This was a jam-packed week for animation fans, not least because we got 4 brand spanking new trailers on the same day. And that was just by Tuesday! We've also got box office updates, interviews, posters and set pictures. As well as your usual features, we've also got a review of Illumination Entertainment's Despicable Me 2 and an editorial about the current state of Pixar. Check out links and summaries for all of that below.
Monsters University stays at #1 at American box office: Pixar have never been slouches when it comes to box office takings (or when it comes to anything, really...), so it shouldn't be too surprising to hear that Monsters University is going down a storm in the States! The film is still to open in several international territories, but has managed to be the top dog for two weeks running in the US, while its total worldwide gross has already passed £300 million. Check out the details and figures here.
here. Also, Turbo director David Soren is now on Twitter, make sure to follow him @David_Soren1.
fun, but rather underwhelming, teaser that they released a couple of weeks ago, Disney - or its Japanese arm, at least - released an impressive, spectacle-filled new trailer for Frozen, showing off giant snow-monsters, running and badassery. Marvel at how un-Tangled-like the film now looks here.
Disney Retrospective - The Black Cauldron: Munir's Disney Retrospective reached week 25 this past Wednesday, unfortunately we didn't have a particularly great film to mark the occasion. Munir this week reviewed 1985's The Black Cauldron, a film he lambasted as "one of the worst and most boring pictures the famous studio have ever created." Check out the full review here - warning, it doesn't get a lot more positive.
Despicable Me 2: It's knocked Monsters U off the US top spot, it's got a CinemaScore of "A", Despicable Me 2 seems to be a hit. And, if you'll take our word for it, it is. I absolutely loved the film, in fact "the film is an absolute riot from beginning to end; this is easily the funniest animated film in recent years." Read the full A113Animation review here to find out why this is the most fun you're likely to have at the cinema this summer.
In Defence of Pixar [Editorial]: Pixar were formally seen as practically infallible, year after year they could do no wrong. But then Cars 2 came and now critics seem to be out for blood. This week Munir penned his thoughts as to why the belief that Pixar have lost a step is completely flawed, but also why the marginal lesser quality of their most recent films is perfectly understandable. Check out his argument and feel free to offer up your own here.