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Oscars: Can Karen O & 'Short Term 12' Beat Disney's 'Frozen' In The Music Categories?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 25, 2013 2:31 PM
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Oscars, Score, 2013
This week sees the arrival of Disney's "Frozen," the studio's most acclaimed film in years. It's also a serious throwback to the studio's animated musicals of the late 1980s and 1990s, a full-on songfest with multiple numbers of Broadway quality, and that's useful for our purposes, because this week we're going to focus on the musical categories of the Academy Awards.

Oscars: Will Hayao Miyazaki Win Best Animated Feature For 'The Wind Rises'?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 12, 2013 2:19 PM
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Oscars Animation 2013
The last week or so has seen the animation branch of the Academy start to crystallize their contenders: a list of 19 features have been announced as the submitted films for the Best Animated Feature category, along with a list of 10 shorts. This year sees a fairly major change in the category, with voters on the nominating committee now able to watch the films on screeners, rather than attending special in-theater screenings. They also only have to watch two-thirds of the eligible films (twelve and a half, which we're assuming rounds up to thirteen), rather than the 80% which was the case in previous years.

Watch: New Trailer For Disney's 'Frozen' Tries To Stop The Winter

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2013 6:16 PM
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Oh hey, look! A Disney movie not based on a pre-existing property, and not a Pixar or Marvel release either. Instead, it's from their own animation department, which has been doing just fine of late with fare like "Tangled" and "Wreck-It-Ralph," and now comes a new princess story, but one with a chilly edge.

'Brave' Director Brenda Chapman Says Animation Is “Run By A Boys Club” & Weighs In On 'Frozen' Controversy

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 16, 2013 11:00 AM
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Over the past week, Disney Animation has had a rough go of it. To explain: Jenna Busch, reporting for Fan Voice, picked up on a distressing comment made by Lino DiSalvo, a veteran Disney animator at a long lead press day for "Frozen," the studio's forthcoming animated feature. These comments were somewhat unsettling, especially considering they were delivered completely free of context, but the comments were, of course, quickly picked up around the web, most notably by bastion of journalistic integrity Buzzfeed, who complemented their Tumblr-like piece with funny gifs and images taken from other websites. Now Time has actually gotten someone of note to weigh in on the controversy: Brenda Chapman, the former Pixar director who won an Oscar for "Brave," who claims that animation as a whole is “run by a boys club.”

Watch: New Trailer For Disney's 'Frozen' Brings Eternal Snow Plus Fresh Pics & Posters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2013 12:22 PM
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After flopping pretty hard with "The Lone Ranger" this summer, Disney is likely hoping that end of the year on a brighter note, and that hope rests with their animation department and "Frozen." And after a couple of mid-year teasers, the big push begins today with a brand new trailer and, well, at least they tried, right?

What D23 Says About The State Of Disney Feature Animation

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 23, 2013 2:15 PM
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The big news out of last weekend's D23 Expo in Anaheim, a kind of Comic-Con for Disney, was the lack of news relating to the studio's highly anticipated "Star Wars: Episode VII." There wasn't any kind of announcement—no release date or subtitle or confirmation of actors who are scheduled to return (and those who will be sitting this one out). In fact, the silence around 'Star Wars' was so deafening that many lost sight of just how much the studio divulged about its upcoming slate of animated features. Not only did they map out the movies that the studio will be delivering through 2016, but they also showcased what will be the pattern for Disney animated features for years and years to come. Only nobody noticed because they were too busy looking for that Death Star.

Watch: NSFW Featurette For 'Kick Ass 2,' & SFW Clip From Disney's 'Frozen'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 12, 2013 11:31 AM
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A couple of clips for upcoming movies hit over the weekend, at polar opposites from each other, one for a big animated movie that's still a few months away, the other a red-band featurette for an imminent R-rated comic book blockbuster.

D23 Reviews: 'Monsters' Short 'Party Central' & Rediscovered Mickey Mouse Cartoon 'Get A Horse!'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 9, 2013 10:48 PM
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Party Central, Monsters University
As part of the lavish, seemingly endless presentation today on Walt Disney Animation at D23, we were treated to two brand new short film screenings: the North American premiere of the rediscovered, almost lost Mickey Mouse classic "Get A Horse!" (which had its lavish world premiere recently at Annecy) and what ended up being the world premiere of a "Monsters University" spin-off short called "Party Central." They were both very special short films that reiterated that Pixar and Walt Disney Feature Animation are two very different studios with two very different approaches that still fall comfortably under the larger umbrella of Disney animation.

Watch: Japanese Teaser Trailers For 'Diana' Biopic & Disney's 'Frozen'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 3, 2013 12:55 PM
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If you are wondering what binds these two movies together other than they both boast teaser trailers from Japan, well, they are both movies about princesses (wildly different movies, but still) so let's just get right to it...

Watch: Disney Goes 'Ice Age' In First Teaser Trailer For 'Frozen'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2013 6:46 AM
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So what does Disney do when getting the first word out about their brand new princess movie? Get an article in USA Today featuring an interview with Kristen Bell? Yep, makes sense. Make sure that the very first teaser trailer looks like an "Ice Age" movie....uh, what?

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