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2017 Academy Award Animation Nominees

Here are the animation nominees for the 89th Academy Awards, airing Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Animated Feature Film
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle

Animated Short Film
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes

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01/27/2017 | General | Comments Off on 2017 Academy Award Animation Nominees

Please Vote for my Video!

A quick favor to ask of you, the animation blog reader. I’m currently participating in a video competition. Please watch the video and if you dig it, there’s a button to Vote. You can vote once per day so make sure to go back every day until Sunday.

Here’s your chance to show your appreciation for the 9+ years I’ve worked on maintaining this blog!


05/10/2016 | General | Comments Off on Please Vote for my Video!

NBCUniversal Acquires DreamWorks Animation

NBCUniversal today announced the acquisition of DreamWorks Animation. The studio will become part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, which includes Universal Pictures, Fandango, and NBCUniversal Brand Development. Under the terms of the agreement, DreamWorks Animation has an equity value of approximately $3.8 billion. DreamWorks Animation stockholders will receive $41 in cash for each share of DreamWorks Animation common stock.

The acquisition includes popular DreamWorks Animation film franchises, such as Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. It also includes hundreds of hours of original animated content distributed across linear and SVOD platforms in more than 130 countries. Additionally, DreamWorks Classics, a large library of classic characters, including Where’s Waldo, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, will become part of the NBCUniversal portfolio.



04/28/2016 | General | Comments Off on NBCUniversal Acquires DreamWorks Animation

Thank You For Your Contributions

Just wanted to say thanks to the three readers (C.Y., S.M., and M.L.) who contributed financially through the PayPal Tip Jar. Because of them, The Animation Blog’s back-owed fees have been paid and hosting is now paid up till May 14th.

If you too would like to contribute, simply click the PayPal Donate button in the sidebar. ALL contributions go toward paying the hosting and domain fees. Thanks.


01/22/2016 | General | Comments Off on Thank You For Your Contributions

2016 Academy Award Animation Nominees

The nominees for the upcoming Oscars (Feb. 28) have been announced.

For Best Animated Feature, the nominees are: Anomalisa, Boy & The World, Inside Out, Shaun the Sheep Movie, and When Marnie Was There.

For Best Animated Short, the nominees are: Bear Story, Prologue, Sanjay’s Super Team, We Can’t Live Without Cosmos, and World of Tomorrow.



01/14/2016 | General | Comments Off on 2016 Academy Award Animation Nominees

‘Peter Pan’ Live Action Reference Photographs

In anticipation of the February 5th release of the 60th Anniversary Edition of Peter Pan, Disney has released the following slideshow featuring 1950s live action reference photographs.

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02/01/2013 | General | Comments Off on ‘Peter Pan’ Live Action Reference Photographs

Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices

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12/27/2012 | General | Comments Off on Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices

John Lasseter Honored with Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

Two-time Academy Award-winning director and CEO of Walt Disney/Pixar Animation Studios John Lasseter today received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Joining the celebration were Bonnie Hunt, Owen Wilson, Brad Paisley, Emily Mortimer, John Ratzenberger, Patton Oswalt, Don Rickles, Randy Newman and Cheech Marin whom have worked with Lasseter on various Pixar projects. Lasseter’s star is the 2,453rd on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is located in front of the El Capitan Theatre.

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11/02/2011 | General | Comments Off on John Lasseter Honored with Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

Behind the Gates at Dreamworks Animation


06/06/2011 | General | 1 Comment

Vanity Fair Pixar Image

Check out this image Pixar recently created for Vanity Fair magazine.


Via @leeunkrich, director of Toy Story 3.


05/23/2011 | General | Comments Off on Vanity Fair Pixar Image

Toy Story 3 Director Lee Unkrich on Win, Lose or Draw

Before Pixar Director Lee Unkrich made it big, he was just like you and I… a regular 20-year-old kid wearing an awful sweater, trying to earn some cash to pay for school. The difference being he decided to earn money by dominating an episode of the game show “Win, Lose or Draw” in 1987. According to Mr. Unkrich, he was “coerced into buying that sweater by the show’s producers.”

And in case you’re wondering, he used his winnings to pay for his USC housing fees. This video was posted by Mr. Unkrich, as promised, once he reached the 100,000 followers threshold on twitter. Follow him @leeunkrich and while you’re at it, follow us @animation_blog

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05/18/2011 | General | Comments Off on Toy Story 3 Director Lee Unkrich on Win, Lose or Draw

Giveaway: ‘Lost & Found’ Book by Shaun Tan

To celebrate The Animation Blog’s upcoming 4th birthday, we’re giving away three copies of Shaun Tan‘s Lost & Found. The book includes three stories: The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, and The Rabbits. These stories have never been widely available in the U.S., until now. All three stories are presented in their entirety with new artwork and author’s notes. The book goes on sale March 1, 2011 (the same day as TAB’s birthday).

How to Enter: The book is very imaginative and evokes feelings of wonder. So, if you’d like to win one of the three copies, you’re going to have to use your imagination. To enter, email theanimationblog at with the subject heading “Lost & Found” and in the body of the email write a short story or poem of 300 words or less. I will then pick the three best entries on March 8, 2011. Good luck! Note: Open to United States residents only.


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02/25/2011 | General | Comments Off on Giveaway: ‘Lost & Found’ Book by Shaun Tan