are captured by an alien who infuses the dinosaurs with artificial intelligence. Their inventor, Captain Neweyes, encourages them to go to the Museum of Natural History so that children can see real dinosaurs. On their way, they meet Louis and Cecelia, who help them find their way to the museum.

6 Annabelle’s Wish

Annabelle‘s Wish is most certainly remembered as a Christmas film. Annabelle the calf is given to a mute boy named Billy. Billy lives with his Grandpa Charles Baker on the Tennessee farm.

On Christmas Eve, Santa Claus gives the farm animals a Christmas wish and grants them all the gift of speech. Annabelle reveals their secret to Billy accidentally, which helps bring out a unique friendship. Annabelle acts as Billy’s voice in this telling tale that has more heartfelt symbolism than most other 1997 animated films.

5  Oliver And Company

Oliver and Company may not have been 100% forgotten by most ’90s kids. However, it is rarely revisited as adults in comparison to films like The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. The film opens up with a heartbreaking scene of the little orange tabby cat, Oliver, being left abandoned in a box on the street.

Oliver finds his home among the stray dogs of New York City (are you starting to see a pattern here?) until he eventually finds Jenny. The film’s cast is made up of a handful of very well-known characters including Billy Joel and Bette Midler.

4 DuckTales The Movie: Treasure Of The Lost Lamp

DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp came out in 1990 after the success of its television series. Scrooge McDuck goes to the Middle East to find a treasure chest. Huey, Dewey, and Louie, of course, assist their uncle in this quest.

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The story is chock-full of adventure, including a magical Genie, Scrooges’ arrest, and Merlock the evil sorcerer, who is vigorously determined to steal the Genie’s lamp.

3 All Dogs Go To Heaven

Why does it seem that so many ’90s animated films were set to break our little innocent hearts? In 1998, All Dogs Go To Heaven came out in a fantasy-infused musical drama film about a German shepherd named Charlie B. Barkin (are you just now getting that pun?) and his best friend Itchy. Classics songs like “You Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down,” along with the remaining characters, Carface and Killer, should help restore the full memory of this film.

When Carface has Charlie killed, Charlie escapes death by stealing a pocket watch that he finds in Heaven. Under the threat that he can never return, Charlie winds the watch and lands back on Earth, where he is determined to live out his life. Here, he meets Anne-Marie, the loving orphan girl who helps him change his ways.

2 Rescuers Down Under

One of Disney’s less celebrated animated films, The Rescuers Down Under came as a sequel to the 1977 original, The Rescuers. This time, however, the two diligent mice, Bernard and Bianka, are in the Australian outback helping their new young friend, Cody, protect Mahute, a rare golden eagle.

But when the Australian poacher Percival C. McLeach finds out what Cody has been hiding, it’s up to the two small creatures to protect the boy from McLeach and his crocodiles. The Rescuers are always resolute on their adventures, bringing enthusiastic and somewhat thrilling tales to kids of the 1990s.

1 Pokemon: The Movie

Even if you weren’t a Pokémon card collector in the 90s, Pokémon: The Movie enticed young audiences across various backgrounds. Bouncing directly off of the Japanese animated TV series, Ash Ketchum and Pikachu set out to face their most dangerous opponent yet, Mewtwo.

After the incredibly intelligent Pokémon makes an army of enhancing Pokémon clones, it’s up to Ash and his friends to stop him from destroying the planet.

NEXT: 10 Gory Teen Horror Movies From The ‘90s We All Forgot About


2019-07-13 01:07:56

Tiffani Daniel

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2019-06-13 14:05:45

Star Trek Animated Show Following Lawless Teens Moving Forward At Nickelodeon

The new Star Trek animated series that will air on Nickelodeon has been confirmed to be moving forward and will center around a group of lawless teenagers. The landscape of the Star Trek franchise is bustling at present. On the big screen, Star Trek 4‘s status is very much up in the air, and there is supposedly a Quentin Tarantino-directed film also in the works. On television, Star Trek: Discovery is CBS’ flagship show, propping up their All Access streaming service, and is currently in the early stages of developing its third season after a stunning season 2 finale. Two solo series are also planned to air on the same service, one catching up with Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard and another featuring Discovery‘s Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and her adventures in the clandestine Section 31.

Aside from live-action fare, the Star Trek franchise is also venturing once again into the world of animation. A Star Trek animated series starring the original series’ characters was aired back in the 1970s and has since attained a certain level of cult status. In the present day, CBS are currently working on Star Trek: Lower Decks, an animated series aimed at an older audience from Rick and Morty‘s Mike McMahan. Back in February, it was also reported that another animated project was being developed for Nickelodeon.

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Nickelodeon have now confirmed the series is moving ahead and revealed some initial story details. As one might expect, this project will be aimed at a younger audience and will tell the story of a group of lawless teenagers who discover an abandoned Starfleet vessel and claim it as their own, venturing out into all manner of intergalactic escapades. As previously suggested, the CG-animated series will be produced by sibling duo Kevin and Dan Hageman, as well as Discovery‘s Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Katie Krentz, Trevor Roth and Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator, Gene. The official synopsis reads:

“The new original CG-animated series follows a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning and salvation.”

Regarding the announcement, Kurtzman said:

Star Trek‘s mission is to inspire generations of dreamers to build a brighter future. Dan and Kevin have crafted a story that honors its exploratory spirit in a way that’s never been done before, while the Nickelodeon team blew us away with their excitement at bringing Trek to a younger generation around the world.”

No doubt this news will come as a bit of a head-scratcher to many Star Trek fans. While the franchise certainly has a generation-spanning appeal, it doesn’t necessarily translate to a younger audience in the same way that Star Wars does and this could mean that the Nickelodeon series is forced to deviate considerably from the standard Trek hymn sheet. With that said, the names attached to the project do promise a certain amount of quality and consistency with the other current Star Trek material.

Another potential pitfall for this new series, and indeed the Star Trek franchise as a whole, is running the risk of overloading fans with too much content. With five separate TV shows currently in production (and potentially two big screen projects) there may come a point where viewers either feel like they’re getting too much of a good thing or that keeping up with so many different stories is more effort than it’s worth. However, this is arguably a by-product of CBS having their own streaming service and so Nickelodeon’s animated Star Trek venture could have a healthier chance of success.

More: About That Star Trek: Discovery Borg Theory

Nickelodeon’s animated Star Trek series is currently without a release date. More news as it arrives.

Source: Nickelodeon


2019-04-24 01:04:00

Craig Elvy

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2019-04-09 13:07:43