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The Animation Arms Race With Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri

Chris Meledandri joins to discuss a very weird year for theatrical animation, which featured a billion-dollar hit in ‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie; and big misses with originals like ‘Wish’ and ‘Strange World’

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Matt is joined by film producer and founder/CEO of Illumination, Chris Meledandri, to discuss a very weird year for theatrical animation, which featured a billion-dollar hit in The Super Mario Bros. Movie and big misses with originals like Wish and Strange World. Chris helps explain the business of feature animation, why original animated movies have been struggling, and how Illumination differs from the other major players in animation like Pixar and Disney Animation, DreamWorks, and more. Matt finishes the show with a box office prediction for the upcoming film Wonka.

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Host: Matt Belloni
Guest: Chris Meledandri
Producers: Craig Horlbeck and Jessie Lopez
Theme Song: Devon Renaldo

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