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Check out the trailer for animated Graham Chapman biopic 'A Liar's Autobiography' -- VIDEO

We haven’t heard much from Monty Python comedy team member Graham Chapman recently. Although, as directors Bill Jones and Ben Timlett point out in the production notes for their new animated Chapman biopic A Liar’s Autobiography, that’s mostly because the troubled funnyman has been dead since 1989.

Before his demise, however, Chapman recorded an audio version of his memoirs — also called A Liar’s Autobiography — and will thus be heard in the film alongside the freshly recorded voices of his fellow Pythons Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam.

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'Despicable Me' minions spinoff set for December 2014 release

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The minions are coming, the minions are coming! Our favorite short, yellow, overall-clad, goggle-sporting workers from 2010′s animated film Despicable Me — which starred Steve Carell, Jason Segel, and Russell Brand — and 2013′s upcoming Despicable Me 2 will be coming to a theater near you on Dec. 19, 2014, EW has confirmed.

The 3D-CG spinoff will be directed by Pierre Coffin, who co-directed the original movie and its upcoming sequel with Chris Renaud. This new minions project will be co-directed by Kyle Balda. The film will also be produced by Illumination Entertainment’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy. This project marks Universal Pictures’ fifth motion picture collaboration with Illumination.

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'The Aristocats' on Blu-ray: Songwriter Richard Sherman reflects on the Disney classic and working with Walt

Aristocats

Before The Princess and the Frog dazzled a generation of Justin Bieber- and Miley Cyrus-loving kids with New Orleans jazz, Disney’s The Aristocats introduced kids of the 1970s to jazz of the circa 1910 French variety.

Tuesday Disney released The Aristocats on Blu-ray, and to commemorate the release, EW chatted with Richard Sherman, who wrote some of the film’s music along with his late brother, Robert Sherman. (In the photo below, that’s Richard on the left, Robert on the right.) The duo composed two songs for the 1970 film about a collection of musically gifted cats: the title song and “Scales and Arpeggios,” along with deleted song “Pourquoi?” sung by Hermione Baddeley as Madame Bonfamille, and its reprise, “She Never Felt Alone,” sung by Robie Lester as Duchess.

Sherman appears in a special feature about those deleted songs on the Blu-ray release, which edited together storyboards from the planned scenes with original recordings of the songs.

“It was a big kick seeing those storyboards again after 40 years and telling the story of how it was supposed to have started,” Sherman said.

The Sherman Brothers’ long career with Disney also included such hits as The Jungle Book and Mary Poppins (they invented the word “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”), as well as music for many of the theme park rides in Disneyworld, Disneyland and Epcot.

Sherman talked with EW about his work for The Aristocats, which singer brought his songs to a level he never expected and what’s next in the legacy of Disney animated musicals – a format that the House of Mouse departed from for 12 years between Mulan and The Princess and the Frog. READ FULL STORY

'Chico & Rita': Check out an exclusive clip of the jazzy Oscar-nominated animated love story – VIDEO

Bright splashy colors, bright smiles, a love story soaked in summer-y jazz, set in Cuba, Hollywood and New York.

That’s Chico & Rita, nominated this past year for a best animated feature Oscar, and set for digital release on iTunes next Tuesday by Cinedigm Entertainment Group. A standard DVD and limited edition collector’s set on DVD and Blu-ray come out Sept. 18.

Directed by Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque) and artist Javier Mariscal, the movie is like a vibrant, beautifully drawn postcard come to life. Chico, a piano player, and Rita, a knock-em dead Christina Hendricks curvy singer, fall in love and lust in1948, and deal with heartbreak and separation.

Check out the exclusive clip below, a dream sequence filled with New York big band pizazz, and Chico imagining Rita with her hips going ba-da-bum down a staircase like a Cuban Marilyn Monroe.

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'Brave' director Brenda Chapman breaks silence: Getting taken off film 'heartbreaking... devastating... distressing'

When Pixar’s Brave arrived in theaters in June, two directors shared full credit for the film: Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman. The project had originated with Chapman — who’d previously directed DreamWorks Animation’s The Prince of Egypt — but at the beginning of 2011, the studio took the reins from her completely and handed them to Andrews, who’d worked on The Incredibles and Ratatouille.

It was a surprising development to say the least, given that Chapman had been Pixar’s first female director of a feature length film, not to mention that Brave featured the studio’s first female protagonist, a fiery Scottish archer-princess named Merida (Kelly Macdonald). But other than a brief comment to the Los Angeles Times in 2011 that the split was due to “creative differences,” Chapman has remained silent on the matter. Until now.

In an essay for a larger New York Times feature about women’s perpetual underrepresentation in all corners of Hollywood, Chapman wrote that the past year and a half had been “a heartbreakingly hard road” for her. “When Pixar took me off of Brave — a story that came from my heart, inspired by my relationship with my daughter — it was devastating,” she writes.  READ FULL STORY

'Despicable Me' minions spin-off gets 2014 release date

Breaking bold new ground in mainstream dada-esque filmmaking, the bright yellow, pill-shaped Minions that stole so much of the 2010 animated hit Despicable Me are getting their own spin-off film, aiming for a 2014 release, EW has confirmed.

Some of you may be thinking “Whaaaa?” – the Minions have no discernible language, and their adorably antic behavior doesn’t immediately seem suited to sustain a 90-minute feature. READ FULL STORY

'The Lorax' mini-movie shows Bar-ba-loots in love -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Anyone who has read Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, or seen this spring’s blockbuster animated movie, knows that the truffula forest was critical to the survival of many peculiar species.

In “Serenade,” one of three bonus mini-films on the upcoming Blu-ray release, we see just how the bear-like Brown Bar-ba-loots use those colorful tufts to keep the species going — with a little help from Auto-Tune.

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DreamWorks buys rights to 'He-Man,' 'Fat Albert,' 'Gumby,' 'Casper the Friendly Ghost' and other Classic titles

There are dozens of pop culture references that could be used to start this story.

We could go with a Fat Albert-esque question: “Hey, hey, hey… guess who just bought a huge portfolio of classic kids’ titles?”

And answer it He-Man and She-Ra style: “DreamWorks Animation… has… THE POWER!”

Or there’s the Lassie route: “What’s that, girl…? A company called Classic Media found a bunch of family entertainment characters down in a well? And now they’ve all been scooped up by Jeffrey Katzenberg?” READ FULL STORY

'Wreck-It Ralph' adds voice actors from 'Modern Family,' 'The Office' and classic video games

Walt Disney Studios Animation

The animated arcade adventure Wreck-It Ralph has already added characters from Q*bert, Paperboy, Pac-Man, Street Fighter, and Sonic the Hedgehog to its cast.

Now the feature film from Walt Disney Studios Animation has added stars from Modern Family, The Office, 24, and the Disney Channel to fill-out the list of supporting players.

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'Finding Nemo 2' in the works with director Andrew Stanton -- REPORT

After the surface of Mars proved inhospitable, Deadline is reporting that John Carter director Andrew Stanton is returning to the lush and lively oceans on our own planet for a sequel to his 2003 animated blockbuster Finding Nemo. The project remains in development at Pixar Animation Studios, which has been Stanton’s primary filmmaking home for two decades.

Finding Nemo, meanwhile, will be re-released in 3-D on Sept. 14. To date, it’s earned $867 million in worldwide box office; adjusted for inflation, it still ranks as Pixar’s highest grossing film in the U.S.

Reps for Pixar and Disney declined to comment when reached by EW.

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‘John Carter’: See the original opening scene criticized by Pixar’s brain trust — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
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