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Should 'Avatar' Be Considered for Best Animated Oscar?

14 December 2009 9:56 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Zoe Saldana in Avatar

Photo: 20th Century Fox I'm not going to ask why Avatar isn't on the Academy's short list for Best Animated Oscar because the answer to that question is obvious... it wasn't submitted. Perhaps that's just the problem though. Why not? And don't go jumping to a quick decision. Let me give you a little food for thought. I might be able to make a case that will have you considering it much more than you may think.

First off, let's look at a few details to help the discussion along. Here are four of the 20 films that were submitted for consideration in the Best Animated Feature Film category: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Disney's A Christmas Carol Monsters vs. Aliens Up Keep those films in the back of your mind for a second while I ask (and try to answer) a few questions you may »

- Brad Brevet

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Marge Champion Goes Back with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

5 October 2009 2:27 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The character model for Snow White talks about working on the first Disney feature film and much more

When Marge Champion was in her teens, she did some work for an animation studio's first feature film, which is now a modern classic. The 90-year-old Champion was the character movement model for Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which makes its Blu-ray debut and kicks off Disney's new Diamond Collection Blu-ray/DVD line on October 6. I had the honor of speaking with Champion over the phone about her work on the film and this fantastic new Blu-ray release, and here's what she had to say.

Everyone I've talked to that's worked for Disney has had a fairly interesting story about how they first started working there, so can you tell us how you first became involved with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and maybe your first impressions of Walt Disney? »

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Lella Smith Takes Us Through the History of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

4 October 2009 8:51 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Creative Director of the studio's Animation Research Library shares some rarely-seen concept art from the film and talks about this classic.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will debut on Blu-ray and kick off the studio's wonderful new Diamond Collection DVD/Blu-ray line on October 6, and I recently was fortunate enough to participate in a web event that gave this animated classic - the first feature-length film from the legendary studio - some new context. The web event was with Lella Smith, the Creative Director of the Walt Disney Animation Studios Animation Research Library, and before fielding questions from the press, she showed us a slideshow presentation filled with rare concept art images and information on the film.

We were shown images of some of the early dwarfs that didn't make the final seven, like Baldy and Jumpy and we also saw how some of the early images of »

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