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Features Archive for Ben Simon

2016: Animated Views’ Review Of The Year!

Our band of intrepid contributors cast their eyes back on the picks of the past twelve months, from movies to discs and books – and everything inbetween!


The Return Of 2015: Animated Views’ Review Of The Year!

As awards season comes to an end, we offer our own appraisal of the last year’s offerings in film, home video, books, music and more!


The Best Of 2014: Son Of 2013!

The good, the bad and the ugly of the past year are all exposed in the return of our annual survey, featuring our top picks in DVD, Blu-ray and theatrical releases – plus your choices too!


The Best Of 2012: Apocalypse NOT!

Hey, the world didn’t end! So join us for the best – and the worst! – of 2012’s Blu-ray, DVD and theatrical releases! Plus, for the first time, we reveal your pick for movie of the year – it’s all right here!


The Best Of 2010: The Year 3D Made Contact!

Take a trip back through the past twelve months for our annual best and worst of the year, including the top ten DVD and Blu-ray highlights, which ones to avoid and the pick of 2010’s movies!


The Best Of 2009: This Time It’s Personal!

Join us on a trip back through the past twelve months for the best and the worst of the year, including our top ten DVD and Blu-ray highlights, which ones to avoid and the pick of 2009’s movies!


Snow White: The Characters And Legacy Of The First And Fairest Of Them All!

Journey back to 1937 for a host of facts, figures and fun on the original release of Walt Disney’s Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs!


The Best Of 2008: It Came…It Saw…It’s Over!

From the best to the worst, here are our highlighted DVD picks of the year, plus some other worthy mentions, high-def choices, and our top three motion pictures of the year!


Sleeping Beauty Film Facts

These fascinating Film Facts from Disney look back on the production of the Studio’s 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty.


Animated Con-versation: AN&V at Comic-Con 2008!

Join Animated News & Views’ Ben Simon, James R Whitson and Randall Cyrenne as they head down California way to meet up for the first time at the annual Comic-Con geek fest in San Diego!


Enchanted‘s Visual Heritage

Take a peek at a few of Enchanted‘s many classic Disney references!


The Best Of 2007: The Year In Review

From the best to the worst, here are our top ten DVD picks of the year, including some other worthy titles and those to stay clear of, as well as our top three motion pictures!


Il était une fois…Walt Disney – Artistic Sources Exhibition

Ben Simon travels to Paris to tour and experience the Il était une fois, Walt Disney (Once Upon A Time…Walt Disney) art exhibition at the Grand Palais, and speaks to the commissioning curator and the exhibition’s instigator Bruno Girveau about this once in a lifetime, ten years in the making event.


Watershipped Rabbits And Plagued Dogs: The Animated World Of Richard Adams

The Wide Wide World Of Toons heads on over to England for a pair of animated adaptations of author Richard Adams’ work, newly released on DVD in Australia.


Pinchcliffe Races Home: A Look Back At Caprino Studios

The Wide Wide World Of Toons looks back on Norwegian pioneer Ivo Caprino’s films and a lavish, newly restored DVD boxed set collection.


Picks Of The Year 2004

Although it only seems a few weeks since we last compiled a pick of our favorite animated goodies, we have come to the end of yet another year and so again offer our selection of all fine things animated!


2003: ’Tis The Season To Buy Presents!

With the end of the year upon us and the holiday gift-giving season coming up fast, we share what we thought would make great stocking fillers for the animation fan in your life!


The One That Started It All… The Making Of Snow White

Persistence Of Vision looks back on Walt Disney’s groundbreaking masterpiece.



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