Idris Elba to Voice Shere Khan in Disney’s New CG-Hybrid Version of ‘The Jungle Book’

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The Walt Disney Studios is moving forward with another feature film version of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. This time, the film is going to be a hybrid live-action/CG film directed by Jon Favreau. British actor Idris Elba is in final talks to voice the villainous tiger Shere Khan. No other casting decisions have been announced. Elba should be a terrific choice for the character who was famously voiced in the 1967 Disney animated feature by the great character actor George Sanders.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 61: AF News – Week of February 9th, 2014

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In this bricktastic episode Marc and Stanford discuss The LEGO Movie and share your input on the film as well. We also talk about ideas for the already in the works sequel to the film and how well it did at the box office this past weekend. In addition, Stanford interviews Floyd Norman in celebration of The Jungle Book coming to Blu-ray this week.

Also Discussed: Arthur Rankin Jr.’s passing, a recap of the Annie Awards winners, a live-action/CG Rescue Rangers film, Pixar’s Party Central preview, the trailer for Postman Pat, and the voice cast for Sausage Party.

(Recorded on 02/10/14)

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See Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘The Jungle Book’ on the Big Screen This Weekend

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The Walt Disney Studios along with Cinemark Theatres are bringing two Disney animated classics to the big screen in select markets over Presidents’ Day weekend. The recent “Diamond Edition” titles The Little Mermaid and The Jungle Book will be shown on the big screen at a discounted price of $5.00 per ticket per film.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 60: Otis Frampton – Character/Background Artist (How it Should Have Ended)

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In this oddly normal interview, Otis Frampton stops by to speak with Marc and Stanford. Find out how Otis and Daniel Baxter of HISHE originally met, what influences Otis’ art, and what his dream project to work on would be.

Also Discussed: The Jungle Book and Justice League: War on Blu-ray, Gargoyles on YouTube, and Robotech: The Complete Set.

(Recorded on 02/03/14)

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D23 Announces 2014 Events

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D23, the official Disney fan club, has announced their members-only events happening in 2014. Of particular interest to our loyal readers and animation fans are the screenings of classic Disney animated films in the historic Studios Theater located on the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank, California.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 54: Top Ten Animated Disney Films of All Time with Tom Fonss

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It’s a Walt Disney Animation Top Ten episode, so who better to join Marc for this best of list other than Tom Fonss himself. Are any of your favorite films on either of their lists? Maybe… probably. But you can’t know for sure unless you listen.

Also discussed: Doctor Who, Rocky and Bullwinkle returning to the big screen, the 19 films that may or may not get nominated for a Best Animated Feature Oscar, and trailers for The Lego Movie, Maleficent, and Mr. Peabody and Sherman.

(Recorded on 11/24/13)

Details Released for ‘The Jungle Book’ Diamond Edition Blu-ray

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As previously announced, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 19th animated motion picture The Jungle Book is coming to Blu-ray on February 11, 2014. This is the first time on Blu-ray for this film, which is the last animated feature that Walt Disney himself personally worked on before his death in 1966.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 51: D23 Expo 2013 (Part 1)

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In part one of a two-parter Stanford Clark tells Marc about all of the awesome experiences and news he learned from his trip to Disney’s 2013 D23 Expo.

Amongst things discussed are Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ slate of upcoming films. Geeking out in front of Disney legends, and the Waffle-inator!

We also cover a whole slew of new releases as well as a ton of news from around the Animation industry.

Listen to Part Two Here

Watch This: New Trailer for ‘The Jungle Book’ Diamond Edition Blu-ray

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Disney has released an all-new trailer promoting the upcoming HD release of their animated feature film The Jungle Book.  The beloved 1967 film will be part of Disney’s Diamond Edition Blu-ray collection. New bonus features are to be included on the disc. We will share all of the specs as soon as the final details are revealed.  The Jungle Book Blu-ray will be available in February 2014.

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