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Views 2014 San Diego Comic-Con schedule highlights

It’s San Diego Comic-Con time again, and Lord Akiyama from the Animated Views Forum has compiled some highlights from the schedule for our readers.

Film
Views Planes: Fire & Rescue

With a more interesting subject and setting, and a wider canvas, Planes: Fire & Rescue is better than its predecessor — but it isn’t quite a first-class upgrade.

The Rotoscopers
Views Animation Addicts Podcast #71: The Land Before Time – Fellowship of the Tree Star

The Rotoscopers kick off their Dinos & Dragons series by reviewing Don Bluth’s 1988 classic The Land Before Time.

Artists
Views Ratatouille: The Adventure at Disneyland Paris: Pixar Creative Director Roger Gould talks about an “animated” attraction

Just as the exciting new ride opens, we have an exclusive interview direct from France about this innovative and unique attraction.

The Rotoscopers
Views Animation Addicts Podcast #70: Tarzan – Attack of the Disney Theories

The Rotoscopers review the last film of the Disney Renaissance, 1999′s Tarzan.

Tooning In
Views Less is more, and more animated news is good news!

In order to bring you the latest happenings in the animation world in a more timely manner, we’re switching our news posts to a headline only format to get more links to you in less time.

The Rotoscopers
Views Animation Addicts Podcast #69: Princess Mononoke – Go Away

The Rotoscopers review Studio Ghibli’s epic film Princess Mononoke with special guest host, Rotowriter Mayra Amaya.

Artists
Views Great songs never die: how animation students are bringing a fresh touch to Aria For A Cow

We continue our look at the production of the short based on the Howard Ashman song, by meeting the students who are making a major contribution to the project.

Film
Views How To Train Your Dragon 2

Though it doesn’t quite reach the same heights, How To Train Your Dragon 2 is a worthy followup to the original. And it makes us yearn for DreamWorks to stop coasting and train themselves to fly higher.

The Rotoscopers
Views Animation Addicts Podcast #68: One Hundred and One Dalmatians – Do You Got Any Chloroform?

The Rotoscopers review Disney’s first modern animated movie, the 1961 canine classic One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

Filmmakers
Views Buried Treasure: The ill-fated voyage to Treasure Planet 2

Director Jun Falkenstein maps out the story and artwork for the canceled Treasure Planet 2, in which Jim Hawkins and Silver would have taken on the villainous Ironbeard.

Blu-ray
Views Son Of Batman

Talia al Ghul has a surprise for Batman, in the form of an arrogant but accomplished ten-year-old. It’s a great premise, but the presentation has some problems in terms of believability and basic taste.

Blu-ray
Views Green Lantern: The Animated Series

The film was a bust, but it did lead to the production of what turned out to be a very fine cartoon show. Sleek CGI animation, strong scripts, and intriguing characters add to an already great sci-fi concept, and make the show impressive.

The Rotoscopers
Views Animation Addicts Podcast #65: Balto – Streetdog

The Rotoscopers go on a journey to watch Amblimation’s final movie, Balto.

Blu-ray
Views The Pirate Fairy

This fun family film keeps up the quality of the Fairies franchise, serving as a clever prequel to Peter Pan, while in some ways almost being a super-hero film for little girls.

The Rotoscopers
Views Animation Addicts Podcast #64: The Lord of the Rings – So Many Miniskirts

Morgan, Mason and Chelsea have a rotospective at Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 The Lord of the Rings.

Film
Views Rio 2

Rio 2 is the type of film that needs to become an endangered species in Hollywood — a vapid, unoriginal movie that will appeal only to young children who aren’t familiar with all the cliches and stereotypes.

Blu-ray
Views The Venture Bros.: The Fifth Season

The latest season of the [adult swim] fan favorite sees the rebirth and fall of SPHINX, The Monarch gain his revenge on Doctor Venture (or so he says), and the recently graduated Venture Bros. clumsily finding their way in the world, even as family secrets come to light.

Artists
Views Great songs never die: how art director Amos Sussigan is crafting the look of Aria For A Cow

We check in on the production of the short based on the Howard Ashman song, and look at its visual style.

Composers
Views Composer Frode Fjellheim on Frozen‘s native spirit

We speak with the Norwegian composer about helping to give the Disney hit its own unique sound.

Blu-ray
Views Adventure Time: The Complete Third Season

The third season of the hit show keeps the strange stuff, while developing relationships a little further. Above all, it stays entertaining and creative in a way that can captivate both kids and adults.

The Rotoscopers
Views Animation Addicts Podcast #62: Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron – Tradigital Animation

It’s Morgan and Mason for a M&M episode, where they review DreamWorks’ 2002 traditionally animated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.

Film
Views Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Mr. Peabody and Sherman’s focus on family is a nice change from the classic series, but the lack of humor and a good story make it improbable you’ll enjoy the film.

Blu-ray
Views Justice League: War

A younger version of the Justice League comes together as it battles Darkseid, not to mention a stale script and unappealing characterization. There are kernels of goodness here, though, as well as a nice set of bonus features.

Tooning In
Views Oscar Night 2014

Tonight’s the night! The Oscar winners will be revealed this evening. Join us during a live chat, find out who will win our contest, and see the consensus picks from our readers.


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Animated News

Mike Tyson Mysteries will turn boxer into cartoon crime-solver


John Rhys-Davies joins Once Upon a Time as voice of Pabbie the troll


First look at Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb


Teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies (finally) online


Christopher Walken to voice King Louie in Disney’s The Jungle Book, while Giancarlo Esposito will play Akela the wolf


Guardians Of The Galaxy animated series in works


Animation UK’s favorite film genre for first time


Technology behind the making of DreamWorks Animation’s films


Laika wants to do a traditionally animated feature film


Filmmakers talk making The Boxtrolls


Voice cast of The Book of Life discusses the film


Avengers: Age of Ultron Comic-Con panel recap


Planes lands softly in fifth place in second weekend at box office


Dave Filoni talks Star Wars Rebels


Family Guy producers discuss show’s next season; say that movie will happen “someday”


Lots of Star Wars comics are coming from Marvel in 2015


Sneak peek at Phineas & Ferb: Star Wars, airing on Disney Channel July 26th


Extended preview for The Simpsons Guy now online


King Kong prequel Skull Island coming November 2016


King Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan will all appear in Godzilla 2


The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Comic-Con panel recap


Short Anna and Elsa clip from Once Upon a Time teased at Comic-Con


First look at deadly Simpsons season premiere


Awesome first look at Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice revealed, plus Comic-Con footage description


Apes retreat to third place as Lucy dominates the box office


Simon Kinberg discusses Star Wars Rebels


Book of Life Comic-Con panel recap


Legend of Korra creators talk show’s so-called “non-cancellation”; could season 4 still happen through digital streaming?


Trailer for straight-to-DVD Boxcar Children movie released


Penguins of Madagascar clip and poster


New Star Wars Rebels fight scene showcases show’s villain


Comic-Con recap of opening scenes from Big Hero 6


Penguins of Madagascar Comic-Con panel recap


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comic-Con panel recap


Home Comic-Con panel recap


SpongeBob SquarePants will become a CGI, human-sized superhero (we’re not kidding!) in Sponge Out of Water


New photo of Ben Affleck as Batman revealed


Alas, Nickelodeon has cancelled The Legend of Korra; season’s remaining episodes will be released online


First official photo of Elsa from Once Upon a Time released


Oscar winning animator Will Vinton, Gnosis Moving Pictures announce partnership, film slate


A chat with animation legend Phil Tippett


DreamWorks Animation unveils Christmas mall attraction DreamPlace


New Yorker makes animator profiles available for free


First official The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies poster shows Smaug in action


Pirates 5 to set sail on July 7th, 2017


After success of The Nut Job, Canada’s ToonBox expands operations to Los Angeles


Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Sony Pictures Animation to make live-action/animated hybrid Manimal


Frozen villain Prince Hans is also coming to Once Upon a Time


PBS and American Experience announce 4-hour Walt Disney documentary for fall 2015


Maleficent passes $700 million mark worldwide


Take a look at Mondo’s awesome (and expensive) Iron Giant action figure


Will low ratings cause The Legend of Korra to be prematurely cancelled?


Comic-Con poster for Jurassic World


Why Frozen was such a big box-office hit in Japan


Laika uses 3D printing to create stop motion characters


Disney’s five year plan for Frozen franchise


A look back at animated commercials in the 70′s


Remastered editions of Rankin/Bass’ The Hobbit and The Return of the King coming on July 22nd (sadly, not on Blu-Ray)


FXX to have biggest Simpsons marathon ever by airing all 552 episodes before they become available online


Comic-Con trailer for Star Wars Rebels makes its way online early



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