Lyndon Ruddy

Around the World with an Animation Career

Sometimes the life of an animator isn’t that different than that of a musician. I’ve spent a lot of my 30-year career moving around North America in what I call The Animation ... Continue Reading →

Hybrid Nicktoons Feature Rumored in Works

In what may just be mounting rumor mill excitement over reports that Nickelodeon is considering reviving some of its classic, fan-favorite cartoons, the latest bit of grist being worked ... Continue Reading →

Hulu Secures SVOD Deal with EPIX

A multi-year digital SVOD deal with EPIX network will bring new releases from Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount to streaming service Hulu. The news follows a blog announcement from Netflix ... Continue Reading →
Bob Bacon

Bob Bacon Departs Animation Exec Role at Paramount

Bob Bacon has left his job as executive VP of production for animation at Paramount amid an internal restructuring. Bacon’s duties will be overseen by Lee Rosenthal, president ... Continue Reading →

‘Minions’ Scores $115 Million Debut Weekend

They may just be little yellow henchmen, but Illumination’s Minions dominated its U.S. theatrical debut weekend with more than $115 million in tickets sold. That number make Minions ... Continue Reading →

‘Maya’ Flies, ‘Strange Magic’ Casts Spell on Disc

A pair of under-the-radar animated features make this an interesting week for home video releases. First, is Maya the Bee Movie (Shout! Factory; $24.97, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and ... Continue Reading →

Illumination Names ‘Pets,’ Sets July 2016 release

Illumination has titled and moved back the release date for its 2016 animated feature about pets. Now known as The Secret Life of Pets, the movie from directors Chris Renaud and Yarrow ... Continue Reading →

‘Home’ Scores $54 Million in Domestic Debut

Home defied box office predictions and defied weak reviews to dominate the box office with a solid $54 million gross domestic for its opening weekend for DreamWorks Animation. The animated ... Continue Reading →

First Look at ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’

It’s coming up quickly, and Paramount has sneaked out an early look at the upcoming Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, due in theaters July 31. Take a look: The fifth ... Continue Reading →

Add ‘Neverbeast,’ ‘Mockingjay’ to Your Disc Menagerie

It’s a big day for heroines, with the most-recent adventures for Tinker Bell and Katniss Everdeen arriving on home video. Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast (Disney, ... Continue Reading →