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15 Animated Movie Mistakes That Can't Be Erased (Photos)

26 March 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Think animated movies are error-free? Think again.

Most live-action films are littered with little mistakes here and there, while animated films are produced in a painstakingly slow, one frame at a time. So, naturally, it would make sense for them to be completely polished, right? Nope.

Not even these classic animated movies are exempt. From "Toy Story" to "The Lion King," here are some of the biggest "oops" moments from animated films. We're only human.

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- Jonny Black

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Salma Hayek's passion project is finally coming to theaters in August

24 March 2015 3:27 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Salma Hayek can breathe easy now. Her passion project "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" is finally coming to the big screen. Directed by Roger Allers ("The Lion King"), "The Prophet" is a collaborative animated tale featuring individual "chapters" from animation legends such as Tomm Moore ("The Secret of Kells" "Song of the Sea"), Joan Gratz (Academy Award winner for "Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase"),  Bill Plympton ("Guard Dog and Your Face"), Paul and Gaetan Brizzi ("Fantasia 2000") and Mohammed Harib ("Freej"), among others.  It's based on Gilbran's 1923 book and features a voice cast including Hayek, Liam NeesonQuvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella and Alfred Molina.  The film's score is by Oscar winner Gabriel Yared ("The English Patient") and it also includes additional music from  Damien Rice, Glenn Hansard ("Once") and Lisa Hannigan.  So, yes, that's a lot of pedigree talent in the mix. "The Prophet" debuted to positive reviews at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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‘The Prophet’ Gets Release Date; Vivica A. Fox Back For ‘Independence Day 2′

24 March 2015 12:50 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Gkids said today it will release Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet on August 7 in Los Angeles and New York before expanding it wide the following week. The animated pic based on the 1923 bestseller was spearheaded by Salma Hayek and features a narrative story written and directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King), with “chapters” based on Gibran's poems designed and directed by animation directors including Tomm Moore, Joan Gratz, Bill Plympton, Nina Paley, Joann Sfar, Paul and… »

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12 Horrific Movie Animal Deaths You Haven’t Recovered From

24 March 2015 2:48 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Let’s all admit it, sometimes you prefer animals over people and there is nothing wrong. Animals are mostly non-judgemental, non-emotionally crippled and non-war mongering. Apart from cats.

Inevitably, sometimes their deaths can thus impact you more than when Thomas J died from so many bee-stings, and that was hard day for everyone.

Unfortunately, while animal deaths are usually restricted to narrative terms in films, some productions – like Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy – see reprimands for their treatment of four-legged supporting stars. And that is intolerable, particularly when the death toll is as high as the twenty seven creatures who died after filming was completed in New Zealand.

That isn’t to say that Jackson’s movies are the only films to have some whispers of animal cruelty. The Lion King anyone? That Disney classic was rife with animal on animal cruelty that destroyed the happiness of children across the »

- Sara Weir

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Film Review: ‘Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet’

21 March 2015 6:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Think of “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” as a gift: a work of essential spiritual enlightenment, elegantly interpreted by nine of the world’s leading independent animators, all tied up and wrapped in a family-friendly bow by “The Lion King” director Roger Allers. A longtime passion project for producer Salma Hayek-Pinault, Lebanese philosopher-poet Gibran’s beloved guide to life, death, love, art and so forth doesn’t naturally lend itself to bigscreen interpretation, and at first, the pic’s framing device seems too silly for such soulful subject matter, but the freshly scripted wraparound doesn’t shy away from grown-up concerns, while potentially broadening the book’s reach to younger audiences as well. Although Hayek had hoped to land a higher-profile distrib, she will probably have better luck with the toon champs at GKids, whose white-glove release efforts have netted six Oscar nominations so far.

In Gibran’s book, »

- Peter Debruge

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American Idol Top 10 Recap: Highway to the Danger Zone

19 March 2015 8:04 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

“Yo, Shonda Rhimes, I love ABC’s #Tgit programming block. And I’ma let you finish. But American Idol just had one of the craziest Thursdays of all time!”

Ok, I’m sorry. You probably didn’t come here expecting a Kanye West reference — @KimKierkegaardashian’s genius Twitter feed is more my style — in an Idol recap. But my brain just went from the frying pan into the active volcano after Season 14’s Top 10 performance telecast (a confusing label, given that there were 11 singers on stage all night, with one awaiting the bad news that he or she was the »

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Take Two: 'FernGully' remains a delightful time capsule every 90s kid should revisit

19 March 2015 7:11 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There are some movies from childhood that you watch over and over again. Then there are those films you see once and put away into the nostalgic recesses of your mind. Over time, those movies are stripped down and coalesce into a rose-colored memory. For me “FernGully” falls into the later category. If anyone asked, I’d declare my undying love for that animated film. Yet if pressed, I could barely sketch out the plot. Here’s what I do remember. I saw “FernGully” in theaters with my friends and it was the most romantic movie our nine-year-old eyes had ever seen. To my young self, “Fern Gully” was less a story about the dangers of pollution than a modern day “Romeo and Juliet” between a fairy and a human, only without the double suicide. Like any good love story, it involved a headstrong teenage daughter. In this case, the »

- Donna Dickens

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American Idol: Movie Night Song Spoilers Revealed!

19 March 2015 1:24 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Against all odds, there will be no Phil Collins ballad — or any soundtrack cuts from The Bodyguard, Frozen, Titanic and Armageddon — when the American Idol Top 10 (plus one contestant on the brink of elimination) tackle “Songs from the Movies tonight (8/7c on Fox).

RelatedReality Check: ‘All Bets Are Off’ on American Idol! Plus: Is Crazy Failure Worse Than a Total Lack of Risk?

That’s good news for Idoloonies who’ve vowed to crawl into their dryers and turn to lint at the sound of one more hopeful belting the umpteenth rendition of “I Have Nothing.”

More important than what the Top 10 won’t tackle, »

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5 Great Retro Game Movie Tie-Ins

17 March 2015 7:03 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

These days, movie tie-in games have developed a poor reputation, and seen mostly as quick and dirty cash-ins than enjoyable gaming experiences.  That wasn’t always the case, however, and back in the day, gamers were treated to some amazing games based on their favorite films.  Today, I’m looking back at some of the most enjoyable retro games that happen to be movie tie-ins! 


Aladdin & The Lion King

Sure, these are two separate games, but frankly, they’re worth listing together as they’re both from Disney (based on movies of the same name) and feature some rather impressive platforming.  Frankly speaking, the accolades I’m about to mention are going to be the same for both of these games, so rather than copy and paste, I’m just going to list them together.  

The truth is that Disney could have Easily cranked these games out and made tons of money. »

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Beauty and the Beast Just Got a Release Date - Plus More Big News

16 March 2015 11:47 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Though we still have some burning questions about the live-action Beauty and the Beast movie, Disney just gave us a couple of important details about the film starring Emma Watson, including the release date and a couple new cast members. Here's all the latest. The Release Date The film will come out on March 17, 2017, almost exactly two years from now. It'll Be in 3D Disney has confirmed that the film will be in 3D, with "the help of transformative CG magic." How much CG, though, is still one of our questions. Two New Cast Members Joining the already-announced cast members like Watson and Dan Stevens are Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle's dad. It Sounds Like It's Definitely a Musical The music team has been assembled, and not only will Alan Menken, who scored the 1991 animated classic, also score this film, he'll be joined by Sir Tim Rice, »

- Shannon-Vestal

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Andrew Flintoff wins Australia's I'm A Celebrity

16 March 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Andrew Flintoff has won Australia's version of 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here'. The cricket star was crowned King of the Jungle after seeing off competition from Australian Football League player Barry Hall and TV personality Chrissie Swan. Speaking to the show's host Chris Brown after his win, he said: '''As an Englishmen winning something in Australia, it's unheard of. ''That walk from the trial gate to here was one of longest walks of my life. I don't like insects, snakes, the dark.'' During his time in the South African jungle, he drank a concoction of fermented milk and cockroaches as well »

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Disney Animation’s Big Hero 6 Becomes #1 Animated Film of 2014

15 March 2015 9:11 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award-winning Big Hero 6 has become the #1 animated title of 2014 with more than $620 million globally. The film, which has earned $221 million domestically, also surpasses $400 million at the international box office this weekend.

Big Hero 6 continues to perform strongly in China, where it opened Feb. 28 and has brought in over $51 million, surpassing Frozen to become the highest grossing animated release ever from Disney or Pixar. In Japan, it has earned more than $75 million and is the second highest grossing Disney animated release ever. It’s the second biggest Disney or Pixar animated movie ever released in Korea and Russia, and it’s the biggest animated release of all time in Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia.

Last weekend, Big Hero 6 surpassed Tangled to become the third biggest Walt Disney Animation Studios release ever globally, behind only Frozen and The Lion King. It is also Walt »

- Michelle McCue

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Big Hero 6 becomes the highest-grossing animated feature of 2014

15 March 2015 12:38 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Disney's Big Hero 6 has become the highest-grossing animated feature of 2014.

The film surpassed $400 million at the international box office this weekend, resulting in a total global gross of $621 million, Deadline reports.

Inspired by the Marvel Comic series, Big Hero 6 follows 14-year-old Hiro, his unusual group of friends and the loveable healthcare android Baymax as they become unlikely heroes in the quest to find Hiro's stolen microbots.

The Oscar-winning film's success means that it has also replaced Tangled to become Disney's third biggest animated release, with Frozen and The Lion King taking the two top spots.

Elsewhere, Dreamworks' How To Train Your Dragon 2 has earned $618 million worldwide, while The Lego Movie has taken $468 million.

Big Hero 6 knocked Interstellar off the top spot in the Us box office when it launched in November 2014 and scored another chart-topping debut in the UK on its release in February.

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Box Office: ‘Big Hero 6’ Becomes 2014’s Top Animated Film Worldwide

14 March 2015 10:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Big Hero 6″ has reached yet another milestone. The Disney toon has become 2014’s biggest animated release worldwide.

The Oscar-winning movie has earned $221 million in the U.S. It will pass the $400 million mark at the international box office this weekend, raising its worldwide cume to $620 million and thereby surpassing “Fox’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2’s” global haul.

Big Hero 6″ opened to $56.2 million in the U.S. on November 7 and has taken off internationally.

Last weekend, it overtook “Tangled” as the third biggest Walt Disney Animation Studios release ever globally, behind only “Frozen” and “The Lion King.” It’s also the studio’s third largest domestic release of all time.

Big Hero 6″ continues doing strong business in China, where it opened just two weeks ago. After reeling in over $51 million, it’s already surpassed “Frozen” to become the highest-grossing Disney or Pixar animated release in the country. »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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The Week in Spandex – Avengers: Age of Ultron, Spider-Man, Daredevil, The Fantastic Four, Deadpool, Suicide Squad, Valiant Cinematic Universe and more

14 March 2015 4:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Daredevil, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Big Hero 6, The Fantastic Four, Deadpool, Suicide Squad, Green Lantern, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Lucifer, Valiant, ABCs of Superheroes, Powers and more…

Over the past few years, Marvel Studios has firmly established itself as one of the big players at the San Diego Comic-Con International, but with the likes of Warner’s DC ensemble Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and fellow Disney subsidiary Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens expected to feature heavily, it seems that Marvel may have made the decision to skip Hall H this year. According to Guardians of the Galaxy helmer James Gunn, Marvel won’t be attending Sdcc this July, so we may have to wait until Disney’s D »

- Gary Collinson

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How many have you seen? 12 of Disney's worst straight-to-video sequels

14 March 2015 3:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sequels and spinoffs are all the rage on the big screen these days, but the news that Disney is moving forward with a Frozen 2 still comes as something of a surprise considering the studio has been reticent to pump out theatrically-released follow-ups to its biggest hits - only The Three Caballeros, The Rescuers Down Under, Fantasia 2000 and Winnie the Pooh are part of the Disney Animated Canon.

However, throughout the '90s and '00s Disney had a lucrative side-business in direct-to-video sequels that were turned around quickly and cheaply and made the studio a fast buck. Many execs felt that these cheapened the originals and John Lasseter put the brakes on them, although the recent Tinker Bell films (branching out from Peter Pan) have their roots in this release model.

Digital Spy revisits 13 of Disney's most unnecessary straight-to-video sequels below:

Aladdin: The Return of Jafar (1994)

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Cinderella | Review

13 March 2015 10:40 AM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

I've been a fan of Disney's classic animated movies for as long as I can remember loving movies. Some of my earliest movie memories are of watching the 1983 re-release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the theater with my family and then eating up the late-1980s - 1990s run of Disney classics such as The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and Beauty and the Beast. Even though I'm a grown man, I'll admit to getting a little weepy at some of the more "magical" aspects of these types of movies. Whatever... I'm a former Marine who loves to camp and watch crap get blown up by superheroes, but I've always had a soft spot for Disney's more romantically inclined and old fashioned animated movies. If you have a problem with that, come at me, bro. I'll break a glass slipper over a bar stool and fight you »

- Matthew McKibben

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Watch This Funky Flight Attendant Dance to 'Uptown Funk' Aboard the Plane

12 March 2015 12:07 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Ladies and gentlemen, please stow your luggage in overhead bin, fasten your seat belt, and return your tray tables to their full upright position. Because the flight attendants are about to Get Down!

Caralee Savage -- a break-dancer turned WestJet flight attendant -- gave first class a little show while waiting for the plane to take off, poppin' and lockin' to (our favorite song) “Uptown Funk.”

Watch: Elderly people cover “Uptown Funk” and it’s just amazing!

We’re seen attendants bust a move during the safety speech (all those Virgin America viral videos) and we’ve seen passengers perform for fellow flyers (the Broadway cast of The Lion King), but Caralee seems to just be dancing for fun here.

Not a single warning about securing your oxygen mask before helping others!

“A little entertainment while waiting for some guests to board,” she explained in the video’s description. “I used to teach dance in high schools »

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Animation Educator of the Year Dana Lamb Excels at Drawing Out Talent

10 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Dana Lamb, recipient of Variety’s Creative Impact in Animation Education award, reflects upon his 28-year tenure as professor at Cal State Fullerton, he is struck by how the department came together in its early days to create an arts program that was innovative, cutting-edge and indicative of a future that was ripe with promise and possibility.

“Animation was really struggling for a lot of years, and when I got out of (Cal State Fullerton) in ’75 after graduating, it was in disarray — everybody was struggling to make money, ” says Lamb, now the university’s professor emeritus, entertainment art/animation & internship coordinator, visual arts department.

“In the ’80s and in the ’90s, animation started to kind of come back into its own,” he continues. “ ‘The Lion King’ came out, and ‘Little Mermaid,’ and suddenly there was this resurgence of interest in building feature films because they were starting to grab »

- Malina Saval

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Frozen directors say there are no plans for a sequel. Yet…

10 March 2015 7:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Despite being the biggest animated film of all time, with a worldwide gross of over $1.27 billion, the directors of Frozen were holding their cards close to their chest when word about a possible sequel was brought up during an interview with BuzzFeed to promote the new Frozen short, Frozen Fever.

“It’s been in the press that we are doing it, and we would ask each other, ‘Are we?’” said co-director Chris Buck said. “They’d have a date and they’d have a cast and it was like, Ok…”

His partner in crime, Jennifer Lee continued: “It all comes down to the story. “ike with the short, it was so daunting until we found the story. Then it was all of the things it usually is and we were thinking of every emotion and moment and feeling. I think that’s all we can do. Until we find our way into what’s next, »

- Scott J. Davis

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