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Odds Are Frozen Walks Away With Oscar

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As we close in on the 86th Academy Awards, it is becoming more apparent that Walt Disney will finally get their first Disney-only Oscar as their 2013 runaway hit, “Frozen” has been predicted by virtually everybody and their grandmothers to win the gold statuette for Best Animated feature Film. In fact, it doesn’t even look […]

"The Croods" Directors on Exploring Family Dynamics and the Sequel

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The Hollywood Reporter has spoken with Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders, co-directors of DreamWorks Animation Studios SKG’s The Croods, which is one of five films contending for the Best Animated Feature Academy Award this weekend. Among other topics, the two discuss how they approached family dynamics as the central hinge point for the entire […]

Hollywood Reporter on Developing the Cast of Oscar-Nominated Animated Films

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The Hollywood Reporter has spoken to different crew members of the five films nominated for this year’s Best Animated Feature Film Academy Awards, digging into ideas that defined characters in the films, or were changed or deleted during development. Included are tidbits like a different background for Grug in DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods; some ideas […]

Hollywood Reporter on Princesses vs. Neanderthals for Animated Oscar

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In tracking the race for the 2014 Best Animated Feature Oscar, The Hollywood Reporter is noting efforts by DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., to challenge Disney’s Frozen for the award. While Frozen is the heavy favorite and will benefit from its later release date keeping it more prominent in Academy members’ minds, DreamWorks has launched into […]

2014 Academy Award Nominees Announced (UPDATED with Reaction Statements)

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for a 2014 Academy Award. Categories with an animated film in contention are: BEST ANIMATED FEATURE The Croods (DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc) Despicable Me 2 (Universal/Illumination Entertainment) Ernest & Celestine (GKIDS/La Parti Productions/Les Armateurs) Frozen (Walt Disney Animation Studios) The Wind Rises (Kaze […]

2014 Best Animated Short Candidates: Shuhei Morita's "Possessions"

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In the run-up to the announcement of the nominees for the 2014 Best Animated Short Film, Toonzone is taking a look at some of the shortlisted candidates for the category. Out of the ten shortlisted films, three to five candidates will be nominated. Longtime Toonzone readers may recall Shuhei Morita’s name from the short film […]

Visual Effects Oscars Down To Top 10

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The 86th Academy Award presentation is closing fast – less than three months away now – and the list of the films under consideration for a Best Visual Effects award has officially been narrowed to 10. They are, in alphabetical order… “Elysium” “Gravity” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” “Iron Man 3” “The Lone Ranger” […]

The Oscar 10

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Following on the heels of the announcement of the animated feature films up for an Academy Award comes the 10 animated shorts that will be up for consideration at the 2014 Academy Awards. The 10 shorts tussling for the golden boy statuette early next year will be, in alphabetical order… “Feral”, Daniel Sousa, director, and […]

The Best Animated Feature Oscar 19

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The 2014 Academy Awards are just around the corner and the competition for Best Animated Feature will be hotly contested with a grand total of 19 films submitted for consideration and vying for the golden statuette. The Oscar 19 are, in alphabetical order… “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” “The Croods” “Despicable Me 2” […]

Ellen DeGeneres Is 2014 Oscar Host

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There probably won’t be a song about boobs as it became official with Ellen DeGeneres being announced as the host of the 2014 Academy Award telecast. DeGeneres hosted the movie industry award show extravaganza once before in 2007 and will be returning in 2014, replacing last year’s one-and-done host, Seth MacFarlane, who infamously opened the […]

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