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ParaNorman Arrives on Blu Ray and DVD on Nov 27

This coming November 27, 2012, one of the best animated movies to come out this year will also be making its Blu-Ray and DVD debut as LAIKA’s ParaNorman is released on 3D Blu-Ray, Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand and Digital Download just in time for the holidays.

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Disney Shuts Down Henry Selick’s Stop-Motion Project

Deadline.com recently reported that Disney has just pulled the plug on the production of Henry Selick’s (Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach) upcoming stop-motion project. Disney has given Selick the option to shop around and find another studio that will fund the project.

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Get Ready for PARANORMAN Activity

Stop motion animation, despite the technology being older than majority of Toonbarn’s readers, is still very timely and movies that have used it has aged well, since it produces an animation style that intentionally looks crude and dated. Portland’s LAIKA animation studio knows this, which is why it chose stop motion animation as the style […]

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Laika and Focus Features discuss ParaNorman

In 2009, Laika gathered some major attention with their stop motion animated film Coraline. Based on the Neil Gaiman story, Coraline featured some amazing animation, reminiscent of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Now, the company is back, teaming with Focus Features to deliver ParaNorman to audiences. Following in the same stop-motion feel, with some […]

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PBS gets their spooky on with Arthur, Martha Speaks, Curious George and WordWorld

Starting October 25th, your PBS Kids favorites will be getting into the … “spirit”. Arthur, Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman, and Martha Speaks will all debut new episodes, and each of them will be Halloween-themed, perfectly timed for the holiday arriving a week later. Neil Gaiman, legendary creepy comic book writer, and also the driving force […]

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Arthur reaches season 14 on PBS Kids Go, October 11th

Fourteen seasons. I mean, really 14 seasons! When you think giants like Dora and SpongeBob and even the recently discussed Ed, Edd n’ Eddy were “only” on for 10 years or so, it makes what Arthur has done on PBS all the more astounding, as he goes for his 14th season starting Monday, October 11th. […]

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Coraline directory Henry Selick joins up with Disney and Pixar

Henry Selick, one of the masterminds behind last years animated blockbuster Coraline, has singed an exclusive deal with Disney and Pixar to create more stop-motion animated feature films for the House of Mouse. Selick started his career with Disney years ago, even working on Tim Burton’s original stop-motion adventure, the Nightmare Before Christmas. Now, he’ll […]

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Up takes home the Oscars

While it didn’t win the award for Best Picture (losing out to “The Hurt Locker”) Disney and Pixar’s summer blockbuster of 2009, UP, did get to take home the night’s most prestigious animated award, Best Animated Feature Film. The flick appeared in a group of some really amazing nominees; Coraline, The Princess and the Frog, […]

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Waking Sleeping Beauty

The history of beautiful animated films is no perfect fairytale. Sure, now we have Finding Nemo, Coraline, Kung Fu Panda, and The Princess and the Frog. And yeah, it all stems from the rich heritage of golden age classics, like early Mickey Mouse reels, Snow White, Looney Tunes, and Sleeping Beauty. But the late 1970s […]

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UP, Prep and Landing big winners at this years Annie Awards

February 6th saw the 37th Annual Annie Awards ceremony in LA, a celebration of animated talent. We learned of the nominations a few weeks ago, and now the results are in. The big winners of the night: Up was named Best Animated Feature. The holiday special Prep and Landing took the award for Best Animated […]

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Animation takes center stage at the Oscars

We’ve talked about the Golden Globes. We’ve talked about the Annie Awards. Now, it’s time to talk about animation’s presence at the 82nd Academy Awards. Five animated films were selected for consideration in the Best Animated Feature category, including; Pixar and Disney’s Up, Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, the Fantastic Mr. Fox, Coraline, and […]

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Princess and the Frog, UP, Coraline, Prep and Landing honored by the Annie Awards

On this Saturday, February 6th, UCLA’s Royce Hall will be the home of the 37th Annual Annie Awards ceremony in LA. During this event, animation is put front and center on everyone’s attention, dubbed “animation’s highest honor”. Disney Animation Studio leads the way with 17 nominations, including eight for the recent box office hit The […]