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    Pingu the Penguin Stars in a Claymation Remake of "The Thing"

    Disappointed with that recent prequel/remake of John Carpenter's "The Thing"? To make up for it, here's a short redo of the 1982 version as reenacted by the claymation character Pingu. Not only does it make perfect sense for penguins to remake a sci-fi/horror film set in Antarctica...

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    Year End Box Office Wrap 2011: Attendance Down, Top Ten Grossers and Studio Market Shares

    With nine titles ranked among the top 25-highest grossing films of the year, it's no surprise that Paramount won the North American market share race in 2011 with nearly $2 billion in its coffers. box office and attendance for 2011 overall were down some 3% and 4%, respectively, from 2010.

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    What Went Wrong with Animation in 2011?

    After the triumphant 2010, was 2011 the hangover for animation? It certainly seems that way, since all I kept hearing over the holidays was disappointment: Carping about "Cars 2" and sneering about "Happy Feet Two" (which arguably offered no compelling reason to return to th...

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    Animated Jazz—And More

    Gordon Goodwin is a talented musician, composer, arranger—and animation buff. Years ago he got to score a pencil-test scene called “The Bedroom Argument” that was cut from 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' and unearthed for a laserdisc release of the film; you can see (and hear) it now on YouTube. H...

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    FIRST LOOK: Playful Images from Pixar's Brave and Tim Burton's Frankenweenie

    Disney is doling out tantalizing new tidbits (images, trailers, and posters) with practiced restraint to build anticipation for both Pixar's "Brave" (June 22, 2012) and Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie"(October 5, 2012). 

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    Video from the Archives: A Christmas Card from Terry Gilliam

    This hilarious 1968 Monty Python-era Christmas Video by Terry Gilliam for the TV series "Do Not Adjust Your Set" holds up; it's roaming the web this season thanks to various postings. Gilliam comments on his Facebook page:

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    First Look: Ari Folman's 'Bashir' Follow-Up 'The Congress,' Starring Robin Wright, Due in 2013

    Ari Folman has given Israeli film blog Cinemascope an update on his "Waltz With Bashir" follow-up, "The Congress," his liberal reworking of the 1971 Stanislaw Lem sci-fi novel, "The Futurological Congress." In the animated film Robin Wright plays herself as an aging ...

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    Aardman's The Pirates! Band of Misfits Wishes You Happy Holidays; Trailer

    Holiday ecards are clogging my inbox. While it's hardly the first time a Hollywood studio has jumped on Christmas to flog their product, Sony went for broke this year, sending boxes full of gift wrapping, T-shirts and Santa hats to hype Oscar hopeful "Arthur Christmas."

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    The Doc Option: Instead of "The Adventures of Tintin" Watch "Tintin and I"

    Two of the most anticipated movies of the holiday season open in theaters today. But if you're thinking of choosing "The Adventures of Tintin," don't. I have a new Doc Option for you instead.

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    Immersed in Movies: 'Avatar' VFX Wiz Letteri Compares 'Apes' and 'Tintin,' Caesar and Haddock

    It's been a great year for Joe Letteri, Weta Digital's senior visual effects supervisor, with "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" as the front runner for the VFX Oscar and "The Adventures of Tintin" opening today and competing in the animation category.

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