“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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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Animated Series in Development

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At the Marvel Animation panel at SDCC Comic-Con 2014, Marvel Animation senior vice president Eric Radomski and other members the Marvel team discussed their latest and greatest TV animation projects, including the announcement of a new Guardians of the Galaxy animated TV series.

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LAIKA Interested in Pursuing a Hand-Drawn Animated Feature

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At the San Diego Comic-Con Hall H presentation for LAIKA’s upcoming feature The BoxTrolls, LAIKA head Travis Knight told the enthusiastic crowd that he wants to help “hand-drawn animation make a comeback.” In fact, he’d like LAIKA to create an entire 2D hand-drawn animated feature film.

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New ‘Toy Story’ TV Special to Air December 2

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The creative team behind Pixar’s new TV special Toy Story That Time Forgot held a panel presentation and discussion at San Diego Comic-Con recently. Lots of cool info was revealed at the panel, including character designs and bios, as well as the special’s screening date, which will be December 2nd on ABC.

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2D Animation Not Dead at Disney

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At the ‘Art of Big Hero 6 panel held recently at San Diego Comic-Con, new footage from the upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios film was shown to the enthusiastic crowd in attendance. It was also confirmed during the presentation that 2D animation is truly not dead at Disney.

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[UPDATE] Bruce Timm Returns to Direct DC Animated Film

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More good news out of San Diego Comic-Con 2014. DC and Warner Bros. announced that animator and director Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) will be directing the next Justice League original animated movie. Entitled, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, the film is based on an original story by Alan Burnett and Sam Liu.

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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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San Diego Comic-Con Begins Today, But It’ll Take the TARDIS to Get Me In

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So, as much as I have always loved comics, cartoons and everything related to the world of being a nerd, generally, I have never attended or paid much attention to the many, varying comic conventions that are so popular these days. Maybe because I haven’t lived in SOCAL that long, but I now realize how incredibly out of the loop I am. In researching what, in relation to animation, this year’s Comic-Con has to offer, I have been bowled over by all the cool exhibits, guests and products available to the 130,000 fans that managed to get tickets to this exclusive event. I went online to try to pick up a ticket for Sunday because I am off work, but apparently I need to locate the Doctor about traveling back in time, since they are all long sold-out.

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New Poster for ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’

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Pixar fans at San Diego Comic-Con this week are in for a treat: Pixar and ABC are giving away posters for the upcoming TV special Toy Story That Time Forgot at their Comic-Con panel as well at a special autograph session. The poster was designed by comic artist/ legend Mike Mignola and it’s just all sorts of cool.

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Comedy Central Announces Details for San Diego Comic-Con Panels

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Comedy Central is bringing its animated programming to San Diego Comic-Con in a big way next week. It is also taping a one-hour comedy special with comedian and actor Patton Oswalt in San Diego during the convention. Check out the details after the jump…

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