Casting Bits: Disney’s Planes and Blue Sky’s Rio 2

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Some casting news today from both Disney and Blue Sky Studios for their films Planes and Rio 2 respectively. Recently we posted a trailer to Disney’s Planes and at the time we were unsure who would be replacing Jon Cryer as the film’s main protagonist, Dusty Crophopper. Well today Disney has announced that Dane Cook has been tapped to now voice the lead character.

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Watch This: First Trailer for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

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We here at the site are huge fans of the original film from Sony Pictures Animation, so it should come as no surprise to how eagerly we’ve been anticipating the teaser trailer to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (even more so after the poster). Well that day has finally arrived my friends, and boy was it worth the wait! Check out the “revenge of the leftovers” after the jump…

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Dreamworks Animation Announces Layoffs and 2012 Financial Results

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DreamWorks Animation announced their fourth quarter and year-end 2012 financial results today. From the company press release, DreamWorks Animation reported a total quarterly revenue of $264.7 million and a net loss of $82.7 million, or a loss of $0.98 per share. For all of 2012 (they follow a calendar year), they reported total revenue of $749.8 million and a net loss of $36.4 million, or a loss of $0.43 per share.

UPDATE: Watch This: New Trailer for Disney’s Planes

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Way back in 2011 we first heard about the film Planes, a spinoff taking place above the world of Pixar’s Cars and Cars 2. In this new trailer we get a little bit better of an idea for the story line of the film then what we had known previously. Though it’s a spinoff of a Pixar film it is actually being produced by DisneyToon Studios, whose last film released theatrically was Pooh’s Heffalump Movie back in 2005. Check out the trailer after the jump…

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VFX Protests at the Oscars

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In the wake of VFX studio Rhythm and Hues filing for bankruptcy, protests were started at the Oscars outside the Dolby theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday. Rhythm and Hues were responsible for the visual effects used in the film Life of Pi which ironically won an Oscar in the same category. When the team tried to bring the tragic bankruptcy to the audience’s attention during their acceptance speech, they were cut off by a crass rendition of the Jaws theme.

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Beautiful New Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Poster

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Hot on the heels of Pixar releasing their new Monsters University poster, Sony Pictures Animation has debuted the first poster for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. The film was previously subtitled “Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers”, which in my opinion is a better title then just adding the number 2. Also be on the lookout tomorrow for the first trailer of the sequel. Check out the poster after the jump…

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New Monsters University Class Photo Poster Unveiled

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Disney•Pixar have released yet another magnificent poster to promote this much-anticipated fourteenth feature film from the studio. This new poster is chock full of all the characters new and old that we can look forward to seeing in the film later this year. Check out the full poster after the jump…

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The 85th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony Recap

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The 85th Academy Awards show is now in the record books. With host Seth MacFarlane (sans Stewie, unfortunately), Hollywood’s big night was full of fashion, surprises, musical numbers a-go-go (“Gold-fin-GAH” anyone?) and speeches great and, well, not so great (although the Jaws theme was a nice touch when time was running out). Overall, it was a reminder about what a terrific year it’s been for movies, including animated ones.

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Animation Fascination’s Oscar Picks: 2013

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It’s that time of year again, folks! Let’s break out the bow ties and gowns in celebration of what’s commonly known as “the biggest night in Hollywood”. I’m talking, of course, about the 85th Annual Academy Awards. 2012 was filled with wonderful animated creations that have entertained and moved us all. The Academy has narrowed down their favorites in each category to five Shorts and five Full-Length Feature nominees, all vying for the highest honor, an Oscar. We here at Animation Fascination have decided to share exactly who we would like to win tonight, take a look after the jump…

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 38: The Disney Renaissance

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In this episode Marc and Matt become renaissance men with guest host Josh Spiegel (from “Mousterpiece Cinema“). From The Little Mermaid up to Tarzan, we discuss Disney’s most successful era that began in the late 80s and ended around the year 2000.

Also discussed: the new release Escape from Planet Earth, some new clips from Monsters University, as well as news from Dreamworks and Illumination Entertainment.

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