Watch This: Nine New Clips from ‘The LEGO Movie’

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JoBlo.com has posted nine new, official clips from Warner Bros.’ upcoming animated feature The LEGO Movie.

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Voice Cast Announced for ‘Sausage Party’

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Sony Pictures Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures’ upcoming raunchy animated feature Sausage Party has announced the initial members of its voice cast. Providing voices to the film are Seth Rogen (who is also one of the screenwriters along with frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg), James Franco, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, David Krumholz, Nick Kroll, Edward Norton, and, ending the voice cast sausage party, Kristen Wiig.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 59: AF News – Week of January 26th, 2014

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The forecast for this episode is cloudy with a chance of awesome!

Stanford and Marc are joined by Jessica Wersky to discuss her studio visit to Sony Pictures Animation for the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Blu-ray press event. Jessica’s interviews with the co-director of the film Cody Cameron, and the director of the Blu-ray animated shorts David Feiss are included as well

Also Discussed: Stanford’s interview with actor Will Friedle (Bumblebee, Transformers: Prime), How to Train Your Dragon 2 teaser posters, Pixar’s Toy Story Christmas special, and Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming slate of films.

(Recorded on 01/25/14)

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Punnily Enough, Sony Throws a Delicious Party for ‘Cloudy 2’

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We were lucky enough to be invited by the good people at Sony Pictures Animation to their press event for the release of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 on DVD/Blu-ray/3D Blu-ray (out on January 28th) this past Wednesday and the event was inventive, informative and quite tasty! It was my first time visiting an animation studio and I was impressed with the quaintness, yet professionalism of the staff. We got to venture around before events began and the quirky touches all around, such as life-size wooden character cutouts, concept artwork and spoof movie posters added to the whimsy of being there.

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Yet Another New ‘Dragon 2’ Poster

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DreamWorks Animation has released yet another teaser poster for their upcoming feature film How to Train Your Dragon 2. In addition to the teaser posters featuring Hiccup and Astrid, now dragon nerd Fishlegs gets his own poster (along with Meatlug).

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A Fascinating Day In Animation History: Walt Disney’s ‘One Hundred and One Dalmatians’ (1961)

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“We’ll have a Dalmatian Plantation! What an inspiration!”

Walt Disney’s seventeenth feature-length animated film 101 Dalmatians came out January 25, 1961 and was a resounding success for the company.  Sleeping Beauty had been a failure and had cost the company tons, so there was actually talk of shutting down the animation department. Walt was averse to the idea, but something had to be done to cut costs. 101 Dalmatians would be made for $2 million less than its predecessor thanks to a new Xeroxing technique that eliminated the ink department and it would be the highest grossing film of 1961 in the United States.

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‘Star Wars Rebels’ Exec Producer Talks About New Series

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With all of the crazy rumors floating around about a possible Pixar-created Star Wars film and the like (we’re taking a wait-and-see position on all of that business), we thought we’d focus on more substantiated Star Wars news—the currently-in-production Star Wars Rebels animated series.

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‘Paperman’ Director John Kahrs to Direct Film for Paramount Animation

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We learned a few months ago that John Kahrs, director of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Oscar winning short film Paperman, signed with the William Morris Entertainment (WME) Agency and left Disney. Well, now we know where’s he’s landed.

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‘Frozen’ Sing-Along Edition Opens in Select Theaters January 31

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Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen is not only a box office and award-winning hit, it has become a YouTube sensation as well with fans posting countless videos of them (and their children) singing their favorite tunes from the film. In response, Disney will release a sing-along version of Frozen in select U.S. theaters beginning Friday, January 31.

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