This morning the nominees for 24 categories of the Academy Awards were announced in Beverly Hills by the president of the Academy Cheryl Boone Issacs, Chris Pine, J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron. Among the surprises was the lack of a nomination for Warner Bros. The Lego Movie, though we are not crying much about that oversight. The rest of the nominations were pretty predictable and in line with what we thought were the front runners, with one each from Disney and DreamWorks. Laika was awarded a nominee, and two dark horses, one from Japan and one from Ireland are all in the running. Continue reading “Oscar Animation Film Nominees List 2015” »
As the end of the year rolls around, nearly every site and station is picking their top ten this and best of the year that…. and we will also fall into this meme. Our list shall be what we consider the best animated feature films of the year, without regard to box office, previous awards or if they played in Los Angeles theaters for a week. It is also not a numbered list. These are just the animated feature films we feel stand out from the rest… and probably deserve a second look if you have not seen them. And you probably haven’t!
Continuing their every-two-year production schedule (Coraline in 2009, ParaNorman in 2012 and this years’ The Boxtrolls), Liaka Entertaiment has announced their fourth feature animated film, based on a new, original story. The film, to be titled Kubo and the Two Strings will hit screens in summer 2016, and has a great cast so far announced. Intended to be “epic and intimate, “, the film will continue Laika’s unique meld of stop-motion and CGI animated films that push the extremes of what stop-motion films are thought to be.
For some folks, Black Friday is the day to putter around shopping malls and outlets to take advantage of door-buster deals. However, there’s nothing to say day can be well spent in serenity and joy with your entire family. If you want to spend this beautiful Black Friday away from shopping and malls, here are some tips. Celebrate this Black Friday with your entire family and watch some Christmas themed movies right at home. Here are some five titles of Christmas themed movies that you might have ignored.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences- you know, the Oscar people- have released a short list of the ten short animated films that this years nominees will be drawn from. These ten were taken from fifty-eight shorts originally submitted for consideration. Disney made the list, but Pixar was snubbed for the second year in a row. Bill Plympton returns for a third attempt, ex-Disney animator Glen Keane has a short in the fray, and two students-Daisy Jacobs and Réka Bucsi also have works under consideration.
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This year, there looks to be 20 animated films as possible contenders in the race for the Best Animated Film Oscar. The list has no apparent front runner, and no film this year from Pixar. The field is a rounded out with many more foreign films than usual, with entries from France, Ireland, Japan, the U.K. and Latvia. The list induces three films from Disney and from DreamWorks Animation, and one each from Blue Sky and Reel FX Animation.
Disney Studio’s next animated feature film Big Hero 6 opened a little early in Russia… and bowled the Russians over. After opening to rave reviews at the Tokyo International Film Festival on October 23, 2014, Disney shuttled the film to Russia to take advantage of two weeks of school holidays in Russia in late October. Big Hero 6 brought in 5 million in the first two days, which is considered a very strong open in the Russia. The film opens to US audiences later this week, on November 7th.
Comedian Howie Mandel let slip the resurrection of his 90’s animated series Bobby’s World at Comikaze in Los Angeles this weekend. He provided no additional information, such as when and where it will air, who is producing, or even when to expect the new show. Additional queries to Mandel’s reps have also not returned any additional information.
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A veteran of Disney, animator James Lopez has a special love for the traditional, 2D, pencil-in-hand style of the art. And in this ever increasingly digital world, he does not want to see that special art lost or forgotten. To that end, Lopez has started up and IndieGoGo campaign to finance a new, 2D animated short Hullabaloo.