Countdown to ‘Moana’: Ron Clemens and John Musker Film Festival at the El Capitan this October

Ron Clements and John Musker, one of the great animation directing teams at Walt Disney Animation Studios, are getting ready to release Moana, their seventh film for the studio. To celebrate, Walt Disney Animation Studios is having a retrospective of the films of Ron and John this October at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California.
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Review: Our Wishes Came True–Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Is Finally Available on Blu-ray in the U.S.A.

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After what has seemed like 10,000 years (which can give you such a crick in the neck, as you know), Aladdin, one of our favorite film’s from Disney Animation’s second golden age, has finally been released in the U.S.A. in glorious HD.

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New Blu-ray Release Date for ‘Aladdin’ Diamond Edition

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Make way for Prince Ali on your shelves and hard drives–The Walt Disney Studios has released a slightly revised schedule for the upcoming Diamond Edition release of Aladdin.

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‘Aladdin’ Diamond Edition Blu-ray Coming This October

Aladdin Blu 2Finally, the Walt Disney Studios is releasing Aladdin on Blu-ray and Digital HD on October 6th, 2015. We’ve been waiting way too long for this, so it’s very happy news that the U.S. will at last be getting this perennial favorite released in high-definition.

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Thank You, Robin Williams (1951 – 2014)

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We join with voices around the world in expressing sadness, disbelief, and grief with the news of the passing of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams.

The New York Times reports that Williams was found dead in his home in Tiburon, California, on August 11, 2014. The Marin County sheriff’s office said in a statement that it “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia” and that an investigation was underway. The Times reported that Mr. Williams’s publicist, Mara Buxbaum, said in a statement that Mr. Williams “has been battling severe depression.” He was 63 years old.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 71: DreamWorks’ Dragons – Roundtable

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In this bewilderbeast-sized episode Marc is joined by Tom Fonss, Jessica Wersky, and the prodigal son himself Matt Quest.

Matt catches us up on what he’s been up to for the past six months as Tom and Jessica assist Marc in our How to Train Your Dragon 2 roundtable discussion. Special guests Jessie Forer and Jennifer Harlow hop on to talk about their favorite parts of the film and share some insight into their work on it as well.

Also Discussed: a whole gaggle of Blu-ray, DVD, and book reviews about – Doctor Who, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ernest and Celestine, Alexander, and The Nutty Professor.

(Recorded on June 15th, 17th, & 22nd, 2014) 

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 70: AF News – Week of June 8, 2014

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Stanford Clark and Marc Vibbert are joined by returning guest Otis Frampton as he hops on to discuss his new animated shorts series ABCDEFGeek and the upcoming release of his comic Oddly Normal.

Also Discussed: Big Hero 6 and The Book of Life trailers, Phoenix Comicon (including a Q and A with John Ratzenberger), a contest for LAIKA’s The BoxTrolls, and reviews for Maleficent, The Lego Movie, and An Adventure in Space and Time.

(Recorded on 06/08/14)

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 54: Top Ten Animated Disney Films of All Time with Tom Fonss

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It’s a Walt Disney Animation Top Ten episode, so who better to join Marc for this best of list other than Tom Fonss himself. Are any of your favorite films on either of their lists? Maybe… probably. But you can’t know for sure unless you listen.

Also discussed: Doctor Who, Rocky and Bullwinkle returning to the big screen, the 19 films that may or may not get nominated for a Best Animated Feature Oscar, and trailers for The Lego Movie, Maleficent, and Mr. Peabody and Sherman.

(Recorded on 11/24/13)

Selick Admits to Industry Challenges at SIGGRAPH

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SIGGRAPH 2013 is well underway in Anaheim, CA, and Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented a keynote panel, which included many of feature animations best and brightest.

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