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Entries from January 31st, 2008

Persepolis

January 31st, 2008 · No Comments · Documentary films, Feature films

Persepolis, directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud based on Satrapi’s series of four autobiographical graphic novels, has just opened here in Atlanta after earning considerable praise elsewhere. These include nominations for Best Animated Feature Oscar and Annie Award, a Special Jury Prize at Cannes, and being the official French entry for the Best Foreign […]

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An Aardman Chronology/Filmography

January 21st, 2008 · No Comments · Animation studios

Film historian Kristin Thompson is trying to compile a rather extensive chronology/filmography for Aardman Animations. The results so far have been posted on her and David Bordwell’s blog in hopes of filling in the blanks, so to speak. The project arose as a byproduct of Thompson and Bordwell’s work on revising their Film History: An […]

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Oh, Anime!

January 19th, 2008 · No Comments · Education, Japan

I just noticed that the story The Schenectady Daily Gazette reporter Pam Allen interviewed me for a month ago about the popularity of anime was finally published on December 30. In response to her questions, I noted one of the reasons for anime’s popularity was that its fans appreciate the wider subject matter versus what’s […]

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The Princess and the Frog, Oh, My!

January 16th, 2008 · No Comments · Cel animation, Feature films

The posting of this first still from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog (due out in 2009) on ComingSoon.net has created a mild buzz on the net, with fawning headlines such as “Can Disney recapture the magic of its classic musicals?” (Hexus.Lifestyle). The fact that it is a musical and marks the company’s return to […]

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Blue Sky Moves to Connecticut

January 13th, 2008 · No Comments · Animation studios

News broke on Thursday, January 10th, that Blue Sky Studios, producers of Ice Age, Robots and Ice Age: The Meltdown, as well as the forthcoming Horton Hears a Who! (pictured above), is moving some 12 miles from White Plains, New York, just north of New York City, to Greenwich, Connecticut. While the move from one […]

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Stereoscopic Films

January 4th, 2008 · No Comments · Digital projection, Stereoscopic films

Last month, IMAX signed a deal with AMC Entertainment to “to install 100 IMAX digital projection systems at AMC [theater] locations in 33 major U.S. markets.” Once this is done by 2010, IMAX says it will have doubled the amount of its 3D large-format theaters. This, coupled with the small but increasing number of films […]

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