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"Frozen," "Monsters University" Top Annie Awards Nominations!

Nominations for the 41st Annual Annie Awards were announced and "Frozen" and "Monsters University" led the pack with 10 nominations each. "Despicable Me 2" and "The Croods" followed closely with 9 noms each.

I am rooting for "Frozen" to win! It's a return to form to what Disney does best -- affecting fairy tale with memorable musical numbers. "Monsters University," on the other hand, was bland. The film bored me on second viewing.

Steven Spielberg will receive the Winsor McCay Award for career achievement at the awards ceremony happening on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. Patrick Warburton will serve as host.

2013 Annie Award Nominations

Production Categories

1 . Best Animated Feature

A Letter to Momo . Gkids

Despicable Me 2 . Universal Pictures

Ernest & Celestine . Gkids

Frozen . Walt Disney Animation Studios

Monsters University . Pixar Animation Studios

The Croods . DreamWorks Animation

The Wind Rises . The Walt Disney Studios

2 . Annie Award for Best Animated
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Pixar's Brave reality check

  • IF.com.au
This article originally appeared in If Magazine #149 (October-November). In February, Brave won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.

Re-writing the rules of animation is no small task but for the team at Pixar, it is a regular occurrence. With Scottish-set animation Brave, the 80-strong team of animators immersed themselves in the Scottish way of life as part of their method-acting approach to creating authentic characters.

They even wore kilts and visited local zoos to observe the behaviour of native animals. Director Mark Andrews, in particular, was obsessed with organising bi-weekly lessons in swordplay. The regular animation reviews would often end with an invitation to pick up a sword and act out a specific shot move-for-move.

Character rigging and modeling supervisor, Bill Sheffler, says this was important because ultimately, the physical performance came from the animators. "We videotape ourselves doing activities like archery and horse-riding and then caricatured that.
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Blu Room: The Incredibles (Blu-Ray)

The Incredibles (Blu-Ray)Walt Disney Home Entertainment2004/Rated PG/Running Time 115 minsList Price: $45.99 – Available April 12, 2011With amazing strength and popularity amongst superheroes, Bob Parr is Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) a hero with a heart of gold who battles criminals one moment and saves kittens in a tree the next. While rescuing a suicide jumper who didn't want to be saved, Bob ignites a public fury against superheroes, soon finding themselves facing one lawsuit after another, causing the government to develop a "Superhero Relocation Program". Fifteen years later, Bob has settled down and married the beautiful Helen a.k.a. Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), whose powers rival those of Mr. Fantastic and Plastic Man and has given him three wonderful children. Missing the fast and furious life as an adventurer, Bob is now stuck in a dead end job at an insurance company whose sole purpose appears to be robbing its customers blind.
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The Incredibles

  • Comicmix
Given how much fun is present in animating super-heroics, it’s interesting to note that feature film makers eschewed delving into the genre. Maybe they were scared off by the iconic Fleischer Studio Superman shorts from the 1940s or were disdainful of the subject matter. We got the first taste of what could be with the wonderful and underrated Iron Giant. It’s little surprise, then, that its director, Brad Bird would produce the first feature animated film to focus on super-heroics with the marvelous Pixar production The Incredibles.

In 115 glorious minutes, Bird and company wonderfully honored the tropes of herodom while telling a strong story about good versus evil and more importantly, about family. Much has been written about the Parr family resembling the Fantastic Four, but the number is about all they have in common. Instead, we’re looking a far better version of No Ordinary Family that
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Supervising Animators talk "Toy Story 3"

MakingOf recently paid a visit to the Pixar Studios in Emeryville, CA and sat down with "Toy Story 3" supervising animators Bobby Podesta and Mike Venturini and story supervisor Jason Katz. Below is the full transcript of our roundtable interview.

Q: What was it like to revisit these characters? Especially in terms of the animation.

Bobby: For animation it was a really interesting process, because we had to figure out how we were going to animate these characters and move them around and everything. Also, there’s a large contingent of animators in our department that actually had never worked on “Toy Story” or “Toy Story 2” and grew up and were kind of fans of “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2” and were scared to animate “Toy Story 3.” So what we did is we actually collected what we thought was like, here’s the best of shots, the work that really stands out,
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