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Sony Animation Announces Upcoming Film Slate: "Hotel Transylvania 2," "Popeye," New Genndy Tartakovsky Film, All-Animated "Smurfs"

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The Hollywood Reporter covers Sony Pictures Animation’s announcements of upcoming films. Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania, Samurai Jack) is poised to be the company’s go-to director, helming Hotel Transylvania 2 for a September 25, 2015 release, followed by Popeye in 2016. The report also reveals a new project tentatively titled Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine? which […]

Review: "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" - It's Messy but Fun to Play With Your Food

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was an entertaining trifle of a movie that managed the impressive feat of expanding a slim children’s book into a satisfying feature film. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 expands on the world of the first film to yield a charming enough sequel, if also one that’s noticeably […]

"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" Tops Video Sales Charts in Debut Week

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Sony Pictures Animation’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 has topped the home video sales chart in its first week of release, with the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart pegging it at #1 for both the DVD/Blu-ray combined chart and the dedicated Blu-ray sales chart. Trailing it on the combined sales chart were […]

"Prisoners" Knocked Off Top of Box Office Chart by "Meatballs"

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Sony Pictures Animation’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 won the box office trophy in its debut weekend with ticket sales of $34.017 million. The number represents a noticeable improvement over the first movie’s opening weekend of $30.3 million in 2009, but also noticeably behind Sony’s debut of Hotel Transylvania ($42.5 million in 2011). […]

Review: "The Legend of Smurfy Hollow" Charms; "Slugterra: Slug Power!" Stumbles

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I’ll admit that the Smurfs aren’t my favorite characters in the world, either in their original comic book or later animated forms. I like them fine, for the most part, and while I may like things like “The Purple Smurfs” or one of their holiday specials, I think I still tend to approach all things […]

Review: "Hotel Transylvania" Needs a "Do Not Disturb" Sign

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Hotel Transylvania was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, and if this movie is Genndy Tartakovsky pouring out his bountiful imagination, creativity and energy, I’d hate to see what happens when he’s just collecting a pay check. Hotel Transylvania is trite, predictable, boring, and why am I even writing about it, because it’s not worth bothering over, […]

2013 Golden Globe Nominees Announced

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The nominees for the 2013 Golden Globe Awards have been announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The only category with an animated feature in contention is the Best Animated Feature Film award, with the nominees being: Brave (Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios; Walt Disney Pictures) Frankenweenie 
(Walt Disney Pictures; Walt Disney Pictures) Hotel […]

PR: Sony Pictures Animation & Sony Pictures Imageworks @ CTN Animation Expo Nov 16-18, 2012

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SONY PICTURES ANIMATION AND SONY PICTURES IMAGEWORKS FILMMAKER PRESENTATIONS AND RECRUITMENT OPPPORTUNITIES AT CTN ANIMATION EXPO NOV. 16-18 IN BURBANK Special Hotel Transylvania Behind the Scenes presentation with Director Genndy Tartakovsky Culver City, CA, November 12, 2012 – Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks will lead several engaging panels, signings and recruitment opportunities November […]

"Hotel Transylvania 2" Planned for September 25, 2015 Release

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Sony Pictures Animation is penciling in a release date of September 25, 2015, for Hotel Transylvania 2, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The first film, directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, was a surprise hit with a $258 million worldwide gross so far, making it Sony Pictures Animation’s highest-grossing title to date. No director is attached to […]

"Frankenweenie" Disappoints in Debut Weekend with $11.5M Box Office; "Hotel Transylvania" Adds $26.3M

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This past weekend’s estimated box office results held good news for Sony Animation’s Hotel Transylvania and disappointment for Disney’s Frankenweenie. Hotel Transylvania showed continuing strength with $26.3 million in ticket sales (estimated), placing it in the #2 box office spot behind Fox’s Taken 2 and representing a 38% drop from its premiere weekend for a […]

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