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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‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ Wins Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature

Director DuBois and producer Arnold pose backstage after they won the award for Best Animated Feature Film for "How to Train Your Dragon 2" at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills

Congratulations are in order for DreamWorks Animation for bringing home the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film for their hit film How to Train Your Dragon 2. The Golden Globe Awards ceremony took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on January 11, 2015.

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2014: The Year Without a Pixar Movie

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Do you remember where you were when you heard the news that The Good Dinosaur was being pushed to 2015, leaving a gigantic Pixar shaped void in your 2014 calendar? It was an incremental realization for me.

“Okay, it’s being reworked, I thought, that’s fine…but then what movie are they going to fast-track for 2014? (Cue Homer Simpson’s brain explaining reality to him.) No movie from Pixar at all?!? @#&*%!”

Like a spoiled brat, this animation company has got me so expectant for their annual masterpieces, I all but threw myself on the floor in an Angelica Pickles-worthy tantrum (forgive the Rugrats reference, but I’m lamenting the loss of Christine Cavanaugh). So, now that we made it through the year without a Pixar movie and look forward to the prospect of TWO films for 2015, a little reflection and contemplation seems appropriate.

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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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Phil Lord and Chris Miller Set to Write ‘LEGO Movie’ Sequel

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Deadline.com is reporting that Phil Lord and Chris Miller have signed the deal to write a sequel to their monster hit feature The LEGO Movie for Warner Bros. There is no word yet as to if the duo will also be directing the sequel.

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge—Good Times for a Good Cause

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Many in the animation community have taken on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to help fight against this awful disease. Here are some of our favorites. Thanks to everyone for their support!

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 73: Doctor Who – Reverse the Polarity of the Neutron Flow

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Geronimo! Welcome to the second episode of our special animated sci-fi month. In this episode Marc Vibbert and Tom Fonss are joined by veteran Whovians Kevin Kittridge and Bob Mitsch to discuss everyone’s favorite timelord, Doctor Who!

So sit back, have a jelly baby, and come along with us as we explore all of time and space with the Doctor on his animated adventures. Remember, bow ties are cool.

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Also Discussed: Reviews for Orphan Black and Transcendence on Blu-ray, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in theaters, recommendations for the film Boyhood, Monty Python Live, The Lego Movie, Edge of Tomorrow, and some classic Doctor Who episodes.

(Recorded on July 20, 2014)

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 70: AF News – Week of June 8, 2014

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Stanford Clark and Marc Vibbert are joined by returning guest Otis Frampton as he hops on to discuss his new animated shorts series ABCDEFGeek and the upcoming release of his comic Oddly Normal.

Also Discussed: Big Hero 6 and The Book of Life trailers, Phoenix Comicon (including a Q and A with John Ratzenberger), a contest for LAIKA’s The BoxTrolls, and reviews for Maleficent, The Lego Movie, and An Adventure in Space and Time.

(Recorded on 06/08/14)

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‘The LEGO Movie’ Now Available for Digital Download and Coming to Blu-ray June 17th

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Everybody sing together “Everything Is Awesome” because Warner Bros.’ animated feature film The LEGO Movie is now available for digital download and will be coming to Blu-ray on June 17th.

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Watch This: ‘The LEGO Movie’-Themed ‘The Simpsons’ Couch Gag

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Thanks to Screen Rant’s Geek Picks (from our own Justin Vactor no less), we just checked out this fantastic new The Simpsons couch gag. Inspired by The LEGO Movie, the couch gag is done using stop-motion animation with everything made entirely out of LEGO bricks. We think you’ll like it!

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