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Arthur Rankin Passes Away


Arthur Gardner Rankin, Jr. has passed away at 89. He was an American director, producer and writer, who mostly worked in animation. A founding partner of Rankin/Bass Productions– with Jules Bass- he gained fame with such stop-action animation features as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and the 1977 cartoon animation of The Hobbit.

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Annie Awards Animation Winners Frozen Over


Last night saw Disney freeze out most of the competition when the best and most creative in animation met at UCLA’s Royce Hall for the 41st Annual Annie Awards. Sponsored by ASIFA Hollywood, the awards recognize great works in television, theatrical film and games. This years awards were hosted by voice actor Tom Warburton.

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Maleficent Dream Trailer


Disney premiered a new trailer for Maleficent, the live-action adaption of the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty. We see a lot more of Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, and it is impressive. The new look at the film was first shown as an ad during Sunday night’s Grammy awards show. The first look trailer was pretty…

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Paperman Director Lands At Paramount


The Oscar-winning director of Disney’s  Paperman– John Kahrs- has turned up across the street at Paramount for his next project. Kahrs’ Oscar last year for the Disney animated short was the studios first win in that division in the  since 1969’s It’s Tough To Be A Bird. His new project will be Shedd, a feature…

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Frozen Wins Best Produced


As it steamrolls it’s way toward February’s Oscars, Frozen wins another award, this one for Producer Peter Del Vecho. The 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards were awarded last night at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. In an non-animated stunner, this years competition featured the first tie for the top film prize in the…

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Animator Michael Sporn Passes Away


Pioneering American animator Michael Sporn passed away Saturday after suffering from pancreatic cancer. Sporn produced and directed a number of animated specials and commercials from his New York based studios. Many of his works were known for their underlying social commentary and messages. He was also known for films aimed at educating children rather than…

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Animated Film Oscar Nominations


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…

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British Oscar Nominees Announced


British Academy of Film and Television Arts or BAFTA- the British version of the Academy Awards- has announced their nominees for the 2014 awards, including the animated films under consideration. Three films are nominated for both the animated feature competition and the animated short category. Previously known as Short Animation, the shorts competition has been…

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Disney Hits The South Pacific in 2018


Disney has announced an animated feature for 2018- and their newest Princess in the process through the site D55. Moana will feature Moana Waialiki, Disney’s first heroine of Polynesian extraction. She will be the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators.

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2013 Annie Award Nominees Announced


ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nominations for its 41st annual Annie Awards, the awards that show the best in animation. The Walt Disney Company and GKIDS both have two nominees for Best Animated Feature (if you count Mizayaki’s Kaze Tachinu, which Disney distributes in the US), with single entries from Pixar, Universal and DreamWorks Animation.

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