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Pocahontas and The Mouse’s Gong Show

Every aspect of creating an animated feature takes time, except, arguably, for one: the greenlighting of an idea. Back in the days when the Walt Disney Studio was just about the only ... Continue Reading →
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‘Arrietty’ Has an $8 Million Weekend

Although The Secret World of Arrietty landed on the No. 8 Spot at the box-office chart for the long President’s Day weekend, the very well-reviewed Disney release of the Studio Ghibli ... Continue Reading →
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Kermit and Miss Piggy to Present at the Oscars

Although they didn’t get to host the ceremony, Hollywood icons Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy will present at the 84th Academy Awards. This will be the Muppets’ fifth appearance ... Continue Reading →
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Studio Ghibli’s ‘Arrietty’ Hits U.S. Theaters Today

How Disney brought Studio Ghibli’s take on The Borrowers to U.S. audiences. For over two decades, the enchanting traditionally animated features of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata’s ... Continue Reading →
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Virginia Davis and the Road to Hollywood

Several years before Mickey Mouse, little Virginia Davis was the first star of the operation that would become the Walt Disney Studios. That’s not news, of course; before her passing ... Continue Reading →
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Disney Greenlights Third Season of ‘Jake and the Pirates’

Disney Junior has ordered a a third season of its popular animated series Jake and the Never Land Pirates, bringing the episode tally to 100. Produced by Disney Television Animation, ... Continue Reading →
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The Studio You’ve Probably Never Heard Of!

One can read any number of histories of the American animation industry and never come across the name Romer Grey. The son of Western writer Zane Grey, Romer whimsically decided to ... Continue Reading →
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Meet Mr. Robinson

Longtime Ottawa Animation Festival director Chris Robinson tells us about how he and his team put together a world-class, kick-ass toon event. Anyone who has attended Ottawa’s wonderful ... Continue Reading →
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‘Rango’ Rides Home with Top Annie Prize

In what may be a bellwether for Oscar night, Paramount/Nickelodeon’s quirky CG-animated feature Rango won the prize for Best Picture at the Annie Awards this Saturday (Feb.4). The ... Continue Reading →
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DreamWorks Announces Lineup for ‘Me & My Shadow’

Josh Gad (Book of Mormon) Bill Hader (SNL) and Kate Hudson (Almost Famous) are part of the voice cast of Me & My Shadow, the Nov. 2013 animated fantasy from DreamWorks Animation. The ... Continue Reading →