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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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Massive Layoffs at DreamWorks Animation

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DreamWorks Animation

Financially strapped DreamWorks Animation has announced the unexpected shutdown of one of its main studios, PDI DreamWorks, in Redwood City, California and the subsequent laying off of the 500 employees there. The studio is said to be offering some of the artists in the northern California facility an opportunity to relocate to the southern DreamWorks campus in Glendale, California.

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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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Golden Globe Best Animated Films

72nd Golden GlobesThe Golden Globes have announced their picks for the Best Animated Feature Film of the year. Sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globes picked the five nominees from a field of 17 contenders including L’arte Della Felicità (The Art of Happiness) (Big Sur), Big Hero 6 (Disney), The Book of Life (Twentieth Century Fox), The Boxtrolls (Laika), Cheatin’ (Plimpton Studios) , Henry & Me (Reveal Studios), The Hero of Color City (Exodus), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (DreamWorks), The LEGO Movie (Warner Bros.), Mr. Peabody & Sherman (DreamWorks), Penguins of Madagascar (DreamWorks), Pirate Fairy (DisneyToon), Planes: Fire & Rescue (DisneyToon), Rio 2 (Blue Sky), The Snow Queen 2 ( Wizart), Song of the Sea (Cartoon Saloon), Kaguya Hime no Monogatari (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya) (Studio Ghibli).

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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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Disney’s Frozen Gets A Fever

Originally published at Big Cartoon DataBase at http://blog.bcdb.com/After Disney’s Oscar-winning Frozen became the highest grossing animated film of all time, it was inevitable that the mouse-house would revisit the arctic kingdom of Elisa and Anna. In a move that will make pre-teens the world over scream for more Icee’s,  Walt Disney Animation Studios has announced that in Spring 2015 they will follow the feature film up with the release a theatrical short titled Frozen Fever.

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A Big Hullabaloo Over 2D Animation

HullabalooA veteran of Disney, animator James Lopez has a special love for the traditional, 2D, pencil-in-hand style of the art. And in this ever increasingly digital world, he does not want to see that special art lost or forgotten. To that end, Lopez has started up and IndieGoGo campaign to finance a new, 2D animated short Hullabaloo.

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OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2014

Ottawa Spotlights Disney

Ottawa-International-Animation-Festival-logoOttawa International Animation Festival is celebrating the world’s most beloved, successful and pioneering animation studio with a series of screenings, talks, exhibitions and legendary Disney animators. Presented with the support of Celebrate Ontario and Walt Disney Animation Studios, OIAF’s tribute to Walt Disney Animation Studios touches upon their impact in feature films  with a 25th anniversary screening of The Little Mermaid – a film that revitalized both the studio and the animation feature when it was released.

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First Look At Animated Lava

lava-pixarWho’s up for a first look at the artwork from Pixar’s newest animated short Lava? Although we have known for a while it is to be released with the theatrical feature film Inside Out, we just learned that Lava will actually premiere next week at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival in Japan. So even though we only get a sneak, one-frame advance look at the film, the whole thing is done and ready to show.

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Can Sequels Fly? Dumbo Returns

live-action_DumboProving that once again that Hollywood’s secret motto is there is no good idea like an old idea rebooted, Disney is dipping into their storied history to bring another animated film back to life… with a twist. As we have seen with Alice In Wonderland and Maleficent, and the forthcoming Cinderella, taking an old, safe animated feature and making it a new, live-action film is making bucket’s of money. So Disney turned to it’s history and pulled out an elephant of an idea- and here comes Dumbo!

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