“Animation Fascination” Episode 65: Jason Schleifer – Head of Character Animation at DreamWorks Animation

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Jon Hueber and Stanford Clark join Marc to interview Jason Schleifer, the head of character animation at DreamWorks Animation about his career as well as Mr. Peabody and Sherman.

We talk about his work at Weta Digital on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, moving up the ranks at DreamWorks, and receiving philosophical wisdom from a random guy on a sand dune.

Also Discussed: trailers for The BoxTrolls and Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, the DreamWorks short Almost Home, Frozen on Blu-ray, breaking news about Cartoon Network, and so much more…

(Recorded on 03/10/14)

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Spring 2014 Animated Feature Film Preview

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2014 is off to a great start with the huge success of Warner Bros.’ hilarious and extremely clever hit The LEGO Movie. The animated feature films scheduled to open in the U.S. over the next few months will offer filmgoers a variety of stories, styles, and experiences that all look “awesome” to us. Marc Vibbert and Tom Fonss discuss the spring features in episode 62 of the Animation Fascination podcast. Here’s my take on what to expect with the animated features coming to theaters this spring.

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DreamWorks Animation Adds Chapman Library

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DreamWorks Animation is continuing its recent string of content acquisitions by taking on the Chapman Entertainment Library, which includes pre-school-aimed fare such as Roary the Racing Car, Raa Raa the Noisy Lion, Fifi and the Flowertots, and Little Charley Bear.

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June Foray, The First Lady of Voice Acting, to receive 2013 Governors Award

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The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS) will honor the great June Foray, the undisputed First Lady of Voice Acting, with the lifetime Governors Award at this year’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards show on September 15th.

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DreamWorks, Netflix Get Cozy in New Deal

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DreamWorks Animation has announced a new partnership with Internet TV network, Netflix, to bring hundreds of hours of content to the popular service. The multi-year deal makes Netflix the official “home” of DreamWorks Animation properties.

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Bullwinkle and Friends to Run (and Pun) Again!

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Jay Ward’s timeless creations are coming back to the comic book world thanks to the good folks at IDW Publishing. The comics publisher, along with DreamWorks Classics and Bullwinkle Studios have joined forces to bring Bullwinkle J. Moose, his pal Rocky, The Flying Squirrel, the nefarious no-goodniks Boris Badenov & Natasha Fatale, and the rest of the gang to comic shops nationwide beginning this fall.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 29: Bill Farmer – Voice Acting Legend

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In this episode Marc and Matt are joined by voice acting legend Bill Farmer (voice of Goofy, Pluto, Foghorn Leghorn, & Yosemite Sam as well as many others). Interview includes discussion of inspiration for Mr. Farmer’s career, great stories, and thoughts on stop motion animation. Marc and Matt also debate the ending of Bambi, all this and much, much more…

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