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"The Croods" Directors on Exploring Family Dynamics and the Sequel

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The Hollywood Reporter has spoken with Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders, co-directors of DreamWorks Animation Studios SKG’s The Croods, which is one of five films contending for the Best Animated Feature Academy Award this weekend. Among other topics, the two discuss how they approached family dynamics as the central hinge point for the entire […]

Hollywood Reporter on Developing the Cast of Oscar-Nominated Animated Films

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The Hollywood Reporter has spoken to different crew members of the five films nominated for this year’s Best Animated Feature Film Academy Awards, digging into ideas that defined characters in the films, or were changed or deleted during development. Included are tidbits like a different background for Grug in DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods; some ideas […]

The Croods Win Three Annies

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“The Croods” officially garnered three Annies at the 41st annual Annie Awards held by the International Animated Film Association [ASIFA-Hollywood] in Burbank, making it the best animated feature film not named “Frozen”. The film tallied wins in the categories of animated effects, character animation and character design. The three Annies for “The Croods” represented DreamWorks […]

Hollywood Reporter on Princesses vs. Neanderthals for Animated Oscar

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In tracking the race for the 2014 Best Animated Feature Oscar, The Hollywood Reporter is noting efforts by DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., to challenge Disney’s Frozen for the award. While Frozen is the heavy favorite and will benefit from its later release date keeping it more prominent in Academy members’ minds, DreamWorks has launched into […]

2014 Academy Award Nominees Announced (UPDATED with Reaction Statements)

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for a 2014 Academy Award. Categories with an animated film in contention are: BEST ANIMATED FEATURE The Croods (DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc) Despicable Me 2 (Universal/Illumination Entertainment) Ernest & Celestine (GKIDS/La Parti Productions/Les Armateurs) Frozen (Walt Disney Animation Studios) The Wind Rises (Kaze […]

Nominations for 2014 Golden Globe Awards Announced

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Nominations for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards have been announced by the The Hollywood Foreign Press Association. This year Globe rules limited the nominees for Best Animated Feature Film to three, with the following movies making the cut: Walt Disney Pictures’ Frozen, The Croods from DreamWorks Animation, and Despicable Me 2 from Illumination Entertainment.  […]

41st Annual Annie Award Nominees Announced

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ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nominees for the 41st annual Annie Awards, marking the best achievements in animation for 2013. The full list of nominees is at the Annie Awards website; nominees in major categories includes: Best Animated Feature A Letter to Momo – 
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FX Just Became Your Favorite Television Channel In 2015

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All the movies are still in theaters but that didn’t prevent the FX network from locking up the future television rights to “Fast & Furious 6”, “Man of Steel”, “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “The Purge”. Previously, FX had already secured the television rights to “Iron Man 3” [“Iron Man 3” recently entered the Top […]

China Makes “Crood” Gesture

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After seven weeks in release, the animated film The Croods was pulled from mainland Chinese theaters two weeks in advance of its expiration date after Chinese officials apparently became annoyed that the animated feature was massively outperforming Chinese-made animated competitors at the box office. Seven weeks into its run, The Croods – about a caveman’s […]

"The Croods" Takes Third Place at the Box Office in Week 3 of Release

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The Croods, from DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc, continues to show legs at the box office, taking another $20.65 million in ticket sales in its third week of release to bring its cumulative US box office total to $125.35 million and its foreign total to $204.897 million. The movie placed third at the box office behind […]

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