‘Frozen’ wins BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) held their annual film awards last Sunday in London. For Best Animated Film, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen took home the award, winning over Pixar Animation Studios’ Monsters University and Illumination Entertainment/Universal’s Despicable Me 2.

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Pharrell Williams and Idina Menzel to Perform at Oscars

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We now have more reasons to be stoked for the Oscars this year. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that both Pharrell Williams and Idina Menzel will be performing their mega hits live on Oscar night  from their mega hit animated films–Pharrell Williams will perform “Happy” from Despicable Me 2 and Idina Menzel will perform “Let It Go” from Frozen. (Oh, and did we mention that U2 will also be performing live as well?)

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‘Frozen’ Wins Best Animated Feature at 41st Annie Awards

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Walt Disney Animation Studios’ mega-hit Frozen continues to dominate the award circuit–this time winning Best Animated Feature at ASIFA-Hollywood’s 41st annual Annie Awards. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ brilliant short film Get a Horse! took home the award for Best Animated Short Subject.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 58: Farhan Qureshi – Visual Effects Artist

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In this special episode, Stanford and Marc interview visual effects artist Farhan Qureshi. He’s worked on everything from the Harry Potter films, to Batman Begins, and of course Aardman’s The Pirates: Band of Misfits.

Also Discussed: Farhan’s short films Digitopia: Discover Me, NitroDust and his book VFX and CG Survival Guide for Producers and Filmmakers, as well as the Oscar nominations for animation.

(Recorded on 01/19/14)

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Producer of ‘Frozen’ Wins PGA Award

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The Producers Guild of America (PGA) held their annual awards ceremony last weekend honoring the best producing work of the year.

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‘Frozen’ Wins at 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards

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The 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony took place this week in Los Angeles. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen took home the award for Best Animated Film at the ceremony. “Let It Go” from Frozen took home the award for Best Song.

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2014 Oscar Nominations Announced

2014BestAnimatedFeatureOscarsThe nominees were announced today for the 2014 Academy Awards. In the animation categories, five feature films and five short films were nominated (see below). Also, two songs from animated films have been nominated in the Original Song category: “Happy” from Despicable Me 2 and “Let It Go” from Frozen. And Pixar Animation Studios was snubbed again by not receiving any nominations for the great Monsters University and their beautiful short film The Blue Umbrella.  Here are the animation nominees…

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‘Frozen’ Wins Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film

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Walt Disney Animation Studios’ hit film Frozen took home the Golden Globe last night for Best Animated Feature Film. Frozen won over DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods and Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2. The co-directors of Frozen Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee were on hand to accept the award. Also in attendance at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Los Angeles was Disney and Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter (the Golden Globes just happened to coincide with his birthday so the award was a nice birthday present, that’s for sure).

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 55: Holiday Festivus

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It’s a Festivus for the rest of us. Marc and Matt get together once again to discuss all the best holiday specials and films to watch this time of year.

Also discussed: Disney’s Frozen, Saving Mr. Banks, Golden Globe nominations, and the trailers for Rio 2 and The Nut Job.

(Recorded on 12/23/13)

‘Despicable Me 2’ Continues to Bring in Truckloads of Money

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Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s mega-hit Despicable Me 2 continues to break records. The animated comedy earned $80 million in Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download sales during its first week of availability in the home entertainment market.

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