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Event Coverage
Views 2014 San Diego Comic-Con schedule highlights

It’s San Diego Comic-Con time again, and Lord Akiyama from the Animated Views Forum has compiled some highlights from the schedule for our readers.

Film
Views Planes: Fire & Rescue

With a more interesting subject and setting, and a wider canvas, Planes: Fire & Rescue is better than its predecessor — but it isn’t quite a first-class upgrade.

The Rotoscopers
Views Animation Addicts Podcast #71: The Land Before Time – Fellowship of the Tree Star

The Rotoscopers kick off their Dinos & Dragons series by reviewing Don Bluth’s 1988 classic The Land Before Time.

Artists
Views Ratatouille: The Adventure at Disneyland Paris: Pixar Creative Director Roger Gould talks about an “animated” attraction

Just as the exciting new ride opens, we have an exclusive interview direct from France about this innovative and unique attraction.

The Rotoscopers
Views Animation Addicts Podcast #70: Tarzan – Attack of the Disney Theories

The Rotoscopers review the last film of the Disney Renaissance, 1999′s Tarzan.

Tooning In
Views Less is more, and more animated news is good news!

In order to bring you the latest happenings in the animation world in a more timely manner, we’re switching our news posts to a headline only format to get more links to you in less time.

The Rotoscopers
Views Animation Addicts Podcast #69: Princess Mononoke – Go Away

The Rotoscopers review Studio Ghibli’s epic film Princess Mononoke with special guest host, Rotowriter Mayra Amaya.

Artists
Views Great songs never die: how animation students are bringing a fresh touch to Aria For A Cow

We continue our look at the production of the short based on the Howard Ashman song, by meeting the students who are making a major contribution to the project.

Film
Views How To Train Your Dragon 2

Though it doesn’t quite reach the same heights, How To Train Your Dragon 2 is a worthy followup to the original. And it makes us yearn for DreamWorks to stop coasting and train themselves to fly higher.

The Rotoscopers
Views Animation Addicts Podcast #68: One Hundred and One Dalmatians – Do You Got Any Chloroform?

The Rotoscopers review Disney’s first modern animated movie, the 1961 canine classic One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

Filmmakers
Views Buried Treasure: The ill-fated voyage to Treasure Planet 2

Director Jun Falkenstein maps out the story and artwork for the canceled Treasure Planet 2, in which Jim Hawkins and Silver would have taken on the villainous Ironbeard.

Blu-ray
Views Son Of Batman

Talia al Ghul has a surprise for Batman, in the form of an arrogant but accomplished ten-year-old. It’s a great premise, but the presentation has some problems in terms of believability and basic taste.

Blu-ray
Views Green Lantern: The Animated Series

The film was a bust, but it did lead to the production of what turned out to be a very fine cartoon show. Sleek CGI animation, strong scripts, and intriguing characters add to an already great sci-fi concept, and make the show impressive.

The Rotoscopers
Views Animation Addicts Podcast #65: Balto – Streetdog

The Rotoscopers go on a journey to watch Amblimation’s final movie, Balto.

Blu-ray
Views The Pirate Fairy

This fun family film keeps up the quality of the Fairies franchise, serving as a clever prequel to Peter Pan, while in some ways almost being a super-hero film for little girls.

The Rotoscopers
Views Animation Addicts Podcast #64: The Lord of the Rings – So Many Miniskirts

Morgan, Mason and Chelsea have a rotospective at Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 The Lord of the Rings.

Film
Views Rio 2

Rio 2 is the type of film that needs to become an endangered species in Hollywood — a vapid, unoriginal movie that will appeal only to young children who aren’t familiar with all the cliches and stereotypes.

Blu-ray
Views The Venture Bros.: The Fifth Season

The latest season of the [adult swim] fan favorite sees the rebirth and fall of SPHINX, The Monarch gain his revenge on Doctor Venture (or so he says), and the recently graduated Venture Bros. clumsily finding their way in the world, even as family secrets come to light.

Artists
Views Great songs never die: how art director Amos Sussigan is crafting the look of Aria For A Cow

We check in on the production of the short based on the Howard Ashman song, and look at its visual style.

Composers
Views Composer Frode Fjellheim on Frozen‘s native spirit

We speak with the Norwegian composer about helping to give the Disney hit its own unique sound.

Blu-ray
Views Adventure Time: The Complete Third Season

The third season of the hit show keeps the strange stuff, while developing relationships a little further. Above all, it stays entertaining and creative in a way that can captivate both kids and adults.

The Rotoscopers
Views Animation Addicts Podcast #62: Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron – Tradigital Animation

It’s Morgan and Mason for a M&M episode, where they review DreamWorks’ 2002 traditionally animated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.

Film
Views Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Mr. Peabody and Sherman’s focus on family is a nice change from the classic series, but the lack of humor and a good story make it improbable you’ll enjoy the film.

Blu-ray
Views Justice League: War

A younger version of the Justice League comes together as it battles Darkseid, not to mention a stale script and unappealing characterization. There are kernels of goodness here, though, as well as a nice set of bonus features.

Tooning In
Views Oscar Night 2014

Tonight’s the night! The Oscar winners will be revealed this evening. Join us during a live chat, find out who will win our contest, and see the consensus picks from our readers.


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Animated News

Rankin-Bass’ Hobbit and Return of the King arrive on Deluxe Edition DVDs


New Yorker makes animator profiles available for free


First official The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies poster shows Smaug in action


Pirates 5 to set sail on July 7th, 2017


After success of The Nut Job, Canada’s ToonBox expands operations to Los Angeles


Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Sony Pictures Animation to make live-action/animated hybrid Manimal


Frozen villain Prince Hans is also coming to Once Upon a Time


PBS and American Experience announce 4-hour Walt Disney documentary for fall 2015


Maleficent passes $700 million mark worldwide


Take a look at Mondo’s awesome (and expensive) Iron Giant action figure


Will low ratings cause The Legend of Korra to be prematurely cancelled?


Comic-Con poster for Jurassic World


Why Frozen was such a big box-office hit in Japan


Laika uses 3D printing to create stop motion characters


Disney’s five year plan for Frozen franchise


A look back at animated commercials in the 70′s


Remastered editions of Rankin/Bass’ The Hobbit and The Return of the King coming on July 22nd (sadly, not on Blu-Ray)


FXX to have biggest Simpsons marathon ever by airing all 552 episodes before they become available online


Comic-Con trailer for Star Wars Rebels makes its way online early


Paramount takes worldwide distribution on Spain’s Tad sequel and Capture The Flag


Origin Digital Studios aims to build working model for VFX work


Women In Animation nonprofit organization launches mentoring program


More than 250 artists reimagine episode of Sailor Moon


Man gets world record for enormous Simpsons tattoo


New TMNT poster revealed, along with “Ninja Rap”


Comic-Con poster for Toy Story That Time Forgot


Real-life Krusty Krab restaurant to open in the West Bank


New DreamWorks Press unit gears up for fall book launch


The man behind the Looney Tunes


DreamWorks Animation celebrates 20th anniversary at Hollywood Bowl


Disney Channel stars cover Frozen tune Do You Want To Build A Snowman?


Hank Azaria to lead voice cast of Seth MacFarlane’s Bordertown series


Weird Al gets animated in stop-motion Lame Claim To Fame music video


Kellie Pickler lends voice to VeggieTales’ Beauty & The Beet


Book of Life unveils five international character posters


Apes rule again as Planes lands in third place


Legendary actor James Garner, the voice of Rourke in Atlantis: The Lost Empire, passes away


Planes director and producer discuss future of franchise


Frozen ends domestic theatrical run as 19th biggest movie of all time


Purge 2 keeps Planes stuck at airport


Julie Bowen talks her role in Planes: Fire and Rescue


Still more Boxtrolls posters


Solid ratings for Disney’s The 7D


Another new Boxtrolls poster


Director Jonathan Liebesman discusses origins of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Planes: Fire And Rescue opens


Dane Cook discusses being more involved with Planes 2


Planes 2 ticket: To 3D or not to 3D


Skyfall’s Ben Whishaw is the new voice of Paddington


International poster shows Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in action


Elsa from Once Upon a Time revealed in image from show’s set


Disney’s The Haunted Mansion to become a cartoon series


Comic-Con poster for The Boxtrolls revealed


Frozen’s storyline on Once Upon a Time will take up first half of show’s fourth season


Harry Potter’s Jason Isaacs to voice main Star Wars Rebels villain


Planes: Fire & Rescue stars and director discuss film, honor firefighters at premiere


Photos from Planes 2 premiere


Once Upon A Time possibly getting Frozen spinoff; Lasseter visits show’s set


Cuba’s first CG feature, Tom Little & The Magic Mirror, opens Sunday


Stitch, Tinker Bell join Disney Infinity 2.0 cast



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