‘The Lion King’ Signature Edition Coming Soon

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Disney Animation’s 1994 smash The Lion King is getting a new Digital HD/Blu-ray release as part of Walt Disney Home Entertainment’s latest branding effort, the Walt Disney Signature Collection.

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Disney’s Legacy Collection CDs Are a Must-Have for Music and Film Collectors

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Walt Disney Records has begun rolling out their newly created line of collectible CDs entitled Walt Disney Records The Legacy CollectionStarting first with Disney’s The Lion King, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, 15 new CD sets of classic Disney film and theme park music have been announced to be released through 2015 with hopefully more to be announced in the future.

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‘Frozen’ Becomes Top Grossing Animated Film Ever

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Over the weekend, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen took the number 10 spot in the list of the highest grossing films of all time. Its current take is standing at $1.072 billion (earning $398.4 million in the U.S. and $674 million in international markets so far). Frozen has now overtaken both Disney Animation’s The Lion King ($987.5 million) and Pixar Animation Studio’s Toy Story 3 ($1.063 billion worldwide) in total worldwide box office earnings, making it Disney’s most successful animated film ever in its first run and also giving it the bragging rights as being in the top 10 of the all-time worldwide box office.

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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)

2D or Not 2D: There’s No Question

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Earlier this year, Disney chief executive Bog Iger said that the company has no plans to do another hand-drawn, feature-length film. This news is disheartening to many of us animation fanatics, as anyone perusing the animation blogosphere this year can attest to. The sentiments are predictable and apt: Disney’s legacy began with hand-drawn animation, it’s wrong to blame an art form for bad stories, and it’s depressing to imagine Disney as only doing CG films.

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Veteran Animator Burny Mattinson Celebrates 60 Years of Working at Disney

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Animator, writer and director Burny Mattinson celebrated his 60th year of working at The Walt Disney Company this week. The commemoration and celebration were held on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at the Roy E. Disney Animation Building on The Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank, CA.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 38: The Disney Renaissance

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In this episode Marc and Matt become renaissance men with guest host Josh Spiegel (from “Mousterpiece Cinema“). From The Little Mermaid up to Tarzan, we discuss Disney’s most successful era that began in the late 80s and ended around the year 2000.

Also discussed: the new release Escape from Planet Earth, some new clips from Monsters University, as well as news from Dreamworks and Illumination Entertainment.

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Animation Fascination Episode 12: The History Of Animation with Austin Madison and Chris Chua

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Welcome back to the Animation Fascination podcast. Each episode will feature an animated series or film from the past or present. Traditionally hand drawn, computer generated, or stop motion/claymation, if it’s animated, its up for discussion!

On this episode, Marc and Justin discuss the history of animation with Pixar animators Austin Madison and Chris Chua!

  • New Releases (Reviews)
  • Jem & the Holograms: Season 1 DVD
  • The Lion King 3D Blu-ray
  • African Cats Blu-ray
  • Beauty and the Beast 3D Blu-ray
  • Dumbo: 70th Anniversary Blu-ray
  • Jake and the Neverland Pirates DVD
  • Topic Discussion
  • The History of Animation

Animation Fascination Episode 11: Return Of The King

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Welcome back to the Animation Fascination podcast. Each episode will feature an animated series or film from the past or present. Traditionally hand drawn, computer generated, or stop motion/claymation, if it’s animated, its up for discussion!

On this episode, Marc, Matt, and Justin discuss The Lion King!

Blu-ray Reviews: 

  • Rio
  • Mars Needs Moms
  • Fox & the Hound (1 & 2)
  • Bambi II
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D

DVD Reviews:

  • Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
  • Phineas & Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension
  • Hey Arnold: Season 1
  • Danny Phantom: Season 1

Featured Film/Blu-ray Review:

  • The Lion King

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