Oscar Nominees Announced for Best Animated Feature Film

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Five animated features have been nominated for this year’s Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. Here are the nominees with links to the films’ official websites or Facebook pages.

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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 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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“Animation Fascination” Episode 64: AF News – Week of March 2, 2014

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Site columnist Jessica Wersky joins Marc to catch up on and discuss all the latest animation news. This episode is full of Disney properties with a dash of DreamWorks and Reel FX.

News discussed this episode: Frozen joining the one billion dollars club at the box office as well as winning the Oscar for best animated feature and a possible ride we’d like to see built at Disney World/Disneyland. Star Wars Rebels character profiles, and a possible new Shrek film in the future.

(Recorded on 03/03/14)

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GKIDS to Distribute ‘Song of the Sea’ in North America

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GKIDS has secured the North American distribution rights to director Tomm Moore’s (The Secret of Kells) second animated feature Song of the Sea. Inspired by the mythological Irish “Selkies” (seals who shed their skin to become humans on land), the 2D animated film tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse, the last “Seal-child,” as they embark on a journey of “ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their homeland by the sea.”

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