Watch This: New ‘Ice Age’ Short Now Online

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© Blue Sky Studios/20th Century Fox

If you saw The Peanuts Movie over the weekend (which hopefully you did), you probably also saw Blue Sky Studios’ new Ice Age short Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe. The short is now available on the Fox Family Entertainment YouTube channel.

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Top Ten Most Fascinating Animated Characters: Number 2

Art by Matt Groening. © 20th Century Fox.

Character design by Matt Groening. © 20th Century Fox.

Maybe this is the point when I lose some of you—when my odd nineties-geared proclivities prove just a little too much. Nevertheless, I have to be honest with myself and the truth is that this character had me from episode one: “Space. It seems to go on and on forever. But then you get to the end and the gorilla starts throwing barrels at you!” With his response to finding out he is “the most important person in the universe,” Philip J. Fry responds, “Oh, snap,” which somehow perfectly exemplifies my unrepentant fascination with him. Oozing with characteristic Matt Groening humor, Futurama is loud, endlessly thought-provoking and offers some of the most boorish, idiotic, endearing protagonists on television, with the cryogenically frozen delivery boy from New York being my all-time favorite.

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‘The Iron Giant’ Returning to Theaters and Digital HD with New Scenes

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© Warner Bros.

We’re stoked about the news that Warner Bros. is screening a “signature edition” (aka special edition) of their 1999 animated classic The Iron Giant in theaters this fall and that a new Digital HD release of the film is on the way, too. Two new scenes have been added to this new “signature edition” print.

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‘Tomorrowland’: See It Again!

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© Disney

Disclaimer: Brad Bird is one of my favorite writers/directors OAT—I’m certainly not unique in that regard—so, YES, I wanted to love Tomorrowland long before I saw it. I think that when an artist I oh-so greatly admire believes as strongly in something they’ve created as Bird seems to, I am obligated to try and really grasp their vision before I dismiss it as “muddled” or “preachy,” which are some of the nicer criticisms being spewed about the film. Of course, it is also crucial in forming meaningful opinions to step back and take in the art as executed: the good, the bad and the Clooney.

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No More ‘Simpsons’ on DVD

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We’ve all been hearing for years about the decline of DVD and Blu-ray sales. And while there’s hasn’t been any doubt about the popularity and convenience of streaming services and digital downloads over physical discs, it still hit us pretty hard to learn that Fox will no longer be releasing any further seasons of The Simpsons on physical media.

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Fall 2014 Animated Film Preview

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It’s hard to believe that fall is already upon us, but here we are. The best thing about it is that we’ve got some terrific animated feature films to see over the next few months.

Here is Animation Fascination’s official look at the major animated feature films coming to U.S. theaters this fall.

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