It’s kind of exciting to read headlines like “Will Non-Stop,” the action thriller starring Liam Neeson, “take down The LEGO Movie?” The fact that an animated film starring plastic building blocks could continually fare so well in the competitive box office is just amazing. The LEGO Movie won its third straight week as top grosser last weekend with $31 million more in revenue for its pot.
Monthly Archives: February 2014
Digital Download of ‘Frozen’ Now Available; Includes New ‘Making of’ Music Video
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen is now available for purchase on Digital HD (the Blu-ray and on-demand versions will be released on March 18th). Included in the download (and also on the Blu-ray) is a new behind-the-scenes bonus feature called “The Making of Frozen” starring three of the film’s voice actors: Josh Gad (Olaf), Jonathan Groff (Kristoff), and Kristen Bell (Anna).
More ‘Shrek’ to Come
DreamWorks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg shared some news during a recent interview with Fox Business Network about what’s in store for everyone’s favorite green ogre, Shrek.
“Animation Fascination” Episode 63: Michael Amos – Character Animator at DreamWorks Animation
You may have been expecting an AF news edition episode, but have no fear, we have something even more awesome for you. Jon Hueber joins Marc to interview DreamWorks Animation character animator, Michael Amos! We talk about Michael’s work on the upcoming Mr. Peabody and Sherman and the in-development Me and My Shadow, his animation influences growing up in Australia, and his time in the Animation Mentor program.
Also Discussed: the Guardians of the Galaxy teaser trailer, Gravity and Thor: The Dark World on 3D Blu-ray, as well as Adventure Time: Season 3 and Beware the Batman Blu-ray reviews.
(Recorded on 02/23/14)
‘Frozen’ Vinyl Soundtrack Poster Giveaway
The folks at Walt Disney Records have come up with a cool promotion for the best-selling Frozen soundtrack. A new limited-edition vinyl version of the soundtrack is now available for purchase.
Influential Comedic Filmmaker/Actor Harold Ramis Passes Away
Comedy writer, actor, and director Harold Ramis passed away on February 24, 2014, due to complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that afflicts the body’s blood vessels. He was 69 years old.
New ‘Disney Movies Anywhere’ App Launches
After canceling their proposed “Disney Studio All Access” online service over a year ago, The Walt Disney Studios has finally green-lit and launched their latest digital streaming movie service now known as Disney Movies Anywhere. The service allows you to stream your Disney, Pixar, and Marvel digital movie collection on your computer or mobile device, and allows you to browse and purchase a wide variety of Disney films.
It’s BMO Photo Contest Time!
As previously announced, Adventure Time: The Complete Third Season is coming out this week on Blu-ray and DVD. And, as also announced, the packaging comes with its own (and very cool) BMO slipcase which you can turn into your own BMO figurine.
Join the Live “Let It Go” Nationwide Sing-A-Long on February 26
To our loyal readers living in or visiting the New York City area, get your vocal chords warmed up because it’s your turn to sing “Let It Go” live on nationwide TV! On Wednesday, February 26th, ABC’s Good Morning America will broadcast a nationwide sing-a-long of the Oscar-nominated hit song “Let It Go” from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ hit movie Frozen.
Ireland’s Animation Legend Jimmy Murakami Passes Away
Another animation legend has departed us. Jimmy Murakami, an American-born Japanese animator who helped transform the art form in Ireland, passed away last week at age 80 from a brief illness. He was most noted for his work with illustrator Raymond Briggs on features such as The Snowman and When the Wind Blows.