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Boy and the Beast Gets US Release


Bakemono No Ko (The Boy and the Beast)

Mamoru Hosoda’s newest film Bakemono No Ko (The Boy and the Beast) has been slated for it’s US release. Funimation Entertainment announced their distribution of the eagerly anticipated film in an original subtitled Japanese and English dub versions will commence March 4 and screen in theaters nationwide.

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Oscar Nominees Are Announced


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Awards season is upon us, an the grand-daddy of all the awards shows announced their nominees early this morning. At 5:30 am, John Krasinski, Guillermo Del Toro & Ang Lee announced the selected few at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Conspicuous by their absence are any films from Disney and DreamWorks; this years animation nominees show more of a foreign film blend than we have seen in previous years. Overall, Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Revenant was the big winner overall, taking in 11 total nominations. Jennifer Lawrence became the youngest woman- at 24- to garner four Best Actress nominations.

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Little Door Gods Releases On New Years


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Beijing-based Light Chaser Animation announced that it will release its first feature, Little Door Gods, on January 1, 2016 in China. The studio is on record that their goal is to create a “world-class animated film with a Chinese cultural touch.”

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First Look at 3D Animated Popeye


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Director 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…

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Disney To Animate Guardians


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Even before the much anticipated film hits theaters, Disney has announced a new animated series to be based on “Guardians of the Galaxy“. Guardians of the Galaxy: The Animated Series– as well as a sequel to the theatrical film- were both announced San Diego’s Comic Con. Marvel Animation and Disney XD even went to far…

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Vinton To Produce 4 New Animated Features


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Oscar-Award winning stop-motion animation director Will Vinton has teamed up with Gnosis Moving Pictures to bring four new stop-motion animation projects to the screen soon. This ambitious schedule will be Vinton’s first major projects since Will Vinton Associates was wrestled away from him (and eventually became Laika Entertainment). Vinton is on board to direct and…

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Glen Keane’s Animated Poem Duet


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Glen Kean, who made a name for himself as the late dean of Disney animators, has released his first new animated short from his association with Google and Motorola. Titled Duet, the film was released last week as part of a special Advanced Technology and Projects session at the Google I/O Conference in San Francisco….

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Animated Book Of Life Looks Crazy Cool


In the mess of trailers before Maleficent this weekend, there was one that quite literally took my breath away. It was not Boxtrolls (which looks good), or Jupiter Rising, but The Book of Life, the new CG animated feature directed by Jorge R. Gutier­rez. So full of life, or color, of motion, of raw energy,…

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Untitled Smurfs Pushed Back to 2016


Director Kelly Asbury’s The Untitled Smurfs Movie– planned for a 2015 release- has been pushed back a year. But there is still no official title. The film is believed to be a full 3D CGI animated film, not an animation/live-action hybrid like the first two Smurf films from Sony. Related Posts:First Look at 3D Animated…

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Frozen Leaves Us Cold


Frozen is definitely Disney- per­haps Dis­ney Junior better describes this ‘tween movie. There are bits and pieces of what we know and expect from Disney here, but when it is all put together, a little Disney does not a great film make. This film is obviously aimed squarely at girls 12 and under, with very…

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