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New Digital Features for 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' -- Flipbook and Essay on Single Dads in Films

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 6, 2012 at 4:13PM

Along with the new Blu-ray and DVD release of Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Twentieth Century Fox has created a couple of interactive features to accompany the film. The first is a "Hushpuppy Digital Flipbook," and the second is the mini-essay "Single Dads in Films," which focuses on the father-daughter/son relationship in contemporary cinema.
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"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Along with the new Blu-ray and DVD release of Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Twentieth Century Fox has created a couple of interactive features to accompany the film. The first is a "Hushpuppy Digital Flipbook," and the second is the mini-essay "Single Dads in Films," which focuses on the father-daughter/son relationship in contemporary cinema.

The digital flipbook includes Hushpuppy quotes that can be played aloud, and the trailer and stills from the film. The short essay compares the single parent relationships in "Sleepless in Seattle," "The Pursuit of Happyness," "Finding Nemo," "Love, Actually" and "The Holiday." (Notice how all these titles are either Oscar-nominated, Oscar-winning, or holiday-themed.)

Zeitlin recently won a Gotham Award for Best Breakthrough Director for "Beasts," and the film earned both a Best Picture and Best Female Lead nod in the Indie Spirit Award nominations. Check out our Oscar predictions for the film here.

This article is related to: News, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Blu-ray, News


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.