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World of Tomorrow

Hertzfeldts World Best Cartoon Short at Sundance

World of TomorrowIndependent- and solo- animation film maker Don Hertzfeldt has won the best short film jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The prestigious award is all the more stunning in that Sundance does not segregate it’s animation short award from the other shorts- Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow (which premiered at the festival, too) won  in competition against 60 features from the full field of shorts including the dramatic and documentary styles. Winners in the Best Short category were selected by jurors K.K. Barrett, Alia Shawkat and Autumn de Wilde. Continue reading “Hertzfeldts World Best Cartoon Short at Sundance” »

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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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Lords Response To Oscar Snub

Peter LordPeter Lord, director of the animated hit film  The Lego Movie from Lin Pictures and Warner Bros., has had the perfect response to his film not being picked for consideration for this years Best Animated film Oscar. Co-founder of Aardman Animations studio, Peter Lord has been to the big dance before, being the producer of the 2006 winner Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit and nominated on his own before in 2013 for The Pirates! Band of Misfits. Continue reading “Lords Response To Oscar Snub” »

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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” »

BCDB Pick Best Animated Films

Top 5 Animated Films of the Year… and Which Will Win The Oscar

BCDB Pick Best Animated FilmsAs the end of the year rolls around, nearly every site and station is picking their top ten this and best of the year that…. and we will also fall into this meme. Our list shall be what we consider the best animated feature films of the year, without regard to box office, previous awards or if they played in Los Angeles theaters for a week. It is also not a numbered list. These are just the animated feature films we feel stand out from the rest… and probably deserve a second look if you have not seen them. And you probably haven’t!

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Kubo and the Two Strings

Laika Announces New Animated Film

Kubo and the Two StringsContinuing their every-two-year production schedule (Coraline in 2009, ParaNorman in 2012 and this years’ The Boxtrolls), Liaka Entertaiment has announced their fourth feature animated film, based on a new, original story. The film, to be titled Kubo and the Two Strings will hit screens in summer 2016, and has a great cast so far announced. Intended to be “epic and intimate, “, the film will continue Laika’s unique meld of stop-motion and CGI animated films that push the extremes of what stop-motion films are thought to be.

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Lost Disney Cartoon Found… In Norway

Disney Film StripWere you expecting a Christmas present  from Walt Disney and the frozen North this year? Well get ready, because that is exactly what is under the tree. Disney’s Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short Empty Socks- long considered a lost film- was recently found in a library almost at the Arctic circle. The short, released just over 85 years ago, was the first Disney “Christmas” themed short and featured Oswald plays Santa for a group of orphans. It was a silent cartoon. Prior to this discovery, the only extant copy of Empty Socks was a 25-second sequence preserved at the New York Museum of Modern Art.

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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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Five Often Overlooked Holiday Animated Films

christmas_filmsFor some folks, Black Friday is the day to putter around shopping malls and outlets to take advantage of door-buster deals. However, there’s nothing to say day can be well spent in serenity and joy with your entire family. If you want to spend this beautiful Black Friday away from shopping and malls, here are some tips. Celebrate this Black Friday with your entire family and watch some Christmas themed movies right at home. Here are some five titles of Christmas themed movies that you might have ignored.

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Disney Animated Films Dates Set

moana-zootopiaWith Big Hero 6 heating up the box office over the weekend, Disney Studios is firming up their slate for 2016 this week. s expected, Disney has confirmed Zootopia for theatrical release and 3D screens on March 4, 2016. Later that year, the Polynesian-flavored Moana will open for the holiday crowd on November 23, 2016. Both films are CG-animated features.

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