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Review: Oscar Nominated 'Ernest & Celestine' a Gentle and Delightfully Weird Animated Treat

Taboo friendship is one of the many resonant themes in the sweetly strange and delicately animated “Ernest & Celestine,” which is up for the Best Animated Feature Oscar.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 24, 2014 2:49 PM
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Animation Oscar Race: Why 'The Croods' Is 'Frozen''s Only Real Challenger (FEATURETTE)

In the Oscar animation arena, competition is fierce. The conventional wisdom has $500-million global smash "Frozen," Disney's best princess musical since "Beauty and the Beast," leading the pack by a good distance. Its strongest competitor, caveman family comedy "The Croods," comes from Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation, which put together a formidable filmmaking partnership. Chris Sanders (Oscar-nominated "How to Train Your Dragon") and Kirk De Micco ("Space Chimps") explain how they built a global hit --with four strong female characters.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2014 3:28 PM
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DreamWorks and Netflix Chase Kids with Streaming Partnership

In a landmark deal, DreamWorks presents a new animated series, "Turbo FAST," now available to stream on Netflix. The children's series will be the first of 300 hours of programming the studio will create for the streaming service.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 26, 2013 12:36 PM
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Ari Folman Takes on Animated Anne Frank Feature

Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman, who animated the Oscar-nominated documentary about his experiences serving in the Israeli military, "Waltz with Bashir," and combined live action and animation in this year's Cannes entry and European Film Award-winner "The Congress," will now tackle another hybrid genre. He is set to start production in 2014 on an animated historic family film about World War II diary writer Anne Frank.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2013 3:31 PM
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Annie Awards Nominations Give Early Picture of Animated Oscar Race

Providing a quick advance of where the Animated Feature category of the Oscars is heading, Disney Animation's "Frozen” and Pixar's “Monsters University” led the feature film nominations for the 41st Annie Awards nominations with 10 each, while Universal/Illumination's “Despicable Me 2″ and DreamWorks Animation's “The Croods” followed with nine.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 2, 2013 12:43 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Scenes at Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki's Oscar-Contender 'The Wind Rises' (TRAILER)

A contender for the animated feature Oscar, the subtitled "The Wind Rises" (Disney) is now playing a one-week Oscar qualifying run in Los Angeles and New York in its Japanese subtitled version. Possibly the last film from Hayao Miyazaki, the Walt Disney of Japan, who won the animated Oscar for "Spirited Away," "The Wind Rises" is not aimed at young kids. Gorgeously drawn, it's an historical true story of the brilliant designer behind the Zero fighter plane that wrecked havoc in World War II. I interview Geoffrey Wexler, a high-ranking Studio Ghibli executive who was in town to start dubbing the English version that Disney will release on February 21.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 12, 2013 11:39 AM
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Ten Animated Shorts Make Academy Shortlist (TRAILERS)

The Academy has narrowed down its animated shorts category to 10 films. Trailers below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 7, 2013 2:03 PM
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Animation Oscar Frontrunners--Will Pixar Skip This Round?

Could this be an award season with no Pixar Oscar nominee? In a weak year for top animated features, enough have been officially submitted to the Academy for Oscar consideration to likely make a race with five nominees, even though several of the films have yet to qualify via a required Los Angeles run. In the eventuality that five films don't nab high enough ratings of 7.5 (out of 6--poor--to 10--excellent), though, there could be fewer entries.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 5, 2013 2:27 PM
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Early Review Roundup: Critics Warm to Disney's 'Frozen'

The first reviews have arrived for Disney's "Frozen," the studio's animated spin on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Ice Queen." So far, so good. Variety calls it "always enjoyable," while the Wrap claims the film is Disney's best animated musical since 1991 classic "Beauty and the Beast." More below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 4, 2013 12:05 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Pretty Females vs. the Bold Feminism of 'Frozen'

Now that the "Frozen" "pretty female" controversy has thawed, let's take a look at how Disney shatters the fairy tale model with two strong female heroines.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 1, 2013 2:12 PM
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