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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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Annie Awards Animation Winners Frozen Over

Annie Awards Statue

Annie Awards Statue

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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Louis C.K. To Get Illuminated

illuminations_pet_filmIllumination Entertainment is not content to rest on the laurels of their Oscar nominations and sequel productions… Chris Meledandri’s animation company is rushing head-first into an aggressive production schedule. Barely ten days after announcing a third Despicable Me and a new Dr. Seuss film, Illumination has added another film to their release slate, an as-yet Untitled Pet Movie set for release February 12, 2016.

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You Knew It Was Coming- DM3

despicable_me_3Universal announced the release date for the follow up to the Academy-Award nominated Despicable Me 2; Despicable Me 3 will hit theaters on June 30, 2017. No other information for the film, like cast or storyline have been announced. Two other films were announced at thew same time- an original story and a reboot of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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Cartoon of the Day: The Case Of The Maltese Chicken

The Case Of The Maltese Chicken

The Case Of The Maltese Chicken

In 1964, Inspector Willoughby too on The Case Of The Maltese Chicken. Inspector Willoughby was one of the later Walter Lantz series, beginning in 1960 and running 12 cartoons.

In this theatrical short, Inspector Willoughby tries to retrieve The Maltese Chicken from the evil oriental villain Egg Foo Yung.

Woody Woodpecker makes a cameo appearance hidden inside The Maltese Chicken.

Based on Jack Hannah’s Ranger Woodlore from his days at Disney.

Release date set for Untitled Minions Project

The Minions

The Minions

Universal Pictures’ “Untitled Minions Project,” a spin-off from the blockbuster movie Despicable Me, will be released December 19, 2014, the studio announced Tuesday night.

Produced by Illumination Entertainment and released by Universal, the original Despicable Me had a $543 million worldwide gross during its 2010 release. The sequel Despicable Me 2 is scheduled to reach theaters July 3, 2013.

The popular little yellow creatures will be featured in the spin-off. However, the comedy adventure’s plot hasn’t been announced.

To be released in 3D-CG, the film will be produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, with Chris Renaud as executive producer. Pierre Coffin will direct.

Brian Lynch has written the screenplay. Kyle Balda will co-direct.

Illumination brings its Minions

The Minions

The Minions

The Minions — yellow creatures who were Groo’s henchmen for Groo in the animated hit Despicable Me — will star in a feature film to be released by Universal in 2014.

For its fifth feature film distributed by Universal, Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment is making a spinoff movie based on the Minions.

As yet untitled, the film is an original story that will repeat characters that originated in Despicable Me, but which will introduce new characters as well. The new movie will feature the yellow fellows’ shenanigans as they deal with human characters.

Brian Lynch has already written the script. Pierre Coffin has been signed to direct, while Kyle Balda will co-direct. The co-director of Despicable Me, Coffin is directing the sequel with Chris Renaud. Both will do the voices for the Minions as well. Balda and Renaud co-directed Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax for Illumination Entertainment.

Meledandri and Janet Healy will produce the Minions film. Renaud is the executive producer.

CG 3D animation will be done in Paris by Illumination Mac Guff, which Universal purchased last fall to do the work for Illumination’s family films

With a $69 million budget, Despicable Me (2010) grossed over $540 million worldwide. It then became the Orlando theme park ride Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.

Pre-production on the untitled Minions film will deliberately coincide with production of the sequel Despicable Me 2 so that the movies can come out a year apart.

Now in production, Despicable Me 2 will be released July 3, 2013. The sequel features the return of Steve Carell, while Kristen Wiig and Al Pacino will also be in the voice cast.

Apple Andy (1946) – Andy Panda Cartoon Series

Apple Andy

Apple Andy

#CotD: Want to see Andy Panda go to hell? Watch “Apple Andy” to see a strange twist on the good vs. evil cartoon.

Apple Andy (1946) – Andy Panda Cartoon Series

Andy Panda, walking down a country lane, is tempted to steal an apple. Falling asleep under an apple tree, Andy Panda dreams of his good and bad self.

His evil self appears and persuades him to go ahead and eat one, in spite of objections from his better self. His angel tells him what to do to battle the little devil who’s steering him in the wrong direction. Andy gives into his evil side to steal apples, but he finds out too late that he has gorged himself on green apples and falls out of the tree, feeling very sick. The apple cores dance around him, and the devil panda tempts him again, causing him to fall down a hole into the lower regions, where he’s stuffed with apples, apple sauce and cider.

Andy’s better self finally comes to his rescue, knocks his evil self silly, and leads Andy away over the hill.

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The Barber Of Seville (1944) – Woody Woodpecker Cartoon Series

The Barber Of Seville

The Barber Of Seville

CotD: The first Woody Woodpecker cartoon directed by James (Shamus) Culhane, “The Barber Of Seville” was also the first to use the famous opening where Woody pops out of a tree stump, animated by Emery Hawkins.

The Barber Of Seville (1944) – Woody Woodpecker Cartoon Series

While Tony Figaro is out to get his physical, Woody Woodpecker heckles the customers in the Seville Barbershop. Woody stands outside the shop looking at the ads and wants a “victory haircut.”

Woody goes to the shop, but the barber isn’t there. Woody decides to take over the operation of the barber shop.

The first customer is an Indian who gets a scalping, followed by a tough workman who wishes that he had never run into Woody. All of this frantic cartoon features Woody singing the “Largo al Factotum” (“The Shaving Song“) from “The Barber of Seville,” by Giacomo Rossini.

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Drooler’s Delight (1949) – Woody Woodpecker Theatrical Cartoon Serie

Drooler's Delight

Drooler's Delight

CotD: Ben Hardaway last voiced Woody Woodpecker in “Drooler’s Delight; Grace Stafford would voice the rest of the Woody shorts produced by her husband Walter Lantz.

Drooler’s Delight (1949) – Woody Woodpecker Theatrical Cartoon Series

Woody Woodpecker, suffering from heat and commercials, plans to spend his last quarter to cool off with a “super-duper delight ice cream soda,” the “Drooler’s Delight,” but con man Buzz Buzzard has other ideas. Woody finds that he must outsmart Buzz on his way to the fountain.

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