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"The Jungle Book": A Bare (No, Absolute) Necessity

Almost any way you look at it, Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book (you can hardly call it “Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book“) was a pivotal film in the history of the Disney Studios. It was the last animated feature that Walt worked on personally, and one of the first to make extensive use of celebrity […]

2007 Annie Award Nominations Announced

The nominees for the 35th annual Annie Awards were announced today. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, February 8, 2008 at UCLA’s Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. Among the big news is that Pixar’s Ratatouille leads the field with 13 nominations, followed closely by Sony Pictures Animation’s Surf’s Up with […]

PR: 35th Annie Awards Nominations Announced

BURBANK, CA (December 3, 2007) – The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced nominations today for the 35th Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best animation across film, television, commercials, video games and short subjects. The Annie Awards, the industry’s oldest and most prestigious awards, are considered an important industry benchmark and an annual predictor […]

NY Times on "Ratatouille" Oscar Dilemma

The New York Times covers the dilemma facing Disney/Pixar over Ratatouille over Academy Award nominations for 2007 (free registration required): whether to lobby for a Best Picture award or for the Best Animated Film award. While the Best Picture is considered a more prestigious award, the Best Animated Film award is an easier one to […]

"Justice League: The New Frontier" DVD Release Date and Specs Announced

Warner Brothers Home Video has announced the full release information about the direct-to-video animated movie Justice League: The New Frontier. The movie will be released on February 26, 2008, in a single-disc standard edition and a two-disc special edition. The movie will be anamorphic widescreen on both editions, with a 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack, two […]

Kansas City Star on Animated References in "Enchanted"

The Kansas City Star has published a complete list of all the references to Disney’s animated film library that appear in Enchanted, the partially animated movie that opened last weekend. The list includes obvious homages, such as the visual references to Cinderella and Snow White early in the film, and less-obvious ones, such as the […]

"Beowulf" Presents Beautiful Solutions to Non-Existent Problems

I must confess that I walked into Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf with several pre-conceptions and biases. On the one hand, I have never been too impressed with Zemeckis’ baby technology of motion-captured animation. The Polar Express plummeted straight down the “Uncanny Valley” with its creepy mannequins, and Monster House was solid entertainment with animation that was […]

Disney Pushes Princesses to Newborns; Hints to Upcoming Disney Projects

The Los Angeles Times reports on an expansion of the Disney Princesses merchandising phenomenon, stating that a new line of consumer goods will be aimed at mothers with newborns (free registration required). It will include Disney Princess-branded cribs, infant changing mats, and other infant goods, even while the Princess line continues to draw criticism for […]

"Beowulf," "Bee Movie" Take Top 2 Spots for Weekend Box Office

Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf has won the top box office spot for the weekend with an estimated gross of $28.1 million. The motion-captured CGI animated movie usurped DreamWorks Animation Studio’s Bee Movie, which landed in second place with a gross of $14.3 million for a running domestic box office total of $93.9 million.

"Ratatoing": How Low Can You Go? A Lot Lower Than You Want to Know

You’ll see them in supermarkets and toy stores everywhere: the inexpensive DVDs that are clear ripoffs of whatever animated movie has just hit the theaters. You may have even wondered to yourself, “How bad can they really be?” Unsurprisingly, the answer is “pretty damn bad.” With nothing better to do with $8.00, I decided to […]

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