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NPR Interviews Peter Ramsey on Directing “Rise of the Guardians”

by Ed Liuon November 29, 2012
NPR has interviewed first-time director Peter Ramsey on his experience helming DreamWorks Animation’s latest film Rise of the Guardians. Among other topics, Ramsey discusses being the first African-American director of a feature-length CG-animated film, the differences on working in animation vs. live-action, and the sources for the approach the film takes to iconic characters like […]
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PR: GKIDS in Deal for “Grave of the Fireflies,” Screening in Ghibli Retrospective; 25th Anniversary Release Planned for 2013

by Ed Liuon November 27, 2012
GKIDS IN DEAL FOR GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES 1988 STUDIO GHIBLI MASTERPIECE WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY ISAO TAKAHATA FILM TO APPEAR IN NYC STUDIO GHIBLI RETROSPECTIVE AT IFC CENTER 25th ANNIVERSARY RELEASE PLANNED FOR 2013 NEW 35MM AND DIGITAL PRINTS New York, New York – November 20, 2012 – GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation […]

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Review: “Pound Puppies” Charms; “Dinosaur Train” Strives; “Scooter the Penguin” Belly Flops

by Ed Liuon November 23, 2012
The Hub’s My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has gotten a lot of attention for Lauren Faust’s initial push to make sure the show was watchable beyond its target demographic of little girls. While I don’t want to take away from any of that show’s well-earned success, the shame is that more of the Hub’s […]
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Review: “Arthur Christmas”: Jingle-Jangle All the Way

by on November 19, 2012
Aardman Animation’s Arthur Christmas isn’t a bad film by any stretch of the imagination. It’s got spunk and wit and pizzazz and a holiday-inflected theme suitable to the season. It looks nice and it moves well. But it’s a slapdash movie, and it has all the subtlety of a carillon banging out “Jingle Bells” at […]

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PR: “The Rabbi’s Cat” Opens December 7, 2012, at IFC Center in New York City

by Ed Liuon November 18, 2012
From the distributor of Academy Award® nominees A Cat in Paris, Chico & Rita, and The Secret of Kells THE RABBI’S CAT A FILM BY Joann Sfar OPENS DECEMBER 7TH   AT THE FOLLOWING THEATER IN NEW YORK: IFC CENTER 323 6th Avenue, New York, NY, 10014 THE RABBI’S CAT 3D, Animation, Joann Sfar & Antoine Delesvaux, France, 2011, 89 […]
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PR: Relativity and Reel FX Date Animated Comedy “Turkeys” for November 14, 2014

by Ed Liuon November 18, 2012
Relativity and Reel FX Date Animated Comedy Turkeys for November 14, 2014   Studio Also Shifts Safe Haven to Valentine’s Day 2013   (Beverly Hills, Calif.) November 15, 2012 – Relativity Media and Reel FX announced today that they have dated the upcoming animated comedy Turkeys, helmed by Jimmy Hayward, director of box office hit […]

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Review: “Brave” Blu-ray: Not Top Tier Pixar

by SB20xxon November 16, 2012
It was only a matter of time. Pixar had been on a hot streak for well over a decade, and for me personally, that streak (sadly) ended with the admittedly well-directed and action-packed, but soulless and suspension-of-disbelief stretching Cars 2. Now we have Brave, which is an improvement over Cars 2, but doesn’t reach the […]
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PR: “Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon” DVD/Blu-ray/UltraViolet Combo Pack Coming February 26, 2013

by Ed Liuon November 14, 2012
IT’S A SUPER ADVENTURE WITH SUPER-SLEUTH SCOOBY-DOO! IN AN ALL NEW ORIGINAL MOVIE SCOOBY-DOO! MASK OF THE BLUE FALCON AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 26, 2013 FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT   BURBANK, CA (November 14, 2012) – A super villain comes to life and terrorizes a major comic book convention in Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon, the […]

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Review: “Pixar Short Films Collection Vol. 2” – More Little Gifts from Planet Pixar

by Ed Liuon November 14, 2012
Way back in 2007, when I reviewed the Pixar Short Films Collection Vol. 1, our own staffer Duke asked: “Does Pixar even have enough short films for a second volume? Or will that second volume come out in 2011?” Duke, wherever you are, you were only off by a year. The second collection of Pixar […]
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PR: GKIDS’ Studio Ghibli Animation Retrospective Returns to NYC IFC Center from November 16 – December 20, 2012

by Ed Liuon November 13, 2012
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: GKIDS’ STUDIO GHIBLI ANIMATION RETROSPECTIVE RETURNS TO NYC’S IFC CENTER FOR FIVE WEEKS   CASTLES IN THE SKY MIYAZAKI, TAKAHATA AND THE MASTERS OF STUDIO GHIBLI 15 FILMS FROM 1984 TO 2009 INCLUDING HAYAO MIYAZAKI MASTERPIECES “SPIRITED AWAY” “PRINCESS MONONOKE” “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO” “CASTLE IN THE SKY”   AND WEEK-LONG THEATRICAL […]