First Look at CG ‘Popeye’ Design at 2014 Licensing Expo

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At the 2014 Licensing Expo happening this week in Las Vegas, an advertisement from Sony Pictures Entertainment provided a promotional image of its new CG-animated Popeye film.

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Smurfin’ Around: Sony Moves ‘Goosebumps’ to 2015, ‘Smurfs’ to 2016

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Sony announced Thursday that they will be pushing back the release date for their third installment of The Smurfs franchise from August 2015 to August 2016. They are consequently pulling Goosebumps, the feature based on the popular 90’s R.L. Stine books, up from March 2016 to August 2015.

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Director of New ‘Smurfs’ Movie Launches Tumblr Blog

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I am not a fan of The Smurfs, particularly the hybrid live-action/CG films that Sony Pictures Animation released in 2011 and 2013. When the story came out that Sony was going to make yet another Smurfs film, it sounded like less than thrilling news to me.

But maybe there’s hope for this new film after all. It’s not going to be a live-action/CG hybrid like its predecessors from Sony, but rather a full length CG animated feature.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 66: AF News Special – Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6’

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Tom Fonss and Stanford Clark join Marc Vibbert to discuss Big Hero 6. From its Marvel comic book origins to what Disney has released so far about the film, we cover it all.

Also Discussed: Sequels to Cars and The Incredibles, Blue Sky’s Peanuts teaser trailer, and Party Central / Muppets Most Wanted.

(Recorded on 03/24/14)

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Sony Pictures Animation Announces Upcoming Slate

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Sony Pictures Animation has announced their slate of animated feature films for 2015 and beyond. First up is The Smurfs 3, but this time Peyo’s little blue creations are going to be in a fully animated film rather than part of a CG/live-action hybrid like Sony’s previous two Smurfs films. Directing the untitled film is Kelly Asbury (Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet). The new Smurfs feature is scheduled to be released August 2015.

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Punnily Enough, Sony Throws a Delicious Party for ‘Cloudy 2’

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We were lucky enough to be invited by the good people at Sony Pictures Animation to their press event for the release of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 on DVD/Blu-ray/3D Blu-ray (out on January 28th) this past Wednesday and the event was inventive, informative and quite tasty! It was my first time visiting an animation studio and I was impressed with the quaintness, yet professionalism of the staff. We got to venture around before events began and the quirky touches all around, such as life-size wooden character cutouts, concept artwork and spoof movie posters added to the whimsy of being there.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 56: The Best of 2013 and What to Look Forward to in 2014

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Stanford Clark joins Marc to discuss their personal top five animated films of 2013. Which of your favorites from last year made their lists? They also look towards the future and discuss all of 2014’s upcoming animated films.

Also discussed: Doctor Who‘s 50th Anniversary and Christmas Specials, The Lone Ranger, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Mary Poppins.

(Recorded on 01/06/14)

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New Releases – Week of Tuesday December 3, 2013

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Hello, animation lovers! This week’s new releases give us a wide variety of animated entertainment, from little blue creatures to our favourite Springfield residents! We’re treated to The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition, Transformers: Prime – Season 3, The Smurfs 2, and our featured release, The Simpsons: Season 16.

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2013 Animation on Blu-ray/DVD Holiday Gift Guide

AF holiday guide 2The movie studios are spreading lots of holiday cheer this year by releasing new animated films and series on Blu-ray just in time for the big gift giving season. We’ve recently reported on new titles coming to Blu-ray from the Walt Disney Studios. Here are some other items to consider giving to the animation fans in your life…

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19 Films Submitted for Best Animated Film Oscar Race

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (The Oscars) recently released the names of the 19 films that are vying for this year’s Best Animated Feature Film award.  Continue reading