DreamWorks Partners With YouTube

youtubenationDream­Works car­toon arm Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion has part­nered with web video shar­ing site YouTube for a new daily show for the Inter­net. Titled YouTube Nation, the show is expected to run five min­utes per day, and will high­lights of the best of YouTube pro­gram­ming. YouTube Nation will be co-produced by the two com­pa­nies, with YouTube financ­ing the ven­ture, and is expected to debut next week.

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British Oscar Nominees Announced

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)

British Acad­emy of Film and Tele­vi­sion Arts (BAFTA)

British Acad­emy of Film and Tele­vi­sion Arts or BAFTA– the British ver­sion of the Acad­emy Awards– has announced their nom­i­nees for the 2014 awards, includ­ing the ani­mated films under con­sid­er­a­tion. Three films are nom­i­nated for both the ani­mated fea­ture com­pe­ti­tion and the ani­mated short cat­e­gory. Pre­vi­ously known as Short Ani­ma­tion, the shorts com­pe­ti­tion has been renamed British Short Ani­ma­tion to play up the UK involve­ment in the films fea­tured. There has been an ongo­ing require­ment that nom­i­nated shorts have sub­stan­tial British con­tri­bu­tion to the pro­duc­tion; the fea­ture nom­i­nees have no such restriction.

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All Disney Animated Films On One Long List

Walt_Disney_DwarfsThank you all for your inter­est in our List of Dis­ney ani­mated films. While pro­duc­ing the list with one page for each film gave us the oppor­tu­nity to add a lot of facts and Dis­ney trivia, it made it hard for those look­ing for a sim­ple list of the films to get through. Thanks for let­ting us know, and we heard you. So we have cre­ated a sim­ple, one-page Dis­ney Car­toon Canon Index.

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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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Disney Hits The South Pacific in 2018

Disney's MoanaDis­ney has announced an ani­mated fea­ture for 2018– and their newest Princess in the process through the site D55. Moana will fea­ture Moana Waia­liki, Disney’s first hero­ine of Poly­ne­sian extrac­tion. She will be the only daugh­ter of a chief in a long line of navigators.

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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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2013 Annie Award Nominees Announced

Annie Awards Statue

Annie Awards Statue

ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nom­i­na­tions for its 41st annual Annie Awards, the awards that show the best in ani­ma­tion. The Walt Dis­ney Com­pany and GKIDS both have two nom­i­nees for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture (if you count Mizayaki’s Kaze Tach­inu, which Dis­ney dis­trib­utes in the US), with sin­gle entries from Pixar, Uni­ver­sal and Dream­Works Animation.

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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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