Annie Awards Animation Winners Frozen Over

Annie Awards Statue

Annie Awards Statue

Last night saw Dis­ney freeze out most of the com­pe­ti­tion when the best and most cre­ative in ani­ma­tion met at UCLA’s Royce Hall for the 41st Annual Annie Awards. Spon­sored by ASIFA Hol­ly­wood, the awards rec­og­nize great works in tele­vi­sion, the­atri­cal film and games. This years awards were hosted by voice actor Tom Warburton.

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Louis C.K. To Get Illuminated

illuminations_pet_filmIllu­mi­na­tion Enter­tain­ment is not con­tent to rest on the lau­rels of their Oscar nom­i­na­tions and sequel pro­duc­tions… Chris Meledandri’s ani­ma­tion com­pany is rush­ing head-first into an aggres­sive pro­duc­tion sched­ule. Barely ten days after announc­ing a third Despi­ca­ble Me and a new Dr. Seuss film, Illu­mi­na­tion has added another film to their release slate, an as-yet Unti­tled Pet Movie set for release Feb­ru­ary 12, 2016.

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Maleficent Dream Trailer

MaleficentDis­ney pre­miered a new trailer for Malef­i­cent, the live-action adap­tion of the Dis­ney ver­sion of Sleep­ing Beauty. We see a lot more of Angelina Jolie as Malef­i­cent, and it is impres­sive. The new look at the film was first shown as an ad dur­ing Sun­day night’s Grammy awards show. The first look trailer was pretty hard to judge the film by; this new trailer seems give a lot bet­ter look at what to expect from this new film.

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Paperman Director Lands At Paramount

JohnKahrsThe Oscar-winning direc­tor of Disney’s  Paper­man- John Kahrs– has turned up across the street at Para­mount for his next project. Kahrs’ Oscar last year for the Dis­ney ani­mated short was the stu­dios first win in that divi­sion in the  since 1969’s It’s Tough To Be A Bird. His new project will be Shedd, a fea­ture film with no release date yet set.

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Frozen Wins Best Produced

Frozen_4As it steam­rolls it’s way toward February’s Oscars, Frozen wins another award, this one for Pro­ducer Peter Del Vecho. The 25th Annual Pro­duc­ers Guild Awards were awarded last night at the Bev­erly Hilton hotel in Bev­erly Hills. In an non-animated stun­ner, this years com­pe­ti­tion fea­tured the first tie for the top film prize in the PGAs’ 25-year his­tory. Live-action films Grav­ity and 12 Years A Slave shared the Dar­ryl F. Zanuck Award for Out­stand­ing Pro­ducer of The­atri­cal Motion Pictures.

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Animator Michael Sporn Passes Away

MichaelSpornPio­neer­ing Amer­i­can ani­ma­tor Michael Sporn passed away Sat­ur­day after suf­fer­ing from pan­cre­atic can­cer. Sporn pro­duced and directed a num­ber of ani­mated spe­cials and com­mer­cials from his New York based stu­dios. Many of his works were known for their under­ly­ing social com­men­tary and mes­sages. He was also known for films aimed at edu­cat­ing chil­dren rather than just enter­tain­ing them.

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You Knew It Was Coming– DM3

despicable_me_3Uni­ver­sal announced the release date for the fol­low up to the Academy-Award nom­i­nated Despi­ca­ble Me 2; Despi­ca­ble Me 3 will hit the­aters on June 30, 2017. No other infor­ma­tion for the film, like cast or sto­ry­line have been announced. Two other films were announced at thew same time– an orig­i­nal story and a reboot of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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Animated Film Oscar Nominations

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscar

Oscar Time!

This morn­ing in Hol­ly­wood, Chris Hemsworth announced the nom­i­nees for this year’s Acad­emy Awards. In the ani­ma­tion world, there are a few sur­prises, like no nom­i­na­tions for Pixar, either for fea­ture or short. Only five films were con­sid­ered for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture this year, despite a large field of pos­si­ble con­tenders. Best Ani­mated Short fea­tures a wide swath of for­eign shorts, with only one from the US.

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Clip From Mr. Peabody & Sherman

peabodyDream­Works Mr. Peabody & Sher­man has a new clip for you to judge it by. The film, which is due out in the­aters on March sev­enth, is a film based on Jay Wards’ Peabody’s Improb­a­ble His­tory, a seg­ment on the long-running Sat­ur­day morn­ing series Rocky and His Friends. Long fod­der for the­atri­cal films, the show has spawned at least two the­atri­cal films– three if you count the related George of the Jungle.

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Disney Frozen To Great White Way

Frozen_4The day after Frozen pulled in the Golden Globe for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture, Dis­ney The­atri­cal Prods. has con­firmed that the film is being updated for a pos­si­ble Broad­way pro­duc­tion. The film, which earned over $97 mil­lion after its first five days in wide release, has been the biggest hit for Dis­ney in decades. Frozen would not be the first Dis­ney film to be adapted for stage, it would fol­low such the­atri­cal hits as High School Musical,  Mary Pop­pins, The Lit­tle Mer­maid and The Lion King.

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