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100 years of animated characters in live-action films

17 June 2014 8:44 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From 1914 to Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes in the present, Ryan charts the evolution of animated characters in live-action film...

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Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and this year's Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes chart the ascendance of a new, genetically-modified species of intelligent ape. Yet behind the scenes, these films also show us the technical evolution of digital effects, and how seamlessly live-action and computer-generated characters can be blended.

Where 20th Century Fox's earlier Planet Of The Apes films, beginning in 1968, used actors and prosthetic effects to bring their talking simians to life, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes used the latest developments in performance capture to create some extraordinarily realistic characters. With its story told largely from the perspective of a genetically-modified chimpanzee named Caesar, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' success hinged on the quality of its effects »

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Horror History: Happy 100th Birthday to Gertie the Wonderful Trained Dinosaurus

28 February 2014 8:30 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

With Godzilla and even Gamera getting all the giant monster love lately, we'd be remiss if we didn't wish a hearty Happy Birthday to one of the big screen's most incredible creatures, Gertie the Wonderful Trained Dinosaurus!

From Wikipedia: Gertie the Dinosaur is a 1914 animated short film by American cartoonist and animator Winsor McCay. It is the earliest animated film to feature a dinosaur.

McCay first used the film before live audiences as an interactive part of his vaudeville act; the frisky, childlike Gertie did tricks at the command of her master. McCay's employer, William Randolph Hearst, later curtailed McCay's vaudeville activities so McCay added a live-action introductory sequence to the film for its theatrical release. McCay abandoned a sequel, Gertie on Tour (c. 1921), after producing about a minute of footage.

Although Gertie is popularly thought to be the earliest animated film, McCay had earlier made Little Nemo (1911) and How a Mosquito Operates »

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Saturday Morning Cartoon: Celebrate the 100th Birthday of ‘Gertie the Dinosaur’

8 February 2014 7:00 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Today, February 8th, is the 100th birthday of the world’s oldest living dinosaur. Gertie, a charming and playful brontosaurus, was created by pioneering American animator Winsor McCay back in 1914. She dances, she does tricks and she has an enormous appetite. And, given that she’s a cartoon, she’s got a much better chance of survival than the rest of her species, buried forever under Alberta or somewhere similar. February 8th is actually the anniversary of the first time McCay and Gertie “performed” together. The original Gertie the Dinosaur cartoon was part of the animator and cartoonist’s vaudeville act. He would stand next to the screen and command Gertie to perform tricks for the audience, perfectly timed to his short film. Unsurprisingly, this was incredibly popular and McCay’s vaudeville performances began to occupy so much of his time that he began to slouch on his print work for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. When »

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Frozen Wins Big at the 41st Annie Awards

3 February 2014 7:38 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Walt Disney Animation's Frozen took top honors as Best Animated Feature at the 41st Annual Annie Awards held Saturday, February 1 at UCLA's Royce Hall. The Best Animated Special Production was awarded to Chipotle Scarecrow (Chipotle Creative Department, Moonbot Studios); Best Animated Short Subject Get a Horse (Walt Disney Animation Studios); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial Despicable Me 2 (Cinemark-Illumination Entertainment/Universal); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children Disney Sofia the First (Disney Television Animation); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Children's Audience Adventure Time (Cartoon Network Studios); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production Futurama (20th Century Fox Television); Best Animated Video Game The Last of Us (Naughty Dog); and Best Student Film Wedding Cake (Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg - Viola Baier, Iris Frisch).

Often a predictor of the annual Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in »

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‘Frozen’ took top honors as Best Animated Feature

2 February 2014 10:10 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Walt Disney Animation’s ‘Frozen’ took top honors as Best Animated Feature at the 41st Annual Annie Awards held Saturday, February 1 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The Best Animated Special Production was awarded to ‘Chipotle Scarecrow’ (Chipotle Creative Department, Moonbot Studios); Best Animated Short Subject ‘Get A Horse!’ (Walt Disney Animation Studios); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial ‘Despicable Me 2’ (Cinemark-Illumination Entertainment/Universal); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children ‘Disney Sofia the First’ (Disney Television Animation); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Children’s Audience ‘Adventure Time’ (Cartoon Network Studios); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production ‘Futurama’ (20th Century Fox Television); Best Animated Video Game ‘The Last of Us’ (Naughty Dog); and Best Student Film ‘Wedding Cake’ (Filmakademie Baden- Wuerttemberg – Viola Baier, Iris Frisch). Often a predictor of the annual Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as »

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Frozen Wins Best Animated Feature At 41st Annual Annie Awards

2 February 2014 8:28 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Walt Disney Animation’s ‘Frozen’ took top honors as Best Animated Feature at the 41st Annual Annie Awards held Saturday, February 1 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The Best Animated Special Production was awarded to ‘Chipotle Scarecrow’ (Chipotle Creative Department, Moonbot Studios); Best Animated Short Subject ‘Get A Horse!’ (Walt Disney Animation Studios); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial ‘Despicable Me 2′ (Cinemark-Illumination Entertainment/Universal); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children ‘Disney Sofia the First’ (Disney Television Animation); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Children’s Audience ‘Adventure Time’(Cartoon Network Studios); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production ‘Futurama’ (20th Century Fox Television); Best Animated Video Game ‘The Last of Us’ (Naughty Dog); and Best Student Film ‘Wedding Cake’(Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg - Viola BaierIris Frisch).

Often a predictor of the annual Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as »

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