Top Ten Most Fascinating Animated Characters: Number 6

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It may be unfair to rank animated characters from television on the same list as those from film. A long running cartoon series has so much more time to develop the character. This character has had over fifteen years, four hundred episodes and two full length feature films in which to pique our fascination. However, I believe that SpongeBob Squarepants won this spot on the top ten most fascinating characters from the first moment we met him in episode one, “Help Wanted,” which aired on Nickelodeon on May Day of 1999.

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Winter 2015 Animated Film Preview

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Winter 2015 is here and animation studios from around the world have bestowed upon us a very unique set of films to start off the year. From traditional hand-drawn (Song of the Sea), to live-action CG hybrid (Paddington), and everything in between, there are lots of great animated features to enjoy this season. Here’s our preview (along with some personal opinions from yours truly). Let us know what movies you’ve seen or are planning to see in the comments below.

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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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Watch This: UK Trailer for ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’

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Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon have released a new trailer for the upcoming live-action/hybrid animated film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. The trailer is on the Paramount Pictures UK YouTube channel and also on Nick.com.

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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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Lino DiSalvo Moves from Disney to Paramount Animation

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Paramount Animation recently announced that animator Lino DiSalvo has been named as the studio’s new creative director. DiSalvo comes to Paramount after having spent the last 16 years at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Most recently, he was head of animation for Disney’s mega-hit Frozen.

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