Despite The Walt Disney Company’s public protests against the prestigious Annies animation awards with what it feels are voters heavily sided with DreamWorks Animation, Disney’s Tangled and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 are in contention for several major awards.
The pair are not only nominated for Best Animated Feature, but both Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) and Dan Fogelman (Tangled) are being considered in the Writing in a Feature Production category. Toy Story 3‘s Lee Unkrich is also nominated for Directing in a Feature Production.
Other notable nominations for The Walt Disney Company include Disney/Pixar’s short Day & Night in the Best Animated Short Subject category and Jon Colton Barry & Piero Piluso for Disney Channel’s ‘Phineas and Ferb: Nerds of a Feather’ comic-con-inspired episode which featured guest stars Kevin Smith and Seth MacFarlane.
Also of note is the juried award for Special Achievement which has been awarded to the Walt Disney Animation Studios documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty.
The Walt Disney Company, which has supported the Annies over the years, has notably dropped sponsorship this year as well as did not submit their own films for consideration over concerns that membership (and consequently voting rights) doesn’t have ample standards. The company asserts that DreamWorks Animation provides all of its employees with memberships and therefore indirectly stuffs the ballots. With the well received How to Train Your Dragon pitted against Toy Story 3, Disney is not looking forward to a potential upset which could be seen for its face value in the eyes of the public.
DreamWorks Animation, interestingly enough, has little to worry about in the Character Animation in a Feature Production category where all nominees are animators who worked on either How to Train Your Dragon or MegaMind.
The 38th Annual Annie Awards, presented by the The International Animated Film Society/ASIFA-Hollywood will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that a total of fifteen animated features have been accepted to vie for Oscar for Animated Feature Film during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. Amongst them are three entries from The Walt Disney Company: Tangled, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue and Toy Story 3. Competing for the Animated Feature Film category does not preclude the film for entering Best Picture as long as the film satisfies the categories’ requirements for consideration.
Three films will be named as the final nominees in a ceremony to take place live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 am PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The awards ceremony itself will be held Sunday, February 27, 2011, 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.
Also competing for consideration in the Animated Feature category are the following films: Alpha and Omega, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, Despicable Me, The Dreams of Jinsha, How to Train Your Dragon, Idiots and Angels, The Illusionist, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Megamind, My Dog Tulip, Shrek Forever After, and Summer Wars.
On its official site to garner Oscar attention, Walt Disney Studios has recently begun to promote several of its films from 2010 including Alice in Wonderland, Toy Story 3 / Day & Night, Secretariat, Tangled and TRON: Legacy. Filled with behind-the-scenes photos, videos and more, there are also a few gems that have yet to have been formally introduced to the public at large which includes Daft’s Punk original score for TRON: Legacy, ‘I See The Light‘ performed by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi from Disney’s Tangled and even the screenplay to Toy Story 3.
From now through November 24, Toys ‘R’ Us is introducing a wealth of savings for many of its products which naturally include Disney fare. With that in mind, here’s just a sample of the savings you’ll find when you shop at ToysRUs.com:
For the extremely popular Disney Princess & Me collection from JAKKS Pacific, you’ll receive a free Princess & Me Royal Wardrobe with any Disney Princess & Me purchase of $75 or more. That represents a savings of up to 47%.
Order Toy Story 3 from ToysRUs.com and you’ll receive a free limited edition Toy Story wall clock (regularly $14.99) or get a free Toy Story popcorn tin (regularly $9.99) with any online Toy Story purchase of $30 or more. For fans of Disney/Pixar’s Cars, you’ll receive a free Cars carrying case (regularly $12.99) with any online Cars purchase of $30 or more.
Toys ‘R’ Us is also offering sales on its educational products and cartridges, many of which feature Disney favorites such as Toy Story, ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,’ Tangled and more. For more information see the specific savings pages for the Leapster, Fisher-Price iXL and Vtech MobiGo and V.Reader systems.
You’ll also find all of these savings and hundreds more in the TRU 2010 Great Big Christmas Book.
In anticipation of the November 2 release of Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 on Disney Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, DVD and 10-disc trilogy set editions, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released these two sneak peeks at just a couple of the many bonus features to be found along with the smash film.
The first is a clip from the accompanying short Day & Night. When Day, a sunny fellow, encounters Night, a stranger of distinctly darker moods, sparks fly! Day and Night are frightened and suspicious of each other at first, and quickly get off on the wrong foot. But as they discover each other’s unique qualities–and come to realize that each of them offers a different window onto the same world–the friendship helps both to gain a new perspective.
The next is another example of what has quickly become mine (and many others’) favorite type of Disney/Pixar bonus features as seen on the recent Toy Story 1 & 2 blu-ray releases, the Pixar ‘Studio Stories.’ This particular animated gem focuses on one of the perks of working at Pixar Animation Studios: the cereal bar.
You can get a full list of the features to be found on the Blu-ray and DVD editions here, but as far as what we’ve learned about the specifics on some of the bonus features, check out the listing below:
The Gang’s All Here – A look at the returning voice talent for Toy Story 3.
Toys! – A look at all the toys from updating classic characters to developing the Sunnyside Daycare and Bonnie’s Room toys
Paths to Pixar - Pixar Editors, past and future, share anecdotes about their career path
Studio Stories: Where’s Gordon? - There’s a hidden room at Pixar that we call the Where’s Gordon? and this is its story
Studio Stories: Cereal Bar – The majestic and expansive Pixar cereal bar is explored
Studio Stories: Clean Start – The Pixar animation team shaves their heads to mark the start of TS3 animation
Beginnings with Michael Arndt – Screenwriter Michael Arndt analyzes successful opening scenes from Toy Story, Nemo and The Incredibles
Bonnie’s Playtime - A roundtable discussion with Lee Unkrich and the story artists who brought the “Bonnie’s Playtime” scene to life
Roundin’ Up a Western Opening - Development process and scene analysis of “Western Opening” in its various iterations through the story process
Goodbye Andy - An exploration of character design, acting and animation in the scene “Andy’s Goodbye”
The Accidental Toymakers of Pixar - Meet the makers of the original Buzz Lightyear and watch how the newest version of Buzz, the Ultimate Buzz, is constructed
Life of a Shot - Overview of artist contribution to each step of the production pipeline on a select group of shots from the Western Opening of Toy Story 3
Epilogue - Stand-alone 1.33 version of the Epilogue
Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 Will Cross $1B Today; Disney to Become First Studio with Two $1B Films in Single Year
Two weeks after becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 will cross the $1 billion mark at the global box office today, joining Alice in Wonderland as the second $1 billion film this year from The Walt Disney Studios – the first studio in history to accomplish this feat. Disney first crossed the $1 billion threshold with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest in 2006. Toy Story 3 becomes the only animated film to reach this milestone and the seventh title in industry history.
“It’s been an incredible year as we saw the Pixar team bring Buzz and Woody back to the big screen and watched Tim Burton’s vision for Alice in Wonderland take the world by storm,” said Rich Ross, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “These box office triumphs prove that creative storytelling brought to life by imaginative, inspired and talented professionals is something audiences respond to the world over.”
As of Thursday (8/26/10), Toy Story 3 tallied more than $592.9 million internationally, Disney’s largest international animated release. Latin American audiences have contributed $138 million making Toy Story 3 the highest grossing Disney film ever released in the region. Toy Story 3 is the most successful UK release in Disney history and currently stands as the fourth biggest title in territory history with $102.4 million in box office receipts so far. In Japan, the film has taken in $111.2 million and spent five consecutive weeks as the #1 movie. Toy Story 3 currently ranks as the #7 film in global box office history and domestically ranks #9 with $404.6 million in receipts to date.
Alice in Wonderland began setting records during its opening weekend (March 5-7), becoming the biggest March opening in industry history, the highest 3D opening ever and The Walt Disney Studios’ biggest opening for a non-sequel film. Internationally, the film went on to tally more than $690 million, becoming Disney’s biggest overseas release of all time and the fourth biggest title ever released overseas. Worldwide, the film took in $1.0243 billion, ranking it as the #5 film in global box office history.
Title: Toy Story 3: Operation Camouflage (link)
Released: August 26, 2010
Device: iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad
Code Red Soldier! Operation Camouflage: Execute! Let’s Move, Move, Move!
Heads up recruit, it’s time for Recon Basic Training! Your mission is to find top secret items camouflaged throughout Andy’s Room, Bonnie’s Room and Sunnyside Daycare. Only the best of the best can find them all. Are you up for the task soldier?
Operation Camouflage has 20 missions throughout four locations: Andy’s Room, Bonnie’s Room, Caterpillar Room and Butterfly Room!
The most successful animated film of all time, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3, will not be recognized this year by one of the most highly prized awards in the animation industry — at least if Disney can help it.
The Walt Disney Company is withdrawing sponsorship and consideration from the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood and its 38th annual Annie Awards which is scheduled to take place on February 5, 2011 at UCLA Royce Hall in Los Angeles, CA. This represents the first time in the award’s near-forty year history that Disney will not be sponsoring the event in some capacity.
At the heart of the estrangement is how ASIFA handles its membership and voting process. According to Variety, Walt Disney Animation and Disney/Pixar President Dr. Ed Catmull is unhappy with the lack of vetting process in that it accepts nearly anyone as a member and allows them to vote. Further to that, it’s claimed that DreamWorks Animation supplies each of its employees with a membership to the organization and unfairly weighs the votes in DWA’s favor.
While Disney/Pixar’s UP claimed the top spot last year, DreamWorks Animation didn’t have an entry and instead dominated the field of animation in television, but this year they will have How to Train Your Dragon up against Disney’s Toy Story 3 and Tangled and it appears that Catmull may prefer to see Toy Story 3 as a never-ran rather than chance it becoming an also-ran. Two years ago, Kung Fu Panda dominated the awards, trumping both Bolt and — quite more shockingly — Wall-E, which went on to spite the Annies and win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature anyway.
With other key awards such as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences now paying more attention to animated films than ever before, the importance of the Annie may be dwindling, particularly if the notion that its awards can essentially be bought proves to be true.
Amazon.com has now listed a ten disc set for the Toy Story 3 trilogy to be released on November 2, the same day the film is being released on its own. Don’t let the ten disc description fool you, however, it appears to just simply refer to the 3 disc Toy Story (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy), 3 disc Toy Story 2 (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy) and 4 disc Toy Story 3 (2 Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy).
For more information (as it becomes available) or to pre-order the Toy Story Ultimate Toy Box Collection, click here.