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Blu-ray Review: Remarkable Breadth of Modern Animation in New Releases

Remember when we were growing up? We were Lucky if we got a decent animated film once a year in the ’80s and we spent most of our Saturday mornings watching total junk that now passes as nostalgia. We can say that music, film, or even literature was better when we younger. Animation? No way. Just take a look at four recent releases of the animated form that perfectly show the breadth and remarkable quality of the medium (and, yes, animation is a “form,” not a “genre.”)

The two best animated films of 2014 happen to come out on the same day on Blu-ray, tomorrow, June 17, 2014. One was even nominated for the Oscar this year (but not released domestically) and the other is likely to Win the Oscar next year (unless “The Box Trolls” lives up to my sky-high expectations). One has already been seen by millions of people around the
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Geek Deal: ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo for Only $12.99

  • Slash Film
Geek Deal: ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo for Only $12.99
[1] How to Train Your Dragon Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo [2] is on sale for only $12.49, 69% off the $40 retail price. Blu-ray includes: Legend of the BoneKnapper Dragon: Hiccup and the gang return to search for a mysterious dragon in this all-new adventure The Animators’ Corner Enhances the Movie-Viewing Experience through Picture-in-Picture Storyboards, Behind-the-Scenes Footage and Insightful Interviews Uncover More Dragon Fun Facts through Pop-Up Trivia Three Deleted Scenes are Revealed Author Cressida Cowell Shares Her Inspiration Learn to Draw Toothless Take the Viking Personality Test Race for the Gold in the Viking Winter Games Build Your Own 3D Dragons And More Fiery Fun! DVD Disc: Filmmakers’ Commentary Viking-sized Cast The Technical Artistry of Dragons [1] http://www.slashfilm.com/wp/wp-content/images/ZZ13CA1239.jpg [2] http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002ZG97Z6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=film-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399377&creativeASIN=B002ZG97Z6
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Feature: Vocal performances in animated film that you may not have known about

Here at The Hollywood News we love a good animated feature. We’ve already been treated to some cool little movies this year, from the likes of Tangled to the Elton John musically led Gnomeo And Juliet. This weekend saw the release of the first of two Dreamworks Animation movies to hit in 2011, the fantastic Kung Fu Panda 2 (the second being Shrek spin-off Puss In Boots), released later this year. Kung Fu Panda 2 features some superb vocal performances from the likes of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and even Gary Oldman, so we made the decision here at Thn towers to go back and take a look at a few voice overt artists and artistes that have contributed to movies that you may, or may not have known.

Gerard Butler in How To Train Your Dragon

Perhaps one of the best animated films from 2010. Here, Glaswegian actor Gerard Butler
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How To Train Your Dragon Blu-ray Review

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Patton Oswalt had a routine about adding Adr jokes to an animated film. He noted that it’s a virtually impossible task, but never said for what film. Since Pixar and Disney don’t seem to need that kind of punching up, the suspicions were it was for a Shrek movie. Shortly after that routine hit, he was contracted by DreamWorks to be an advisor for their animated films, and said in an interview that being involved at the beginning made it easier to fix things than after the fact. DreamWorks has always been a problematic animated studio, though recently -with films like Kung Fu Panda – they’ve shown that they can make good to great animated films. But every time they put something out, you can’t be sure if they’ve nailed it or not.

How to Train Your Dragon is one of their best. Jay Baruchel voices Hiccup,
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