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DreamWorks Animation Comic-Con panel: Caveman families and penguin movies!

The Projects: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted; Rise of the Guardians; and The Croods

The Panel: Bill Damaschke, chief creative officer of DreamWorks Animation; James Baxter, supervising animator for The Croods; Tom McGrath, director of Madagascar 3; and Patrick Hanenberger, production designer for Rise of the Guardians. EW’s Anthony Breznican moderated the panel.

The Big Revelations: At the very end of the panel, Madagascar 3 director McGrath (who also voices Skipper the penguin) confirmed that the penguins of Madagascar will be getting their own feature film, out in 2015. It will be titled, appropriately enough, The Penguins of Madagascar (the same title as an animated TV Nickelodeon series from DreamWorks Animation).  READ FULL STORY

'ParaNorman' star Kodi Smit-McPhee on the scariest part of playing the role -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

As the title hero of the stop-motion animated film ParaNorman (out Aug. 17), Kodi Smit-McPhee gives voice to an 11-year-old kid who is capable of seeing, and speaking, to the dead. It’s certainly familiar territory for the young Australian actor, best known for the bleak post-apocalyptic film The Road and the grim vampire tale Let Me In. “Actually, my favorite genre is comedy,” he says with a laugh. “It’s pretty ironic and funny that I always get these kind of dramatic, sad, kind of low-down movies that are really intense, I guess. But I don’t mind. I think it’s good to get those types of movies, ’cause they’re the ones that stick with you.”

As you can see in the exclusive photo from ParaNorman below, the character of Norman Babcock has to deal with some very spooky business. Smit-McPhee says never really got that scared himself doing the role, but acting the non-verbal noises that come with being chased by petrifying zombies was definitely a challenge. “An example would be when [Norman's] on the toilet and it starts to shake, I would have to actually sit in the chair and shake myself,” he says. “That’s probably the hardest part, just all those weird noises. We went from like little [heavy breathing] pants, and worked our way up even bigger, bigger, bigger, to terrified stuff. It was actually pretty draining.”

Check out this first look from the film to get a sense of what’s causing Smit-McPhee’s Norman all this consternation (click on the image for a larger version):  READ FULL STORY

Jack Frost joins ragtag team of Santa and Co. in new 'Rise of the Guardians' trailer

We met Rise of the Guardians‘ new takes on classic characters like Santa and the Tooth Fairy in the animated movie’s first trailer. Now the latest preview is spotlighting Jack Frost, voiced by Chris Pine, who looks to be troublemaker-turned-reluctant hero (not such a far cry from Pine’s turn as Captain Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek).

The tone of mystical wonder that pervaded the first trailer is still here, along with a few peeks at the movie’s more comic moments — including a revelation about which of Santa’s famed lists Jack Frost is on.

Rise of the Guardians hits theaters Thanksgiving weekend, November 21. Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

Disney Animation teams up with Marvel for 'Big Hero 6' -- BREAKING

Walt Disney Studios Animation is officially joining forces with Marvel.

Big Hero 6 is not as well known as The Avengers, but it’s another group of powerful individuals with wildly different histories and powers, united by the Japanese government as a crisis-fighting super-squad.

Disney reps confirmed to EW that the film is in the early stages of development, though they declined to specify which filmmakers are involved. As Hollywood heads into Comic-Con next month, rumors are swirling …

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'Frankenweenie' to receive world premiere at this year's Fantastic Fest

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Fantastic Fest has announced that the opening film of this year’s Austin, Tx., genre movie extravaganza will be director Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie. The black and white animated movie is to receive its world premiere on September 20 at the city’s famed Alamo Drafthouse cinema.

“Tim Burton stands as a titan of modern genre cinema,” Fantastic Fest co-founder and creative director Tim League said in a statement. “To world premiere the feature adaptation of his early beloved short is a huge honor for me personally and for the festival in general.”

The organizers of Fantastic Fest have also debuted this year’s poster, which is the work of artist Mike Saptuo. You can check it out below.

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'Paperman': The future of hand-drawn animation is Disney's new retro short

Behold the face that launched a thousand paper airplanes.

In the romantic animated short Paperman, an office worker tries to get the attention of the woman of his dreams by sailing handmade aircraft across the canyon of a bustling Manhattan street from his skyscraper to hers.

He’s folding a 2-D format into a 3-D shape to make an emotional connection — which is also a good way of describing how Walt Disney Animation Studios created the film.

Paperman is a hybrid that fuses the dimension and depth of digital animation with the abstract warmth of traditional line art. The result is a world seemingly sculpted out of sketches.

Click through to see three new photos, and the movie’s poster.

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'Frankenweenie' trailer: Meet Tim Burton's cute dead puppy

Tim Burton’s recent cinematic output is heavy on remakes. Dark Shadows revisited a beloved soap opera, Alice in Wonderland remixed the surreal Disney cartoon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tried to out-Wonka Gene Wilder, and Planet of the Apes did indeed feature apes on a planet, just like the Charlton Heston sci-fi classic. It seems inevitable, then, that Tim Burton would finally get around to remaking Tim Burton. Hence: Frankenweenie, the tale of a boy who decides to bring his dead dog back to life, based on a short film Burton made back in the ’80s. Frankenweenie marks Burton’s return to stop-motion, and the new trailer also has a definitive madcap-horror Gremlins vibe. Check it out: READ FULL STORY

'Hotel Transylvania' trailer: Adam Sandler is a vampire... who plays the ukulele

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This September, Adam Sandler is starring in a movie that once again pairs him up with his That’s My Boy protegé Andy Samberg — along with sworn Sandler henchmen David Spade, Kevin James, and Steve Buscemi. The twist: It’s an animated movie called Hotel Transylvania. Sandler plays Dracula, the manager of a hotel that caters specifically to monsters, and Selena Gomez is his daughter who’s tired of being cooped up in the castle. Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Wolfman, and all your other favorite public-domain creatures check-in. Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Jim Parsons, Rihanna to give voice to 'Happy Smekday!' Plus: Jason Schwartzman, Rob Reiner, Edgar Ramirez

• Since we’re discussing DreamWorks Animation projects, Jason Schwartzman has been offered to star opposite Chloe Moretz in the studio’s next film, Trolls. [Deadline]

• Rob Reiner is in negotiations to join Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, playing the father of living-on-the-edge trader Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). Not quite the same resemblance as Martin and Charlie Sheen in Wall Street, but, sure, why not? [THR]

• Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) will play famed 19th century Latin America revolutionary Simón Bolívar in the Venezuelan-Spanish co-production Libertador. Bolívar was instrumental in securing independence from Spain for Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Bolivia. Danny Houston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot), and María Valverde (Three Meters Above the Sky) will costar. Albert Arvelo Mendoza (Cyrano Fernández) will direct from the script by Timothy J. Sexton (Children of Men). [Variety]

Ryan Phillipe will make his directorial debut and star in Shreveport, about a past-his-prime movie star who is kidnapped and tortured while shooting an indie film in the deep south. Phillipe also penned the script with Joe Gossett. [Variety]

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'Monsters University' debuts four new trailers -- each with a slight mutation -- VIDEO

How did Mike and Sulley end up working on the scare floor in Monsters, Inc.?

As the trailer for the new prequel Monsters University suggests, well … maybe they would have landed better jobs if they’d studied more and pranked each other less in college. But hey, who can’t say the same?

Check out some new photos and the trailer(s). Yes, that’s plural … sort of.

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