“Animation Fascination” Episode 56: The Best of 2013 and What to Look Forward to in 2014

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Stanford Clark joins Marc to discuss their personal top five animated films of 2013. Which of your favorites from last year made their lists? They also look towards the future and discuss all of 2014’s upcoming animated films.

Also discussed: Doctor Who‘s 50th Anniversary and Christmas Specials, The Lone Ranger, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Mary Poppins.

(Recorded on 01/06/14)

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2013 Animation on Blu-ray/DVD Holiday Gift Guide

AF holiday guide 2The movie studios are spreading lots of holiday cheer this year by releasing new animated films and series on Blu-ray just in time for the big gift giving season. We’ve recently reported on new titles coming to Blu-ray from the Walt Disney Studios. Here are some other items to consider giving to the animation fans in your life…

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 51: D23 Expo 2013 (Part 1)

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In part one of a two-parter Stanford Clark tells Marc about all of the awesome experiences and news he learned from his trip to Disney’s 2013 D23 Expo.

Amongst things discussed are Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ slate of upcoming films. Geeking out in front of Disney legends, and the Waffle-inator!

We also cover a whole slew of new releases as well as a ton of news from around the Animation industry.

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New Releases – Week of Tuesday September 3, 2013

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Hello, everyone! After a light week in new releases last week, this week is sure to bring some awesome new releases that will please all! This week brings us Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest, Regular Show: Fright Pack, and our featured release, From Up on Poppy Hill. Let’s dive in!

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Disney to Distribute ‘The Wind Rises’

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The Walt Disney Studios has announced that it will be the U.S. distributor for Studio Ghibli’s latest film The Wind Rises. No opening date has been announced. The film will make its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

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Studio Ghibli’s From Up On Poppy Hill Begins Limited Theatrical Release In U.S.

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The English-language dub version of Studio Ghibli’s 2011 film From Up on Poppy Hill opens today in New York and will expand to Los Angeles and other select U.S. cities later this month. The official theater list and current U.S. release schedule is available on the film’s Facebook page. The English-speaking voice cast includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Gillian Anderson, Bruce Dern, Christina Hendricks, Aubrey Plaza and Beau Bridges. The film is being distributed in the U.S. by GKIDS Films.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 37: Alex Mandel – Pixar Composer

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Can you hear the music?

In this episode Marc and Matt interview Annie Award nominated Pixar composer Alex Mandel. We discuss Alex’s influences on his music, how he came to work for Pixar, Mickey Mouse-ing, and what it’s like to have an iTunes library in your head. Alex also talks about the collaborative process at Pixar and the 25 verse version of one of the songs he wrote for Brave.

The new trailers for Monsters University and From Up on Poppy Hill as well as our recommendations are also brought up.

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New Trailer for Studio Ghibli’s From Up On Poppy Hill

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Over the years, Studio Ghibli has become one of the most beloved and iconic names in animated cinema. Studio Ghibli is one of the few animation houses that still has a reverence for hand-drawn animation and nearly every film they release is nothing short of a master work; especially when the name Miyazaki is attached.

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