Review: ‘Turbo FAST’ Season 2 Puts the Speedy Snails in New, Funny Situations

The snails go to outer space, one of the many off-track comedic adventures in season 2 of 'Turbo FAST' (© DreamWorks Animation)

The snails go to outer space in one of the many off-track comedic adventures in season 2 of ‘Turbo FAST’ (© DreamWorks Animation)

The Turbotown crew is back for a second season in DreamWorks Animation’s animated series Turbo FASTwhich is available exclusively on Netflix beginning July 31st.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 57: AF News – Week of January 13th, 2014

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It’s our first AF News episode! Stanford Clark joins Marc to discuss all the latest news in animation from the past few weeks.

News Highlights Discussed: Actor Sam Witwer Q & A, Golden Globe for BEST ANIMATED FEATURE goes to Frozen, Star Wars: The Clone Wars final Darth Maul story arc, Pixar’s Party Central, Disney’s Big Hero 6, Turbo: FAST on Netflix Instant, and a fifth Ice Age film.

(Recorded on 01/13/14)

‘Turbo’ Turns Animated Series…FAST

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It feels like only yesterday I was seeing the first previews for DreamWorks’ Turbo, but the film about a snail who dreams of being a racer that debuted this summer has already leant itself to a spinoff cartoon series to premiere this month. The show, titled Turbo FAST, will premiere on Netflix as their first original series for kids and will likely be a hit with very young children. I found the movie to be a predictable rehashing of far better scripts, but there were some moments and characters enjoyable to watch.

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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

Summer 2013: Animation Over-Saturation?

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What a summer it’s been for animated movies. Starting with the late March release of DreamWorks’ The Croods and ending with the August release of Disneytoon Studios’ Planes, there have been six big budget animated films released from most of the major Hollywood animation studios along with one direct-to-video release which was put in theaters first. With so many animated films to choose from, not all films performed equally at the box office and in the hearts and minds of the movie going public.

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‘The Smurfs 2’ Takes 3rd

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Call it fate, call it karma, call it whatever, but The Smurfs 2 took third place in the U.S. box office derby this weekend, earning $17.5 million over the weekend and a total of $27.1 million since its opening on Wednesday, July 31. According to Box Office Mojo, first place in the U.S. box office this weekend went to 2 Guns with $27.1 million, with The Wolverine taking second place at $21.3 million.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 49: In the Pacific Rim with Hal Hickel

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Join Marc and guest host Jon Hueber as they head to the Pacific Rim to talk with returning guest Hal Hickel, of Industrial Light and Magic.

Hal discusses in-depth the production of the film and what it was like to work with Guillermo del Toro, who he’d co-pilot a Jaeger with, what Kaiju was his favorite, and where he’d like to see the story go in a sequel.

So sit back and enjoy, because today we are cancelling the apocalypse!

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Selick Admits to Industry Challenges at SIGGRAPH

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SIGGRAPH 2013 is well underway in Anaheim, CA, and Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented a keynote panel, which included many of feature animations best and brightest.

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