Review: Disney Animation’s Beautiful ‘Short Films Collection’ Is a Must-Own for Fans

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Walt Disney Animation Studios’ new Short Films Collection is truly a stunner. The collection, which is now available on Digital HD platforms and will be available on Blu-ray August 18th, includes 12 of the studios’ animated short films made between the years 2000–2015. While some shorts are fairly new and have been recently seen in theaters, other titles are older and more obscure. Overall, it’s just great to have all of these beloved shorts in one combined and winsome collection.

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Watch This: New Compilation of Short Films from Walt Disney Animation Studios Coming in August

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We’re incredibly stoked about a newly announced collection of animated shorts from Walt Disney Animation Studios that will be released this summer on Digital HD and Blu-ray. Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection, coming to Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on August 11th and on Blu-ray August 18th, contains 12 of the studios’ acclaimed animated shorts from the last decade and a half. Check out the new trailer.
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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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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’ Freak-Out! Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Release Dates Announced

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Disney has officially announced when all the Frozen fiends can get their perpetual fixes. The studio will release the film on Blu-ray and DVD on March 18th with an early release of the film digitally on February 25th. Disney’s first go at pre releasing the digital copy happened with Wreck-it-Ralph and the results must have been good for them to do it again. This has been a definite trend in the animation and film world at large of late.

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“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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“Animation Fascination” Episode 53: Jessica Forer – DreamWorks Animation

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For the first time on the podcast we’re joined by an employee of DreamWorks Animation! Jessica Forer, a production coordinator at the studio joins us to co-host the entire episode as well as discuss her career.

Amongst things discussed are: Ms. Forer’s love of classic animation, the Mickey Mouse short “Get a Horse!”, and the closure of Pixar Canada.

(Recorded on 10/20/13)

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41st Annual Annie Awards Nominees Announced

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ASIFA-Hollywood announced today the nominations for its 41st Annual Annie Awards. With 30 award categories that encompass animation production, individual achievement, and juried awards, the Annie Awards honor and recognize the year’s best animation in film, TV, and commercials.

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[REVIEW – With Spoilers] ‘Frozen’: It’s So Cool!

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This review does include spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the film—go see it!

The anticipation for Disney’s 53rd feature-length Animated film has been over-the-top in some realms and under whelming in others. I told all my friends and family over the last few days that I was going to see Frozen (yay!) and only a small percentage knew what the heck I was yapping about. So, forbid me to question the geniuses at Disney marketing, but for whatever reason, I’m not 100% sure how many people will turn out this opening weekend. In my theater at the “midnight” (9pm) showing, there were 7 of us.  I’m sure it will succeed, though—or at least I hope it will because this was definitely a film worth going to see.

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