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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Six Blu-ray Releases from Disney Coming August 12th

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Save your pennies, Disney fans, because August 12th is going to be big day! DVDizzy.com has delivered the word on the six (yes, six!) Blu-ray releases coming this summer from the Walt Disney Studios. Check out the six titles from the Disney vault scheduled to debut on Blu-ray on August 12th after the jump…

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Interview with Animation Legend Nik Ranieri

Animation Legend Nik Ranieri

Long before I knew it was him, Nik Ranieri has been entertaining and inspiring me with his character animation. Nik is a talented artist whose bold personality has translated into Lumiere, Hades, Kuzco, Buck Cluck, Lewis Robinson, Charlotte La Bouff and my dad’s favorite animated character, Meeko—all characters he supervised. I first heard Nik on Clay Kaytis’ Animation Podcast and I have been an ardent fan of this passionate animator ever since. I asked him if he may be game for an informal interview over Facebook about various topics related to the state of animation today and he very kindly agreed. Nik is such a kind person, yet he will not sidestep the truth to appease popular sentiment. It was an absolute pleasure getting to interview one of my heroes.

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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)

New Films from Walt Disney Animation Studios?

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When Disney announced most recently their upcoming animation slate through 2018  for both Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, there were multiple release dates with “untitled” films attached to them. Courtesy of the fantastic Disney blog Blue Sky Disney, we have some information about what the upcoming films from Walt Disney Animation Studios most likely will be.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 38: The Disney Renaissance

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In this episode Marc and Matt become renaissance men with guest host Josh Spiegel (from “Mousterpiece Cinema“). From The Little Mermaid up to Tarzan, we discuss Disney’s most successful era that began in the late 80s and ended around the year 2000.

Also discussed: the new release Escape from Planet Earth, some new clips from Monsters University, as well as news from Dreamworks and Illumination Entertainment.

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