[REVIEW] Reel FX’s ‘The Book of Life’

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I can say this much for Reel FX’s second full-length feature animated film: it’s got spunk. Unfortunately, it takes more than that to make a great movie. That’s not to say that The Book of Life is a complete waste of time—the unique style of character and set design along with the heartfelt music and whimsical tone of the film kept me entertained throughout the 95 minutes. As far as repeated viewings and overall longevity of the film in animation history—for me, I can’t see myself ever longing to open this book again.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 76: AF News – Week of October 5th, 2014

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It’s another edition of AF News with Stanford Clark and Marc Vibbert! On today’s show they discuss and review a whole slew of recent animated TV Blu-ray releases, Stanford’s upcoming trip to New York Comic Con, as well as Laika’s The Boxtrolls and Disney’s Star Wars Rebels.

Also Discussed: Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition, special episodes of Phineas and Ferb, and new trailers for Pixar’s Inside Out, Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya & Disney’s Big Hero 6. Plus, a whole bunch more…

(Recorded on 10/06/14)

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Watch This: Teaser Trailer for Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’

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What a Tease! Inside Out Trailer is as Dazzling as it is Devoid of Plot, per the norm for Pixar.

Though they didn’t invent the practice, Pixar has certainly done a lot to raise the bar of what a teaser trailer should be over the last twenty years. After watching the much-anticipated teaser trailer for Pixar’s fifteenth full length feature film, Inside Out, it got me thinking about the ways Pixar has messed with our minds over the decades and how (literally) they are doing it again.

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‘Sleeping Beauty’ Diamond Edition Now Available on Blu-ray and Digital HD

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You’re not dreaming — Disney Animation‘s 1959 classic feature film Sleeping Beauty is back on Blu-ray on today (a Platinum Edition Blu-ray of Sleeping Beauty was last released exactly 6 years ago today in 2008). This time, the animated motion picture is getting the Diamond Edition treatment from The Walt Disney Studios with some cool new bonus features along with being available for the first time in Digital HD.

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New Voices Revealed for ‘Finding Dory’ Cast

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We at Animation Fascination love any news about Pixar Animation Studios. This time, a scoop about Finding Dory came from actor Dominic West, who had this to say in a recent interview when asked about the cast of the acclaimed TV series The Wire

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‘Big Hero 6′ Preview Coming to Disneyland Park

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The Disney Parks Blog recently announced that a sneak preview of Big Hero 6 will be playing at the Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland in Disneyland park (it began on Friday, September 26th).

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2014 Ottawa International Animation Festival Wraps Up Another Successful Event

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This year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, just completed another successful event full of screenings, lectures, and networking along with an animated feature and short film competition. Held September 17-21, 2014, the OIAF is one of the largest animation festivals in North America. Over 28,000 attended the this year’s festival.

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Fascinating Rants: Are We Living on the Axiom?

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Consider this my scheduled rant as a Disneyland cast member, but I have been seriously considering the chilling similarities between the humans in WALL-E and the humans I encounter more and more at the happiest place on Earth. As a Christian, I try very hard not to judge the motives and other unknown factors that contribute to people needing automated wheelchair assistance in Disneyland and outside of it. HOWEVER, it is becoming more and more difficult for me not to notice how large, yet seemingly otherwise capable, many of these poor folks seem to be. So, is WALL-E a prophetic piece of societal stereotyping?

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‘Batman: The Brave and the Bold’ Season Two Now on Blu-ray

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The sophomore season of Warner Bros.’ animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold has arrived on Blu-ray Disc. All 26 episodes are included on the two disc set and are presented in HD widescreen in the correct aspect ratio as the creative team intended.

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More Animation Greats to Speak at VIEW Conference

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The 15th Annual VIEW computer graphics conference is scheduled to be held October 14th-17th, 2014 in Turin, Italy. More speakers and presentations have been announced for the conference and it looks like its going to be a great event.

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