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40th Annual Annie Awards Nominations Announced

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ASIFA-Hollywood has released the list of nominees for the 40th Annual Annie Awards, with the winners set to be announced on February 2, 2013. Among the nominees are: Best Animated Feature Brave – Pixar Animation Studios Frankenweenie – The Walt Disney Studios Hotel Transylvania – Sony Pictures Animation ParaNorman – LAIKA/LAIKA/Focus Features Rise of the […]

Review: "A Cat in Paris": This Cat Is Where It's At

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The opening scenes of A Cat in Paris follow a cat burglar named Nico on a jewel heist, depicting his movements with a sinuous grace that could only be achieved through hand-drawn animation. Nico practically flows through the hole he cuts in a window, and seemingly turns his joints to jelly to avoid security cameras […]

NPR Interviews Peter Ramsey on Directing "Rise of the Guardians"

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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 […]

PR: "The Rabbi's Cat" Opens December 7, 2012, at IFC Center in New York City

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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

PR: Relativity and Reel FX Date Animated Comedy "Turkeys" for November 14, 2014

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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 […]

CNN on Growing Recognition for Voice Actors

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CNN has posted an article about the growing recognition for professional voice actors in animation, speaking with professionals such as Frank Welker, Peter Cullen, Crispin Freeman, and Patrick Seitz about the growth of the industry, the way technology has made voice actors more prominent than in the past, and celebrity stunt-casting for voice actors (and […]

Jeffrey Katzenberg & Ann Daly Renew Contracts with DreamWorks Animation Through 2017

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The Hollywood Reporter notes that Jeffrey Katzenberg and Ann Daly, CEO and COO of DreamWorks Animation, SKG, respectively, have extended their contracts with the animation studio through 2017. Katzenberg’s salary will go from $1 million per year to $2.5 million per year, and he will be eligible for annual cash bonuses of $4 million and […]

A Morning in Rob Paulsen's Voice-Over Seminar

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On October 14th voice actor Rob Paulsen offered his voice acting seminar at the Lau Lapides Company, offering students a half-day’s worth of interactive discussion and time in a recording booth to be directed by Rob. For many people, it would be enough just to get the chance to work with the man who gave […]

Review: "Mia and the Migoo" Is Miyazaki Minus the Magic

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With its child heroine, its fantastical plot, and its strong environmental message, Mia and the Migoo will immediately remind viewers of the work of Hayao Miyazaki (whose name even appears to be referenced in the title character). Alas, this animated French film resembles Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest and other ecologically-minded Hollywood animated fare more […]

Review: "Tom & Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse" Robs from the Past and Gives Nothing in Return

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At least the title gets it right: Tom & Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse is at least as much about the famous outlaw of Sherwood Forest as it is about the famous cat and mouse duo. So it gets points for truth in advertising. The rest is mostly muddle. Plot-wise, this seventy-minute DVD […]

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