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4 items from 2012

Walt Disney Teases Beautiful Animated Short Paperman

30 June 2012 6:43 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Short films attached to animated features are nothing new. Studios did it years ago to pad the run time of usually shorter animated efforts. Then Pixar brought back the lost art, giving us such memorable (and Oscar-winning) shorts as Tin Toy, Geri.s Game and For the Birds. Now it appears Disney will get back in the game by attaching the animated short Paperman to November.s eagerly anticipated video-game story Wreck-It Ralph. The studio has shared the first few images from the short to give us an idea what the visuals will look like. We have them for you below. Paperman will use a groundbreaking new technique that merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques. The short will be helmed by first-time director John Kahrs, whose black-and-white story follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City who uses a stack of papers to get the »

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Pixar's 'La Luna': Check out a clip from the Oscar-nominated short -- Exclusive Video

13 February 2012 9:00 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Among Hugo’s admiration for the classic Georges Méliès silent film A Trip to the Moon, the new Air album of the same name, and Newt Gingrich’s obsession with establishing a lunar colony, the Earth’s celestial satellite has been getting a lot of attention of late. Add La Luna to that list, the new Pixar short film that’s been nominated for Best Animated Short at this year’s Academy Awards. The simple but breathtakingly whimsical picture follows an Italian family — a small boy and his father and grandfather — that, for reasons I wouldn’t dare reveal, travels to the moon. »

- John Young

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Short Film of the Day: One Man Band

13 January 2012 8:00 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Why Watch? Because Guest Week is coming to a close and it’s time to bring out the big guns. As promised, it’s been a week of animated bliss — an overcompensation of sorts for all the live-action stuff programmed by this column’s rightful author. Not to jump the shark and go commercial all of the sudden, but a week of animated shorts isn’t complete without a little something from the brilliant minds at Pixar. In their library, the Emeryville Einsteins have plenty of great short films. Geri’s Game, For the Birds, Knick Knack and a number of others. But a personal favorite among those with a love for French style and theatrical characters is One Man Band, the story of two street performers, one little girl and a very important financial decision. It’s good for a long, sweet laugh. What will it cost? Four minutes and thirty four seconds of your fine »

- Neil Miller

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It's National Bird Day ~ Best Birds on Film!

5 January 2012 7:33 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

It totally is! Every 5th of January as it so happens.

There's no reason to post about it other than that I actually threw on this Finding Nemo seagull t-shirt this morning "Mine Mine Mine Mine Mine" ... before I knew! [insert eery music]

It's a sign that silly list-making is required of me. 

Though this year in cinema was definitely the Year of the Dog, we did get at least one memorable bird in Lord Shen, the villain of Kung Fu Panda 2. There were also feathers flying everywhere in Rio but I can't seem to bring myself to watch the screener because it never shows up in "Best Animated Film" nominations. Not that you should trust those when Cars 2 does ferchrissakes.

Favorite Feathered Film Things!

18 Ben Foster as Angel in Let Us Not Speak of That Movie or that guy from Barbarella I forget his name.

17 Kevin in Up (2009)

16 Lord Shen »


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