Shiver me Timbers! Hook Croons in New ‘The Pirate Fairy’ Clip

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Ahoy there! Your official The Pirate Fairy news coverage continues with a new clip of Tom Hiddleston (Thor, Marvel’s The Avengers) as Hook singing “The Frigate that Flies.” This clip may actually turn some away from what was beginning to look like an interesting addition to the Pixie Hollow treasury as the song isn’t exactly Frozen-esque in its awesomeness (or lack thereof.)  Singing pirates? Check it out for yourself.

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Teaser Trailer for ‘Peanuts’ is Disarmingly Charming

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Blue Sky released their teaser trailer for the upcoming film based on the Peanuts comics and cartoons of Charles Schulz and I can’t stop watching it! The concerns about turning such a familiar 2D design into a 3D world had many of us traditional animation addicts highly skeptical, but the care and attention the studio apparently is putting into the adaptation is amazing.

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DreamWorks Announces New Netflix Series Titles

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As part of their mammoth original content deal with Netflix, DreamWorks Animation officially announced three new series currently in production that will debut in late 2014.

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Sony Pictures Animation Announces Upcoming Slate

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Sony Pictures Animation has announced their slate of animated feature films for 2015 and beyond. First up is The Smurfs 3, but this time Peyo’s little blue creations are going to be in a fully animated film rather than part of a CG/live-action hybrid like Sony’s previous two Smurfs films. Directing the untitled film is Kelly Asbury (Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet). The new Smurfs feature is scheduled to be released August 2015.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 65: Jason Schleifer – Head of Character Animation at DreamWorks Animation

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Jon Hueber and Stanford Clark join Marc to interview Jason Schleifer, the head of character animation at DreamWorks Animation about his career as well as Mr. Peabody and Sherman.

We talk about his work at Weta Digital on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, moving up the ranks at DreamWorks, and receiving philosophical wisdom from a random guy on a sand dune.

Also Discussed: trailers for The BoxTrolls and Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, the DreamWorks short Almost Home, Frozen on Blu-ray, breaking news about Cartoon Network, and so much more…

(Recorded on 03/10/14)

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Review: ‘Mr. Peabody and Sherman’

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DreamWorks definitely has a questionable track record in my mind when it comes to animated features. I absolutely love some of their films (Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Chicken Run) but I have also been extremely bored and even annoyed with others (Shark Tale, Bee Movie, Turbo). I still try to go into seeing every film I see with a totally open mind, hoping (as just happened with me for The LEGO Movie) to be pleasantly blown away. That said, my Mr. Peabody & Sherman experience was neither Shark Tale nor Shrek, but right in the middle around Megamind.

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Cartoon Network is Saved!

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This past weekend, the L.A. Times reported that Stu Snyder, the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Cartoon Network had been relieved of his duties effective at the end of March. To all in the know, this is welcome news, as Snyder was the person responsible for the lack of cartoons on the network dedicated to, you know, cartoons.

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A Fascinating Day In Animation History: Disney’s ‘The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh’ (1977)

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Hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo, the wonderful thing about Pooh bear is he’s such a lovable thing. On this day in 1977, Walt Disney Studios released the feature The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, which is actually a compilation of three short films. Walt always wanted to make a feature-length Pooh film, but that wouldn’t happen until 2011, unless you count spinoff films like Piglet’s Big Movie and The Tigger Movie. The 1977 release includes the last animation Walt personally worked on with Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966) as well as some timeless Sherman brothers songs.  The film overall remains one of my favorite Disney classics.

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Arrrrrrr You Ready for ‘The Pirate Fairy’?

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We’re now only a few weeks away from the release of Disney’s newest addition to the successful Fairies franchise, The Pirate Fairy. As we reported in January, this installment will introduce a new character, Zarina, voiced by Christina Hendricks (TV’s Mad Men).  Disney has now released an extended clip showcasing the chief conflict in the movie—a scene in which Zarina steals the blue pixie dust and takes it to a band of pirates.

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