Though it hardly seems like it, it is Oscar Time! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced their short list for the Best Animated Short Film category. This is not the final list, but the final five will come from this list. Canada’s National Film Board leads the pack with three shorts, and Pixar’s The Blue Umbrella did not make the list. It has been a while since a Pixar film has not been in the running.
Frostbite Falls most famous residents are coming to the big screen in 2014, according to DreamWorks Animation. Not only are Moose and Squirrel making their big screen debut in a new theatrical short, but a long-time voice actor is returning to provide one of the duo’s voices. While not explicitly stated in the release, it is expected that the short will accompany the theatrical feature film release of Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
It was the best of animation, it was the worst of animation. Over the next couple months, you will be able to choose for yourself which is the true Queen, and which will be the also ran. One is from Disney, and one is produced in the frozen land of Russia; both are based on the classic tale The Snow Queen By Hans Christian Andersen… and both, interestingly enough, have just released new trailers in anticipation of their pending releases.
For the first time since 2005, Pixar will not have a feature film release in a calendar year. Disney has just announced that the troubled production The Good Dinosaur has been pushed back to a 2015 release date, leapfrogging over Inside Out. This is the second release date roll back for the film, originally intended for this holiday season. Disney’s Frozen took that slot.
Walt Disney Animation has announced their first feature-length animated film based on a Marvel property Big Hero 6. Inspired by a little-known Japan-set Marvel series about a team of state-sanctioned superheroes, the film will center on a boy named Hiro Hamada and his beloved robot companion BayMax who join a team of crime fighters in a mythical mashup high-tech city called San Fransokyo.
From this date in 1950 comes a Disney feature film based on a story by Charles Perrault. Cinderella really marked the return of the Disney studios top the animated feature film, and marked the beginning of the middle period of the Disney oeuvre.
Released two years ago today, and last year’s winner of the Academy Award for best feature animated film, the cartoon oif the day is Rango. Directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Johnny Depp– wow, that sounds like a couple of pirate films we know– this stylish western was on the tops of many lists last year. Let us know what you thought of this one.
Goofy was always good fun, and good fodder for stories. Freeway Phobia No. 1, with a story written by William R. Bosché is no exception. And, as in many previous films, Goofy plays all the parts. Watch this today for a great belly laugh!
The full video of the Student Academy Award winning Animation “The Jockstrap Raiders” is now available to view online. Five years in the making, this was a labor of love for director Mark Nelson. The film became his Masters thesis project at UCLA.
The Jockstrap Raiders is a Student Academy Award winning animated short film about a group of misfits during world war I. It takes place in Leeds, England where our heroes are all excluded from the war due to various abnormalities. Threatened by the invading German Kaiser and his army, they must learn to become a team and overcome their deficiencies in order to save Britain, and the world.
Completed at UCLA, it is Mark Nelson’s MFA thesis project. The short has won many awards, including: Student Academy Award; Best Animation, British Animation Festival; Best Animation Macon Film Festival; Best Narrative Short GI Film Festival; Audience Award Orlando Film Festival.
A short so funny we could make it a cartoon of the week, Ali Baba Bunny released on this date in 1957. One of the classic Chuck Jones Bugs Bunny pairings, this one also included the running gag about “I knew I should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque…”
After a goofed up left turn at Albuquerque (on their way to Pismo Beach), Bugs and Daffy end up in Ali Baba’s treasure-filled cave. Hassan Chop!
The end is absolutely hilarious! If you haven’t seen this one in a while, it is worth a watch again today on BCDB!
A sprightly young bird gets up early, the better to get the jump on his neighborhood worm, but he finds his quarry elusive. The worm, for his part, sets off with a flute and jazzes along happily, out-finessing the bird repeatedly. Then a pair of shiftless crows debate the virtues of early rising and decide that no worm is worth it (clearly, these are shiftless “Negro” stereotypes, though the ethnic angle isn’t stressed here so much). Finally, a rattlesnake practices some hypnotic moves on both bird and worm before getting tied up in knots.
The two lazy crows are caricatures of then-famous blackface comedy team Moran and Mack. Much of their dialogue is directly lifted from their hit 1920s comedy recording “Two Black Crows.”
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.
Who is celebrating their twentieth anniversary today? The two stone-age kids that grew up next door to each other– Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm! In 1993, ABC aired I Yabba-Dabba Do!, a special directed by animation giant William Hanna. How tough was it for Fred to give away the bride?
Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm get married but not before enduring all the antics and confusion that seem to accompany every Flintstones affair.
Today would be the 60th anniversary of that kids film about being a grown up kid, Peter Pan. One of my personal favorites, Peter Pan is probably the perfect Disney film– action, adventure, great backgrounds and animation, and a stellar voice cast. Second star on the right, and on until dawn…
Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t grow up, arrives in the London nursery of the Darling children: Wendy, Michael and John. He teaches the children to fly (with the help of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust), then takes them all to Never Land so Wendy can be mother to Peter’s tribe of Lost Boys. In Never Land, there are flirtatious mermaids, savage Indians, and wicked pirates-including Peter’s great nemesis, Captain Hook. A series of dangerous and exciting cloak-and-dagger adventures with Captain Hook and Peter leads to the villain’s ultimate defeat, and Peter takes the Darling children home in the captured pirate ship, which now soars through the sky, thanks to a little contribution from Tinker Bell.
In this theatrical short, Inspector Willoughby tries to retrieve The Maltese Chicken from the evil oriental villain Egg Foo Yung.
Woody Woodpecker makes a cameo appearance hidden inside The Maltese Chicken.
Based on Jack Hannah’s Ranger Woodlore from his days at Disney.