‘Wreck-It Ralph,’ ‘Frankenweenie,’ ‘Brave,’ ‘Paperman,’ ‘Avengers,’ Get Oscar Noms; ‘Lincoln’ Leads Charge

Earlier this morning, awards show host Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone announced the nominations for the primary categories for the upcoming 85th annual Academy Awards at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

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First Look: ‘Frozen’ Concept Art Featuring Anna, Kristoff (Hi-Res)

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Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios UK, today we get our first look at newly released concept art from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming film, Frozen, featuring Anna and Kristoff.

When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna (Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer, Sven, on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen (Idina Menzel), and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ to be Directed by Co-Writer Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee, courtesy Walt Disney StudiosWalt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) taps Jennifer Lee to join Chris Buck at the helm of its 53rd full-length animated feature Frozen, which is slated for the big screen on November 27, 2013. Lee, who has contributed to the film’s screenplay, is one of the screenplay writers of this year’s hit arcade-hopping adventure Wreck-It Ralph.

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‘Paperman’ New ‘Paperclips’ Featurette, ‘The Look’

Disney's 'Paperman'Walt Disney Animation Studios has released the second of its webseries ‘Paperclips’ which takes an intimate look at the making of its newest short, the revolutionary Paperman.

In the new segment, titled ‘The Look,’ director John Kahrs goes into the details on how he wanted to approach the appearance of the film and why he decided to locate it in 1950s-ish Manhattan.

In addition, there are several new images shared within the featurette, although not having seen the film myself, it’s difficult to be able to identify which images — if any — are from the film and which are considered concept art as some are in a very different style from the colorscript images already released.

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‘Paperman’ Hi-Res Concept Art and First Image

MEG concept art. ©2012 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Though all of these images have already been released on the short’s official Facebook page, Walt Disney Animation Studios have provided us with hi-res versions of concept art from its upcoming short, Paperman. Although all descriptions for the art state that they’re concept art, going by filenames, three of the images are in fact from the color script for the film while one is titled ‘first look,’ and at full resolution, definitely appears as if it may be an actual still from short.

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‘Paperman’ Unfolds Behind-the-Scenes Web Series, ‘Paperclips’

'Paperman' visual developmentWalt Disney Animation Studios has begun a new web series titled ‘Paperclips,’ which takes a look at the making of its new short, Paperman, which has been celebrated as revolutionizing animation, even well ahead of its world debut at Annecy.

In the first webisode, titled ‘The Idea,’ director John Kahrs talks about the seed of the idea for the film, based on his own experiences as a commuter in New York City. Recalling ‘crossing paths with people’ at Grand Central Terminal, Kahrs adds, ‘you feel like there’s some connection there… then that person’s gone forever, that connection’s broken… I would always kind of wonder who that person would be, what they were like… I did kind of wonder how would people that had lost that connection — if they ever met, or how would the fates conspire to maybe bring those people back together.’

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Disney’s ‘Paperman’ Gets Facebook Page, Synopsis

Disney's 'Paperman'A Facebook page for Disney’s Paperman, the mysterious animated short oft said to revolutionize and breathe new life into traditional animation has surfaced, offering an official mini-synopsis of the short:

‘The story of a young man in NYC relying on his heart, imagination, a stack of papers—and a little luck—to win the girl of his dreams.’

Digging a little deeper, the page also has this to add regarding the film:

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‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Teaser Poster Scores 8 out of 10 Bits

'Wreck-It Ralph' Teaser PosterMSN Movies debuted the first teaser poster for Wreck-It Ralph from Walt Disney Studios Animation earlier today.

Walt Disney Animation Studios and Emmy®-winning director Rich Moore take moviegoers on a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey in Wreck-It Ralph. Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer), the ‘good guy’ star of their game who always gets to save the day. But after decades doing the same thing and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he’s tired of playing the role of a bad guy. He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video
games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.

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Disney’s ‘Paperman’ to Revolutionize Animation?

Regarding a listing in the MPAA ratings bulletin awarding it a G rating, Bleeding Cool discovered Disney’s best kept secret, an animated short titled Paperman directed by John Kahrs. And while it’s only natural that the filmmakers are touting how wonderful it is, the accolades don’t stop there. Apparently every one who has seen it so far is going gaga over it. While Steve Hulett of The Animation Guild, IATSE Local 839 says ‘the look of it is terrific and unlike anything else out there,’ Pixar animator Catherine Hicks just took to Twitter with the following review:

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‘Wreck It Ralph’ Hi-Res Concept Art – First Look at Gaming Worlds

Wreck-It Ralph - Sugar Rush © Disney Enteprises. All Rights Reserved.

Today we get our first official look at Wreck-It-Ralph from Walt Disney Animation Studios which tells the story of the title character, an old 8-bit arcade game villain, who wishes for nothing more than to be recognized for the hero he believes himself to be. Ralph attempts to find solace in a support group for misunderstood gaming villains where they speak the mantra ‘I am bad and that’s good. I’ll never be good and that’s not bad.’

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