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.”
The Walt Disney Studios has announced plans to release at least 15 of its films for in-home viewing on Blu-ray 3D in 2011.
Among the list of films to debut on 3D include animated classics THE LION KING (check out the cover art) and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, recent theatrical releases including TRON: LEGACY and TANGLED, plus many others to be announced that will release day-and-date and packaged with a non-3D Blu-ray Disc.
Also slated for release in 2011 are BOLT, MEET THE ROBINSONS, TIM BURTONâ€™S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, G-FORCE and CHICKEN LITTLE. These titles will join The Walt Disney Studiosâ€™ recent 2010 Blu-ray 3D releases ALICE IN WONDERLAND, DISNEYâ€™S A CHRISTMAS CAROL and STEP UP 3.
In addition to the films being in 3D, each disc will include thematically linked 3D menus, 3D previews of coming-attractions trailers and an introduction to Disney Blu-ray 3D featuring Timon and Pumbaa from THE LION KING.
Senior Software Engineer Kelly Ward gives us in-depth demonstration of how the animators created Rapunzel’s hair in Tangled. Ward talks about the challenges of animating Rapunzel’s long hair and making sure that it remains a part of the story. Tangled hits theaters November 24, 2010.
Check out the French poster for Disney’s Tangled, formerly known as Rapunzel. Surprisingly, the movie’s title did not change for its French release. It’ll be in theaters across North America beginning November 24, 2010 and in French theaters beginning December 1, 2010.