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Animated Features Surge With 19 Submitted For Oscar

Oscar Statuette, Academy Awards

Oscar Stat­uette, Acad­emy Awards

19 ani­mated fea­tures have been sub­mit­ted for con­sid­er­a­tion for the Ani­mated Fea­ture Film Oscar this year accord­ing to the Acad­emy of Motion Pic­tures Arts and Sci­ences. This years list includes films from France, South Korea, Canada, South Africa, Spain, Japan and Brazil. From the field of 19, the three to five final con­tenders will be cho­sen. Those final nom­i­nees will be announced on Jan­u­ary 16, 2014.

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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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First Teaser Up For Laika’s Boxtrolls

boxtrollsLaika Enter­tain­ment, cre­ators of 2009’s Cora­line and last year’s Acad­emy Ward nom­i­nee Para­Nor­man has just released their first teaser trailer for their next ani­mated film,  The Box­trolls. Set for release on Sep­tem­ber 24, 2014, The Box­trolls will be the first stop-motion ani­mated film directed by Anthony Stac­chi and Gra­ham Annable.

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First Trailer for Disney’s Frozen

FrozenDis­ney has released the first trailer for Frozen, their take on the Snow Queen tale made famous by Hans Chris­t­ian Ander­sen. Set for release this Novem­ber, Frozen is a story that Walt him­self con­sid­ered doing, but never actu­ally started on. A ver­sion was con­sid­ered in 2002. By 2010, Dis­ney shelved that project, then changed its sta­tus to “on hold.” The film gained new life in late 2011. when Dis­ney announced a new title for the project (Frozen), and com­mit­ted to a 2013 release date.

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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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Disney Grabs The Oscars


It was a big night for Dis­ney ani­ma­tion at the Oscars tonight with Dis­ney short Paper­man tak­ing home Best Ani­mated Short, and Disney/PIXAR’s Brave grab­bing the stat­uette for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture. Paper­man had pre­vi­ously won the Annie for Best Short, while Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph had won the Annie for Best Fea­ture Film… so not so much on the Annies pre­dict­ing the Oscars anymore.

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The Jockstrap Raiders Invade The Internets!

The Jockstrap Raiders

The Jock­strap Raiders

The full video of the Stu­dent Acad­emy Award win­ning Ani­ma­tion “The Jock­strap Raiders” is now avail­able to view online. Five years in the mak­ing, this was a labor of love for direc­tor Mark Nel­son. The film became his Mas­ters the­sis project at UCLA.

The Jock­strap Raiders is a Stu­dent Acad­emy Award win­ning ani­mated short film about a group of mis­fits dur­ing world war I. It takes place in Leeds, Eng­land where our heroes are all excluded from the war due to var­i­ous abnor­mal­i­ties. Threat­ened by the invad­ing Ger­man Kaiser and his army, they must learn to become a team and over­come their defi­cien­cies in order to save Britain, and the world.

Com­pleted at UCLA, it is Mark Nelson’s MFA the­sis project. The short has won many awards, includ­ing: Stu­dent Acad­emy Award; Best Ani­ma­tion, British Ani­ma­tion Fes­ti­val; Best Ani­ma­tion Macon Film Fes­ti­val; Best Nar­ra­tive Short GI Film Fes­ti­val; Audi­ence Award Orlando Film Festival.

LAIKA Brings Back The Monsters

The Boxtrolls

The Box­trolls

LAIKA and Focus Fea­tures, whose cur­rent ani­mated fea­ture Para­Nor­man is in the run­ning for an Oscar, announced today that they have begun pro­duc­tion on The Box­trolls. The new movie will be released nation­wide by Focus on Octo­ber 17th, 2014 accord­ing to Focus CEO James Schamus and LAIKA President/CEO Travis Knight.

As on the pre­vi­ous ani­ma­tion col­lab­o­ra­tions Para­Nor­man and Cora­line, Focus will hold world­wide dis­tri­b­u­tion rights to The Box­trolls., and Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures Inter­na­tional will release the movie over­seas (with eOne Dis­tri­b­u­tion han­dling Canada). Cora­line (2009) earned Golden Globe, BAFTA, Crit­ics’ Choice, and Acad­emy Award nom­i­na­tions for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture Film; and was named one of the year’s 10 Best Films by the Amer­i­can Film Insti­tute (AFI). In addi­tion to its Acad­emy Award nom­i­na­tion, Para­Nor­man (2012) is in the run­ning for the BAFTA Awards’ ani­mated fea­ture prize. Para­Nor­man has won two Annie Awards (the ani­ma­tion community’s Oscars equiv­a­lent) and been cited as best ani­mated fea­ture film by 14 crit­ics’ groups, more than any other 2012 ani­mated feature.

The Box­trolls is a 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid ani­mated fea­ture based on Alan Snow’s best­selling fan­tasy adven­ture novel Here Be Mon­sters. The Box­trolls is being directed by Anthony Stac­chi (co-director of the hit ani­mated fea­ture Open Sea­son) and Gra­ham Annable (story artist on Cora­line and Para­Nor­man), and pro­duced by David Ichioka and Mr. Knight. The voice cast includes Acad­emy Award win­ner Ben Kings­ley, Acad­emy Award nom­i­nee Toni Col­lette, Elle Fan­ning (mark­ing her fourth movie with Focus), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Game of Thrones), Emmy Award nom­i­nee Jared Har­ris (Mad Men), Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Nick Frost (of Focus’ upcom­ing The World’s End), Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd), and Tracy Mor­gan (30 Rock).

The Box­trolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheese­bridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class, and the stinki­est of fine cheeses. Beneath its charm­ing cob­ble­stone streets dwell the Box­trolls, foul mon­sters who crawl out of the sew­ers at night and steal what the towns­peo­ple hold most dear: their chil­dren and their cheeses. At least, that’s the leg­end res­i­dents have always believed. In truth, the Box­trolls are an under­ground cavern-dwelling com­mu­nity of quirky and lov­able odd­balls who wear recy­cled card­board boxes the way tur­tles wear their shells. The Box­trolls have raised an orphaned human boy, Eggs (voiced by Mr. Hempstead-Wright), since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechan­i­cal junk-collecting own. When the Box­trolls are tar­geted by vil­lain­ous pest exter­mi­na­tor Archibald Snatcher (Mr. Kings­ley), who is bent on erad­i­cat­ing them as his ticket to Cheese­bridge soci­ety, the kind­hearted band of tin­ker­ers must turn to their adopted charge and adven­tur­ous rich girl Win­nie (Ms. Fan­ning) to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change – and cheese.

Mr. Knight said, “The Box­trolls is a visu­ally daz­zling mash-up of grip­ping detec­tive story, absur­dist com­edy, and steam­punk adven­ture with a sur­pris­ingly whole­some heart. It’s Dick­ens by way of Monty Python. Tony and Gra­ham have crafted a strange and beau­ti­ful world replete with fan­tas­ti­cal crea­tures, good-for-nothing repro­bates, mad­cap antics, and rip-roaring feats of derring-do.

But at its core, like all LAIKA films, The Box­trolls is a mov­ing and human story with time­less­ness and pow­er­ful emo­tional res­o­nance. We’re thrilled to part­ner with Focus Fea­tures and Uni­ver­sal to bring this remark­able story to fam­ily audi­ences around the world.”

Mr. Schamus com­mented, “Fol­low­ing our suc­cess­ful col­lab­o­ra­tions on Para­Nor­man and Cora­line, we are delighted to be embark­ing on a third won­drous adven­ture with the LAIKA arti­sans who trans­form every­day mate­ri­als into liv­ing crea­tures infused with dimen­sion, humor, and soul. With a won­der­fully appeal­ing menagerie of fun char­ac­ters, and a gen­er­ous, open heart at its cen­ter, The Box­trolls will be a must-see for fam­ily audiences.”

And The Best In Animation Is.… Annie Award Winners

Annie Awards Statue

Annie Awards Statue

Tonight, film critic Leonard Maltin and voice actors Pinky and the Brain, urm, Uh, I mean Rob Paulsen and Mau­rice LaMarche are hand­ing out the Annies at UCLA’s Royce Hall. For 40 years this annual event rec­og­nizes the best in ani­ma­tion from around the world.

Through most of the night, things look pretty well split up between the big stu­dios, with one award going to Dream­Works, the next to Pixar, then to Para­Nor­man, and then to Dis­ney. But when the big awards came down, it was all Dis­ney, with Wreck-It Ralph pulling in Best Music, Voice Act­ing, Direct­ing and Best Fea­ture. Dis­ney short Paper­man won for best ani­mated short.

The full list of winners:

Best Ani­mated Video Game
Jour­ney – Sony Com­puter Enter­tain­ment America

Best Stu­dent Film
Head Over Heels – Tim­o­thy Reckart

Sto­ry­board­ing in a TV/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Doug Lovelace Drag­ons: Rid­ers Of Berk: Por­trait Of Hic­cup As A Buff Man – Dream­Works Animation

Sto­ry­board­ing in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Johanne Matte, Rise Of The Guardians – Dream­Works Animation

Edit­ing in TV/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Hugo Morales, Adam Arnold, Davrik Wae­den and Otto Fer­raye Kung Fu Panda: Enter The DragonNick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Studios

Edit­ing in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Nicholas C. Smith, A.C.E., Robert Gra­hamjones, A.C.E., David Suther Brave – Pixar Ani­ma­tion Studios

Char­ac­ter Design in a TV/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Robert Val­ley, Dis­ney Tron: Upris­ing: The Rene­gade, Part 1 – Dis­ney TV Animation

Char­ac­ter Design in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Heidi Smith, Para­Nor­manLAIKA/Focus Features

June Foray Award
Howard Green (VP, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios)

Tex Avery Award
June Foray

Win­sor McCay Award
Oscar Grillo

Music in a TV/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
John Pae­sano, Drag­ons: Rid­ers Of Berk: How To Pick Your Dragon – Dream­Works Animation

Music in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Henry Jack­man, Skrillex, Adam Young, Matthew Thiessen, Jamie Hous­ton, Yasushi Aki­moto, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios

Ani­mated Effects In an Ani­mated Pro­duc­tion
Andy Hayes, Carl Hooper, David Lip­ton – Rise Of The Guardians – Dream­Works Animation

Ani­mated Effects in a Live Action Pro­duc­tion
Jerome Plat­teaux, John Sig­urd­son, Ryan Hop­kins, Raul Essig, Mark Chat­away The Avengers – Indus­trial Light & Magic

Ub Iwerks Award
Toon Boom Pipeline

Char­ac­ter Ani­ma­tion in a Live Action Pro­duc­tion
Erik de Boer, Matt Shumway, Brian Wells, Vinayak Pawar, Michael Holzl, Life Of Pi – Tiger – Rhythm & Hues Studio

Char­ac­ter Ani­ma­tion in a TV/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Dan Driscoll, Sponge­bob SquarePants: It’s a Sponge­Bob Christ­mas! – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Studios

Char­ac­ter Ani­ma­tion in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Travis Knight Para­Nor­manLAIKA/Focus Features

Pro­duc­tion Design in a TV/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Alberto Mielgo, Dis­ney Tron: Upris­ing: The Stranger – Dis­ney TV Animation

Pro­duc­tion Design in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Steve Pilcher, Brave – Pixar Ani­ma­tion Studios

Win­sor McCay Award
Terry Gilliam

Best Ani­mated Spe­cial Pro­duc­tion
Despi­ca­ble Me: Min­ion May­hem – Illu­mi­na­tion Entertainment

Best Ani­mated Short Sub­ject
Paper­man – Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios

Writ­ing in a Television/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Trey Parker, South Park: Jew­pacabra – Cen­tral Productions

Writ­ing in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Phil John­son, Jen­nifer Lee, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios

Win­sor McCay Award
Mark Henn

Voice Act­ing in a Television/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
Kris­ten Schaal as Mabel Pines Grav­ity Falls: Tourist Trapped – Dis­ney TV Animation

Voice Act­ing in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Alan Tudyk as King Candy Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios

Best Ani­mated Tele­vi­sion Pro­duc­tion for Pre-School Chil­dren
Bub­ble Gup­pies: A Tooth On the Looth – Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion Studios

Direct­ing in a Television/Broadcast Pro­duc­tion
John Eng, Drag­ons: Rid­ers Of Berk: Ani­mal House – Dream­Works Animation

Direct­ing in a Fea­ture Pro­duc­tion
Rich Moore, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios

Gen­eral Audi­ence Tele­vi­sion Pro­duc­tion
Robot Chicken DC Comics Spe­cial – Stoopid Buddy Studios

Ani­mated Fea­ture
Wreck-It Ralph– Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Studios

Maltin, Paulsen and Lamarche to Host Annie Animation Awards

Annie Awards Statue

Annie Awards Statue

Why have just one when you can have four!

For­mer Annie Awards host and movie reviewer Leonard Maltin and voice actors Rob Paulsen and Mau­rice Lamarche will share host­ing duties, along with a spe­cial appear­ance by long time Annies presenter-favorite, actor and ani­ma­tion indus­try pro­fes­sional Seth Green, at this year’s 40th Annual Annie Awards, set for Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 2.

Cel­e­brat­ing the best in ani­ma­tion, this annual black-tie evening will begin with a pre-reception at 5 p.m., fol­lowed by the Annie Awards cer­e­mony at 7 p.m. and an after-party cel­e­bra­tion imme­di­ately fol­low­ing the cer­e­mony. All events will be held at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

We are very excited to have our hosts share in the 40th cel­e­bra­tion of the Annies and know they will bring great energy and excite­ment to this year’s cer­e­mony,” says ASIFA-Hollywood pres­i­dent Frank Glad­stone. Joined on stage by a lively mix of ani­ma­tion lumi­nar­ies, celebrity pre­sen­ters and comedic tal­ent — includ­ing ani­ma­tion leg­end June Foray — are Jes­sica Wal­ter, James Patrick Stu­art, Kris­ten Schaal, Mae Whit­man, Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Jason Biggs, Jes­sica DiCi­cco, Lucas Grabeel, Dar­ren Criss and Joey Richter, Kevin Shinick, Jim Cum­mings and Diedrich Bader, Atti­cus Shaf­fer and Tucker Albrizzi, Jamie Bolio, Kevin Michael Richard­son and Loretta Devine, Alan Tudyk, Mo Collins, Max Charles, Jon Olsen and Fred
Tatash­iore, Sam Wit­mer and Matt Lanter, and Tony Anselmo.

This year’s Win­sor McCay recip­i­ents are Terry Gilliam, Oscar Grillo and Mark Henn. The Win­sor McCay Award stands as one of the high­est hon­ors given to an indi­vid­ual in the ani­ma­tion indus­try in recog­ni­tion for career con­tri­bu­tions to the art of ani­ma­tion. The June Foray award will be pre­sented to Howard Green, and the Ub Iwerks Award will be pre­sented to Toon Boom Animation.

Often a pre­dic­tor of the annual Acad­emy Award for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture, the Annie Awards honor over­all excel­lence as well as indi­vid­ual achieve­ment in a total of 30 cat­e­gories rang­ing from best fea­ture, pro­duc­tion design, char­ac­ter ani­ma­tion and effects ani­ma­tion to sto­ry­board­ing, writ­ing, music, edit­ing and voice act­ing. Entries sub­mit­ted for con­sid­er­a­tion were from pro­duc­tions that orig­i­nally aired, were exhib­ited in an ani­ma­tion fes­ti­val or com­mer­cially released between Jan­u­ary 1 and Decem­ber 31, 2012.

ASIFA-Hollywood is the world’s first and fore­most pro­fes­sional orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing the art of Ani­ma­tion and cel­e­brat­ing the peo­ple who cre­ate it. Today, ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest chap­ter of the inter­na­tional orga­ni­za­tion ASIFA, sup­ports a range of ani­ma­tion activ­i­ties and preser­va­tion efforts through its mem­ber­ship. Cur­rent ini­tia­tives include the Ani­ma­tion Archive, ani­ma­tion film preser­va­tion, spe­cial events, classes and screenings.

Cre­ated in 1972 by vet­eran voice tal­ent Foray, the Annie Awards have grown in scope and stature for the past three decades.