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For Oscars, Latvia Goes with Rocks In My Pockets

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Latvia has submitted the animated feature film “Rocks in My Pockets” as its nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming 87th Academy Awards. The film, about the turmoil faced by three generations of a New York-based Latvian family, was given a limited USA release two weeks ago in New York City. The 87th […]

Idina Menzel, Fallon And The Roots Perform "Let It Go" With Classroom Instruments

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If you’re looking to start your morning off right watch Idina Menzel, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots perform “Let It Go” with nothing but classroom instruments. The video will put a great big smile on your face. This rendition more than makes up for the Academy Awards performance which was short a verse and accompanied […]

It's Animation...Not LSD

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Comedian Jim Carrey introduced a tribute to animation segment at the 86th Academy Awards ceremony that turned out to be, arguably, the best comedic segment of the evening…

Liveblogging Animation at the 2014 Oscars

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The award ceremony for the 86th annual Academy Awards has begun, and a liveblog for all things animation-related will be happening right here. As always the academy will be offering golden statues for the best animated film of 2013, as well as the best animated short. Let’s review our nominees below. Best Animated Feature Film […]

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 […]

Oscar Week Animated Features Party

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If you happen to find yourself in the general vicinity of Los Angeles, you may want to take the opportunity to attend the Animated Features Celebration party hosted by the Academy and featuring John C. Reilly, who voiced ralph in 2013’s “Wreck-It Ralph”. Reilly will show film clips of all the Oscar nominated animated feature […]

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: "Room on the Broom"

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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 […]

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