Archive for January, 2010
Up with the Grammys!
Michael Giacchino, the composer of the score of Disney/Pixar’s Up, won two of the three Grammy Awards he was up for at tonight’s (1/31/2010) ceremony, per an article from TrekMovie.com (via HitFix.com).
Gnomeo and Juliet still happening?
Despite the news this week that Disney is shutting down Miramax Films, the studio’s animated Gnomeo & Juliet is apparently still in the works. With reported production problems surrounding it for years, the film is supposed to be a comic take on William Shakesphere’s Romeo and Juliet, but with talking garden gnomes instead of human [...]
Princess and the Frog crosses $100 million mark
It took a little while for it to do so, but The Princess and the Frog has finally crossed the $100 million mark, Box Offfice Mojo is reporting. This makes it the first traditionally animated Disney movie to do so since 2002′s Lilo and Stitch. Frog was budgeted at a reported $105 million, so the [...]
War Of The Animated Worlds
The Asia-Pacific edition of Animation Express reports on the release of War Of The Worlds: Goliath, a new 2D/3D animated feature set for DVD and limited theatrical engagements. Produced in the “steampunk” style that meshes Japanese anime with a Western visual approach, the film has been executive produced by Heavy Metal magazine publisher Kevin Eastman [...]
The Princess And The Frog’s Supervising Animator Mark Henn – Part 4: Americana
Jeremie Noyer continues his multi-part discussion with Mark Henn, from directing John Henry to animating in a post-Home On The Range Disney Studio.
1978 Rings deluxe cover art
Timed to the release of Peter Jackson’s The Lord Of The Rings trilogy coming to Blu-ray on April 6, Warner Bros. is also upgrading director Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 animated feature edition of the first half of the story as a BD/DVD combo pack for $29.99. Newly released cover art for the set, which will include [...]
DreamWorks planning for a big year
The Hollywood Reporter looks at DreamWorks’ big year ahead, where they will become the first studio to release three CG animated films in the same calendar year. Many investors are predicting good things for this strategy — in fact DreamWorks stock hit an all-time high last week. But some analysts are warning that these levels [...]
George Lucas to produce animated musical
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Star Wars creator George Lucas is working on his very first musical. Details on the animated movie are currently being kept top secret, but it is known that the plot will have something to do with fairies. The film is to be directed by Kevin Munroe, who also directed the 2007 animated Ninja [...]
Pigeon: Impossible hits YouTube
In production for over four years, Lucas Martell’s six-minute animated short Pigeon: Impossible has finally been posted to YouTube in its high definition entirety. Since May 2008, Martell has been posting monthly podcasts on the making of his film – about a “rookie secret agent faced with a problem seldom covered in basic training: what [...]
DreamWorks sells stake in animated studio Paprikaas
According to Variety, Technicolor has purchased the stake previously owned by Dreamworks in the India-based animation house, Paprikaas. The move has given Technicolor complete ownership of the studio responsible for Merry Madagascar and The Penguins of Madagascar, with the company planning on expanding Paprikaas’ specialty beyond animation into visual effects, compression and authoring.
Harryhausen returns to Clash again
As a tie-in to the upcoming mega-budget Warner Bros. remake of Ray Harryhausen’s Clash Of The Titans coming to theaters on March 26, a motion comic-animated sequel story to the original film is about to be unleashed by Eagle One Media. A press release and artwork for Wrath Of The Titans, which was created from [...]
Robot Chicken greenlit for two more seasons
Cartoon Network’s popular stop-motion animated series Robot Chicken has been greenlit for two more seasons, according to ComingSoon.Net. The sketch comedy show, perhaps best known for its Star Wars parodies, has been a part of the channel’s Adult Swim lineup since 2005.
The Princess and the Frog DVD and Blu-ray in March
Disney’s traditionally animated The Princess and the Frog will come to DVD and Blu-ray on March 16 as a single-disc DVD, a single-disc Blu-ray, and a three-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack. Extras on the single-disc DVD will include a filmmakers’ audio commentary, deleted scenes, a Princess Portraits game, and a music video for Ne-Yo’s end [...]
Burton to helm Cannes Film Festival jury
The head of this year’s Cannes Film Festival jury will be Tim Burton, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “After spending my early life watching triple features and 48-hour movie marathons, I’m finally ready for this,” Burton said. Cannes president Gilles Jacob noted, “It’s the first time an artist whose origins are in animation will preside [...]
Cars 2 concept art
MovieWeb shares the first concept art from Pixar’s upcoming flick Cars 2, scheduled to hit theaters on June 24, 2011.
Shatner to host Annie Awards
ASIFA-Hollywood has announced that William Shatner will host the 37th Annual Annie Awards. Antran Manoogian, president of the organization, said “ASIFA-Hollywood is honored to have William Shatner host this year’s Annie Awards. We are looking forward to Mr. Shatner’s unique and commanding presence presiding over the show.” Shatner is an Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor, [...]
Up, Avatar score PGA wins, BAFTA nods
Up and Avatar continue to rake in the awards and nominations. Up picked up BAFTA nominations for Best Screenplay, Music, Sound and Animated Film. Coraline and Fantastic Mr. Fox also picked up Best Animated Film nominations. Avatar was tapped for nominations in the Best Film, Director, Music, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Sound, and Special Visual [...]
Iron Man: Armored Adventures: Volume 2
Iron Man: Armored Adventures takes the well-known story of Marvel superhero Iron Man reinvented as a prodigious high school student.
The Princess And The Frog’s Supervising Animator Mark Henn – Part 3: The Orlando Features
Jeremie Noyer continues his multi-part discussion with Mark Henn, looking back on his involvement with two features made at Disney’s Florida studio.
Thunderbean Roundup: Van Beuren Studio Cartoons and Other Strange and Commercial Rarities
Ben Simon and Randall Cyrenne review Uncensored Animation, Tom And Jerry, Strangest Cartoons, Toddle Tales & Rainbow Parades and Cartoon Commercials!
Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths (preview clip)
The Great Mouse Detective: Mystery in the Mist Edition DVD in April
The Great Mouse Detective will get a slipcovered Mystery in the Mist Edition DVD on April 13, reports UltimateDisney. The release featuring an all-new digital restoration, will also include all-new bonus feature “So You Think You Can Sleuth?”. A making-of featurette from the 1980s and a sing-along of villain Ratigan’s “The World’s Greatest Criminal Mind” [...]
Animation artwork auction on eBay to benefit animator’s family
The National Cartoonists Society Foundation is hosting an eBay auction of artwork donated by the animation and cartooning community. The money raised will help pay medical bills for Matthew Hodge, son of former Disney story artist and Big Idea productions director Tim Hodge, whose car was struck by a train a few months ago. The [...]
The Fantastic Mr. Fox DVD and Blu-ray in March
DVDActive reports that Fox Home Entertainment has announced DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo releases of The Fantastic Mr. Fox for the 23rd March. Extras on the DVD release will include a “From Script to Screen” feature, a Still Life (Puppet Animation) feature, and A Beginner’s Guide to Whack-Bat. The Blu-ray/DVD Combo release will include that, along [...]
First look at The Congress
/Film shares the first image from The Congress, director Ari folman’s follow-up to the acclaimed animated foreign film Waltz With Bashir. The film is loosely adapted from the Stanislaw Lem short story, The Futurological Congress.
Beauty and the Beast 3D release delayed
/Film reports that Disney’s 3D re-release of Beauty and the Beast has been pushed back to 2011. Initially scheduled to hit cinemas this February, the 3D debut of the Disney classic is now expected to be at some point in 2011.
Golden Globes for animation, and a teaser for this week…
Up and Avatar win at the Globes. And more to come this week!
Up, Avatar win at Golden Globes
Up was named the Best Animated Film of the year and Michael Giacchino won for scoring it at the Golden Globes. Avatar won Best Picture and Best Director.
Brad Pitt and Matt Damon join Happy Feet 2
Ocean’s Thirteen stars Matt Damon and Brad Pitt have joined the voice cast of Happy Feet 2, according to Movie Line. It is unknown what kind of characters that Pitt and Damon will be voicing, but they will be joining returning original Happy Feet actors Elijah Wood and Robin Williams. Happy Feet 2 is currently [...]
Up, Avatar win Critics Choice Awards
Up won the prize for Best Animated Feature at last night’s Critics Choice Awards, along with the award for Best Original Score. Avatar, meanwhile, claimed the prize for Best Action Movie, along with the awards for Art Direction, Cinematography, Editing, Sound and Visual Effects. A full list of winners and nominees can be found in [...]