ASIFA-Hollywood announced today the nominations for its 41st Annual Annie Awards. With 30 award categories that encompass animation production, individual achievement, and juried awards, the Annie Awards honor and recognize the year’s best animation in film, TV, and commercials.
Hello, animation lovers! This week’s new releases give us a wide variety of animated entertainment, from little blue creatures to our favourite Springfield residents! We’re treated to The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition, Transformers: Prime – Season 3, The Smurfs 2, and our featured release, The Simpsons: Season 16.
As much as we all like to look at cartoons as being exempt from the fetters of adult concerns, animation is a business and sometimes businesses have to trim their costs in order to stay solvent. According to the executives from Disney who released the statement about the “small reduction in staffing levels” at Pixar, the simple reality is that the postponement of The Good Dinosaur to 2015 means income will not sustain the staff levels Pixar was operating with.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 53rd animated motion picture Frozen opened up in a big way in the U.S. over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Taking in an estimated $66.7 million over the three-day weekend and an estimated $93 million over the five-day period (the film opened on a Wednesday), the film overtook the Thanksgiving weekend animated film opening box office records previously set by Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story 2 in 1999 ($80.1 million) and Disney’s Tangled in 2010 ($68.7 million) over the same five-day period.
Pixar veteran and Monsters University director Dan Scanlon got the chance of a lifetime on Thanksgiving Day to be part of the balloon handling team of the Buzz Lightyear balloon at the 87th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
This review does include spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the film—go see it!
The anticipation for Disney’s 53rd feature-length Animated film has been over-the-top in some realms and under whelming in others. I told all my friends and family over the last few days that I was going to see Frozen (yay!) and only a small percentage knew what the heck I was yapping about. So, forbid me to question the geniuses at Disney marketing, but for whatever reason, I’m not 100% sure how many people will turn out this opening weekend. In my theater at the “midnight” (9pm) showing, there were 7 of us. I’m sure it will succeed, though—or at least I hope it will because this was definitely a film worth going to see.
The movie studios are spreading lots of holiday cheer this year by releasing new animated films and series on Blu-ray just in time for the big gift giving season. We’ve recently reported on new titles coming to Blu-ray from the Walt Disney Studios. Here are some other items to consider giving to the animation fans in your life…
Walt Disney World is promoting their annual “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party” event with a cool new 2D animated short starring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and Donald Duck. Available for viewing on the Disney Parks YouTube channel the short was created by Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group. Check it out after the jump…