Month: July 2004 – page 2

One By One screenshots; Disney Treasures date

Those in the UK will have already been able to see Don Hahn’s directorial debut, the animated short One By One, on the Lion King II DVD now available (US owners may want to wait for the region one edition in August that supplies an additional disc of extras). Now, {{link Ultimate Disney}} has […]

Batman enclosed within Village

Latino Review reveals a new twist for M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film. It appears that the teaser trailer for Batman Begins will be showing with select prints of The Villiage, though previous reports had led many to believe the trailer would debut with Alien vs. Predator.

Original Thunderbirds are go!

Putting the awful new feature film (which opened in the UK last week with a poor $2m take) behind us, Rand Cyrenne at DVD Toons looks at the Anderson Supermarionettes proper, with MGM’s new release of the {{link Thunderbirds: International Rescue Giftset}}, a stunning and feature-packed collection of the two 1960s theatrical outings. “MGM […]

Top cats: Lorenzo and Catwoman unmasked

Animation World Network’s VFX World takes a look at two recent feline featured films: Disney’s short {{link Lorenzo}} and the visual effects-created world of {{link Catwoman}} (which is still clawing on to a number three spot in the top ten, with a $20m total pull so far).

Family Guy movie confirmed for DVD

Though often rumored, {{link Toon Zone}} reports that has posted the first real confirmation that a {{link Family Guy movie}} is indeed “in the works”. The story points out that new episodes of the resurrected cartoon sitcom are scheduled to air next spring on Fox and that a new music CD of […]

Funny World gets regular updates

The sometimes provocative and always entertaining Mike Barrier has promised to update his {{link Funny World website}} more often, and is off to a good start, with several new articles posted. Probably the one to make the most waves will be a {{link review of Shrek 2}}, which he picks apart with customary […]

Animated Poo

{{link Toon Zone}} has a great article up about a half-hour stop-motion animated Korean film, Doggy Poo, which turns out to be a surprisingly tender, gentle and profound story that the site describes as “beautiful”.

Duck Tales movie on DVD

{{link Animated News Forum}} member ‘Angus McBadger’ reminds us that lucky region two owners in the UK can purchase Duck Tales The Movie: Treasure Of The Lost Lamp on DVD from today. Coming with a new 1.66:1 anamorphic transfer and Dolby Stereo surround sound, the only bonus is a set-top game, but the disc […]

Thunderbirds International Rescue Edition Giftset

The original puppet rescue and adventure team soars in these two cinemascope features from the 1960s.

Hellboy DVD signing

Director Guillermo del Toro will be signing copies of his latest film, the comic-book adaptation of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, on Tuesday July 27th from 5pm to 9pm at the newly expanded {{link Laser Blazer store}} in Los Angeles. The 2-disc Hellboy DVD will be available for purchase on the day of the signing for […]

The Magic Roundabout turns again

A classic French kids show from the 1960s, which later became a much bigger success when it was translated into English as The Magic Roundabout, has the results of its in-vogue CGI facelift online in the form of a {{link first teaser trailer}} for a full-length version. The film, opening in early 2005, features […]

Extended Return Of The King clip

The {{link Monsters And Critics}} website has put up a large (over 30mb) clip of footage from the Comic-Con, “featuring the cut scenes from the extended edition of The Return Of The King“. This Extended Edition DVD set will be released this winter.

Coverage of the Comic-Con coverage

If you are looking for some of the best coverage of Comic-Con, look no further, as Animated-News provides a recap and recommendations for websites reporting from the event:

Nickelodeon's Avatar Coming in November

When the hostile Fire Nation threatens to enslave the Water, Earth, and Air Nations, a reluctant and irresponsible boy must face his destiny as the Avatar, the Chosen One who can restore the world order. This new animated action series centers on twelve-year-old Aang, who must forgo his selfish wandering to learn to master his […]

More Aardman Creature Comforts

This short piece of animation was created by academy-award winning Aardman for the UK government using all new Creature Comforts characters and countryside sets of moorland, coast and farmland. It is being screened on TV channels across England and Wales and at selected cinemas and outdoor venues as a free ‘public service announcement’. Enjoy!

Popeye's Quest For Pappy artwork

{{link DVD Toons}} posts a first look at details for the upcoming computer animated adventure Popeye’s Voyage: The Quest For Pappy. The special will air on the Fox channel during the holiday 2004 season, with Lions Gate Family Entertainment releasing the disc on November 9, including additional footage not seen on television, as well […]

The Love Tricycle ready to ride on DVD

Director Andrew Goode alerts us that his award-winning animated short film Love Tricycle is now available on DVD. The 14-minute short is about a love triangle between three bicycles, completed in June 2003, and has since been selected to compete or screen at over 40 international film festivals and events, winning five Best Film awards […]

Dragon Booster trailer

Dragon Booster, a CGI TV show created by The Story Hat and set to make its North American debut on October 24, is set in a fantasy world where humans and dragons coexist. The hero of Dragon Booster is an ordinary teenager named Artha Penn who becomes embroiled in a struggle between good and evil […]

Dandy & Company leaps from the web to the comic shop

“Comic book readers are finally going to learn what web comic fans all over the world already know: That this is Dandy Q. Dog’s world, and we’re all just taking up space!” So begins the press release for Big Pond Comics’ announcement that Dandy & Company is about to make a splash as an all-new, […]

Shopping of the future?

Animator and author Aurelio O’Brien has put up a fun site to promote the first of his “What If?” books, Eve. “What will people act like if they crack the genetic code and can formulate life in whatever shape they choose? What will people do when aliens suddenly show up at the local Starbucks asking […]

Pixar expansion: citizens file for referendum

Following the news that {{link Pixar’s expansion}} could be a sore point for the company’s Emeryville community, the {{link Berkeley Daily Planet}} has a small update on the report.

Comic-Con: that Incredibles poster!

Previewed just days ago, {{link Ain’t It Cool News}} now features the entire image of the exclusive Incredibles poster being signed and given away at the Comic-Con by artist Mike Mignola and writer/director Brad Bird, with a chance to win one if you were unable to attend this year’s event.

Star Wars toons comin' soon

TheForce.Net reports that several Star Wars cartoon series, including Droids Adventures and Clone Wars will be coming to DVD soon with the Clone Wars series set for a spring release.

Is DreamWorks sure about that IPO thing?

Apparently, some business-savvy types are a bit perturbed at DreamWorks’ move to open the company to public ownership. As part of “The Five Dumbest Things on Wall Street This Week”, listed DreamWorks at number four in a scathing criticism of the filing move. “It’s not that Shrek and Shrek 2 aren’t great. They are. […]

Is Japanese style taking over the world?

BusinessWeek has an extensive article on anime, the “Japanese invasion”, and the influences it has had on the Western world. The article goes on to outline the big business of Japanese (and influenced) products, the origins of the pop culture explosion in Japan, and the apparent (and growing) cultural effects it’s having in the U.S. […]

Transformers live-action film underway! Yes, really!

Ananova reports on the revelation first made at this year’s Comic-Con: that a live-action Transformers movie is really, truly underway. The film, tentatively set for a summer 2006 release, involves the cooperation of Hasbro as consultant, DreamWorks as distributor, and Paramount as overseas marketer. “‘The possibilities for a thrilling action adventure are virtually endless, and […]

This Land Flash cartoon – a whole new take on the talking heads!

The Los Angeles Times [free registration required] reflects on the success of the Spiridellis brothers after their Flash-animated short, This Land, debuted on their website in early July. “Set to the tune of Woody Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land, the two-minute cartoon lambastes “the right-wing nut job” (Bush) and the “liberal wiener” (Kerry) […]

Star Wars: Episode III title revealed: Revenge Of The Sith

Those lucky enough to be at San Diego’s Comic-Con have just been the first to learn the title of the next Star Wars blockbuster. George Lucas just released the official title, Revenge Of The Sith, while fans also had a chance to see concept artist Ryan Church show some drawings and footage from the new […]

Drawn Together press release online

PR Newswire has the press release for Comedy Central’s Drawn Together, television’s first animated reality series. The series follows the “true” story of eight characters, chosen to live together in a house, with the goal being to find out what happens when people stop being real and start getting animated. Comedy Central’s Drawn Together premieres […]

Electric Girl series being developed for Cartoon Network

ICv2 News indicates that at Comic-Con, Ait/PlanetLar publisher Larry Young made known that Electric Girl, from creator Michael Brennan, is being developed by Cartoon Network as an animated television series. Adam Beechen is currently working on the series “bible,” while the number of episodes has yet to be determined. Electric Girl focuses on a young […]