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Watch: 90-Minute Siggraph '13 Lecture Featuring Animation Giants Pete Docter, Chris Sanders, Henry Selick & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 6, 2013 1:01 PM
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Marc Davis is a legend of Disney Feature Animation – one of Walt's Nine Old Men (his highly influential cabal of animators), Marc animated Thumper from "Bambi" and Cruella De Vil from "101 Dalmatians" and had just as profound an impact in Imagineering, where he helped design iconic attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, and America Sings. The Academy holds a series of Marc Davis Lectures, where they discuss some aspect of animation, and this year held the first "away" lecture, this time at Siggraph, the annual conference on computer graphics. At the lecture they assembled nine relatively young men: Ron Clements, Pete Docter, Eric Goldberg, Kevin Lima, Mike Mitchell, Chris Sanders, Henry Selick, David Silverman and Kirk Wise. The theme of the lecture was "Giants' First Steps," and focused on the early student short films by the animators. If you have even a cursory interest in animation, it's something of a must-watch.

Watch: First Trailer & Poster For 'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2013 6:09 PM
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Well, there will be no other movies this year that will make a leak/leek pun, so in that regard, "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2" stands alone. But it's also going to be the only movie this year with food that talks. And swims. And drives boats.

Watch: Trailer For Animated Prehistoric Comedy 'The Croods' Voiced By Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 3, 2012 12:51 PM
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"Never leave the cave!" Voiced by Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman, DreamWorks Animations' "The Croods" is the company's big animated family comedy of 2013. Directed by Chris Sanders (the filmmaker behind "How to Train Your Dragon" and the illustrator who created "Lilo & Stitch") and Kirk DeMicco (writer of "Space Chimps" and the upcoming "Hong Kong Phooey" adaptation), one can only assume that if the film takes off like they hope, franchise is in the cards (and when isn't it for the lucrative field of animation?).

Beautiful Trailer, Bland Poster Debut For 3D Stop-Motion Animated ‘ParaNorman’

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 30, 2011 2:20 PM
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011 hasn’t exactly been an exceptional year for animated films. Besides this spring’s deliciously strange “Rango” and this summer’s gorgeous, supple “Winnie the Pooh,” there hasn’t been a whole lot to fawn over, animation-wise. (When Pixar unloads a colossal letdown like “Cars 2,”

Weekend Box Office: 'Puss In Boots' Purrs To No. 1 As Wintery Weekend Affects Bottom Line Totals

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  • October 30, 2011 5:09 AM
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Opening up on 3,952 screens DreamWorks Animation’s 3D "Puss In Boots," a spin-off of the popular and lucrative "Shrek" series, was always going to do well. Even critics were on board this time (an 81% RT score), including our own positive Playlist review. However, competing with Halloween and Halloween parties is tough. Add on top of that an unexpected winter squall hitting the East Coast this weekend and numbers were much lower than any “Shrek” picture so far. But everything’s relative, even the seemingly low “Puss In Boots” $34 million opening set a Halloween weekend record, besting the $33.6 million record that “Saw III” set in 2006.

Beautiful Trailer, Bland Poster Debut For 3D Stop-Motion Animated ‘ParaNorman’

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 30, 2011 3:50 AM
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2011 hasn’t exactly been an exceptional year for animated films. Besides this spring’s deliciously strange “Rango” and this summer’s gorgeous, supple “Winnie the Pooh,” there hasn’t been a whole lot to fawn over, animation-wise. (When Pixar unloads a colossal letdown like “Cars 2,” you know the medium is having an “off year.”) Thankfully, 2012 is poised to be an embarrassment of riches, with new movies from proven studios like Blue Sky (“Ice Age: Continental Drift”), Illumination ("The Lorax"), Disney ("Wreck-It Ralph" and Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie") Aardman (“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”) and the beloved Studio Ghibli (“The Secret World of Arriety”), as well as a brand-new Pixar property (“Brave,” plus the heavily Pixar-associated live action hybrid “John Carter”) and the debut features from children’s illustrator William Joyce (DreamWorks’ “Rise of the Guardians”) and super-genius animator Genndy Tarkovsky (Sony’s “Hotel Transylvania”). Also being released next year is “ParaNorman,” the new 3D stop-motion film from Laika, the Portland, Oregon-based animation studio that gave us the wonderful “Coraline” back in 2009, and judging by the jaw-dropping new trailer, it’s definitely one to keep an eye on.

In Theaters: 'The Rum Diary' Hopes To Drink 'In Time' & 'Puss In Boots' Under The Table

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • October 28, 2011 8:34 AM
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Um, WHAT? There is no horror movie opening this weekend. WHO WILL FILL THE SAW VOID??? I know we got “Paranormal Activity 3” last weekend, but it is decidedly abnormal for no big budget horror to be opening on October goddamn 28th. Are we on the decline of a cycle? Is everyone getting their yayas out at those horrible haunted house places? Think piece coming soon! In the meantime, check out our foreign horror feature for all your cinematic creepy crawlies. And, if you’re not in the Halloween spirit, here are some other films for you to enjoy: the long awaited “The Rum Diary”! “Puss in Boots,” for the children. And time as money movie “In Time” with lots of pretty humans.

First Look At Tim Burton's Full Length 'Frankenweenie'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 2:03 AM
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Looking at back at his films since the start of the 2000s, Tim Burton has done two remakes ("Charlie & the Chocolate Factory" and "Planet of the Apes"), one Broadway adaptation ("Sweeney Todd"), another book adaptation ("Big Fish") and a fairy tale movie ("Alice In Wonderland"). "Corpse Bride" is his last original creation and with the TV-based "Dark Shadows" around the corner, the opportunities to see Burton doing something wholly from his brain seem to be diminishing. So while a full-length version of his 1984 short film "Frankenweenie" might seem a bit underwhelming at first, at least it's a return to world of his own making. And as these first looks at the film from EW reveal, he's full embracing the black-and-white aesthetic that was part of the charm of the original.

Watch: Charming Trailer For 'Dr. Seuss' The Lorax'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 1:09 AM
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Adapting the carefully calibrated, imaginative and uniquely original worlds and characters created by Dr. Seuss is no easy feat, and the live action incarnations “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Cat and the Hat” are the exact definition of how to do it wrong. But on the animated side, the writer's tales have fared much better. Of course, on the small screen, the animated 'Grinch' is a classic and a yearly ritual during the holiday season while "Horton Hears a Who!" from a few years back did Seuss some reasonable justice. Well, the team behind that film are back with "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," and while the purists may take umbrage, it's hard to find fault here.

Review: 'Puss In Boots' A Fun Adventure & Worthwhile Spinoff From The Lagging 'Shrek' Franchise

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 26, 2011 10:33 AM
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Where “Shrek” eventually scared audiences away with its ever-expanding ensemble and pop culture references culled from current events, “Puss in Boots” streamlines its cast of characters and aims for something more straightforward, in the process not only recapturing the oddball magic of the first two “Shrek” films but the more classical charms of DreamWorks pictures like “How To Train Your Dragon” and “Kung Fu Panda 2.” After juggling too many characters with too few new ideas in “Shrek The Third,” director Chris Miller takes advantage of the opportunity to explore his own world in the Puss-centric spinoff, creating an adventure that’s both cinematic and intimate, never sacrificing sincere emotion for the short-lived glory of a good punch line or set piece.

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