Short Pick Of The Day: ‘The Man With Birds’ by Quentin Marcault

In a snowed-in mountain village, the inhabitants await the arrival of The Man With Birds, who announces the end of winter.

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Angry Birds Movie 2 is the highest rated video game movie on Rotten Tomatoes

Industry Vets Minkyu Lee And Shiyoon Kim Launch A New Podcast

The artists will aim to discuss the “big ideas and trends” in the animation industry. Listen to the first episode here.

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Netflix wows with full trailer for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

The full trailer for The Dark Crystal prequel series Age of Resistance is now online, and it’s absolutely loaded with dazzling visuals to get fans of the franchise excited. From the Jim Henson Company and director Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk, it arrives on Netflix August 30th.

Light the fires of resistance! Join Deet, Rian and Brea on an epic quest to find hope in darkness, save Thra, and reveal their destiny. Nothing will ever be the same.

Disney is having discussions for a potential Aladdin sequel

Dora recovers $17 million treasure; Toy Story 4 now biggest in franchise

As the summer box office starts to slow down, Dora & the Lost City of Gold fell in line exactly where tracking had it, earning $17 million, Box Office Mojo is reporting. It was a decent enough start for the live-action adaptation of the Nick cartoon, which ages its lead character up and sends her on an adventure to rescue her parents.

Critics were very warm towards Dora, giving it a 80% “freshness” rating over at Rotten Tomatoes, which is great for a theatrical take on an animated series. Helping matters was director James Bobin–who had previously helmed 2011’s The Muppets as well as 2016’s Alice Through the Looking Glass–and an appealing marketing campaign which targeted both current kids and adults who had grown up with Dora in their living rooms.

Where does Dora go from here? Potentially not very far. School is rapidly approaching (many kids in the nation are already back in class), and The Angry Birds Movie 2 (which is actually getting good reviews!) opens on Wednesday, and will take away a good portion of the film’s audience. Still, Dora cost a fairly modest $49 million to make, so it’s going to be just fine once home video sales are brought into play.

Elsewhere at the box office, the extremely leggy Toy Story 4 finally overcame Toy Story 3 to become the biggest in the franchise. With a current gross of $419 million, it’s also the third highest grossing Pixar film ever, behind only Finding Dory and Incredibles 2. Despite reports that Pixar is going to “focus on more original movies” in the future, there’s almost certainly no way they’re going to stop producing sequels as well. The numbers are simply too lucrative for Disney to want them to cease.

And speaking of lucrative, The Lion King has proven to be as successful as many were expecting it to be. Not only has it made $473 million stateside (where it will surpass Beauty and the Beast to claim the title for Disney’s biggest remake in a matter of weeks), but it’s also got a global tally of $1.3 billion. For those keeping score, that’s enough to make it the 12th biggest ever worldwide, and it’s still got a long way to go before it’s done.

Four Resources That Will Help You Understand How The New ‘Lion King’ Was Made

In our round-up of articles, the senior crew explain how they created — and, in some cases, fudged — the film’s photorealism.

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‘The Lion King’ Surpasses ‘Frozen’ As Highest-Grossing Animated Feature Of All-Time

The Walt Disney Company has finally found a worthy competitor that can beat its films at the box office: The Walt Disney Company.

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Lion Forge Animation launches with short Hair Love before Angry Birds sequel

Jeffrey Epstein Documents: ‘Simpsons’ Creator Matt Groening Allegedly Received Foot Massage From 16-Year-Old Girl

Epstein’s accuser claims that Groening received the massage while flying on Jeffrey Epstein’s private plane.

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