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The Mind Of Lucas Fails

George Lucas' Strange MagicIt’s official: George Lucas has officially lost his mind. Or, perhaps, his mind is just not worth exploring any further. His newest fantasy film- billed as “From The Mind of George Lucas”- has earned a distinction it’s opening weekend that no film ever wants-Strange Magic hit the screens with the lowest box ticket sales. But the news for George Lucas’ failing mind is actually far worse than that… this film opened lower than the previous worst animated film openings for The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002) and Quest for Camelot (1998), making Lucas’ mind-film the worst animated film of all time.

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Oscar Animation Film Nominees List 2015

Oscar Statuette, Academy AwardsThis morning the nominees for 24 categories of the Academy Awards were announced in Beverly Hills by the president of the Academy Cheryl Boone Issacs, Chris Pine, J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron. Among the surprises was the lack of a nomination for Warner Bros. The Lego Movie, though we are not crying much about that oversight. The rest of the nominations were pretty predictable and in line with what we thought were the front runners, with one each from Disney and DreamWorks. Laika was awarded a nominee, and two dark horses, one from Japan and one from Ireland are all in the running. Continue reading “Oscar Animation Film Nominees List 2015” »

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Top 5 Animated Films of the Year… and Which Will Win The Oscar

BCDB Pick Best Animated FilmsAs the end of the year rolls around, nearly every site and station is picking their top ten this and best of the year that…. and we will also fall into this meme. Our list shall be what we consider the best animated feature films of the year, without regard to box office, previous awards or if they played in Los Angeles theaters for a week. It is also not a numbered list. These are just the animated feature films we feel stand out from the rest… and probably deserve a second look if you have not seen them. And you probably haven’t!

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Lost Disney Cartoon Found… In Norway

Disney Film StripWere you expecting a Christmas present  from Walt Disney and the frozen North this year? Well get ready, because that is exactly what is under the tree. Disney’s Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short Empty Socks- long considered a lost film- was recently found in a library almost at the Arctic circle. The short, released just over 85 years ago, was the first Disney “Christmas” themed short and featured Oswald plays Santa for a group of orphans. It was a silent cartoon. Prior to this discovery, the only extant copy of Empty Socks was a 25-second sequence preserved at the New York Museum of Modern Art.

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Five Often Overlooked Holiday Animated Films

christmas_filmsFor some folks, Black Friday is the day to putter around shopping malls and outlets to take advantage of door-buster deals. However, there’s nothing to say day can be well spent in serenity and joy with your entire family. If you want to spend this beautiful Black Friday away from shopping and malls, here are some tips. Celebrate this Black Friday with your entire family and watch some Christmas themed movies right at home. Here are some five titles of Christmas themed movies that you might have ignored.

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Ten Shorts That Could Be Oscar Material

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences OscarThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences- you know, the Oscar people- have released a short list of the ten short animated films that this years nominees will be drawn from. These ten were taken from fifty-eight shorts originally submitted for consideration. Disney made the list, but Pixar was snubbed for the second year in a row. Bill Plympton returns for a third attempt, ex-Disney animator Glen Keane has a short in the fray, and two students-Daisy Jacobs and Réka Bucsi also have works under consideration.
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Big Russian Hero Six

big-hero-6Disney Studio’s next animated feature film Big Hero 6 opened a little early in Russia… and bowled the Russians over. After opening to rave reviews at the Tokyo International Film Festival on October 23, 2014, Disney shuttled the film to Russia to take advantage of two weeks of school holidays in Russia in late October. Big Hero 6 brought in 5 million in the first two days, which is considered a very strong open in the Russia. The film opens to US audiences later this week, on November 7th.

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First Look at 3D Animated Popeye

PopeyeDirector Genndy Tartakovsky has release the first bit of animation from his forthcoming 3D animated take of the classic sailor Popeye. While he is quite adamant that it is not a test, not a scene, and not a part of the final project, it does give a look at his intended style and character design for the film. He is aiming now for a 2015 release date for the film, but no firm date has yet been set.

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Boxtrolls Opens Big Overseas

boxtrollsLaika Entertainment’s latest stop-motion animate film The Boxtrolls had a strong opening weekend overseas last weekend. The film opened September 11th in Mexico, Sweden and Denmark, where it came in second, fourth and sixth, respectively. The film opened the following day in the United Kingdom, where it came in first for the weekend. The Boxtrolls pulled in 3.4 million in the UK, compared with previous Laika films Coraline at $3.7 million and $2.3 million for ParaNorman. Overall, the film brought in $5.7 million in his opening weekend.

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IndieGoGo 2D Animation Project Soaring

HullabalooThe IndieGoGo projects started by ex-Disney animator James Lopez is seeing a ton of interest. Hitting the Internet on August 27, the goal was to just raise $80,000 to fun a short stem-punk inspired short Hullabaloo. They hit that goal in less than a week. Then they steam (punk) rolled over their stretch goal to produce a second short Curse of the Cheshire Cat. This morning word is in that a third short- The Mysterious Island- is now in the works with the project passing a stretch goal of $240,000 raised.

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