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Sausage Party Is Hilariously Filthy

'One of the funniest and most deeply offensive movies of the year'

(Newser) - Just because a film is animated doesn't mean you should take your kids to see it. Case in point: Sausage Party—which delivers more F-bombs in its first minute than one would've thought possible. How do critics feel about talking food items with, um, powerful sexual urges? Here'... More »

Secret Life of Pets Leaves You 'Warm, Fuzzy'

It's 'cute, charming, and a little hyper—just like a new puppy'

(Newser) - It's as though Universal Pictures rounded up all the hilarious people in the world and packed them into one animated flick. Louis CK, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress, Dana Carvey, and Jenny Slate star in The Secret Life of Pets , which, as you probably... More »

10 Celebs You Didn't Realize Voiced Animated Characters

Katy Perry, is that you?

(Newser) - Whose voice is that? You may not have realized these stars rounded up by the Stir were behind animated characters. A sampling:
  1. Kristen Wiig: Lucy in Despicable Me 2 and Miss Hattie in Despicable Me
  2. Amy Poehler: Joy in Inside Out
  3. Zac Efron: Ted in The Lorax
  4. Bill Hader: Flint
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Get Ready for More Frozen

New short coming next spring—and yes, there's a new song

(Newser) - Can't get enough of Disney's Frozen? You're in luck. Your favorite characters from the most successful animated feature ever will return in a new short, Frozen Fever, airing sometime next spring. Once again Elsa's icy powers will wreak havoc, this time at Anna's birthday party,... More »

The Wind Rises Is a Beautiful, Difficult Finale for Miyazaki

Film is typically lyrical, atypically realistic, and a little controversial

(Newser) - What might be Hayao Miyazaki's last film makes its US debut this weekend, and naturally critics are in love with it. The beloved filmmaker announced his retirement after The Wind Rises debuted at the Venice Film Festival last year. Since then the movie—a biopic of Jiro Horikoshi, who... More »

Frozen Ices Top Spot, Furnace Opens Cold

Disney animated feature wins weekend box office

(Newser) - The 3-D film Frozen has, well, frozen The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in its tracks. The Disney animated feature gained momentum in its second week, banking $31.6 million to surpass the young adult mega-hit's $27 million at the weekend box office, the LA Times reports. To be fair,... More »

Critics Warm to Disney's Frozen

Disney's latest fairy tale is Broadway-ready

(Newser) - Disney looks poised for another fairy-tale success with Frozen, a tale of two sisters based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen." In the first Disney animated feature co-directed by a woman, Jennifer Lee, filmmakers appear to have their sights set on Broadway, reviewers note.
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Madagascar 3 Vanquishes Prometheus

Animated threequel pulls in $60.4M in debut

(Newser) - The circus animals of Madagascar 3 romped all over Ridley Scott's Prometheus this weekend, with the animated family favorite scoring a $60.4 million debut, notes the Hollywood Reporter . Scott's alien saga came in at No. 2 with $50 million, a reasonable showing given an R rating that... More »

Lorax Busts Out Massive $70.7M Open

'Project X' takes second, beating 'Act of Valor' and 'Safe House'

(Newser) - The tree-loving furry thing in Dr. Seuss' The Lorax helped set a 2012 box office record by opening with $70.7 million this weekend, trouncing The Vow's $41 million open last month, the Los Angeles Times reports. Raunchy party flick Project X took second place with a solid $20.... More »

Despicable Me Good, But It's No Toy Story 3

Animated feature is strong, if generic, hyper: critics

(Newser) - Critics agree that French studio Illumination Entertainment has made a strong first entry into feature animation with Despicable Me, featuring Steve Carrell voicing a cartoon baddy who adopts three little girls. But it has the misfortune to premiere within weeks of Pixar's beloved Toy Story 3.
  • Despicable Me "cannot
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Toy Story 3 'an Instant Classic'

Pixar brings series to 'dazzling, emotional' finale

(Newser) - Toy Story 3 is a heartwarming masterpiece that easily ranks among Pixar's best, say critics in unanimously positive reviews (as of this writing, it has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes ). Andy's headed to college in this one, but instead of being stored in the attic or put out... More »

Magic Missing in Shrek Forever After

The movie's not bad, just phoned in

(Newser) - Shrek Forever After, the supposed last film in the green ogre franchise, isn't terrible, critics unanimously agree. But neither is it remotely necessary. Here's what they're saying:
  • “There's a soft, middle-aged complacency to the well-oiled mechanics of Shrek Forever After,” writes Lisa Schwarzbaum of EW . “What was
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Date Night Conquers Titans

Fey-Carell vehicle wins down-to-the-wire weekend battle

(Newser) - Steve Carell and Tina Fey held off a challenge from a horde of 3D Greek gods as Date Night recorded a narrow preliminary victory over Clash of the Titans at the weekend box office, Variety reports. The mistaken-identity caper raked in $27.1 million to $26.9 million for the... More »

How to Train Your Dragon Soars

Critics love Dreamworks' latest animate tale

(Newser) - Dreamwork’s latest animated romp, How to Train Your Dragon, is earning nearly unanimous critical praise—it’s currently at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes . Here’s what they’re saying:
  • The story’s pretty conventional, but writer-directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois (Lilo & Stitch) “make funny, touching, sublime
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Animated Actors: Oscar Worthy?

Some argue 'Avatar' stars deserve nominations, too

(Newser) - Despite nine Oscar nominations, Avatar actors got snubbed—and some speculate it’s due to their “animated” looks on-screen. Performance capture is much more than animation, argue some, who say actors like Zoe Saldana should be recognized for their performances. “I like to think of it as digital... More »

Don't Land On Planet 51

Laugh-free sci-fi satire mediocre at best

(Newser) - It has a cool concept—a human is greeted with paranoia on an alien planet straight out of the '50s—but critics say Planet 51 never reaches orbit. Some reviews:
  • It’s a “bland, humor-free narrative,” with lame references to other movies instead of jokes, writes Glenn Whipp
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Astro Boy: Lots of Flash, But No Soul

Remake of vintage Japanese series fails to impress

(Newser) - Astro Boy, David Bowers’ reboot of Osamu Tezuka’s classic Japanese manga and animé series, is an action-packed movie that tries to appeal to both kids and adults. Critics, however, were more impressed with the machine guns in the main character’s butt than with the film as a whole:... More »

9's Visuals a Perfect 10

Film tells of burlap robot battling through frightening world

(Newser) - The creepy tale of 9, which depicts a burlap-bodied robot’s (Elijah Wood) quest for his origins while battling bad guys in a post-apocalyptic world, looks incredible—but its script leaves something to be desired.
  • “Long on imaginative design but less substantial in narrative, this dreary story of fighting
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Seuss' Lorax Slated to Be 3D Movie

(Newser) - Dr Suess' green-themed story The Lorax is becoming the first of his works to get the 3D treatment, Variety reports. Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment plan to release the animated picture in 2012, on what would have been the author's 108th birthday. His 1971 book told the story of a... More »

Ice Age Sequel Not So Hot

But animated sequel has a few redeeming moments

(Newser) - If you need an air-conditioned snooze on the busy holiday weekend, the third Ice Age film may be the answer. Still, it has its moments:
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs frequently feels “so glacial that it's a wonder Ray Romano's Manny the mammoth doesn't freeze in his tracks,
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