Last Week in the News: 7 December 2014

Last Week’s Headlines in Animation

  • Award Season has started, with the New York Film Critics Circle and National Board of Review voting for the Best Animated Film of 2014. The NYFCC voted for The LEGO Movie as Best Animated Feature, while the National Board of Review voted for How To Train Your Dragon 2. Unexpectedly, The LEGO Movie won Best Screenplay at the National Board of Review, and got into the Top 10 films of 2014.
  • The nominees for the 42nd Annie Awards have been announced! The Boxtrolls received the largest number of nominations, 13, with How To Train Your Dragon 2 not far behind with 11. The ceremony for the Awards will occur on January 31 2015! Check the nominees out at the Annie Awards official website here.
  • The 19th Satellite Awards has released its list of nominees for Best Animated or Mixed Media Film. They include Big Hero 6, The LEGO Movie, How To Train Your Dragon 2, The Boxtrolls, The Book of Life, Song of the Sea, and the re-released 2011 Spanish animated feature Wrinkles.   
  • At the British Academy Children’s Awards, Frozen has won as Best Film in 2014, which is odd considering it is a 2013 release. The LEGO Movie won as Best Feature Film in 2014. British-Academy-Childrens-Awards-post
  • DreamWorks Animation’s Penguins of Madagascar has not had great success at the box office. While it has earned $110.3 million worldwide, it only took in $28.5 million domestically in it’s opening weekend, below predictions for a $40 million opening. This has caused another drop in company shares, and brought criticism upon the company executive Jeffrey Katzenberg for his strategy. Penguins of Madagascar currently holds a 7.3/10 rating on IMDB, a Rotten Tomatoes score of 73%, and a Metacritic score of 53.
  • On the other hand, Disney’s Big Hero 6 is continuing its success. It has now earned $228.1 million worldwide, with $171.2 million of that earned in the USA alone. It has also garnered 7 Annie Award nominations. Its ratings stay steady with 8.3/10 on IMDB, 89% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 75 on Metacritic.
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