News Archive for Ben Simon

After “missteps”, John Lasseter to leave Disney

The Hollywood Reporter has the story on the pioneering Pixar director and Disney Animation executive producer switching to a consulting role before exiting the company at the end of the year, following a six-month sabbatical after recent allegations.

Can “King John” return to Disney? The dark side of John Lasseter…
Oriental DreamWorks inevitably sold, rebranded as Pearl Studio to Chinese buyer
Oriental DreamWorks up for sale? Warners interested…
Disney Legend Imagineer Marty Sklar dies aged 83
Paul Feig to helm female-lead Back To The Future reboot?
John Hurt, screen veteran and prolific animation voice actor, passes away aged 77
Disney announces Moana to set sail for Blu-ray combo pack and 3D edition March 7

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Epic Comedy-Adventure Moana Sails Home on Digital HD Feb. 21 and Blu-ray March 7 Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana”, the sweeping story of a spirited teenager who sets sail on a daring adventure to save her people, starring newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of brave and tenacious Moana and Dwayne […]

PBS Walt Disney documentary gets BBC revision, UK airing

To unofficially mark 50 years since his death in December 1966, the PBS American Experience documentary Walt Disney has been given a revised television airing by the BBC. Originally a two-part, four-hour program, the documentary has been recut into two one-hour shows, the first part of which was broadcast Saturday evening and is now available […]

Is it Throwback Thursday? The new Pete’s Dragon is now available…on VHS!?

No, you didn’t read that wrong, although it’s not strictly true either! To promote the home release of its new version of Pete’s Dragon, Walt Disney Home Entertainment has been sending out a very special package to select review websites: a clamshell VHS edition of the movie! The clamshell doesn’t actually contain an old-school tape […]

The Paranormal Action Squad hits YouTube Red

YouTube Red today debuts its first animated series THE PARANORMAL ACTION SQUAD from Michael Rowe, an Emmy-winning writer on “Futurama” and “Family Guy,” and some of YouTube’s top gaming/animated creators, SeaNanners, TheMrSark and VanossGaming. The series launched today, November 16th, with a holiday episode still to come in early December. THE PARANORMAL ACTION SQUAD is […]

Record 27 animated features to compete for Oscar slots
Now DreamWorks India operation is to close in “early 2017”
Well that was quick: 200 DreamWorkers lose jobs under NBCUniversal
Alan Menken discusses Sausage Party‘s super-serious music in new featurette
Oh My Disney celebrates Bambi anniversary with retrospective production article
Suicide Squad “all flash, no fun” according to first review
Mad Magazine founder, cartoonist and movie poster artist Jack Davis dies aged 91
Rocketeer to fly again at Disney
Festival Stop-Motion Montreal newsletter announces selection for its 8th edition
Beauty and the Beast teaser trailer now online

The first teaser trailer for Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast is here! The highly anticipated release arrives in theaters next March.

Alan Young, star of Mister Ed, The Time Machine and voice of Scrooge McDuck, dies at 96
Is the Dream over? NBC/Universal to acquire DreamWorks Animation

It’s official – Comcast owned NBC/Universal will acquire DreamWorks Animation, the sale bringing DWA back under the same fold as its original parent DreamWorks/Amblin, whose films are now distributed by Universal. Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DWA will finally compete with Disney on a massive scale, from television to theme parks and, while he will stay on in […]

How Disney’s original Jungle Book remains Germany’s biggest film!
Jeffrey Katzenberg’s recipe for “the perfect family movie”
Magic In The Air: looking back on the making of The Muppet Christmas Carol
Wart, Robin, Oliver and more Pan come to Disney Blu-ray

In what is shaping up to be an exciting (and expensive!) summer for high-def Disney fans, the Studio has just announced new additions to its already busy Blu-ray catalog releases. Joining the June 11 release of Atlantis: The Lost Empire, The Emperor’s New Groove and Lilo & Stitch, and the August 27 release of The […]

Ray Harryhausen RIP

In news that will sadden many in the animation community, legendary stop-motion and visual effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen has died aged 92, The Hollywood Reporter has announced. Starting out under the supervision of George Pal (on his Puppetoon series) and original King Kong animator Willis O’Brien on the 1949 edition of the similarly themed Mighty […]

From Paris to home video: A Monster finally arrives!

Fans of offbeat animated movies rejoice: Bibo (Shark Tale) Bergeron’s Euro-animated feature A Monster In Paris is finally headed to the US, when Shout! Factory unleashes the film on Blu-ray and DVD this April 16th, 2013! Mirroring the international disc release, the Blu-ray Combo Pack will also include the 3D and DVD editions of the […]