Ypulse Essentials: 'The Lorax' Sets Box Office Records, Understanding Millennials' Language, 'The Real Housewives of Disney' Spoof

Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Lorax’ nabbed the top spot at the box office this weekend (garnering $70.7 million — the best opening of the year so far — and becoming the best debut ever for a non-sequel animated film! Although the movie didn’t get the best reviews from critics and has been under fire for questionable commercial tie-ins — a car company, really? — the LA Times offers insight into what makes this and other animated flicks successful. The teen comedy “Project X” was the second highest performer this weekend and exemplifies the growing trend of “found footage films”. In other movie news, Tim Burton is remaking his ‘80s work “Frankenweenie” as a stop-motion animated film, but we’re not sure the update will be as good) (EW) (Crushable)

- Want to understand Millennials? Then you have to speak their language (according to a recent MTV study aptly titled “What Millennials Are Just Sayin.’” Along with incorporating words from digital culture into their everyday vocab, today’s youth want to be witty, original, and optimistic when they speak) (Broadcasting Cable)

- Lindsay Lohan brought in huge ratings while hosting ‘SNL’ this weekend, making it the second best performing show this season (despite mixed reviews. People may have tuned in hoping for a train wreck, but there were a few genuinely funny highlights, including “The Real Housewives of Disney” skit in which Lindsay, Kristin Wiig, and the gang dressed up as princesses and proved to be anything but enchanting — yet entirely entertaining. Talk about some animated drama!) (Mashable)

- Speaking of clips that have us LOLing, check out the preview for the ‘Punk’d’ revival (in which Justin Bieber tricks Taylor Swift into thinking she ruined a wedding. If this short clip is any indication, this…

 
 
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Quote of the Day: “I'm trying to save roughly $5,000 to buy a vehicle. It will take me another 6 months or so.” –Male, 16, NC

The year started with a report that teens are leaving Facebook, and it’s ending the same way. A report this week showed that 88% of 13-17-year-olds were using the network in 2014, a drop from 94% in 2013. We’ve looked at the reasons that teens just aren’t as interested in Facebook before, and Ypulse’s latest social media tracker survey actually showed that currently only 63% of 13-17-year-olds say they use Facebook. (Mashable)

Millennial tastes are shaping the future of fast food, and majorly impacting longstanding brands. But what chains are keeping them happy now? YouGov BrandIndex ranked the restaurant chains that 18-33-year-olds would consider going to again to gauge their current brand loyalty. Gourmet sandwich chain Jimmy John’s topped the list, with 83% saying they would return. Chipotle, Chick-fil-A, Whataburger, and Subway made up the rest of the top five, in that order. (Business Insider)

Video sharing competition is heating up. Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar has launched Vessel, his new subscription video service, which has been predicted to be a YouTube competitor. To entice creators to post content, they’re being offered $50 for every thousand views in the first three days they are posted, ifthey are only posted on Vessel. After a “72-hour exclusive window” the content can be shared on other sites. Currently Vessel is only open to creators, and a consumer launch “is pending.” (StreamDaily)

Kids are often shielded from adult content, usually because it is deemed too violent. But in reality, their bright cartoons might feature more carnage than grown-up fare. A recent study looked at the biggest children’s and adult movie hits in the same year and found that “two thirds of the 45 highest grossing children’s animated films feature an onscreen death of a major character” compared to half of the top “non-kid” films. “Death and destruction” are just a regular part of your average animated classic. (NYMag)

‘Tis the season for gift swaps, including the sinister favorite White Elephant—also known as Yankee Swap and Nasty Christmas. Old Navy is featuring the game in their holiday Vine campaign. Each day a video reveals gifts, from a high-end trip to a pogo stick, that will be given out, and every person who re-Vines or likes the clips is entered to win. The brand has also tapped 12 popular Viners to create their own clips in which they steal a previously opened gift or stay with the gift of the day. (Old Navy)

That image at the bottom of our newsletter is a gateway to insights and expert commentary on current and future Millennial trends. Clicking on it takes readers to our daily insights article, available to Silver and Gold tier subscribers, which illuminates a facet of Millennial culture and helps subscribers to understand the "why" behind the "what." Drawing from our ongoing collection of proprietary data, our deep-dive desk research, and our 10-year history of studying this generation, we figure out what it all means for brands and marketers. (Ypulse)

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