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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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Globes Hot For Frozen

Golden Globe

Golden Globe

Disney’s Frozen was the big pick for the Best Ani­mated Fea­ture at the 71st Annual Golden Globe awards last night, spon­sored by the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press Asso­ci­a­tion. Other top win­ners were “12 Years a Slave” and “Amer­i­can Hus­tle” for best motion pic­ture drama and best com­edy or musi­cal motion pic­ture, respec­tively. The wins thrust the two films into the top posi­tions for the Acad­emy Awards’ best pic­ture Oscar.

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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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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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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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Frozen Heats Up The Box Office

Frozen_4As the long Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day week­end winds to a close, Disney’s Frozen is freez­ing out the com­pe­ti­tion. Plac­ing sec­ond for the extended week­end at the box office, both first place The Hunger Games: Catch­ing Fire and Frozen beat the pre­vi­ous Thanks­giv­ing box office record holder, Harry Pot­ter and the Deathly Hal­lows Part 2. Within its own lit­tle world, Frozen blew away every pre­vi­ous record for an ani­mated film open­ing from Dis­ney. The ani­mated musi­cal grossed a gar­gan­tuan $26.9 mil­lion on Fri­day (this after earn­ing $26.3 mil­lion on Wednes­day and Thurs­day). The film will end at about $68 mil­lion over the week­end frame, which would give it about $97 mil­lion after its first five days in wide release.

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Simpsons Honors Disney Short

MusicVilleThe Simp­sons is a mas­sively cre­ative show, with years of great par­ody under it’s belt. Many of their fans wait excit­edly each week for the show open, or “Couch Gag”- which varies many scenes for many lit­tle sur­prises. On occa­sion, the whole open is redone for a mas­sive sur­prise. Such is the case this week when The Simp­sons crew com­pletely rework the open in an homage to Dis­ney clas­sic car­toons, Silly Sym­phonies car­toon series and Music Land specif­i­cally.

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Maleficent Teaser Hits Internets

MaleficentIt could be the best of films.… or it could be the worst. Dis­ney is revis­it­ing one of their scari­est char­ac­ters in this tale of Malef­i­cent, com­plete with a new back story that re-writes a lot of what they first showed us in 1959 with Sleep­ing Beauty. Aban­don­ing the orig­i­nal back story is one rea­son to be scared; hav­ing Angelina Jolie re-create this clas­sic char­ac­ter is another.… but should Malef­i­cent really scare us? We have a peak now to make that judgement.

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Writer & Director Now In Captain Underpants

Captain UnderpantsDream­Works Ani­ma­tion has attached a direc­tor and a writer to their in-development project Cap­tain Under­pants. Rob Let­ter­man, who also directed Dream­Works’ Shark Tale and Mon­sters vs. Aliens will direct the film, with Nicholas Stoller who penned The Mup­pets writ­ing this film.

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BCDB Upgrades To New Forum

BCDB ForumThe Big Car­toon Data­Base announced upgrad­ing their forum to a new soft­ware pack­age this week­end, and the new forum went live Sat­ur­day morn­ing. The upgrade was also accom­pa­nied with a change in URLs, to the new loca­tion http://forums.bcdb.com/. The changeover went over smoothly, with no major glitches accord­ing to BCDB. All of the cur­rent mod­er­a­tors and Admins from the old forum moved over to the new.

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