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The Good Dinosaur: Fantastically Funny Family Film, Perfect for Sharing

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 11.26.2015 | Teen

The Good Dinosaur, which opens this weekend, asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?

Book-Based Films Offer Evergreen Entertainment in a Soft Way

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 11.20.2015 | Teen

The Snowman is one of my all-time favorite pieces of animation. Directed by Dianne Jackson and produced by Jonathan Coates, this non-narrative film truly is filled with wonder. The haunting music by Howard Blake, "Walking in the Air," stays with me for days every time I watch this film.

The Secrets to Writing Successful Movies for the Whole Family

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.21.2015 | Entertainment

Four-Quadrant scripts and movies are Hollywood's bread and butter. These are the projects that have the most outreach in regards to which audiences embrace them most.

A Texas Startup Is Bringing Kids' Drawings Of Monsters To Life

The Huffington Post | Riley Arthur | Posted 11.11.2015 | Arts

Combating the decline of arts in schools, a Texas-based start-up has set out to destroy this monstrous trend, by challenging school child...

Inside Out (DVD) - Meet the Little Voices Inside Your Head

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 11.06.2015 | Teen

Our youth reporters have called this Disney / Pixar film, Inside Out a "masterpiece" of animation. They love the storyline which explores the bumpy ...

Fortune 500 Company Seeks Parrot. Must Be Funny

Greg Schwem | Posted 11.04.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

Whenever I have my children's full attention, meaning they are only performing two simultaneous tasks on their cell phones, I attempt to offer fatherly advice on subjects ranging from drugs to fashion choices to not spending money like a Kardashian

Space Babies, Riker, Tea and Jean-Luc Picard

Carl Pettit | Posted 11.02.2015 | Comedy
Carl Pettit

Jan Van Den Hemel, who puts his TNG collages together using open-source 3-D animation tools, set some time aside to discuss Jean-Luc Picard, Jonathan Frakes, tea, space babies and the animated feature he's trying to get off the ground.

Legendary Filmmaker Ralph Bakshi Returns with Last Days of Coney Island

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 10.29.2015 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

I myself adored geek culture when that was kind of a bad thing, so of course I have to ask Ralph about his animated (and notoriously rotoscoped!) adaptation of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings -- scripted by Peter Beagle, and a major influence on Peter Jackson & Co.'s live-action adaptation.

Kate Winslet and Galvin Scott Davis Create a Beautiful Daisy Chain

Xaque Gruber | Posted 10.29.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Galvin Scott Davis' timeless new film, Daisy Chain, a five minute animated short narrated by Academy Award winning actress Kate Winslet, was born from misery and travail, and is the most stirring recent example of art communicating the subject of anti-bullying.

How Eric Goldberg Created the Genie Outtakes for Disney's Diamond Edition of "Aladdin"

Jim Hill | Posted 10.13.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Here's an interesting tidbit for all of your animation fans out there: An excerpt from the screenplay for Disney's Aladdin. To be specific, the scene where the Genie makes his dramatic entrance in this motion picture.

Pakistani Artist Animates the Times Square

Raza Rumi | Posted 10.07.2015 | Arts
Raza Rumi

This October, the electronic billboards at the maddening Times Square in New York City will display the creative prowess of Shahzia Sikander, an artist of Pakistani descent who lives and works in NYC.

23 Black Actors Who Voiced Your Favorite Cartoon Characters

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 10.02.2015 | Black Voices

Many black stars have voiced our favorite animated characters and entertained us on both the small and big screens.  While these actors may not b...

Join the Dance with William Kentridge at the Marian Goodman Gallery | Posted 10.01.2015 | Arts

The prolific South African artist, William Kentridge, presents an array of new works at the Marian Goodman Gallery.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Explains What It Means To Be Jewish

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.17.2015 | Religion

For prolific author, rabbi and British Lord Jonathan Sacks, being Jewish is much more than a loose cultural or geographic affiliation. ...

Back To School And Already Bored? Try This!

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 09.11.2015 | College

Summer break is over, and we know how it is -- paying attention in class is hard work. So here's a little something to keep you entertained....

Hey adults, stop telling gamers to stop gaming. Instead, respect, and redirect.

Caleb Clark | Posted 09.05.2015 | Education
Caleb Clark

I hate it when I hear an adult, (especially a teacher!) react to a kid passionately playing a computer game by saying, "go outside," or in some other ...

Mindfulness Is Great, But Spacing Out Is Good for You, Too

Science of Us | Posted 08.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Science of Us

By Abraham Riesman and Melissa Dahl There's a lot of talk these days about mindfulness: Professional football players, congressmen, and even k...

5 Animation Shorts Guaranteed To Brighten Up Your Day

Alex Solis | Posted 08.12.2015 | Arts
Alex Solis

Fifteen-second animations to brighten up your day and remind you that it's the simple things in life that mean the most -- and that it's the simple things that will make the big things seem bigger.

Not in a Minion Years: The Top 10 Reasons Why 'Minions' is the Worst Movie Ever Made

David Fagin | Posted 07.30.2015 | Entertainment
David Fagin

Feel free to call Me Despicable, but, in my opinion, Minions is easily one of the worst movies of all time. I didn't walk in wanting to hate it. I walked in wanting to love it. Which is why I'm so pissed.

About That Time Hunter S. Thompson Joined Hells Angels, For Journalism

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 07.30.2015 | Arts

Few figures rank above Studs Terkel and Hunter S. Thompson in the pantheon of American journalism greats. So what, exactly, could be better than Terke...

Get Your Feline Fix With These Adorable Cat Animations From Studio Ghibli

The Huffington Post | Colton Valentine | Posted 07.16.2015 | Arts

If your life has felt devoid of animated animals, we have you covered. The above is the work of Studio Ghibli, a Japanese animation studio c...

Ron Diamond's Animation Show of Shows Coming to Comic-Con, Getting Ready for Nationwide Debut

Jim Hill | Posted 07.02.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

For the past 16 years, this veteran animation producer has circled the globe seeking out the very best new animated short films. Which sounds like it might be a fun way for a cinema fan to spend their time, but is actually a quite challenging task.

What Is It Like to Visit Pixar Animation Studios?

Quora | Posted 06.11.2015 | Entertainment

A longtime friend of mine has been an animator at Pixar since Ratatouille. He's been gracious enough to send my boys Pixar posters over these last few years. Posters that cover their walls in their rooms.

What Is It Like to Be a Disney Animator?

Quora | Posted 06.01.2015 | Entertainment

My time with Disney was 15 years ago, so things may have changed. At first I was extremely stressed out. I was working at the best of the best. I ended up getting an ulcer in the first two months I was there.

What Is It Like to Be the Voice of a Disney Character?

Quora | Posted 05.27.2015 | Entertainment

What little girl doesn't dream of being a princess, especially a DISNEY princess? Ever since I watched The Little Mermaid as a child, I've been singing to lobsters, and calling forks and spoons, "gizmos and gadgets."