New Releases – Week of Tuesday August 20, 2013

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Hello, once again! For animation fans young and old alike, this week’s new releases bring something for everyone! This week, we have Peter Pan: Diamond Edition, its sequel,  Peter Pan in Return to Neverland, and our featured release, Epic.

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More Details Revealed About the ‘Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars’ Special

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While promoting the new Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel special now showing on Disney Channel, show creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh have been talking to the media about the next adventure for the animated step-brothers and their posse. This time, they are taking their adventures to a galaxy far, far away as part of a new Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars special.

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Watch This: New Trailer for ‘The Jungle Book’ Diamond Edition Blu-ray

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Disney has released an all-new trailer promoting the upcoming HD release of their animated feature film The Jungle Book.  The beloved 1967 film will be part of Disney’s Diamond Edition Blu-ray collection. New bonus features are to be included on the disc. We will share all of the specs as soon as the final details are revealed.  The Jungle Book Blu-ray will be available in February 2014.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 50: Fascinated by Animation

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Listen Now!!

It’s our fiftieth epiversary and the gang’s all here!

We’ve done a lot in the past 49 episodes, and spoken to quite a few amazing people from the animation industry along the way.

In this special episode, Marc Vibbert and Matt Quest are joined by Justin Vactor, Jon Hueber, Matt Hardeman, Stanford Clark, and Phil Shenton to discuss the past and look towards the future. The guys face off in a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs trivia showdown, but who will come out victorious?

All this, plus so much more!

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

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Studio Ghibli’s ‘The Wind Rises’ to Screen at Toronto International Film Festival

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The Wind Rises, the latest film from Studio Ghibli, will screen next month at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, the film tells the story of the designer of the Japanese Zero fighter planes used in World War II.

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New Releases – Week of Tuesday August 13, 2013

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Greetings, animation fans! This week’s new releases on Blu-ray and DVD bring us some not-so traditional animation, with a sure classic! We’re treated to Tom & Jerry’s Giant Adventure, Once Upon a Time: Season 2, and our featured release, The Muppet Movie: The Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition.

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D23 Expo 2013: The Good, The Bad, and The Whatever

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I just got back from spending the weekend in sunny Anaheim, CA at this year’s D23 Expo 2013. As you know, The Walt Disney Company throws this event every other year as their own Disney-specific Comic-Con, so to speak. The first D23 Expo was held in 2009, the second in 2011 and the third one just took place on August 9 -11, 2013. Having been to all three, I have a few comparative things to say along with an overall review of what I experienced at the Anaheim Convention Center over the weekend.

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‘Finding Dory’ Ending Possibly Altered In Light of Documentary ‘Blackfish’

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According to The LA Times after viewing the documentary Blackfish (a film that looks into what caused a killer whale to fatally attack SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010), Pixar has possibly decided to alter the ending of the Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory.

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