Brad Bird’s Ratatouille will compete for five Oscars in this year’s Academy Awards, including Best Animated Feature and Best Writing (Original Screenplay). Nominations for the 80th Annual Academy Awards were announced this morning. In the Animated Feature category, Ratatouille will be competing with Persepolis and Surf’s Up. The Pixar film has also been nominated in […]
The University of Teesside will host the Animex International Festival during the week of February 4, GazetteLive.com reports. The festival, which celebrates both animation and computer games, will include speakers representing Sony Pictures Imageworks, DreamWorks, Pixar, and Toonranch Consulting. Surf’s Up and Finding Nemo will be among the films screened at the gathering.
The films of Max Fleischer will be showcased at Belgium’s Anima 2008 festival, which runs from February 1st through the 9th, AWN reports. Fleischer’s work will be represented with a collection of short films and two features. The festival will also include a look at Polish animation and showings of Le Chevalier d’Eon and The […]
Independent animator Nina Paley has posted a public plea for donations to fund a 35mm print of her film Sita Sings the Blues for screening at the 58th Annual Berlin International Film Festival in February. A master print will cost $30,000, with additional costs for surround sound, and Paley has stated that she still needs […]
The High-Def Digest website is reporting final specs for the Justice League: The New Frontier direct-to-video animated movie on DVD, HD DVD, and Blu-ray disc. All 3 versions of the movie will include a set of common special features, including two audio commentary tracks, three documentaries, and three bonus episodes of Justice League Unlimited (including […]
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has issued the shortlist of nine films eligible for “Best Foreign Language Film.” Notable for its absence is Persepolis, the animated adaptation of Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel memoir that was a heavy favorite in early Oscar race speculation. The movie is still eligible for a nomination in […]
My name is Ed, and I am a Dungeons and Dragons geek. I’ve played four different versions of the pencil-and-paper game, and may have played every computer RPG version since the famous “Gold Box” games. However, despite the enduring popularity of the game, the franchise has never had much success in media other than novels […]
GhibliWorld.com has published Cartoon Brew about how Studio Ghibli, and specifically the work of director Hayao Miyazaki, has affected the films made by Pixar Animation Studios. Casarosa discusses how he discovered Miyazaki, how Miyazaki’s films have affected his work personally and the work of the studio, the differences between American and Japanese animated movie production, […]