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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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Moose and Squirrel Return With Peabody & Sherman

rocky_bullwinkleFrost­bite Falls most famous res­i­dents are com­ing to the big screen in 2014, accord­ing to Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion. Not only are Moose and Squir­rel mak­ing their big screen debut in a new the­atri­cal short, but a long-time voice actor is return­ing to pro­vide one of the duo’s voices. While not explic­itly stated in the release, it is expected that the short will accom­pany the the­atri­cal fea­ture film release of Mr. Peabody & Sher­man.

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The Look of Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Peabody & ShermanUSA Today has given us our first look at the design for the forth­com­ing Dream­Works fea­ture Mr. Peabody & Sher­man. Based on char­ac­ters from the early six­ties clas­sic Jay Ward series Rocky and His Friends and its seg­ment Peabody’s Improb­a­ble His­tory, the movie fol­lows the lives of a bespec­ta­cled dog and his pet boy Sher­man. The movie is cur­rently sched­uled to hit the­aters on March 07, 2014.

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Pixar Looking Dry in 2014

dinosaur1For the first time since 2005, Pixar will not have a fea­ture film release in a cal­en­dar year. Dis­ney has just announced that the trou­bled pro­duc­tion The Good Dinosaur has been pushed back to a 2015 release date, leapfrog­ging over Inside Out. This is the sec­ond release date roll back for the film, orig­i­nally intended for this hol­i­day sea­son. Disney’s Frozen took that slot.

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First Teaser Up For Laika’s Boxtrolls

boxtrollsLaika Enter­tain­ment, cre­ators of 2009’s Cora­line and last year’s Acad­emy Ward nom­i­nee Para­Nor­man has just released their first teaser trailer for their next ani­mated film,  The Box­trolls. Set for release on Sep­tem­ber 24, 2014, The Box­trolls will be the first stop-motion ani­mated film directed by Anthony Stac­chi and Gra­ham Annable.

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First Trailer for Disney’s Frozen

FrozenDis­ney has released the first trailer for Frozen, their take on the Snow Queen tale made famous by Hans Chris­t­ian Ander­sen. Set for release this Novem­ber, Frozen is a story that Walt him­self con­sid­ered doing, but never actu­ally started on. A ver­sion was con­sid­ered in 2002. By 2010, Dis­ney shelved that project, then changed its sta­tus to “on hold.” The film gained new life in late 2011. when Dis­ney announced a new title for the project (Frozen), and com­mit­ted to a 2013 release date.

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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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Bob Godfrey dead, age 91

Bob Godfrey

Bob God­frey

Britain’s best-loved ani­ma­tor Bob God­frey, cre­ator of Roo­barb & Cus­tard and Henry’s Cat, died on Thurs­day 20h Feb­ru­ary aged 91.

Born in New South Wales, Aus­tralia, in Jan­u­ary 27 1921 of British par­ents, he was brought home to Eng­land at the age of 6 months.

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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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Cartoon of the Day: Cinderella

Cinderella

From this date in 1950 comes a Dis­ney fea­ture film based on a story by Charles Per­rault. Cin­derella really marked the return of the Dis­ney stu­dios top the ani­mated fea­ture film, and marked the begin­ning of the mid­dle period of the Dis­ney oeuvre.

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