Redbox Pick of the Week: ‘Penguins of Madagascar’

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I’m no huge Madagascar fan, thus the reason it took me until the DVD release to see this film, but Penguins of Madagascar (DreamWorks Animation, 2014) is a fun, hilarious, highly enjoyable movie. I was awww’ing and lol’ing almost immediately, as we get to see Skipper, Rico, Kowalski and Private as adorable wittle penguin babies sticking it to some leopard seals and getting kicked down a mountain by some documentary filmmakers. The premise is not too bad—little funky with the octopus/doctor super-villain, but it totally fits in with the weird world of these wannabe military special-op soldiers.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 78: AF News – November 2014

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It’s a vintage AF team up in the latest news edition, Marc Vibbert is joined by Justin Vactor to discuss all the latest animation industry news from November.

Amongst the topics in this episode are reviews for Big Hero 6, Penguins of Madagascar, and the new Studio Ghibli Blu-ray releases. The announcement of Toy Story 4, The LEGO Movie sequel writers, Hullabaloo, and much, much more are also discussed.

(Recorded 11/22/14)

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Fall 2014 Animated Film Preview

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It’s hard to believe that fall is already upon us, but here we are. The best thing about it is that we’ve got some terrific animated feature films to see over the next few months.

Here is Animation Fascination’s official look at the major animated feature films coming to U.S. theaters this fall.

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge—Good Times for a Good Cause

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Many in the animation community have taken on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to help fight against this awful disease. Here are some of our favorites. Thanks to everyone for their support!

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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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New Poster and Trailer Debut for ‘Penguins of Madagascar’

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DreamWorks Animation has dropped the second trailer for their upcoming feature Penguins of Madagascar. Check it out after the jump …

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Benedict Cumberbatch Steals the Show at SDCC DreamWorks Animation Panel

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DreamWorks Animation took to Hall H at this year’s San Diego Comic-Com to show off their upcoming slate of feature films. Craig Ferguson was the moderator for the panel, which included peeks at The Penguins of Madagascar and Home.

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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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2013 Daytime Emmy Award Nominations Announced

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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced this week the nominees for the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards. Among the soap operas, talk shows, game shows, and cooking show categories, some awesome animated programs are getting some well-deserved recognition. The Daytime Emmy Award show will be broadcast on HLN (CNN’s Headline News channel) on June 16, 2013, 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

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