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"Kung Fu Panda" Dominates 36th Annual Annie Award Nominations

ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nominees for the 36th annual Annie Awards, “recognizing the year’s best animated features, television productions, commercials, video games and short subjects.” DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda racked up 17 nominations, including Best Animated Feature and the awards for directing, character animation, character design, and writing. Disney’s Bolt earned 9 nominations, with […]

PR: 36th Annual Annie Award Nominations Announced

36th ANNUAL ANNIE AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED “Kung Fu Panda” Leads Nominations – 27 for DreamWorks Animation BURBANK, CA (December 1, 2008) – The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced nominations today for its 36th Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best animated features, television productions, commercials, video games and short subjects. DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu […]

"Wall*E" Charms Even As it Slips In Some Subversive Ideas

I doubt I need to tell too many of you what Wall*E is about: its $223 million at US box offices alone speaks to the movie’s runaway success. A little robot abandoned on an Earth drowning in trash finds a way to save it and the human race that abandoned it. It sounds simple, and […]

"Variety" on Israeli Animation in "Waltz with Bashir" and "$9.99"

Variety has noted the two Israeli animated movies set to be released in U.S. movie theaters soon: the documentary Waltz with Bashir and $9.99, based on the short stories of Etgar Keret. The stop-motion movie $9.99 is a “surreal, multi-stranded musing on the meaning of life featuring disparate characters including a disgruntled guardian angel,” and […]

Susie Essman on Voicing Mittens in "Bolt"

Actor Susie Essman has spoken to the Fresno Bee about her role as the voice of the cynical cat Mittens in Disney’s new movie Bolt. Essman discusses the leeway she was given to improvise line readings during the recording sessions and the reasons why she loves her character.

"Astro Boy" Trailer Available at Moviefone

AOL’s Moviefone service is hosting the trailer for Imagi Animaton Studio’s upcoming Astro Boy, based on the manga and anime by Osamu Tezuka. The trailer is available in streaming video and high-definition QuickTime video. The CGI animated movie is scheduled for release on October 23, 2009, and stars the voice talents of Freddie Highmore, Nicholas […]

"Bolt" Stories: Mark Walton as Rhino, John Lasseter x 2

Several news stories about Disney’s new movie Bolt have been published as part of the movie’s launch. CNN follows how Disney story development artist Mark Walton got the job to voice Rhino, the hyperactive hamster and rabid Bolt fan, noting that his work on the scratch vocal track was just never replaced. Elsewhere, Disney Animation […]

"Bolt" Opens at #3 with $26.2M Box Office; "Madagascar 2" Takes #4

Disney’s CGI animated feature film Bolt grossed an estimated $27 million in its debut weekend, landing it in third place behind vampire romance Twilight ($70.5 million est.) and the new James Bond film Quantum of Solace ($27.4 million est.). DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa placed fourth with $16 million, bringing its cumulative total to […]

Katzenberg Claims 3-D Goes Beyond Movies

In his keynote address to the 3DX Film and Entertainment Technology Festival in Singapore, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg repeated his predictions that “all films, regardless of budgets or type, will be made in 3-D,” providing an estimated timeline for this transition within 5 to 7 years, and that the migration will extend past movie […]

John Travolta on Getting In Touch with His Inner Dog for "Bolt"

The Boston Herald has spoken with John Travolta on his first voice-acting role as the title character in Disney’s Bolt, which opens today. Travolta discusses how his competitive nature caused him to wait to do an animated character’s voice and how the movie affected him.

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