Jimmy Murakami

Remembering Jimmy Murakami

Every superhero has an origin story. As animators, however, we’re stuck firmly in the human world, but each of us can point to an event that shaped our lives, and pushed us down ... Continue Reading →
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GKIDS Acquires NA Rights for Ghibli’s ‘Princess Kaguya’

North American theater-goers will have a chance to see Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata’s (Grave of the Fireflies) first new feature in 14 years as New York-based distributor ... Continue Reading →
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’300,’ ‘Peabody’ Stand Tall at the Box Office

Nothing could withstand this weekend at the box office the brave Spartan warriors of Warner Bros.’ sequel 300: Rise of an Empire, but DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody ... Continue Reading →
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Disney Interactive Slashes 700 Jobs

The Mouse House’s lone lame-duck operation Disney Interactive has made entertainment financial wags’ predictions come true by enacting an estimated 700 layoffs, or 26% of ... Continue Reading →
Vicky Jenson

Firsts Among Equals

I doubt anyone was really surprised last week when Frozen was announced as the winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, though I have to say that I have been a little ... Continue Reading →
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Menzel, Fallon Toy with ‘Let It Go’

If you are like us here at Animation Magazine, the end of Oscars season is bittersweet. It’s a lot of fun but also a lot of work — and sometimes it’s hard to just “Let ... Continue Reading →
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‘Frozen’ Joins Billion Dollar Club; ‘LEGO’ Remains Strong

Disney’s Frozen edged past the billion-dollar mark for worldwide grosses this past weekend, while Warner Bros.’ The LEGO Movie posted another strong showing in its fourth ... Continue Reading →
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New Clips from Expanding ‘The Wind Rises’

The English-dub version of Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises expands its theatrical run this week to just under 500 screens, earning rave reviews along the way. The film — which ... Continue Reading →
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The True Tale of Br’er Oscar

Every year around Academy Award time, I think about a particular film, one that despite its polarizing controversy broke new ground for both Hollywood and Oscar: Disney’s semi-animated ... Continue Reading →
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Nick Jr. Italy Moves in on ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’

Toronto-based 9 Story Entertainment has announced the sale of award-winning preschool toon Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (80 x 11) to Nick Jr. Italy. The deal was brokered by Italian ... Continue Reading →