Last Week in the News: 30 November 2014

Last Week’s Headlines in Animation

    • Disney’s Big Hero 6 has now earned $205.7 million worldwide. Of that, $156.2 million has been made in the United States alone. The low overseas earnings can probably be attributed to spread-out release dates – countries such as Australia and South Africa won’t screen the movie until after Christmas, and the UK will have to wait until 30 January 2015. It’s IMDB rating has fallen slightly to 8.3, while its Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic scores remain steady at 89% and 75 respectively.
    • DreamWorks Animation released Penguins of Madagascar in the US on 26 November. Starring the voices of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, and Benedict Cumberbatch, it is a spinoff of the Madagascar film series featuring the four famous penguins – Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private – on a worldwide mission to stop a maniacal octopus from destroying penguin-kind. So far it has earned $44 million worldwide, and gained ratings of 7.5 on IMDB, 68% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 53 on Metacritic.
    • A new trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s Home was released on 26 November. Home will be released on March 27 2015, and stars the voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, and Jennifer Lopez. A young human girl named Tip meets a banished alien called Oh, part of an optimistic yet clumsy race looking for a new planet to call home. Watch it here.
    • Blue Sky Studios has released their first full-length trailer for The Peanuts Movie, scheduled for release in December 2015. It brings the famous cartoon characters of Charles Schulz to life. Watch it here.

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