Tag Archives: Short

Timm Releases New Batman Video

batman_75Cre­ator of Bat­man: The Ani­mated Series Bruce Timm has brought his vision of the Dark Knight back again with a new short cel­e­brat­ing 75 years of the crime fighter. The short, titled Bat­man: Strange Days, fea­tures “a lost tale from Batman’s past, the Dark Knight tracks a strange giant to the mys­te­ri­ous lair of Dr. Hugo Strange.” Pro­duced in a tinted black and white, the short runs under 3 min­utes but sets quite a mood of dark and dank bat-reality rem­i­nis­cent of a ’30s serial.

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Frozen And Mr. Hublot Win Gold Man

Frozen_4As expected, Disney’s Frozen won the Best Ani­mated Film Oscar at tonight’s Acad­emy Awards cer­e­mony. The film, which is near­ing one bil­lion dol­lars in total box office, beat out four other films to take the honor. This is The Walt Dis­ney Studio’s first win of the Best Ani­mated Fea­ture award since its intro­duc­tion in 2002.

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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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British Oscar Nominees Announced

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)

British Acad­emy of Film and Tele­vi­sion Arts (BAFTA)

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 renamed British Short Ani­ma­tion to play up the UK involve­ment in the films fea­tured. There has been an ongo­ing require­ment that nom­i­nated shorts have sub­stan­tial British con­tri­bu­tion to the pro­duc­tion; the fea­ture nom­i­nees have no such restriction.

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2013 Annie Award Nominees Announced

Annie Awards Statue

Annie Awards Statue

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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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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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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10 Shorts Lined Up For Oscar!

Oscar Statuette, Academy Awards

Oscar Stat­uette, Acad­emy Awards

Though it hardly seems like it, it is Oscar Time! The Acad­emy of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences has announced their short list for the Best Ani­mated Short Film cat­e­gory. This is not the final list, but the final five will come from this list. Canada’s National Film Board leads the pack with three shorts, and Pixar’s The Blue Umbrella did not make the list. It has been a while since a Pixar film has not been in the running.

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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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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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