Possible Character Designs for DreamWorks’ ‘B.O.O.’

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Some art has been circulating online which appears to be a cover of an upcoming Walter Foster Learn to Draw book for DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming animated feature B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations.

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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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“Animation Fascination” Episode 74: AF News – Week of July 10, 2014

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Stanford Clark and Tim Costello join Marc Vibbert to pay tribute to the legend that was Robin Williams, as well as discuss all the news that came out of San Diego Comic Con. Also announced is an exclusive Big Hero 6 promotion from the Animation Fascination team.

Also Discussed: the August Disney Blu-ray releases reviewed, Disney and LAIKA say that 2D hand drawn animation is still very much alive, the next Toy Story holiday special, awesome toys from Mondo Tees, new trailers from DreamWorks and Paramount, and so much more …

(Recorded on 08/13/14)

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New Poster and Trailer Debut for ‘Penguins of Madagascar’

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DreamWorks Animation has dropped the second trailer for their upcoming feature Penguins of Madagascar. Check it out after the jump …

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Benedict Cumberbatch Steals the Show at SDCC DreamWorks Animation Panel

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DreamWorks Animation took to Hall H at this year’s San Diego Comic-Com to show off their upcoming slate of feature films. Craig Ferguson was the moderator for the panel, which included peeks at The Penguins of Madagascar and Home.

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San Diego Comic-Con Begins Today, But It’ll Take the TARDIS to Get Me In

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So, as much as I have always loved comics, cartoons and everything related to the world of being a nerd, generally, I have never attended or paid much attention to the many, varying comic conventions that are so popular these days. Maybe because I haven’t lived in SOCAL that long, but I now realize how incredibly out of the loop I am. In researching what, in relation to animation, this year’s Comic-Con has to offer, I have been bowled over by all the cool exhibits, guests and products available to the 130,000 fans that managed to get tickets to this exclusive event. I went online to try to pick up a ticket for Sunday because I am off work, but apparently I need to locate the Doctor about traveling back in time, since they are all long sold-out.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 72: AF News Special – Star Trek The Animated Series

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In this AF News special covering all the latest from around the animation industry during the month of June, Marc Vibbert is joined once again by Stanford Clark and Jon Hueber.

They also boldly go were many have gone before to discuss Star Trek: The Animated Series as part of Animation Fascination’s Sci-Fi month!

Also Discussed: live-action Frozen cast announced for Once Upon a Time, leaked Big Hero 6 posters, DreamWorks Animation layoffs, Enchanted sequel announcement, Glen Keane’s short Duet, and much, much more …

(Recorded on July 6, 2014)

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DreamWorks Layoffs Bring (Unjust) Speculation About Feature Animation

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On June 30th, some animation blogs leaked news that DreamWorks was laying off 40-50 people from their feature animation staff, saying “the studio didn’t have enough features requiring staff building front-end production elements, so employees in departments that were overstaffed were laid off and their contracts…paid out.” Of course, since How to Train Your Dragon 2 isn’t raking in the dough as heftily as many hoped/predicted, it leads to talk as to what this will mean for the future of DreamWorks animation and if our lovable Toothless is somehow to blame.

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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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DreamWorks Animation Purchases Rights to Felix the Cat

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DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg announced this week at the 2014 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, that DreamWorks had acquired the rights to the classic animated character Felix the Cat for an undisclosed amount. DreamWorks will not be creating new Felix the Cat animated shorts or features, however; instead, they will be using Felix’s famous face as part of a new fashion line.

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