‘Frozen,’ ‘The Lone Ranger’ Lead 2014 Oscar Nominations for Disney

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named its nominees for the upcoming 86th Academy Awards, which will air in the United States on ABC on Sunday, March 2, 2014. While Saving Mr. Banks was snubbed from most of the main categories, it managed to garner a nomination for Best Original Score by Thomas Newman. But it was Walt Disney Animation Studios that shined this year, for two unsurprising nominations for Frozen: ‘Let It Go’ for Best Original Song (Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez) and Best Animated Feature where it will compete against Disney’s other contender, Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises.

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‘Frozen,’ ‘Monsters University,’ ‘Toy Story of TERROR!’ Score Big with Annie Awards Noms; Alice Davis to be Honored

ASIFA-Hollywood announced nominations today for its 41st Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. The Annie Awards cover 30 categories and include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Special Production, Commercials, Short and Outstanding Individual Achievements.

Best Animated Feature, Frozen, Monsters University and The Wind Rises are up against Despicable Me 2, Ernest & Celestine and The Croods. Frozen and Monsters University also dominated with nine other nominations each in the following categories:

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‘The Wind Rises’ Tumblr, Social Media Accounts Launched

'The Wind Rises' Teaser PosterIn honor of the trailer for Disney Touchstone Pictures’ domestic distribution of Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises being released yesterday, Disney has also quietly launched several social media accounts to support the releases on February 21, 2014 (limited) and February 28 (wide).

TheWindRisesMovie.com now forwards to a Tumblr account (which you can follow by using this link). Additionally a Twitter account has been established at @WindRisesFilm and Facebook page. The Tumblr page also links to a press kit which offers some background on the film along with some fun facts.

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‘The Wind Rises’ Theatrical Poster

'The Wind Rises' Teaser PosterWalt Disney Studios has provided us with this teaser poster for Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises which will debut in theaters with a limited release on February 21, 2014, followed by a wide release on February 28, 2014 under Disney’s Touchstone banner. In addition, the film will have a week-long award-qualifying run in Los Angeles and New York beginning this Friday, November 8 – 14, which will feature the film in its original Japanese language with subtitles.

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Disney Submits Four Animated Films for Oscar Consideration

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that a total of nineteen animated films have been submitted for consideration for the Animated Feature category in the 86th Academy Awards, which will air in the United States on ABC on Sunday, March 2, 2014.

Among the submitted films are Frozen from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Planes from Disney Toon Studios, Monsters University from Pixar Animation Studios and Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises. The other entries from other studios are: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Epic, Ernest and Celestine, The Fake, Free Birds, Khumba, The Legend of Sarila, A Letter to Momo, O Apóstolo, Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellion, Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury, The Smurfs 2, and Turbo.

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‘My Neighbor Totoro,’ ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ on Blu-ray in May

'My Neighbor Totoro' on Blu-rayStudio Ghibli’s immortal classic, My Neighbor Totoro, from director Hayao Miyazaki will be getting a domestic release on Blu-ray by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment in honor of its 25th anniversary on May 21.

The news comes ahead of any official press release, but the movie has already appeared for pre-order on Amazon.com. From what we are able to ascertain, the bonus features are essentially the same as the Blu-ray edition released late last year internationally:

  • Original Japanese Storyboards
  • Original Japanese Trailer
  • Behind the Microphone
  • Behind the Studio
    • Creating My Neighbor Totoro
    • Creating the Characters

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Studio Ghibli’s ‘Secret World of Arietty,’ ‘Castle in the Sky,’ ‘Whisper of the Heart’ on Blu-ray in May

Studio Ghibli's 'The Secret World of Arietty' on Disney Blu-ray/DVDAhead of any official announcement, Amazon.com has begun taking pre-orders for Disney’s presentation of Studio Ghibli’s The Secret World of Arietty for release on Disney Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on May 22, 2012.

Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all.  The Secret World of Arrietty is an animated adventure based on Mary Norton’s acclaimed children’s book series The Borrowers.

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‘Secret World of Arrietty’ Clips – ‘What Do They Call You?’ ‘What Are Borrowers?’ and ‘Captured’

Human boy Shawn (right, voice of David Henrie) is astonished when he visits the garden and discovers Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler) a tiny person who lives hidden with her family under the floorboards of the house where he’s staying, in Disney’s release of the Studio Ghibli animated feature, 'The Secret World of Arrietty.' (Opening in theaters Feb. 17, 2012) © 2010 GNDHDDTW. All Rights Reserved.

Walt Disney Studios has just released three clips from its upcoming English release of The Secret World of Arrietty (pronounced AIR-ee-ett-ee) from the legendary Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Ponyo). Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all. The Secret World of Arrietty is an animated adventure based on Mary Norton’s acclaimed children’s book series The Borrowers.

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‘Secret World of Arrietty’ Hi-Res Stills, Trailer

Human boy Shawn (right, voice of David Henrie) is astonished when he visits the garden and discovers Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler) a tiny person who lives hidden with her family under the floorboards of the house where he’s staying, in Disney’s release of the Studio Ghibli animated feature, 'The Secret World of Arrietty.' (Opening in theaters Feb. 17, 2012) © 2010 GNDHDDTW. All Rights Reserved.

Walt Disney Studios has provided us hi-res stills from its upcoming English release of The Secret World of Arrietty (pronounced AIR-ee-ett-ee) from the legendary Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Ponyo). Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all.  The Secret World of Arrietty is an animated adventure based on Mary Norton’s acclaimed children’s book series The Borrowers.

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More Stills and Information from Studio Ghibli’s ‘Tales from Earthsea’

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Walt Disney Studios has provided us with additional stills from Tales from Earthsea from Studio Ghibli which we have added to our existing gallery, placing the new stills at the beginning in no particular order.

In her six-book series, author Ursula Le Guin created the magical land of Earthsea—a world of islands and water where wizardry is a science that allows one to control the elements, heal illness, calm earthquakes, make the wind blow in the sails of boats, and much more. In this world, Sparrowhawk, whose secret name is Ged, was chosen when he was a young and proud shepherd to learn magic. The books follow him on his heroic journey of self-discovery and redemption through the Darkness and back again.

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