Earlier this evening, The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, held its 40th Annual Annie Awards at UCLA’s Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. While addressing the myriad of technical issues for the awards show were well beyond the capabilities of Fix-It Felix Jr and his magic hammer, the clear winner of the night was Wreck-It Ralph from Walt Disney Animation Studios.
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.
Disney’s only nominations announced thus far — unsurprisingly — have been for Best Animated Feature Film in which Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Wreck-It Ralph, Pixar Animation Studio’s Brave were all nominated. Other films in the category are Laika’s Paranorman and Aardman Animation’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits.
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.
The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, today announced the nominees for its 40th 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 Subjects and Outstanding Individual Achievements.
Across the film and television categories Disney has a strong showing this year (full list of nominees and respective categories below), particularly with Pixar’s Brave, Disney Animation’s Wreck-It Ralph and Disney Animation’s ‘TRON: Uprising.’ Disney Junior newcomers ‘Doc McStuffins’ and ‘Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess’ also managed to be recognized for their efforts.
The whistle almost blew calling for quitting time, but after what seems like months of teasing, Walt Disney Animation Studios has finally provided us with these hi-res first images from John Kahrs’ revolutionary short, Paperman, which will play before Wreck-It Ralph in theaters beginning November 2, 2012.
In the revolutionary short, which uses a combination of hand-drawn animation with computer graphics, a young New Yorker has only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get the attention of the girl of his dreams. Paperman is an innovative short about destiny and the power of second chances.
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.
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.
Walt 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.’
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:
MSN 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.