Hand-Drawn Feature “Aunt Hilda!” Has Opened in France

2014 is shaping up to be one of the strongest years for quirky and original animated features. True, there’s the usual spate of sequels—”Rio 2,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “Planes: Fire and Rescue”—but looking beyond those films, there are some genuinely fresh ideas on the horizon, most notably Laika’s “The Boxtrolls,” Reel FX’s “Book of Life,” and Cartoon Saloon’s “Song of the Sea.”

DreamWorks Animation Launches Children’s Publishing Unit

DreamWorks Animation has announced the launch of DreamWorks Press, an in-house publishing operation that will produce digital and print books based on their popular properties like “Kung Fu Panda,” “Madagascar,” and “Shrek,” as well as upcoming films like “B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations.”

Jeff Koons Loves “Croods”

Disney’s “Frozen” has gained momentum in the last two months as the lead cotender for the best animated feature Oscar, picking up nearly every possible recognition and endorsement, but DreamWorks’ sleeper hit “The Croods” boasts one endorsement that no one else can claim.