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Review: "Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast" - Big, Shaggy, and Charming

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

A prophecy is an interesting storytelling tool in a fantasy setting. It is a convenient way to inject exposition quickly and set a ticking time-bomb clock, injecting information as in Alfred Hitchcock’s famous advice on mastering cinematic tension. A prophecy also provides an excellent vehicle to communicate character traits, since the way characters will react […]

Building a Better NeverBeast with "Tinker Bell" Director Steve Loter and Producer Michael Wigert

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

In an elegant proof that phobias are learned and not inherited, Steve Loter learned that his longstanding fear of large dogs was not shared by his young daughter, who would greet all the giant canines in the neighborhood with a giant hug. When he asked her about this, she told him, “all animals are my […]

PR: Children Worldwide Inspired To Learn English With New ‘Timmy Time’ App

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Children worldwide inspired to learn English with new ‘Timmy Time’ app Children around the world can now learn English alongside woolly favourite Timmy as the British Council and Aardman Animations launch their first Learning Time with Timmy tablet app. As the latest venture in the unique partnership between the two organisations, the brand new app […]

Background Noise - Examining "Big Hero 6"

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Welcome to Background Noise, where we get totally obsessive about stuff and reveal things you might have missed in your favorite animated entertainment. This entry will take a look at Disney’s Big Hero 6, now available on DVD, Blu-ray, and via iTunes, Disney Movies Anywhere, and other digital services. These are the kinds of observations I’d have hoped […]

Review: "Naruto Shippuden" Box Set 21 - Talked to Death

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From where we left off in the last boxset, the Fourth Shinobi World War was upon us. Now the war actually begins. Is it the arc we’ve been waiting for since the Five Kage Summit so many episodes ago? Well… Hayato Date, the series director, was in a bit of a conundrum. Around the time […]

"Wolfy, The Incredible Secret" Coming to DVD, Digital HD, and On Demand on March 17, 2015

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WOLFY, THE INCREDIBLE SECRET  An Award-Winning Animated Children’s Film Based on the Popular French Children’s Book “LouLou” Arrives March 17th on DVD, Digital HD, and On Demand Wolfy Trailer from Random Media on Vimeo. Los Angeles, CA – Random Media has announced the March 17th release of Wolfy, the Incredible Secret on DVD, Digital HD and On […]

"Twice Upon a Time" Coming to DVD via Warner Archive in Spring 2015

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At a screening of John Korty’s film Twice Upon a Time at BAMcinématek on February 24, 2015, it was confirmed that the cult hit animated film will be released on DVD this spring through the Warner Archive collection. The release will include both the G-rated original version of the movie and the one that aired […]

Review: "Big Hero 6" Blu-ray - I Am Very Satisfied With My Care

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Superheroes continue to be big business at the box office, even as the stories are beginning to get repetitive and threadbare. Disney’s Big Hero 6 is the first animated feature based on a Marvel Comics property, although admittedly an obscure one. If it is somewhat lacking in originality, it more than compensates with an enormous […]

New Clips Released from "Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy" DVD

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Walt Disney Home Entertainment has released new clips from Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy, which is available now on DVD. SOFIA THE FIRST: THE CURSE OF PRINCESS IVY Arrives on Disney DVD February 24th, 2015 Features a Full-Length Adventure with Special Appearance by Rapunzel! Plus Three Additional Episodes and a FREE Exclusive […]

AdWeek on the Rise and Fall of Hasbro's Hub Network

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AdWeek has published an extensive article examining the aborted effort by toymaker Hasbro to break into the TV market with the Hub Network joint venture with Discovery Networks, which began with great fanfare in 2010 but was ended late last year for a number of reasons articulated by the article. Quoting several industry insiders (some […]

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