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The Mind Of Lucas Fails

George Lucas' Strange MagicIt’s official: George Lucas has officially lost his mind. Or, perhaps, his mind is just not worth exploring any further. His newest fantasy film- billed as “From The Mind of George Lucas”- has earned a distinction it’s opening weekend that no film ever wants-Strange Magic hit the screens with the lowest box ticket sales. But the news for George Lucas’ failing mind is actually far worse than that… this film opened lower than the previous worst animated film openings for The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002) and Quest for Camelot (1998), making Lucas’ mind-film the worst animated film of all time.

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Lords Response To Oscar Snub

Peter LordPeter Lord, director of the animated hit film  The Lego Movie from Lin Pictures and Warner Bros., has had the perfect response to his film not being picked for consideration for this years Best Animated film Oscar. Co-founder of Aardman Animations studio, Peter Lord has been to the big dance before, being the producer of the 2006 winner Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit and nominated on his own before in 2013 for The Pirates! Band of Misfits. Continue reading “Lords Response To Oscar Snub” »

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Massive Layoffs at DreamWorks Animation

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DreamWorks Animation

Financially strapped DreamWorks Animation has announced the unexpected shutdown of one of its main studios, PDI DreamWorks, in Redwood City, California and the subsequent laying off of the 500 employees there. The studio is said to be offering some of the artists in the northern California facility an opportunity to relocate to the southern DreamWorks campus in Glendale, California.

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Oscar Animation Film Nominees List 2015

Oscar Statuette, Academy AwardsThis 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” »

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Laika Announces New Animated Film

Kubo and the Two StringsContinuing 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.

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Lost Disney Cartoon Found… In Norway

Disney Film StripWere you expecting a Christmas present  from Walt Disney and the frozen North this year? Well get ready, because that is exactly what is under the tree. Disney’s Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short Empty Socks- long considered a lost film- was recently found in a library almost at the Arctic circle. The short, released just over 85 years ago, was the first Disney “Christmas” themed short and featured Oswald plays Santa for a group of orphans. It was a silent cartoon. Prior to this discovery, the only extant copy of Empty Socks was a 25-second sequence preserved at the New York Museum of Modern Art.

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Golden Globe Best Animated Films

72nd Golden GlobesThe Golden Globes have announced their picks for the Best Animated Feature Film of the year. Sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globes picked the five nominees from a field of 17 contenders including L’arte Della Felicità (The Art of Happiness) (Big Sur), Big Hero 6 (Disney), The Book of Life (Twentieth Century Fox), The Boxtrolls (Laika), Cheatin’ (Plimpton Studios) , Henry & Me (Reveal Studios), The Hero of Color City (Exodus), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (DreamWorks), The LEGO Movie (Warner Bros.), Mr. Peabody & Sherman (DreamWorks), Penguins of Madagascar (DreamWorks), Pirate Fairy (DisneyToon), Planes: Fire & Rescue (DisneyToon), Rio 2 (Blue Sky), The Snow Queen 2 ( Wizart), Song of the Sea (Cartoon Saloon), Kaguya Hime no Monogatari (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya) (Studio Ghibli).

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Disney Animated Films Dates Set

moana-zootopiaWith Big Hero 6 heating up the box office over the weekend, Disney Studios is firming up their slate for 2016 this week. s expected, Disney has confirmed Zootopia for theatrical release and 3D screens on March 4, 2016. Later that year, the Polynesian-flavored Moana will open for the holiday crowd on November 23, 2016. Both films are CG-animated features.

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Ten Shorts That Could Be Oscar Material

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences OscarThe 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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Good Dinosaur Gains A Director

Pixars Good DinosaurPixar’s troubled feature The Good Dinosaur has taken a new turn, and is hopefully sailing on calmer waters. In late October, Pixar announced- via Twitter- that  Pete Sohn has been promoted to the director’s chair. Previous, Sohn had manned the co-directors position under Bob Peterson, before he was removed from the project in 2013.

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