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2014 Academy Award Nominations

The nominations for the 87th Academy Awards were announced this morning, and I have to say that I’m quite surprised about some of the nominees (as well as which films got snubbed).  Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest … Continue reading

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Nominated Yet Not Nominated

When the most recent Academy Award nominations were announced a couple of weeks ago, there weren’t a lot of surprises (although there were a number of snubs).  One of the biggest surprises occurred in the Best Original Song category.  The … Continue reading

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‘Tarzan’ & ‘Surf’s Up’ & ‘Frozen’

Chris Buck is an animator, writer, and director who studied character animation at CalArts and later went to work at Disney.  He worked as an animator on several films, including The Fox and the Hound, Oliver and Company, The Little … Continue reading

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Joel & Ethan Coen: An Appreciation Part One

Joel and Ethan Coen are two of the best American filmmakers ever.  I’ve enjoyed their films over the years; they’re offbeat, humorous (especially at unexpected times), and noirish.  One of Joel’s early credits was working as an assistant editor on … Continue reading

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‘Monster House’ & ‘ParaNorman’

Halloween is almost upon us.  It was tough finding the eight appropriate animated films for these Halloween-themed installments of Animation Corner, but I managed to not only find the eight I needed but several more.  Some weren’t used this month … Continue reading

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The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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“I haven’t got a brain…only straw,” says the Scarecrow.  Dorothy Gale asks, “How can you talk if you haven’t got a brain?”  He responds, “I don’t know.  But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don’t they?”  … Continue reading

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‘The Incredibles’ & ‘Ratatouille’

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Brad Bird is an animator, writer, producer, and director who developed a love for animation at an early age.  He was mentored by Milt Kahl (one of Disney‘s legendary “Nine Old Men”).  He attended the California Institute of the Arts … Continue reading