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Reel to Real: The Art of Realism in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

It is hardly a novel concept to bring up realism when talking about animated films. From noting the “fingerprints” on the toy-based characters of The Lego Movie (2014) to remarking upon Pixar’s advancements in replicating hair and clothing, popular criticism of computer animated movies are as apt to discuss advancements in realistic CGI as they are plot or character development. Throughout the history of feature animation, be it hand drawn, stop-motion, or computer generated, there has been an ongoing endeavor to capture reality. The first animated feature by Walt Disney Studios is no exception. Released in 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was a technical marvel as much as it was an artistic and financial success. But aside from merely taking steps to emulate reality, Snow White exhibits traits that mirrored emerging trends in realist live action filmmaking, including deep focus photography and simulated camera movement.

Even the plot structure
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See More Fantastic Art for Disney Movies from Mondo's Latest Show

The Jungle is Jumpin'! Earlier in the week we posted a batch of artwork from Mondo's spectacular Disney show currently open at their gallery during the ongoing SXSW Film Festival down in Austin, TX. Thanks to art lovers at SlashFilm we now have a look at even more art that debuted at the show, which had a huge line to get in, and if you're a Disney fan, or had a childhood (that means everyone) you have to see these. The show is called Nothing's Impossible - info. There's some art for Pixar's Ratatouille and Finding Nemo, as well as classics like Disney's The Jungle Book, Little Mermaid, The Black Cauldron, and Snow White, plus The Skeleton Dance. Many of these pieces exceed expectations, so take a quick look below. For the full gallery of prints, head to SlashFilm or MondoTees or follow @MondoNews or visit in Austin, TX. The Black Cauldron
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1946 Art In Cinema: Official Lineup

In the fall of 1946, Frank Stauffacher mounted a major, and very influential, retrospective of avant-garde film in the U.S. at the San Francisco Museum of Art. The series was called “Art in Cinema” and it featured ten different programs from filmmakers in the U.S., France, Germany and Canada.

By the mid-’40s, the avant-garde hadn’t taken a strong hold in the U.S. yet, so the majority of the films screened came from Europe, or by Europeans who relocated to the U.S. However, by that time also, the European avant-garde had pretty much completely petered out. Still, Stauffacher wanted to show that there was a continuity to avant-garde film history that, up until that point, had yet to be fully considered.

In conjunction with the series, the San Francisco Museum of Art published a catalog, pretty much like one would find with any major art exhibit.
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Blu-ray Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Platinum Edition)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is 72-years-old and it is coming home in a bright and shiny Blu-ray high-definition transfer that is simply a must own for any fan of 2-D animation and a requirement for any Disney buff. This is the third classic Disney feature to hit Blu-ray along with Sleeping Beauty and Pinocchio and like those two it is simply beautiful. The package includes a two-disc Blu-ray Diamond Edition release and also includes a single disc DVD for those that may be looking to adopt Blu-ray in the future or may want the DVD edition to keep the kids entertained in the car. Disney is also doing something a little different with this release and making it available in both Blu-ray and DVD style packaging supposedly so it will fit in better with the rest of your collection. I guess that would make sense if you didn't own any other Blu-rays,
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