Review: ‘Big Hero 6’ on Digital HD

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Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 54th animated motion picture Big Hero 6 is now available on all major digital download platforms. I got a copy on iTunes and watched the film and the bonus features using the Disney Movies Anywhere app on my iPhone 5S. I’m happy to report that the film is still just as great on the small screen as it was on the big screen (my original review is here) and the bonus features, although a bit sparse, are beautifully produced, entertaining, and informational.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 67: AF News – April 2014

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Stanford Clark joins Marc Vibbert to review a whole slew of Blu-rays & DVDs, amongst them Saving Mr. Banks, The Pirate Fairy, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Also Discussed: Big Hero 6 casting rumors, Rio 2 review, new trailers for How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Planes: Fire and Rescue, and so much more…

(Recorded on 04/15/14)

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 62: Spring Movie Preview ’14

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Tom Fonss is back as our recurring monthly co-host! During the episode Marc and Tom discuss the four films being released during the late winter and spring. Among them; Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises, Dreamworks Animation’s Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Blue Sky’s Rio 2, and Summertime Entertainment’s Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.

Also Discussed: Star Wars: The Clone Wars is coming to Netflix Instant, Game of Thrones, and tangents galore.

(Recorded on 02/17/14)

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 57: AF News – Week of January 13th, 2014

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It’s our first AF News episode! Stanford Clark joins Marc to discuss all the latest news in animation from the past few weeks.

News Highlights Discussed: Actor Sam Witwer Q & A, Golden Globe for BEST ANIMATED FEATURE goes to Frozen, Star Wars: The Clone Wars final Darth Maul story arc, Pixar’s Party Central, Disney’s Big Hero 6, Turbo: FAST on Netflix Instant, and a fifth Ice Age film.

(Recorded on 01/13/14)

“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 48: Arik Ehle – Pixar Animator

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We journey back to the land of Emeryville, CA in this episode to interview another amazing Pixar employee. This time we were lucky enough to speak with Arik Ehle who started as a production assistant and has worked his way up to become an animator.

Filling in for Matt this week is our site writer, Stanford Clark. Join us as we discuss the Studio Ghibli documentary, the new Mickey Mouse shorts, and the newest animated Disney films.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 47: Monsters University Orientation with Chris Chua and Austin Madison

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Hop on the bus with Marc and Matt as they head to Monsters University for orientation. Joining them on campus are Pixar story artist Austin Madison and animator Chris Chua to give us an in-depth look at the production of the film as well as a little bit about The Blue Umbrella.

Hear it here first: details about the MU short that will appear on the Blu-ray this fall, Party Central directed by Kelsey Mann.

Little surprises around every corner, but nothing dangerous, so stay tuned!

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New Mickey Mouse Cartoon Shorts Debut on Disney Channel

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Disney is rolling out their new 2D Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts series on Disney Channel starting the weekend of June 28-30, 2013 (8:30 p.m. ET/PT). Disney gave us a sneak peek of the series last March with the short “Croissant de Triomphe”. Now available for viewing on Disney.com is a brand new short called “No Service”. New shorts will be premiering every Friday through July. The shorts will also be available to view on the WATCH Disney Channel mobile app, iTunes, and a new “Mickey Video Player” mobile app (which we haven’t been able to find yet, at least not on the Apple App Store) after their Disney Channel premieres.

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