ALS Ice Bucket Challenge—Good Times for a Good Cause

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Many in the animation community have taken on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to help fight against this awful disease. Here are some of our favorites. Thanks to everyone for their support!

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‘Despicable Me 2’ Continues to Bring in Truckloads of Money

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Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s mega-hit Despicable Me 2 continues to break records. The animated comedy earned $80 million in Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download sales during its first week of availability in the home entertainment market.

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‘Despicable Me 2’ Takes Over World-Wide Box Office

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Gru and his minions took over the world this past weekend—at least with box office earnings. Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2 earned an impressive $82.5 million in the U.S. over the weekend and an estimated $142 million since its U.S. debut on July 3. For comparison, the original Despicable Me earned $56.4 million in its opening weekend in 2010.

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Synopsis of ‘Minions’ Spin-off Released

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If like me you eagerly await the Despicable Me sequel then news of a spinoff staring the films loveable, slapstick henchmen The Minions, should get the blood pumping. Mad Men’s John Hamm and Sandra Bullock have signed on as voice talent for Illumination Entertainment’s next feature.

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An Interview with the Captain of the Despicablimp

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Recently the Despicablimp made a stop near Phoenix, AZ close to where I live, so I brought my son Patrick with me to check it out and to speak with the captain of the airship, Alan Judd. The blimp was an amazing site to see firsthand and if it makes it way to your neck of the woods I would suggest searching for it’s location.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 41: Cal Brunker – Writer/Director of ‘Escape from Planet Earth’

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Scorch me, baby! Straight from Planet Baab all the way to the Dark Planet itself, we’re back with another episode.

Marc and Matt interview Cal Brunker the writer/director of Rainmaker Entertainment’s Escape from Planet Earth. They discuss Cal’s introduction into the world of animation, what it’s like working at different animation studios, and the zombie version of Gary Supernova.

Also discussed: review of Dreamworks’ The Croods, new trailers for Despicable Me 2 and Turbo, and whole slew of animation news.

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Look! Up in the sky! It’s a MINION!

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If you happen to look up and see a huge Minion floating in the sky, don’t be alarmed.
It’s not the evil super-villian, Gru, pulling off some new diabolical scheme, it’s just
the Despicablimp, the latest marketing effort for the upcoming animated sequel
Despicable Me 2, from Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 38: The Disney Renaissance

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In this episode Marc and Matt become renaissance men with guest host Josh Spiegel (from “Mousterpiece Cinema“). From The Little Mermaid up to Tarzan, we discuss Disney’s most successful era that began in the late 80s and ended around the year 2000.

Also discussed: the new release Escape from Planet Earth, some new clips from Monsters University, as well as news from Dreamworks and Illumination Entertainment.

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