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Enjoy the View, Ignore the Story: Hour of the Wolf Movie Review of How to Train Your Dragon 2

Dan Persons | Posted 06.19.2014 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Did this new adventure -- in which the young, Viking dragon-rider Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) faces down a powerful warlord (Djimon Hounsou) and has a family reunion with his long-lost mother (Cate Blanchett) -- pay back my investment?

Djimon Hounsou's Advice for Playing a Villain

Nell Minow | Posted 06.18.2014 | Entertainment
Nell Minow

Djimon Hounsou plays bad guy Drago Bludvist, "a madman without conscience or mercy" in How to Train Your Dragon 2. We sat down in Washington D.C.'s new Capella Hotel to talk about creating a character with a voice, what acting classes get wrong, the most important message in the film for children, and what advice he would give an actor cast as a villain.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 Outdoes the Original

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.15.2014 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

The voice talent is also to be commended as the voices perfectly match the characters with Baruchel and Blanchett leading the way. Animated films are always more enjoyable when the voice talent has been carefully cast

Rihanna Will Look Really Different In This New Movie

The Huffington Post | Lily Karlin | Posted 06.13.2014 | Entertainment

Rihanna is making her voice-acting debut in DreamWorks' 2015 film "Home," and on Thursday, June 12, the star took to Twitter to share a picture of her...

How Rob Minkoff Turned 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' Into the Original 'Modern Family'

Jim Hill | Posted 05.05.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

It's ironic that Mr. Peabody & Sherman has a sequence involving the Trojan horse. Because according to the director of this production, this animated feature is actually something of a Trojan horse in and of itself.

YouTube Has A New Card Up Its Sleeve

AP | FRAZIER MOORE | Posted 03.15.2014 | Technology

NEW YORK (AP) — How do you cope with an exploding world of YouTube video? Starting Tuesday, you can get help by visiting "YouTube Nation." The vide...

How Josh Gad Almost Missed Out on the Chance to Voice Olaf the Snowman for Disney's Frozen

Jim Hill | Posted 02.01.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Since childhood, Josh had dreamed of voicing the next Timon, Lumiere or Sebastian. That sidekick in a Disney animated film that you just can't forget. But then Book of Mormon happened.

How Cinematographer Roger Deakins Helped Blur the Line Between Live-action and Animated Features

Jim Hill | Posted 07.13.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

while Deakins is quick to play down whatever small role he played in WALL•E's eventual enormous box office success, his creative contribution did not go unnoticed by others in the animation industry.

Sony Pictures Animation: Reinventing How Toons Are Made

Jim Hill | Posted 06.17.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

As the staff cuts at DreamWorks Animation and Walt Disney Studios prove, bigger is no longer thought of as better in Hollywood. The suits are now angling after a far more efficient business plan.

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: The Croods

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Cinefantastique Online's Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and I saw this fanciful tale of survival, and got together to discuss the awesome production design, the occasionally-serviceable, occasionally-better comedy, and when we'll see it's-all-about-family plotting finally collapse.

The Croods Directors Reveal How DreamWorks Animation's Caveman Comedy-adventure Evolved

Jim Hill | Posted 04.24.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Though DreamWorks Animation's The Croods may sound crude, based on the enthusiastic response that this film got during its world premiere last week in Berlin, this animated comedy has a sweet & sophisticated side.

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: Rise of the Guardians

Dan Persons | Posted 01.26.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

With The Nightmare Before Christmas, Disney succeeded in extending the holiday film season from the beginning of November to the end of the year. Now, DreamWorks has upped the ante with Rise of the Guardians.

'Kung Fu Panda 3' Takes Off ... In China

AP | JOE McDONALD | Posted 08.07.2012 | Entertainment

BEIJING -- DreamWorks Animation and Chinese partners announced plans Tuesday to co-produce the next "Kung Fu Panda" movie and develop an entertainment...

Mighty Movie Podcast: Jennifer Yuh Nelson on Kung Fu Panda 2

Dan Persons | Posted 03.04.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

So, there, that's one New Year's resolution out of the way for me. A few months after the theatrical release of Kung Fu Panda 2, I was able to score a...

Will Holiday Specials, Theme Park Attractions and Arena Shows Extend Fox's Ice Age?

Jim Hill | Posted 01.31.2012 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

You can stop fretting about global warming. For if Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios have their way, this "Ice Age" is never ever going to end.

We Don't Want Our Students to Become Like Chinese Students

John Tarnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Tarnoff

Do we want our students to become like the Chinese? A culture of A students who can quote chapter and verse but can't innovate their way out of a problem?

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: Snubbing George Takei & Monsters Mini-Review

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

After debating whether three animated films in one year is more than enough from DreamWorks Animation, the Cinefantastique podcast crew of Dan Persons...