Illumination Entertainment Announces ‘Sing 2’ and New Release Dates

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Illumination Entertainment keeps on delivering the hits. Their current release Sing dominated the 2016 holiday box office–so much so, that they’ve green-lit a sequel.

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Watch This: Trailer No. 3 for ‘The Secret Life of Pets’

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Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures have released the third trailer for their upcoming animated comedy feature The Secret Life of Pets.

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Watch This: Trailer #2 for Illumination’s ‘The Secret Life of Pets’

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Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures have released another trailer for their upcoming animated comedy The Secret Life of Pets.

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Watch This: A Holiday Greeting from ‘The Secret Life of Pets’

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Ever wonder what pets do when their people leave the house? Well, it looks like we’ll be finding out one prevailing theory next summer when Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures release their next animated comedy The Secret Life of Pets. Check out this clever holiday card from the cast.

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Review: ‘Minions’–The Exact Opposite of ‘Inside Out’

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Anyone who read my review of Pixar’s Inside Out knows that it would take a supremely amazing film to compete with what I consider one of the all-time great animated films. I did not expect a film like IO going into Minions, though. I like quirky comedies; I enjoy the occasional wacky prequel. However, by its stark contrast with Pixar’s latest and greatest, Minions can’t escape a comparison. Where Inside Out is subtle, thoughtful, and fresh, Minions is loud, mindless, and generally stinky.

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‘Frozen’ wins BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) held their annual film awards last Sunday in London. For Best Animated Film, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen took home the award, winning over Pixar Animation Studios’ Monsters University and Illumination Entertainment/Universal’s Despicable Me 2.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 59: AF News – Week of January 26th, 2014

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Stanford and Marc are joined by Jessica Wersky to discuss her studio visit to Sony Pictures Animation for the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Blu-ray press event. Jessica’s interviews with the co-director of the film Cody Cameron, and the director of the Blu-ray animated shorts David Feiss are included as well

Also Discussed: Stanford’s interview with actor Will Friedle (Bumblebee, Transformers: Prime), How to Train Your Dragon 2 teaser posters, Pixar’s Toy Story Christmas special, and Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming slate of films.

(Recorded on 01/25/14)

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‘Frozen’ Wins Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film

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Walt Disney Animation Studios’ hit film Frozen took home the Golden Globe last night for Best Animated Feature Film. Frozen won over DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2. The co-directors of Frozen Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee were on hand to accept the award. Also in attendance at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Los Angeles was Disney and Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter (the Golden Globes just happened to coincide with his birthday so the award was a nice birthday present, that’s for sure).

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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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