The International Animated Film Society ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nominees for the 38th Annual Annie Awards, and the DreamWorks feature How to Train Your Dragon leads the pack with more than ten nods. But there’s a caveat; that and the full list of nominations after the break. Read More »

THR’s 2010 Awards Watch Animators Roundtable

It’s award season, and The Hollywood Reporter has begun posting their series of roundtable discussions with the contenders. Earlier this month they posted an one-hour discussion between screenwriters Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours), Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), John Wells (The Company Men), Todd Phillips (Due Date) and David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole).

Today we get to watch/listen to the Animators roundtable, which includes Bonnie Arnold (producer, How to Train Your Dragon), Roy Conli (producer, Tangled), Bob Last (producer, The Illusionist), Tom McGrath (director, Megamind), Chris Meledandri (producer, Despicable Me) and Lee Unkrich (director, Toy Story 3).

Unfortunately, unlike the screenwriters roundtable, THR has decided not to put the entire video online. Instead they have given us three clips and have a full transcript of the roundtable online only for subscribers. You can still watch over ten minutes of the roundtable in selected clips embedded after the jump.
Read More »

Walt Disney’s 50 Animated Motion Pictures


Walt Disney Animation Studios has released a short two-minute video celebrating the release of their latest film, by counting down the 49 animated features produced over the past seven decades — from 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to 2010’s Tangled. The video is set to the song “Dreams” by Brandi Carlile. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.

Read More »

Disney is Done With Fairytales… Or is it?

There’s been a lot of talk about the relative under-performance of The Princess and the Frog and how that led to a film about Rapunzel being renamed Tangled. The idea is that audiences now, especially male audiences, aren’t interested in princess stories, and by extension fairytales. (Shh, no one tell the people putting together Snow White and the Huntsman.)

Even so, cue  no small amount of surprise when an article ran this weekend proclaiming that Disney is done with making animated fairy tales for the time being. But then, to confuse the issue, the president of Walt Disney Animation later said that some of the reports quotes weren’t quite right. Read More »

VOTD: 50 Disney Spoilers in 3 Minutes


In honor of Walt Disney Animation releasing it’s 50th full length film Tangled, our friends the Fine Brothers have filed the latest episode of their popular “Spoiler” series. You might remember that we’ve featured their videos 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes, Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History, 50 spoilers of 2009 in 4 minutes, and 100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes. Hit the jump to watch their latest. And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
Read More »

Let the battle for second and third Best Animated Feature of the year begin. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just announced their short list of 15 features that are eligible to be nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards and right out of the gate, competition is fierce. Due to Academy rules, if up to 15 films qualify for the nomination, there will be only three nominees. If there are 16 or more films eligible, five films get nominated. So this year only three films, out of a very strong group, will get to call themselves Oscar nominees. But, really, we know there’s already a clear cut favorite.

Of the nine years this award has existed, Pixar films have won five Oscars (Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-E and Up) against only two losses (Monsters Inc., Cars). And with the unprecedented critical and financial success of Toy Story 3, chances are everyone else is just vying for a nomination. Check out the full list, which includes several films that have yet to be released, as well as our detailed analysis/predictions, after the jump. Read More »

Exclusive Photos: Disney’s Tangled

Disney's Tangled

Walt Disney Animation Studios has given us an exclusive first look at four new photos from their upcoming computer animated film Tangled. Check out the high resolution images after the jump.

Read More »

Walt Disney Animation Studios has given us an exclusive first look at a new international movie poster for their upcoming computer animated film Tangled. Check out the full one-sheet, after the jump.

Read More »

Disney’s next animated film is Tangled, which retells the classic Rapunzel story with a distinctly Pirates of the Caribbean, ‘maybe boys will see this’ vibe. We’ve seen a couple of teasers, some clips and plenty of art from the film. Now there’s a full trailer, which gives a much better idea of what the film might actually be like. Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

tangled
Pictured above: My reaction to Disney’s “Double Rainbow” parody.

The window of opportunity to take advantage of an Internet meme tends to be approximately a week or two, depending on the lasting value of the meme, and missing that window can mark the difference between a video/image that’s lauded as comedic brilliance and one that’s subjected to savage ridicule.

Disney missed the window by about two months. Watch the video, and join in on the ridicule, after the break. Read More »