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Nintendo and Illumination team up for Super Mario Bros. sequel

Nintendo and Illumination have made an exciting announcement that is sure to thrill fans around the globe: a sequel to The Super Mario Bros. Movie is in the works and is scheduled for a grand theatrical release on April 3, 2026, across the United States and international markets. Building upon the monumental success of the […]

Review: Animated TV Movie Shines Light for Children

In the enchanting world of “Orion and the Dark,” DreamWorks Animation unveils a captivating narrative that delves into the intricate fears and imaginings of a fifth-grader named Orion. Set to premiere on Netflix, this animated gem promises an immersive journey through the whimsical yet profound landscapes of childhood anxieties and the power of facing one’s […]

Illumination Eyes Pixar-like Success Following Chris Pratt’s Mario Triumph

Following the triumph of The Super Mario Bros. Movie in theaters, Illumination Entertainment is gearing up to challenge the dominance of animation titans like Disney and Pixar. While Disney and Pixar have long been synonymous with top-tier animated films, Illumination has been steadily carving out its niche in the industry since 2010. The Despicable Me […]

Illumination’s Migration: perfect family fun

Rarely does a children’s film seem tangentially connected to the dry subject matter learned in science class. At first glance, a film titled “Migration” doesn’t exactly inspire excitement. Upon hearing about Illumination’s latest release, I admittedly didn’t anticipate much thrill from a movie seemingly centered on a topic as mundane as migration. However, contrary to […]

Review: ‘Orion and the Dark’ sheds light for young viewers with animated TV movie

Despite the esteemed Charlie Kaufman’s involvement in its adaptation, the animated adventure ‘Orion and the Dark’ presents itself as a mixed bag, offering a narrative that may not fully captivate adult audiences. At its core, the film revolves around Orion, a fifth-grader whose anxieties span from typical school worries to irrational fears of the dark. […]

Surprise Hit: Video Game Could Rival Minions with Super Mario Bros. Movie Treatment

In the wake of the staggering success of The Super Mario Bros. Movie, which grossed an impressive $1.36 billion globally, there’s growing anticipation for the potential of another video game series to make a similar impact, especially if given the coveted Super Mario Bros. Movie treatment. The landscape of animated feature films is undergoing a […]

Online Premiere Date Unveiled for Migration Movie: When Does Streaming Begin?

As the eagerly anticipated online release date of the animated family comedy “Migration” by Illumination and Universal approaches, fans can soon delight in the quirky adventures of a New England-based duck family. Featuring notable names like Danny DeVito and Elizabeth Banks, the film has already achieved a moderate success, boasting a commendable 73% critics score […]

Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri Talks Challenges in Original Animation Box Office and Cost Management

Illumination’s founder and CEO, Chris Meledandri, recently engaged in a comprehensive discussion on Matthew Belloni’s podcast, “The Town,” covering a range of topics from the state of animation theatrical distribution post-Covid to the studio’s frugality in film production and its ambitious long-term goals. Regarding the current landscape of animated film post-Covid, Meledandri acknowledged the absence […]

Illumination’s ‘Migration’ animation hits turbulence in review

In the animated feature film “Migration,” the narrative unfolds around a traditionalist father duck named Mack, whose serene life by the pond is disrupted by the adventurous spirit of his wife, Pam. As she propels the family into the vast unknown, the storyline brims with perilous escapades that test their unity and resilience. Pam, voiced […]

Minions Studio Faces Worst Opening Weekend at Box Office for Latest Animated Film

Illumination Entertainment, the renowned animation studio celebrated for its blockbuster franchises like Despicable Me and Minions, is facing an unexpected setback with the release of its newest animated feature, Migration. This film, centered around a family of ducks navigating the challenges of getting lost in New York on their way to Jamaica, has unfortunately earned […]