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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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10 Shorts Lined Up For Oscar!

Oscar Statuette, Academy Awards

Oscar Statuette, Academy Awards

Though it hardly seems like it, it is Oscar Time! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced their short list for the Best Animated Short Film category. This is not the final list, but the final five will come from this list. Canada’s National Film Board leads the pack with three shorts, and Pixar’s The Blue Umbrella did not make the list. It has been a while since a Pixar film has not been in the running.

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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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Paperman Producer Kristina Reed Flies Out Of Oscars

Kristina Reed

Kristina Reed

Kristina Reed, the producer of the Academy Award Winning animated short Paperman was escorted from her seat at the awards show shortly after her film won the coveted statuette. It seems that in her exuberant mood to celebrate the win, Ms. Reed took to making paper airplanes, applying a lip-stick kiss, and sending the planes into the audience around her.

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Disney Grabs The Oscars

Brave

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.

Adam and Dog Full Video Online

 Adam And Dog


Adam And Dog

Academy Award nominee “Adam and Dog” is now fully represented online. If you are interested in seeing the full 15 minute short, you now can because director Minkyu Lee has posted the full version to the Internets.

Of the other Oscar nominated films, Paperman and Fresh Guacamole have full versions online, too. British entry Head Over Heels has only a teaser video available right now.

Simpsons short The Longest Daycare is not currently available online.

All videos that are online can be viewed directly from their BCDB page.

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, ParaNorman – LAIKA/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 ParaNorman – LAIKA/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

Vancouver Shows Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts

Oscar Statuette, Academy Awards

Oscar Statuette, Academy Awards

Vancouver’s Vancity Theatre is bringing back its popular program of Academy Award-nominated short films in the categories of Best Animated Short and Best Live Action Short from Friday, February 8 to Thursday, February 21.

Here are the Oscar-nominated animated shorts to be shown in an 88-minute program:

Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare (David Silverman, U.S.A., 5 min.)
Maggie Simpson spends a day at the Ayn Rand Daycare Center, where she is diagnosed at an average intelligence level. Longing to be grouped with the gifted children, Maggie finds her destiny by rescuing a lonely cocoon from Baby Gerald, who is busy smooshing butterflies.

Adam and Dog (Minkyu Lee, U.S.A., 16 min.)
The story about the dog of Eden. What happened in those first days of Creation that made Man and Dog so inseparable? The dog, as he lives through this curious world, encounters a strange creature; a human being named Adam — and with that discovers a new-found connection to the world.

Fresh Guacamole (Adam Pesapane aka PES, U.S.A., 2 min.)
Learn how to transform familiar objects into Fresh Guacamole!

Head Over Heels (Timothy Reckart, United Kingdom, 10 min.)
After many years of marriage, Walter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceiling. They live separate, parallel lives, never talking, barely even looking at each other. When Walter tries to reignite their old romance, it brings their equilibrium crashing down, and the couple that can’t agree which way is up must find a way to put their marriage back together.

Paperman (John Kahrs, U.S.A., 7 min.)
Paperman tells the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced that the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him.

And for your viewing pleasure… three shortlisted contenders that did not make the final cut:

Abiogenesis (Richard Mars, New Zealand, 5 min.)
In this breathtaking science fiction spectacle, a strange mechanical device lands on a desolate world and uses the planet to undergo a startling transformation that has profound implications for an entire galaxy.

Dripped (Leo Verier, France, 9 min.)
Jack is a strange character. He steals paintings from museums to eat them. He feeds himself with the artistic process of the painter. But one day, the museums are closed, and he will have to paint by himself to survive.

The Gruffalo’s Child (Uwe Heidschötter and Johannes Weiland, United Kingdom, 27 min.)
A little Gruffalo ignores her father’s warnings and tiptoes out into the snow in search of the Big Bad Mouse.

Screening dates and times:

Friday, February 8, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 9, 8:45 p.m.
Sunday, February 10, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 12, 8:45 p.m.
Friday, February 15, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 17, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 20, 8:45 p.m.
Thursday, February 21, 6:30 p.m.

Vancity Theatre is at 1181 Seymour Street. Call the Film Info Line at (604) 683-FILM (3456) or visit www.viff.org for the latest info and listings.