Archive for January, 2007
A bounty of Underdog promotional images has been spread across the web. The pics may be seen at Coming Soon, IESB.net, Latino Review and MovieWeb, with each site possessing two of the photos. From Walt Disney Pictures, the live-action adaptation of the ’60s animated show Underdog will hit theaters on August 3.
Tad Stones talks Hellboy: Sword of Storms
With IGN, Tad Stones elaborates on helming Hellboy: Sword of Storms, comparing and contrasting the film with other Hellboy projects. In addition, Stones briefly speaks about his involvement with such Disney series as Chip ‘N’ Dale Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck and Duck Tales, noting the potential of these series being resurrected for movies.
Ratatouille video game images
Upcoming Pixar points to Nintendo Power, where one can see three screen grabs from the Ratatouille video game. Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille will be available in game form for such Nintendo systems as Wii, Game Boy Advance and DS later this year.
Interview: John Knoll of ILM
IESB.net chats with John Knoll, a visual effects supervisor for Industrial Light and Magic. Knoll has been nominated for an Academy Award four times, with his most recent nomination being for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. At this time, he is working on the third Pirates adventure, At World’s End. During the interview, [...]
Tom & Jerry – Spotlight Collection disc replacement info
On the first disc of Tom & Jerry – Spotlight Collection, Volume 1, many consumers found that certain episodes contained an alternate picture/audio track. Now, Warner Bros. has issued information regarding the replacement of that disc, which can be read at TV Shows on DVD.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theatres
USA Today spotlights the upcoming Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theatres, with Aqua Teen creators Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis reflecting on the movie’s conception. Humorously, the article describes the project as, “Imagine if John Waters, Ed Wood and Rob Zombie got sick at Mickey D’s and then collaborated on a project. [...]
Become an M&M
An interesting activity has hit the web for anyone who has ever wondered, “What would I look like as candy?” Become an M&M allows visitors to create M&M incarnations of themselves, which they can then place in the site’s animated shorts or decorative images.
DreamWorks/Aardman deal is flushed away
The long, long story of the DreamWorks/Aardman breakup.
DreamWorks, Aardman split official
The rumors have been confirmed as DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Animation announced today that they have decided to discontinue their relationship with each other. The two companies teamed up to produce the films Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, and Flushed Away. DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said, “I have had the [...]
According to Advertising Age, movie studios are mostly keeping away from Super Bowl XLI, with just a handful of film ads to be featured. Thus, the only animated title to be included in the lineup will be Disney’s Meet the Robinsons. Speaking of the film’s marketing, a brand-new international one-sheet for Robinsons has been unveiled [...]
Orville Redenbacher resurrected in new ad
ConAgra Foods and Digital Domain have provided a Flash version of the latest advertisement for Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popping Corn. Directed by David Fincher, the ad places Redenbacher into the present, courtesy of computer animation. More information on the television spot may be viewed through its official press release.
Disney DVD: Small World, Einsteins, Dinosaurs, Scrubs
Ultimate Disney has the latest on some Disney titles coming to DVD. For instance, the site offers the fact sheet for the second and final wave of Walt Disney’s It’s a Small World of Fun!. Likewise, a press release for Little Einsteins: The Legend of the Golden Pyramid has arrived, as well as tentative cover [...]
Bridge to Terebithia production artwork
Ain’t It Cool News has collected an assortment of production artwork for the Disney/Walden Media adaptation of Bridge to Terebithia. The images reveal the designs of the creatures brought to life through the film’s visual effects.
Redstone considered Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation
The IMDB Studio Briefing indicates that the day Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone fired CEO Tom Freston, DreamWorks cofounder David Geffen called Redstone to recommend fellow cofounder Jeffrey Katzenberg as Freston’s replacement. In addition, Geffen also suggested that Viacom buy DreamWorks Animation. While confirming that most of the conversation did indeed take place, Redstone insists that [...]
Fox prepares for another Ice Age
The successful Ice Age franchise is looking to continue with a third chapter, indicates Variety via Moviehole. Word has yet to arrive on the film’s storyline.
"The Management of This Theatre Has a Request"
Available in High-res, Medium, and Low quality QuickTime formats, this animated public service announcement, featuring Frankie and the Frogs from Disney’s Meet the Robinsons, instructs moviegoers in proper theater etiquette
Academy to screen short nominees
On February 20 the Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be screening all 10 nominated live action and animated shorts up for an Oscar this year. Check out Toon Zone for information on how to get tickets to this free screening.
Afternoon of Remembrance
This coming Saturday, February 3rd, The Animation Guild, ASIFA Hollywood and Women In Animation will pay tribute to those from the animation community who passed away in 2006. The meeting will be held beginning at 1pm at the Hollywood Heritage Museum Lasky-Demille Barn across from the Hollywood Bowl. All are invited to attend to pay [...]
Treasures saved?; Number one Night; Iron Man reviewed!
Walt Disney Treasures back on schedule? Plus site updates.
Robinsons Disney Digital 3-D poster
The one-sheet for the Disney Digital 3-D presentation of Meet the Robinsons has been discovered at eBay, enclosed within an ad for the film’s El Capitan debut. With regular and Disney Digital 3-D screenings, Meet the Robinsons will open in theaters on March 30.
DreamWorks Animation in the future
DreamWorks Animation is retooling the way it creates films, in an effort to secure long-term success. Adding a year to the production of its films, the company is also eyeing several of its upcoming features for sequel potential. Thus, DreamWorks will work toward releasing one original movie and one follow-up each year. The Wall Street [...]
Shrek the Third TV spot
iKlipz broadcasts the television spot for Shrek the Third that debuted during this year’s American Idol. Clocking in at just over one minute, the ad declares, “In 115 days, the wait is ‘ogre’”.
Muppet mocumentary mini-series in development?
TV Series Finale provides the full details on a brand-new Muppet project currently in consideration. With a mocumentary style similar to The Office, the mini-series would follow Kermit as he tries to gather the ol’ gang for a new Muppet Show. Furthermore, the series would reveal the humorous jobs certain Muppets have taken since the [...]
IGN vists Imagi Entertainment
Last week, it was noticed that Coming Soon recently visited the headquarters of Imagi Entertainment, where the site took a sneak peek at the upcoming TMNT. Now, IGN has posted a two-part report, describing the trip to Imagi that it enjoyed. During the studio tour, the site was treated to an enlightening conversation with TMNT [...]
The Invincible Iron Man
The third movie in the Marvel Comics/Lionsgate deal lies in-between the two Avengers films in terms of quality. Hard-nosed comic book continuity buffs may not appreciate the new take on their hero, but the East-meets-West storyline does offer some neat contrasts.
Don't bury Walt Disney Treasures just yet
From Digital Bits: “I’ve got GREAT news for you Disney fans. I’ve just confirmed this morning with Buena Vista Home Entertainment that their much loved Walt Disney Treasures line of DVDs has NOT been cancelled. In fact, I’m told that at least a couple more waves of releases in the line are planned, with the [...]
Disney Parks unveils "Year of a Million Dreams" campaign
Today, Disney Parks revealed its new “Year of a Million Dreams” campaign, in which random park guests shall be awarded prizes such as being sheriff for a day at Frontierland and staying a night in Cinderella’s castle. To help market the contest, Disney has unveiled three photo illustrations from Annie Leibovitz, featuring celebrities in popular [...]
Two Happy Feet
After the critical acclaim and financial success found with Happy Feet, George Miller is ready to take on the dancing penguins again, says The Age. The director admits that he is already considering ideas for Happy Feet 2, though he would first like to helm Mad Max 4 and two other flms.
Munroe, Gray talk Turtles
Coming Soon recently visited the headquarters of Imagi Entertainment, where TMNT is currently being completed. During the trip, the site spoke with the film’s writer/director Kevin Munroe and producer Tom Gray. Points raised in the interview include the rating of TMNT, as well as where the Ninja Turtles franchise may be heading.
Animated Trek; store deals, and Cinderella's new director!
Star Trek: Animated reviewed, and Frank Nissen talks Cinderella III.