‘Toy Story 3’ and ‘The Lost Thing’ Win Academy Awards

At the 83rd Annual Academy Awards The Lost Thing won the Oscar for Best Animated Short, while Pixar’s Toy Story 3 won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

The Lost Thing is based on a short story by Shaun Tan, who’s book Lost & Found is out next week and we’re giving away three copies. Details here.

Also, Randy Newman won the Oscar for Best Original Song for Toy Story 3‘s “We Belong Together.”

Congrats to the winners!

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02/27/2011 | Films | Comments Off on ‘Toy Story 3’ and ‘The Lost Thing’ Win Academy Awards

The Animated History of the Oscars: An Infographic

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02/08/2011 | Films | Comments Off on The Animated History of the Oscars: An Infographic

Oscar Nominee Spotlight: Let’s Pollute

Let’s Pollute is an animated short created by Geefwee Boedoe and Tim Crawfurd. The film is a current day social commentary animated in a 1950’s and 1960’s educational film style.

The film starts out in the pre-industrial revolution America and then quickly moves into the modern times showing a nuclear family polluting their way through an average day. The narrator makes connections between our wasteful habits, big business, and the resulting out of control pollution of our air, water, and land. The narrator instructs us that pollution is part of our culture and it helps to keep our economy running smoothly.

It has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short.

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01/27/2011 | Films | 2 Comments

Oscar Nominee Spotlight: The Gruffalo

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The Gruffalo is a 2009 television film that premiered on the BBC in the UK on Christmas Day and on December 9, 2010 on ABC Family in the United States. The film, based on the best-selling children’s book of the same name by Julia Donaldson, features a voice cast including James Corden, Robbie Coltrane, Tom Wilkinson, John Hurt, and Rob Brydon, with Helena Bonham Carter narrating the story. It has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short.

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Oscar Nominee Spotlight: Pixar’s Day & Night

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Day & Night is a Pixar animated short film directed by Teddy Newton. It was shown in theaters before Pixar’s Toy Story 3. Unlike most other Pixar shorts, the animation style combines 2D and 3D elements, and Up production designer Don Shank says it is “unlike anything Pixar has produced before.” It has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short.

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Oscar Nominee Spotlight: The Lost Thing

Synopsis: “The Lost Thing”, nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Animated Short category, successfully encompasses every human emotion. Directed by Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan, the film tells an ageless and timeless story of a young boy who discovers a lost thing- a creature who does not look or behave the same way as everyone else does. The boy then embarks on a mission to find a loving home for the lost thing, refusing to settle for just any place. In only 15 minutes, this wonderful film reminds us that although we may feel alone at times, it is not a permanent state of being. The boy’s innocent and kind-hearted belief that the lost thing (and everyone) should have a place to call home makes this magical story of acceptance a journey worth traveling along. In the film, viewers are introduced to a plethora of “things.” Each one is uniquely animated and marvelous to look at. The imagination that went into this film which is full of heart and charm pays off in a major way.

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01/26/2011 | Films | Comments Off on Oscar Nominee Spotlight: The Lost Thing

Oscar Nominee Spotlight: Madagascar, carnet de voyage

Synopsis: “Madagascar, carnet de voyage,” nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Animated Short category, is an original short animation directed by Bastien Dubois, which allows viewers to experience the sights and sounds of Madagascar, a country rich with cultural traditions. We follow our protagonist, a traveler, who is invited to take part in a funerary Famadihana custom, where Malagasy tribes are able to show respect for the dead. We are taken through the country by following the traveler’s diary, which contains images, tickets, and maps. As the trek is under way, the film allows audiences to engage with local citizens, music, dance styles, transportation, food, sports, wildlife and the glorious landscapes. The upbeat nature of the soundtrack and the beautifully animated images of the countryside keep us engaged and truly allow us to feel present along this journey.

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01/26/2011 | Films | 1 Comment

Toy Story 3, How to Train Your Dragon among Oscar nominees

The nominees for this year’s Academy Awards were announced earlier today and there aren’t any surprises, with “Toy Story 3,” as expected, leading the animated pack.

Pixar’s “Toy Story 3,” “The Illusionist,” and DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon” were nominated today for Best Animated Feature. “How to Train Your Dragon” also earned a second nomination for Best Original Score.

Toy Story was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Sound Editing, and Best Original Song for “We Belong Together” by Randy Newman. Disney’s Tangled also nabbed a nomination for Best Original Song for “I See the Light.”

Pixar also nabbed a Best Animated Short nomination for “Day & Night.” The other four animated films nominated alongside Pixar are “The Gruffalo,” “Let’s Pollute,” “The Lost Thing,” and “Madagascar, carnet de voyage.”

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01/25/2011 | Films | Comments Off on Toy Story 3, How to Train Your Dragon among Oscar nominees

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