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Editor and publisher of the Big Cartoon DataBase, Dave has been involved in cartoons since opening the Cartoon Factory animation art gallery in 1993. You may contact Dave here.

LAIKA Brings Back The Monsters

The Boxtrolls

The Box­trolls

LAIKA and Focus Fea­tures, whose cur­rent ani­mated fea­ture Para­Nor­man is in the run­ning for an Oscar, announced today that they have begun pro­duc­tion on The Box­trolls. The new movie will be released nation­wide by Focus on Octo­ber 17th, 2014 accord­ing to Focus CEO James Schamus and LAIKA President/CEO Travis Knight.

As on the pre­vi­ous ani­ma­tion col­lab­o­ra­tions Para­Nor­man and Cora­line, Focus will hold world­wide dis­tri­b­u­tion rights to The Box­trolls., and Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures Inter­na­tional will release the movie over­seas (with eOne Dis­tri­b­u­tion han­dling Canada). Cora­line (2009) earned Golden Globe, BAFTA, Crit­ics’ Choice, and Acad­emy Award nom­i­na­tions for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture Film; and was named one of the year’s 10 Best Films by the Amer­i­can Film Insti­tute (AFI). In addi­tion to its Acad­emy Award nom­i­na­tion, Para­Nor­man (2012) is in the run­ning for the BAFTA Awards’ ani­mated fea­ture prize. Para­Nor­man has won two Annie Awards (the ani­ma­tion community’s Oscars equiv­a­lent) and been cited as best ani­mated fea­ture film by 14 crit­ics’ groups, more than any other 2012 ani­mated feature.

The Box­trolls is a 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid ani­mated fea­ture based on Alan Snow’s best­selling fan­tasy adven­ture novel Here Be Mon­sters. The Box­trolls is being directed by Anthony Stac­chi (co-director of the hit ani­mated fea­ture Open Sea­son) and Gra­ham Annable (story artist on Cora­line and Para­Nor­man), and pro­duced by David Ichioka and Mr. Knight. The voice cast includes Acad­emy Award win­ner Ben Kings­ley, Acad­emy Award nom­i­nee Toni Col­lette, Elle Fan­ning (mark­ing her fourth movie with Focus), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Game of Thrones), Emmy Award nom­i­nee Jared Har­ris (Mad Men), Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Nick Frost (of Focus’ upcom­ing The World’s End), Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd), and Tracy Mor­gan (30 Rock).

The Box­trolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheese­bridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class, and the stinki­est of fine cheeses. Beneath its charm­ing cob­ble­stone streets dwell the Box­trolls, foul mon­sters who crawl out of the sew­ers at night and steal what the towns­peo­ple hold most dear: their chil­dren and their cheeses. At least, that’s the leg­end res­i­dents have always believed. In truth, the Box­trolls are an under­ground cavern-dwelling com­mu­nity of quirky and lov­able odd­balls who wear recy­cled card­board boxes the way tur­tles wear their shells. The Box­trolls have raised an orphaned human boy, Eggs (voiced by Mr. Hempstead-Wright), since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechan­i­cal junk-collecting own. When the Box­trolls are tar­geted by vil­lain­ous pest exter­mi­na­tor Archibald Snatcher (Mr. Kings­ley), who is bent on erad­i­cat­ing them as his ticket to Cheese­bridge soci­ety, the kind­hearted band of tin­ker­ers must turn to their adopted charge and adven­tur­ous rich girl Win­nie (Ms. Fan­ning) to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change – and cheese.

Mr. Knight said, “The Box­trolls is a visu­ally daz­zling mash-up of grip­ping detec­tive story, absur­dist com­edy, and steam­punk adven­ture with a sur­pris­ingly whole­some heart. It’s Dick­ens by way of Monty Python. Tony and Gra­ham have crafted a strange and beau­ti­ful world replete with fan­tas­ti­cal crea­tures, good-for-nothing repro­bates, mad­cap antics, and rip-roaring feats of derring-do.

But at its core, like all LAIKA films, The Box­trolls is a mov­ing and human story with time­less­ness and pow­er­ful emo­tional res­o­nance. We’re thrilled to part­ner with Focus Fea­tures and Uni­ver­sal to bring this remark­able story to fam­ily audi­ences around the world.”

Mr. Schamus com­mented, “Fol­low­ing our suc­cess­ful col­lab­o­ra­tions on Para­Nor­man and Cora­line, we are delighted to be embark­ing on a third won­drous adven­ture with the LAIKA arti­sans who trans­form every­day mate­ri­als into liv­ing crea­tures infused with dimen­sion, humor, and soul. With a won­der­fully appeal­ing menagerie of fun char­ac­ters, and a gen­er­ous, open heart at its cen­ter, The Box­trolls will be a must-see for fam­ily audiences.”

Croods Posters Evolve

The Croods Theatrical Poster

The Croods The­atri­cal Poster

Dream­Works Animation’s next ani­mated film, The Croods, today got two new updated posters, one domes­tic and one Inter­na­tional. Both posters fea­ture the whole pre­his­toric fam­ily, and a view of the exotic lands they live in. The domes­tic poster fea­tures the film release date– March 23, while the inter­na­tional ver­sion just says com­ing soon.

Dream­Works has been notable in their goal to ramp up pro­duc­tion to two or three ani­mated fea­tures a year. The Croods will be the first for the stu­dio for 2013, and will be fol­lowed by Turbo this sum­mer and Mr. Peabody & Sher­man in November.

A com­edy adven­ture that takes us back to a pre­vi­ously undis­cov­ered era in the his­tory of our planet known as the Crooda­ceous, when nature was still a work-in-progress… full of never-before-seen crea­tures and landscapes.

An old-school cave­man must lead his fam­ily across a volatile pre­his­toric land­scape in search of a new home. The out­sized flora and fauna are chal­lenge enough, but the real com­pli­ca­tion arises when the fam­ily is joined by an alarm­ingly mod­ern cave­man whose search for “tomor­row” is at odds with our hero’s reliance on the tra­di­tions of yes­ter­day. The imag­i­na­tive and resource­ful new­comer helps the Croods nav­i­gate their way through the fan­tas­tic world beyond their cave.

The Croods Theatrical Poster

The Croods The­atri­cal Poster


The Croods International Poster

The Croods Inter­na­tional Poster

Cartoon Research Guru Ethan Minovitz Passes Away

Ethan Minovitz

Ethan Minovitz

Ethan Minovitz, the self-proclaimed ani­ma­tion research guru of the Big Car­toon Data­Base, passed away from nat­ural causes at his home in Van­cou­ver, British Colum­bia on Fri­day Feb­ru­ary 1st, 2013. His name should be famil­iar to any­one who fol­lows this blog and the Big Car­toon Forum, and he was a vora­cious poster of news and trivia on both. His con­tri­bu­tions to the site go much deeper than what the casual observer can notice, though. He was, in many ways, the heart and soul of BCDB.

Ethan was born in 1962 in his native British Colum­bia. He attend Eric Ham­ber High School and grad­u­ated in 1980. He com­peted on the school team for Reach For The Top National Finals, and his team won the com­pe­ti­tion. Mr. Minovitz was very active in his local Jew­ish Center.

Ethan is sur­vived by his older sis­ter Lise of New York, and his father, also in Van­cou­ver. Ethan Minovitz’s funeral is planned for Wednes­day, 2 PM at the Schara Tzedeck Cemetary at 2345 Marine Drive, New West­min­ster, BC V3M 6R8.  Details on shiva ser­vices are to be arranged.

In Decem­ber, 2009, he trav­eled with a group of vol­un­teers to the Cuba-America Jew­ish Mis­sion in Havana, where he worked with the group for two weeks. Ethan was also vocal with the Van­cou­ver Jew­ish Folk Choir, singing in con­certs when­ever he could. Ethan’s Jew­ish her­itage was very impor­tant to him, and his faith was strong.

He joined the BCDB about ten years ago, and it was imme­di­ately obvi­ous that Ethan was at home in our group. He was an earnest and com­pe­tent con­trib­u­tor, and it was not long until I asked him to be a moderator.

Ethan’s love of ani­ma­tion showed– he had tremen­dous knowl­edge on the sub­ject. And what he did not know, he would research. That was one thing about Ethan, the man knew how to look some­thing up. He soon became our res­i­dent expert on just about anything.

Ethan in Cuba

Ethan in Cuba

Ethan was always a calm­ing force within BCDB, too. We have always been a fairly calm site, but there were occa­sions where tem­pers grew and egos grew larger. Ethan was the peace­maker, Ethan found a way to solve all the prob­lems that came up.

Ethan always had a kind word for every­one. He was the first per­son to post a wel­come mes­sage to any­one who joined our forums. I never asked him to, he just did. That is the kind of man Ethan was, and that is some­thing I specif­i­cally admired about him.

A few years ago, we decided to start a news sec­tion of the forum. It is hard and a lot of work to pub­lish 2 or 3 sto­ries every day there. I know– I have tried. Ethan did it, every day, on his own and with no com­plaints. I did not even ask him, he just stepped up and did it. It is ironic now to think about, but one of Ethan’s pas­sions was post­ing obit­u­ar­ies to the news sec­tion. We had a con­test, he and I– who could get the big ones first. Ethan usu­ally won.

But Ethan’s biggest con­tri­bu­tion to BCDB is the one no one here ever saw. And this again gets back to his tag as Research Guru. Any day of the week, Ethan con­tributed numer­ous new car­toons for inclu­sion in the data­base. None of you ever saw this, because they went direct to me. Hun­dreds of Excel spread sheets a year. He for­mat­ted his finds in such a way it made it easy for me to slip them into the data­base. He would go on tears… some­times Japan­ese, some­times Russ­ian, some­times Czech. I would feel over bur­dened when get­ting them, and then I would think about all the work to find, sort and enter them into Excel. THAT would be over­whelm­ing.… but that was what Ethan did behind the scenes. Ethan con­tributed at least 55,000 car­toons this way.

But most impor­tantly, Ethan was my friend. We talked a lot. Some­times about BCDB and what and where it was going. But often about other things. His trips to Israel were always a point of joy for him, and I loved lis­ten­ing to his sto­ries. While we never met face-to-face, we knew each other very well. And I am proud to call him my friend.

As I sit here and miss my friend, I am also want­ing to do some­thing a lit­tle more per­ma­nent for him at BCDB. He was such an impor­tant part of get­ting us to where we are today, I want to make the BCDB a lit­tle more about him. I am not sure how I will accom­plish this yet, but if you have any ideas, please let me know.

In the mean­time, I can only wish my friend safe travels.

And The Best In Animation Is.… Annie Award Winners

Annie Awards Statue

Annie Awards Statue

Tonight, film critic Leonard Maltin and voice actors Pinky and the Brain, urm, Uh, I mean Rob Paulsen and Mau­rice LaMarche are hand­ing out the Annies at UCLA’s Royce Hall. For 40 years this annual event rec­og­nizes the best in ani­ma­tion from around the world.

Through most of the night, things look pretty well split up between the big stu­dios, with one award going to Dream­Works, the next to Pixar, then to Para­Nor­man, and then to Dis­ney. But when the big awards came down, it was all Dis­ney, with Wreck-It Ralph pulling in Best Music, Voice Act­ing, Direct­ing and Best Fea­ture. Dis­ney short Paper­man won for best ani­mated short.

The full list of winners:

Best Ani­mated Video Game
Jour­ney – Sony Com­puter Enter­tain­ment America

Best Stu­dent Film
Head Over Heels – Tim­o­thy Reckart

Sto­ry­board­ing in a TV/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Doug Lovelace Drag­ons: Rid­ers Of Berk: Por­trait Of Hic­cup As A Buff Man – Dream­Works Animation

Sto­ry­board­ing in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Johanne Matte, Rise Of The Guardians – Dream­Works Animation

Edit­ing in TV/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Hugo Morales, Adam Arnold, Davrik Wae­den and Otto Fer­raye Kung Fu Panda: Enter The DragonNick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Studios

Edit­ing in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Nicholas C. Smith, A.C.E., Robert Gra­hamjones, A.C.E., David Suther Brave – Pixar Ani­ma­tion Studios

Char­ac­ter Design in a TV/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Robert Val­ley, Dis­ney Tron: Upris­ing: The Rene­gade, Part 1 – Dis­ney TV Animation

Char­ac­ter Design in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Heidi Smith, Para­Nor­manLAIKA/Focus Features

June Foray Award
Howard Green (VP, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios)

Tex Avery Award
June Foray

Win­sor McCay Award
Oscar Grillo

Music in a TV/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
John Pae­sano, Drag­ons: Rid­ers Of Berk: How To Pick Your Dragon – Dream­Works Animation

Music in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Henry Jack­man, Skrillex, Adam Young, Matthew Thiessen, Jamie Hous­ton, Yasushi Aki­moto, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios

Ani­mated Effects In an Ani­mated Pro­duc­tion
Andy Hayes, Carl Hooper, David Lip­ton – Rise Of The Guardians – Dream­Works Animation

Ani­mated Effects in a Live Action Pro­duc­tion
Jerome Plat­teaux, John Sig­urd­son, Ryan Hop­kins, Raul Essig, Mark Chat­away The Avengers – Indus­trial Light & Magic

Ub Iwerks Award
Toon Boom Pipeline

Char­ac­ter Ani­ma­tion in a Live Action Pro­duc­tion
Erik de Boer, Matt Shumway, Brian Wells, Vinayak Pawar, Michael Holzl, Life Of Pi – Tiger – Rhythm & Hues Studio

Char­ac­ter Ani­ma­tion in a TV/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Dan Driscoll, Sponge­bob SquarePants: It’s a Sponge­Bob Christ­mas! – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Studios

Char­ac­ter Ani­ma­tion in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Travis Knight Para­Nor­manLAIKA/Focus Features

Pro­duc­tion Design in a TV/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Alberto Mielgo, Dis­ney Tron: Upris­ing: The Stranger – Dis­ney TV Animation

Pro­duc­tion Design in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Steve Pilcher, Brave – Pixar Ani­ma­tion Studios

Win­sor McCay Award
Terry Gilliam

Best Ani­mated Spe­cial Pro­duc­tion
Despi­ca­ble Me: Min­ion May­hem – Illu­mi­na­tion Entertainment

Best Ani­mated Short Sub­ject
Paper­man – Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios

Writ­ing in a Television/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Trey Parker, South Park: Jew­pacabra – Cen­tral Productions

Writ­ing in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Phil John­son, Jen­nifer Lee, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios

Win­sor McCay Award
Mark Henn

Voice Act­ing in a Television/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Kris­ten Schaal as Mabel Pines Grav­ity Falls: Tourist Trapped – Dis­ney TV Animation

Voice Act­ing in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Alan Tudyk as King Candy Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios

Best Ani­mated Tele­vi­sion Pro­duc­tion for Pre-School Chil­dren
Bub­ble Gup­pies: A Tooth On the Looth – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Studios

Direct­ing in a Television/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
John Eng, Drag­ons: Rid­ers Of Berk: Ani­mal House – Dream­Works Animation

Direct­ing in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Rich Moore, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios

Gen­eral Audi­ence Tele­vi­sion Pro­duc­tion
Robot Chicken DC Comics Spe­cial – Stoopid Buddy Studios

Ani­mated Fea­ture
Wreck-It Ralph– Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios

Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts Come to Theatres February 1

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscar

Oscar Time!

Short­sHD The Short Movie Chan­nel, work­ing with Mag­no­lia Pic­tures, will release The Oscar Nom­i­nated Short Films 2013 in over 260 the­atres across the United States, Canada and Europe on Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 1.

This is the eighth year of the Oscar Nom­i­nated Short Film The­atri­cal Release.

The announce­ment comes on the heels of last year’s record-breaking release, which was one of the top 50 gross­ing inde­pen­dent film releases in North Amer­ica, earn­ing over $1.7 mil­lion. Since its debut in 2005, the Oscar Nom­i­nated Short Films the­atri­cal release pro­gram has grown 800%.

A key fix­ture of the awards sea­son, the the­atri­cal release fea­tur­ing ani­ma­tion, live action and doc­u­men­tary short films is the only oppor­tu­nity for audi­ences to watch the nom­i­nated shorts prior to the 85th Acad­emy Awards cer­e­mony on Feb­ru­ary 24.

This year’s release breaks new ground: a past Oscar win­ner in that cat­e­gory will host each film. Host­ing the ani­mated shorts pro­gram are Bill Joyce and Bran­don Old­en­burg, who won the Acad­emy Award for their ani­mated short film The Fan­tas­tic Fly­ing Books of Mr. Mor­ris Less­more (2011).

This year’s release includes the fol­low­ing Oscar-nominated ani­mated short films:

Adam & Dog (dir. Minkyu Lee, U.S.A.)
The story about the dog of Eden. What hap­pened in those first days of Cre­ation that made Man and Dog so insep­a­ra­ble? The dog, as he lives through this curi­ous world, encoun­ters a strange crea­ture; a human being named Adam — and with that dis­cov­ers a new-found con­nec­tion to the world.

Fresh Gua­camole (dir. PES, U.S.A.)
Learn how to trans­form famil­iar objects into Fresh Guacamole!

Head Over Heels (dir. Tim­o­thy Reckart, United King­dom)
After many years of mar­riage, Wal­ter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceil­ing. When Wal­ter dis­cov­ers a long-lost memento of their wed­ding day, he tries to reignite their old romance. But it brings their equi­lib­rium crash­ing down, and the cou­ple that can’t agree which way is up must find a way to put their mar­riage back

Mag­gie Simp­son in “The Longest Day­care” (dir. David Sil­ver­man, U.S.A.)
Mag­gie Simp­son spends a day at the Ayn Rand Day­care Cen­ter, where she is diag­nosed at an aver­age intel­li­gence level. Long­ing to be grouped with the gifted chil­dren, Mag­gie finds her des­tiny by res­cu­ing a lonely cocoon from Baby Ger­ald, who is busy smoosh­ing butterflies.

Paper­man (dir. John Kahrs, U.S.A.)
Paper­man fol­lows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose des­tiny takes an unex­pected turn after a chance meet­ing with a beau­ti­ful woman on his morn­ing com­mute. Con­vinced that the girl of his dreams is gone for­ever, he gets a sec­ond chance when he spots her in a sky­scraper win­dow across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imag­i­na­tion and a stack of papers to get her atten­tion, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him.

The Animation Oscar Nominees

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscar

Oscar Time!

It’s Oscar time! Dis­ney comes in strong and stop motion is this years darling.

This morn­ing, the Acad­emy of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences announced the nom­i­nees for this years Oscars. There are two main areas of com­pe­ti­tion for ani­ma­tion, the Fea­ture Length and the short awards. This year, the nom­i­nees are…

In a word, Dis­ney. The peren­nial ani­ma­tion pow­er­house leads the field with three films in con­sid­er­a­tion for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture. Per­haps even more sur­pris­ing is that Dream­Works best hope– Rise Of The Guardians- was left out alto­gether. Also inter­est­ing is that there are three stop-motion fea­tures in the list this year, in a short field of only five films.

For Best Ani­mated Fea­ture, the nom­i­nees are:

Brave- Mark Andrews, Brenda Chap­man
Franken­wee­nie- Tim Bur­ton
Para­Nor­man- Sam Fell, Chris But­ler
The Pirates! Band of Mis­fits- Peter Lord
Wreck-It Ralph- Rich Moore

The field for Best Ani­mated Short Film is a diverse field, as usual. The nom­i­nees here are:

Adam And Dog- Minkyu Lee
Fresh Gua­camole- PES
Head Over Heels- Tim­o­thy Reckart, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
The Longest Day­care- David Sil­ver­man
Paper­man- John Kahrs

The Oscar nom­i­na­tions for the 85th Acad­emy Awards were announced this morn­ing by Seth Mac­Far­lane and Emma Stone. The announce­ments were made at the Academy’s Samuel Gold­wyn The­ater in Bev­erly Hills.

Acad­emy Awards for out­stand­ing film achieve­ments of 2012 will be pre­sented on Oscar Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 24, 2013, at the Dolby The­ater in Hol­ly­wood Cal­i­for­nia and hosted by Seth Mac­Far­lane. This year, the Oscar show also will be tele­vised live in more than 225 coun­tries worldwide.

Ice Age sequel Was Fox’s Top Foreign Cartoon Hit For ’12

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift

20th Cen­tury Fox’s computer-animated “Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift” was the studio’s top for­eign box-office hit of 2012, gar­ner­ing a ginor­mous $718.1 million.

That’s far above the sec­ond– and third-place fin­ish­ers for Fox, the live-action Titanic 3D ($291.9 mil­lion) and Prometheus ($277.6 million).

The studio’s for­eign box office jumped 21%, with a total $2.725 bil­lion this year com­pared with $2.160 bil­lion in 2011.

Disney’s motion-capture John Carter had a sad per­for­mance mir­ror­ing its North Amer­i­can results. It made just $208.2 mil­lion over­seas, although Marvel’s live-action The Avengers helped make up for this by mak­ing a fan­tas­tic $892.4 mil­lion abroad.

Dis­ney made $2.080 bil­lion at the for­eign box office, down 6% from 2011.

Dis­trib­u­tor Paramount’s top-earning film over­seas this year was Dream­Works’ Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. The three­quel brought in $525.5 million.

Paramount’s over­seas grosses dropped 51% over last year, mak­ing $1.562 bil­lion this time around. Last year, it made $3.198 bil­lion, a for­eign record for the company.

Concept Art From Animated Frozen



The rumors of Dis­ney on ice are true, at least as far as the studio’s 53rd full-length ani­mated fea­ture full-length ani­mated fea­ture is con­cerned. Frozen, due in the­aters in a lit­tle less than a year is that ice-cold project, and Dis­ney has just released their first peak at the art from the film.

The image shows dwarfed impres­sions of hero­ine Anna and her com­pan­ion Kristoff against a bleak and frigid back­ground of des­o­la­tion and ice.

The film begins when a prophecy traps a king­dom in eter­nal win­ter, Anna, a fear­less opti­mist, teams up with extreme moun­tain man Kristoff and his side­kick rein­deer Sven on an epic jour­ney to find Anna’s sis­ter Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encoun­ter­ing mys­ti­cal trolls, a funny snow­man named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff bat­tle the ele­ments in a race to save the king­dom from destruction.

The film is directed by Chris Buck and Jen­nifer Lee from a story by Lee and Shane Mor­ris. It will also fea­ture orig­i­nal songs by Tony-award win­ner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mor­mon,” “Avenue Q”) and Kris­ten Anderson-Lopez (“In Tran­sit”).

The film is cur­rently slated for release on Novem­ber 27, 2013.

Frozen Concept Art

Frozen Con­cept Art

Five Animated Feature Films Up For Golden Globes

Golden Globes

Golden Globes

Five movies each have been nom­i­nated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture Film, the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press Asso­ci­a­tion announced Thursday.

Three of the five were dis­trib­uted by Walt Dis­ney Pictures.

The five are Brave (Walt Dis­ney Pic­tures, Pixar Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios; Walt Dis­ney Pic­tures), Franken­wee­nie (Walt Dis­ney Pic­tures; Walt Dis­ney Pic­tures), Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia (Colum­bia Pictures/Sony Pic­tures Ani­ma­tion; Sony Pic­tures Releas­ing), Rise of the Guardians (Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion LLC; Para­mount Pic­tures) and Wreck-It Ralph (Walt Dis­ney Pic­tures, Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios; Walt Dis­ney Pictures).

For Best Motion Pic­ture – Drama, the nom­i­nees are Argo, Djanjo Unchained, Life of Pi, Lin­coln and Zero Dark Thirty.

Nom­i­nees for Best Motion Pic­ture – Com­edy or Musi­cal are The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Les Mis­er­ables, Moon­rise King­dom, Salmon Fish­ing in the Yemen and Sil­ver Lin­ings Play­book.

The Golden Globes will be handed out Jan­u­ary 13 on NBC.

Animated Monsters Gets A New Poster

Monsters University

Mon­sters University

Mon­sters Inc sequel Mon­sters Uni­ver­sity gets a new pro­mo­tional poster. The new film, set for release next June, will reunite Billy Crys­tal and John Good­man as Mike Wazowski and James P. ‘Sul­ley’ Sul­li­van, in a pre­quel of their col­lege days together.

From the poster, we can see some inter­est­ing items in the Mon­sters cur­ric­ula, includ­ing what looks to be an advance course in Scare­o­nom­ics.

This pre­quel to 2001’s “Mon­sters Inc.” fol­lows Mike and Sul­ley dur­ing their tenure at the Uni­ver­sity of Fear, where they start off as ene­mies. Back when the two first met, they couldn’t stand each other. Mon­sters Uni­ver­sity tells the tale of how the two of them resolved their dif­fer­ences and became the best of friends. More details on the plot will be posted as they come.

Dan Scanlon’s direc­to­r­ial debut in a fea­ture film. Frank Oz’s first film role in eight years.

Orig­i­nally sched­uled for release on Novem­ber 2, 2012 in both 2D and 3D, the movie was pushed back to a June 21, 2013 US release.