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‘WALL-E’ nominated for three Grammys

And the nominations just keep coming for Pixar’s masterpiece, WALL-E. This time around the film was nominated for three Grammys. The awards will be broadcast early next year.

1) Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
WALL-E, Thomas Newman, composer

2) Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
Down To Earth (From WALL-E ), Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman, songwriters

3) Best Instrumental Arrangement
Define Dancing (From WALL-E ), Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman, arrangers


36th Annie Awards nominees announced

The 36th annual Annie Awards nominations have been announced. Leading the pack is Kung Fu Panda with 17 nominations, followed by Bolt with 9 and Wall-e with 8.


Best Animated Feature
Bolt – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Kung Fu Panda – DreamWorks Animation
$9.99 – Sherman Pictures/Lama Films
WALL-E – Pixar Animation Studios
Waltz With Bashir – Sony Pictures Classics/Bridgit Folman, Les Films
D’ici, Razor Films


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14 animated films submitted for Oscar consideration

Fourteen features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 81st Academy Awards.

The 14 submitted features are:

“Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!”
“Dragon Hunters”
“Fly Me to the Moon”
“Kung Fu Panda”
“Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa”
“The Sky Crawlers”
“Sword of the Stranger”
“The Tale of Despereaux”
“Waltz with Bashir”

“Bolt,” “Delgo,” “Dragon Hunters,” “$9.99,” “The Sky Crawlers,” “The Tale of Despereaux” and “Waltz with Bashir” have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and meet all of the category’s other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process.

Under the rules for this category, a maximum of 3 films can be nominated in a year in which the field of eligible entries numbers at least 8 but fewer than 16.

Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.

The 81st Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 22, 2009, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.


‘WALL-E’ DVD and Blu-ray release date

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that Pixar’s ‘WALL-E’ will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD on November 18th, 2008. The movie will be packaged in a two-disc set and feature BD-Live interactivity and a digital copy of the film.

Extras include all the DVD features, including commentary with director Andrew Stanton, five featurettes, deleted scenes, the new animated short: “Burn-E” and a “Lots of Bots” storybook. Exclusive to the Blu-ray is an additional picture-in-picture commentary and three interactive games.

Click here to check out the cover art.


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