Category Archives: Cartoons

Disney Acts To Freeze Out Competition

frozen_landDis­ney has seen more than one copy-cat com­pany try and piggy-back on their suc­cesses over the years. In a flash-back to the pop­u­lar films of the 1990’s– and the Golden Films rip-offs of those films– Dis­ney is alleg­ing in a law­suit that Carpe Diem Films’ The Leg­end of Sar­ila is attempt­ing to just that in its video release.

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Disney List of Animated Films

disney_animated_film_listThere is prob­a­bly no other list in ani­ma­tion that is more intrigu­ing– or more argued over. In fact, it was the cre­ation of this list that was the impe­tus for even cre­at­ing the Big Car­toon Data­Base… MY friends wanted to know what films were con­sid­ered on— or off— the “offi­cial” list. The offi­cial list really got going with the advent of home video.… and Disney’s pro­mo­tional ties to other Dis­ney ani­mated films. Who can for­get the nar­ra­tors’ voice before the main film announc­ing the impend­ing release of Disney’s 22nd ani­mated film that fall.

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The Top Christmas Cartoons

74662651_ba420e9957_oThe Christ­mas sea­son is well under­way. As we gather together as fam­ily and friends to rem­i­nisce on the past year and all there is to be grate­ful for, take the time to watch some of the clas­sic Christ­mas car­toons. This is the per­fect time of the year to enjoy these films and the ele­ments that went into cre­at­ing them.
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Miyazaki’s Wind Rises In New York

Kaze TachinuJapan­ese direc­tor Hayao Miyazaki’s new film Kaze Tach­inu (The Wind Rises) has walked away with the New York Film Crit­ics Circle’s award for best ani­mated film of the year. The film is also a nom­i­nee for best ani­mated fea­ture from ASIFA-Hollywood’s Annie Award.

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Putting The 2D Horse Before The 3D Cart

Get A Horse!With all the talk over the week­end about Frozen, many are miss­ing the lit­tle gem of a short that pre­cedes the big, cold mon­ster. While Lau­ren MacMullan’s Get A Horse! first released last June at the Annecy Film Fes­ti­val in France, it was not until it was paired before Frozen that it many of us got a shot at see­ing it, much less even know­ing it existed. And a lot of fun it is– but by the end of the fea­ture, many of peo­ple may for­get about this won­der­ful lit­tle gem that lead off the movie.

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10 Shorts Lined Up For Oscar!

Oscar Statuette, Academy Awards

Oscar Stat­uette, Acad­emy Awards

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.

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Moose and Squirrel Return With Peabody & Sherman

rocky_bullwinkleFrost­bite 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.

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A Tale Of Two Snow Queens

Frozen_4It 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.

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Pixar Looking Dry in 2014

dinosaur1For 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.

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Disney Announces First Marvel Animated Feature

Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6

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.

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