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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Disney puts brakes on Selick’s stop-motion movie

Henry Selick

The Walt Disney Company is not proceeding with Henry Selick’s still-untitled stop-motion animated film, crew members on the project were told Tuesday afternoon.

Known only as “Untitled Henry Selick 3-D Project,” it was scheduled for release October 4, 2013. About 150 San Francisco-based artists were ready to complete work on the movie, which started shooting last summer.

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NFB animation spotlighted at Montreal festival


Animation by the National Film Board of Canada will be showcased at the 36th Montreal World Film Festival, which runs from August 23 to September 3. The event will screen three NFB animated short films in their French versions, including MacPherson, by Martine Chartrand. Two more NFB animated shorts, The Banquet of the Concubine (Folimage/Foliascope/NFB/Nadasdy Film), by Hefang Wei, and It’s a Dog’s Life (Folimage/NFB), by Julie Rembauville and Nicolas Bianco-Levrin, have been selected.

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Two animated features named winners at Fantasia

Fantasia International Film Festival

Asura,” by Keiichi Sato, and “A Letter to Momo,” by Hiroyuki Okiura, tied for the Audience Award for Best Animated Feature at the 16th Fantasia International Film Festival, which ended Thursday in Montreal.

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Essayist and journalist David Rakoff dies at 47

David Rakoff

Canadian-born essayist, journalist and actor David Rakoff, a writer for The New York Times Magazine and many other publications, died Thursday evening. He was 47.

Rakoff was in the voice cast of the 2009 Williams Street animated pilot Snake ‘n’ Bacon. Based on the creations of American cartoonist and illustrator Michael Kupperman, it aired on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim channel.

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Animation on view during “Short Cuts” in Toronto

Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival is set to present 44 world-class Canadian short films, including four with animation, in this year’s Short Cuts Canada program.

With a lineup as diverse in themes and cultures as the country itself, six engaging programs will represent the styles of both accomplished and emerging directors from across Canada. From strong social statements to deadpan humor, Short Cuts Canada programmers Alex Rogalski and Magali Simard received nearly 700 entries — the most submissions to date for the program — indicating steady growth in film talent in Canada.

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Rhode Island Film Fest shows off animated short

Rhode Island Film Festival

The Rhode Island International Film Festival hosts an unforgettable showcase from across the globe in “Where Dreams Are Born,” a two-hour collection of animated shorts from Britain, Spain, Australia, Germany and the United States.

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