Month: November 2012

Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume Two

Another excellent collection of classic Tunes swings the attention from Chuck Jones and onto his stable-mates, particularly Tex Avery and Friz Freleng, with a host of welcome old and new documentary profiles. Essential!

Seth MacFarlene gives yet another Family Guy movie update

The long-rumored, long-reported Family Guy movie has been talked about for what seems like forever, but fans rarely get anything regarding official news on the matter. Seth MacFarlene, once again, spoke about the movie’s plans while speaking to EW. “We do know what the Family Guy movie will be,” he said. “The Simpsons Movie, I […]

Monsters University gets a poster

A teaser poster for the upcoming Monsters Univeristy–showing Mike and Sulley in college gear–has been revealed today and can be seen at ComingSoon.net. The prequel to Monsters, Inc. is set to open at theaters everywhere on June 21st.

Artist Bob Camp recalls the ill-fated Space Jam 2

Storyboard artist Bob Camp recalls how the Looney Tunes and NBA superstar Michael Jordan almost re-teamed for another out-of-this-world game of basketball, against the villainous Berserk-O!

The Flintstones Prime-Time Specials Collection: Volume 1

These TV specials from the 1970s show that there was still life in the Flintstones franchise a decade after the original series ended. Fred and Barney fight monsters and battle each other on the ball diamond.

Hotel Transylvania scaring its way onto DVD in January

Sony’s box office hit Hotel Transylvania will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD early next year, CinemaBlend is reporting. Extras will include the short film Good Night Mr. Foot and an audio commentary track. It will be available to own on DVD, Blu-Ray and a special 3D Blu-Ray on January 29th.

Rise of an animator: Pierre Perifel reveals secrets of the Guardians

As DreamWorks’ fantasy epic rolls out on screens across the country, Jeremie speaks with Rise Of The Guardians animation supervisor Pierre Perifel about his craft.

Rise of the Guardians Hits 4th Place

In what some have benn calling a big under performance, Rise of the Guardians falls into fourth place after the US Thanksgiving weekend. The movie was just shy of $24 million, topping the other big release Life of Pi, Lincoln, the new James Bond thriller Skyfall, and everyone’s favorite vampire romance Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part […]

Rise of the Guardians Hits 4th Place

In what some have benn calling a big under performance, Rise of the Guardians falls into fourth place after the US Thanksgiving weekend. The movie was just shy of $24 million, topping the other big release Life of Pi, Lincoln, the new James Bond thriller Skyfall, and everyone’s favorite vampire romance Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part […]

21 Animated Films Up For Oscar Consideration

This just in from the Academy, 21 animated films could potentially be Oscar nominees. The Hollywood Reporter has a nice list that breaks the films down by animation style. CGI topped the list, along with handful of foreign traditionally animated films. What makes histroy, though, are the number of stop-motion pictures up for award and […]

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Third time around for one of DreamWorks’ most popular franchises and it’s back to what made the first film fun, with a fresh take, lots of comedy and heart, and a great disc presentation.

Royal ratings for Sofia the First

Disney’s much-marketed TV movie Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess saw a very strong reception on Sunday night, earning 5.2 million viewers, THR is reporting. Roughly more than a million of those viewers were adults, while the remaining audience fell into the 2-11 age range. The film is set to launch a TV series for […]

Rise of the Guardians opens today

Just in time for the big Thanksgiving weekend, DreamWorks Animation’s much anticipated Rise of the Guardians (no, not a sequel to the movie about the owls) opens in theaters everywhere today. So far the movie has been met with holiday spirit from critics, who gave it a 76% “freshness” rating over at RottenTomatoes.com. Although no one […]

Ghibli adds two new films to their upcoming slate

Time to rejoice Studio Ghibli fans! The much loved Japanese animation studio has just added two new films from their most acclaimed directors- Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, to their upcoming slate, reports Collider. The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu), the new film by Hayao Miyazaki centers on Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed the Zero […]

Princess Mononoke Live On Stage…For a Short Time

The powerful Studio Ghibli epic Princess Mononoke has been adapted for the live-stage by Whole Hog Theatre Company. The group is a non-profit based in London and they specialize in adaptations, turning the impossible into stage shows. For a one week engagement in April, the troupe plans on performing their take on Princess Mononoke, but […]

Sesame Street Muppeteer Kevin Clash Resigns

It’s a sad day for the Muppet and entertainment communities. Kevin Clash, a 28-year veteran performer on the popular children’s show Sesame Street, resigned from his job on November 20, 2012. According to Sesame Workshop’s statement, both Clash and the studio felt it was best for him to leave due to recent controversaries surrounding his […]

First Epic trailer now online

A brand new first trailer for 20th Century Fox animated fantasy Epic has gone online and can be watched over at Apple. Directed by Chris Wedge and featuring the voices of Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, and Christoph Waltz, Epic will be out in theaters May 24th, 2013.

Sony Is Revving Up With Popeye and Hotel Transylvania 2

Sony Animation recently decided to ramp up their amount of animated movies. Adding to that list are two new features: Popeye will follow will be rendered 3-D animation with Genndy Tartakovksy at the helm. Jay Scherick and David Ronn, the Smurfs writers will provide the script. The spinach-loving sailor will hit theaters September 26, 2014. […]

Disney Characters Get the Paris Treatment

Remember a few months ago when images of Minnie, Mickey, Goofy, and Donald appeared on the Internet in haute coutre fashion with thinner character designs? Controversary has, of course, sprung up over the skinnified versions. The characters were given a makeover for the Barneys New York Electric Holiday advertising campaign. Minnie dreams about going to […]

Disney Director of Development Maggie Malone on The Art of Wreck-It Ralph

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Maggie Malone speaks to Jeremie Noyer about the unique approach the visual artists took to the Studio’s latest animated feature.

Tyrus Wong: Brushstrokes in Hollywood Kickstarter campaign launched

Yesterday, Nov. 16, saw the launch by Don Hahn, Disney historian Charles Solomon and other artists of the Kickstarter campaign in support of Tyrus Wong: Brushstrokes in Hollywood , a documentary film about legendary concept designer Tyrus Wong who just turned 102, and was a key contributor to Bambi and many other Disney films. “This […]

Michael Eisner Is Back in the Game with Universal Pictures

According to Animation Magazine, Michael Eisner–former head of the Walt Disney Company–has been using his time since leaving the Mouse to establish Tornante Company. For over fifty years, Tornante Company has produced trading cards and other entertainment memorabilia. They stepped into animation with Glenn Martin, DDS that ran for two years on Nickelodeon’s Nick at […]

Lucille Bliss, Smurfs and Cinderella voice actor, passes away

Lucille Bliss, the voice of Smurfette on the cartoon series The Smurfs and of Anastasia in Disney’s Cinderella, has passed away at age 96, Cartoon Brew is reporting. Bliss lent her voice to a number of Hannah Barbara shows over the years, and could also be heard in animated films such as The Secret of NIMH […]

Ten films up for animated short film Oscar

Ten animated short films–including Disney’s Paperman and the Simpsons cartoon Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare–are in the running for this year’s Best Animated Short film Oscar. Originally 56 films had been in the running for the prize. The ten films selected will now go on to the voting process of the awards, with 3-5 of […]

Get ready to check into Hotel Transylvania a second time

In news that’s not very surprising given the film’s extreme success, Sony Pictures Animation has announced production on a Hotel Transylvania sequel, THR is reporting. The follow up is set for release on September 25th, 2015, which currently places it against DreamWorks Animation’s similarly-themed comedy B.O.O., although it is highly likely that one of the movies will […]

Wreck-It Ralph tops box-office, Sets Disney record

Disney’s animated flick Wreck-it Ralph turned out to be the weekend box-office champ grossing $49.1 million in its domestic debut. The film also marks the biggest ever opening weekend for a Disney Animation feature in the United States besting the $48.7 million take of 2010’s Tangled. A blend of 80’s video game nostalgia and a […]

Secret Of The Wings

Tinker Bell finds family but brings danger to the fairy world. This movie carries on the strong tradition of the Tink franchise, with a good story and beautiful visuals. A 3D disc adds to the cost, but at least a fine TV special is also included.

21 films up for Best Animated Feature Oscar

Brave, Wreck-It-Ralph, Hotel Transylvania and Rise of the Guardians are among the 21 films submitted for considering for the Best Animated Feature Oscar at next year’s Academy Awards. This means that there can be 3-5 nominations in the category, with movies requiring an average score of 7.5 in order to be elegiible. A number of indie […]