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Jorge Gutierrez

Jorge Gutierrez and the Bulletproof Heart Behind “The Book of Life”

by Ed Liuon January 27, 2015
Born in Mexico City and raised in Tijuana, Jorge Gutierrez grew up on a multi-pop-cultural mix of Japanese anime, American Popeye cartoons, and Mexican Cantinflas movies. Over the objections of his father (who didn’t consider animation a “real art”), he attended the famed California Institute of the Arts, perpetually wondering why the Mexico and Latin-American […]
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How to Be a Tough Guy the Danny Trejo Way

by Ed Liuon January 26, 2015
Danny Trejo spent his youth throughout the 1960’s in and out of all the California state penitentiaries, but had gone clean and sober and straight after getting released in 1969. In 1985, he was working as a drug counselor when a young, recovering addict gave him a call asking for help, saying he was about […]

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DreamWorks Animation Cutting 500 Jobs; Marketing Chief and COO Departing

by Ed Liuon January 23, 2015
Variety reports that earlier rumors of layoffs at DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc, are now confirmed, with the studio cutting 500 jobs company-wide, with marketing chief Dawn Taubin and chief operating officer Mark Zoradi among those leaving. Vice chairman Lew Coleman is retiring, while former chief creative officer Bill Damaschke departed earlier this year to be […]
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Making Beautiful Music with “The Book of Life” Composer Gustavo Santaolalla

by Ed Liuon January 23, 2015
Multi-talented Gustavo Santaolalla has made an impact in the world of music as a musician, a songwriter, an album producer, and a film music composer. The Argentinan-born musician began his career as a teenager when he founded the rock band Arco Iris in the late 1960’s, which fused rock and Latin American folk music to […]

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2015 Oscar Nominees Announced; “Dragon 2,” “Song of the Sea,” “Kaguya,” “Big Hero 6,” and “Boxtrolls” for Best Animated Feature

by Ed Liuon January 15, 2015
The 87th annual Academy Award nominees were announced today. Categories with an animated feature in contention are: BEST ANIMATED FEATURE How to Train Your Dragon 2 (DreamWorks Animation) Song of the Sea (GKIDS/Cartoon Saloon) The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (GKIDS/Studio Ghibli) Big Hero 6 (Disney) The Boxtrolls (LAIKA) BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM “The Dam […]
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Entering the Land of the Remembered in “The Book of Life”

by Ed Liuon January 8, 2015
Animation Scoop has posted a brief interview and several video clips with director Jorge Gutierrez discussing the scene of Manolo entering the Land of the Remembered in the CGI animated feature film The Book of Life. Gutierrez discusses the many challenges of the scene (which received a very prominent place in the trailers for the […]

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New Trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s “Home” Released

by Ed Liuon November 25, 2014
20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation have released a new trailer for Home, the intergalactic 3D adventure film set for release on March 27, 2015. In addition, a cast chat has been released where the movie’s stars Rihanna and Jim Parsons interview each other. HOME Animation Release: March 27, 2015, in 3D Director: Tim Johnson […]

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“Strange Magic” Trailer Released

by Ed Liuon November 21, 2014
Lucasfilm has released the trailer for Strange Magic, the recently announced CGI animated movie musical written by George Lucas and set for release on January 23, 2015. Yahoo Movies is hosting the trailer, along with a feature article about the movie, with director Gary Rydstrom quoting George Lucas’ emphasis that the story should be about […]
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Disney Sets 2016 Release Dates for “Zootopia” and “Moana”

by Ed Liuon November 14, 2014
Walt Disney Animation Studios has announced release dates for their next two animated feature films. Zootopia will be released on March 4, 2016; the movie will be directed by Byron Howard (Tangled) and will center on a fast-talking fox framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Moana will be released on November 23, 2016; co-directed […]