Month: February 2005

Menus from the Incredibles DVD

Nine menu screenshots from the Incredibles DVD are available for viewing at DVDtoons. The two-time Oscar winner lands in stores on March 15, 2005.

Bird chirps on Incredibles sequel, traditional animation at Pixar, and upcoming projects

Upon being asked by Coming Soon if an Incredibles sequel was in the works, Incredibles director Brad Bird responded, “If I had an idea that I felt was as good and better than the one we did, you don’t just want to repeat yourself. You want to take it in a new direction. If I […]

New high-res Tarzan II pics

The Disney Database has several fresh high-res pics from Tarzan II in their new Media Center, currently open only to Animated News readers! Tarzan II swings into stores on June 14, 2005.

Press release: The Batman: Training For Power – Season 1 V1

DVDtoons has the press release for The Batman: Training For Power – Season 1 V1, which include the episodes “The Bat in the Belfry”, “Traction”, and “Call of the Cobblepot”. Bonus features for the DVD include a “The Batman Junior Detective” challenge, “Building the Batman” featurette, and a “Cape & Cowl” toy easter egg. The […]

ACADEMY AWARDS: And the Oscars go to…

With no clear cut winners, the 77th Annual Academy Awards presented more than a few surprises this year, dishing out awards to a very varied selection of movies, though when it came to animation, most will be pleased to hear that Brad Bird’s The Incredibles won the Best Animated Feature gong, while the acclaimed Ryan […]

The UK's 100 Greatest Cartoons!

Before the big Oscar countdown of the night gets underway, the UK’s Channel Four will, in the latest of their 100 Greatest… series, reveal the voting of the British public and their favorite animated stars and films from over the last Century. Filmmakers and celebrity fans all offer up their own picks and their comments […]

Mulan II

Disney’s Chinese heroine returns in a half-hearted follow up that fails to engage the emotions or get the heart pounding with its lack of action and rudimentary romantics.

Four new Tarzan II pics

Ultimate Disney has four new Tarzan II pics from the film itself, in addition to the two promotional pics that were previously released.

Catch 'em while you can

For a 24-hour period (beginning who knows when) Salon is making available three animated shorts that have been nominated for this year’s Oscar.

Ice Age 2 teaser trailer to be featured with Robots

The teaser trailer for Ice Age 2: The Meltdown will be shown with Robots, according to USA Today. As with the first film’s teaser trailer, apparently the rodent Scrat will headline the 1½-minute preview. “We call it a short short,” says director Chris Wedge (both Ice Age films, Robots). “It’s hard to run out of […]

Steinberg gets new Boots

Variety [paid registration required], via Coming Soon, reports that screenwriter David H. Steinberg (Slackers, American Pie 2) has been appointed to pen the Shrek 2 spin-off Puss in Boots, with Antonio Banderas returning to voice the leading feline. Though it is still not yet determined whether the film will head directly to DVD or enter […]

Review: Bambi Platinum Edition DVD

IGN FilmForce has an extensive review of the Bambi Platinum Edition DVD. With the exception of the DVD’s audio, the site gives every other aspect of the DVD a score of 10/10, commenting, “One of Walt’s greatest films. Even The Lion King bows to it.” The Bambi Platinum Edition DVD hit stores March 1, 2005.

Fool speaks with DisneyWar author Stewart

In an interview with Motley Fool, DisneyWar author James B. Stewart speculates on the current relationship between Disney and Pixar, including how the studios’ feud began.

The Incredibles not just CGI anymore

Yesterday we posted about The Incredibles going 2D (briefly) but today we point out The Incredibles presented in yet another format. Ultimate Disney has posted five screen captures from the bonus features on Disc 2 and one shows sock puppets apparently acting out a scene from the movie.

"Let's make like a banana and split": The Incredibles go 2D

Brad Bird sure was right when he said he was going to load this DVD up with special features. Following are five images from the Mr. Incredible & Pals feature on disc 2 of the Incredibles DVD. The feature pokes lighthearted fun at 70’s television animation, the Superfriends in particular, complete with cheesy dialogue and […]

Jack-Jack Attack screen shots

Follow the ‘More’ link to view six images from the Jack-Jack Attack short which is included on the March 15 DVD release of Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles. The short reveals the trouble the supposedly powerless Jack-Jack Parr puts Kari the babysitter through when the rest of the Parr family are off fighting the omnidroid and Syndrome […]

He's 3D but not digital: Popeye rough sculpt

Check out Electric Tiki’s new statue of Popeye based on the Fleischer Studio’s design of everyone’s favorite spinach chewing sailor man. Thanks to GeorgeC for pointing this out in our Animated News Forum.

From furry animal to hardened Marine: Interview with Don Dunagan

Ultimate Disney has scored an interview with Don Dunagan, who, at the age of five and a half, provided the voice for Bambi in Disney’s timeless classic.

Valiant retrieves 'G' rating; New pics from Tarzan II swing online

Ultimate Disney reports that the MPAA has given Disney’s CGI comedy Valiant a ‘G’ rating, despite its World War II setting and Nazi falcons. It was earlier believed, as shown by this early poster of the film, that Valiant would definitely receive a ‘PG’ rating. Nonetheless, even more interesting about the film is that Disney […]

"Buzz Bunny, meet Buzz Bunny"

Toon Zone writes of the issue now surrounding the name of Bugs Bunny’s descendent Buzz Bunny in the upcoming WB series Loonatics. As it turns out, “Buzz Bunny” is also the name of a copyrighted character created by Dutch freelance designer and illustrator Metin Seven. Seven has revealed that he has not yet begun legal […]

"Behind the Magic of Narnia: Chapter II – The Director"

Coming Soon has the newest featurette from the production of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, with this one providing a look at the film’s director, Andrew Adamson (Shrek, Shrek 2).

Batman: The Animated Series Vol. 3 and Superfriends Second Season DVD press releases

Toon Zone has the press releases for the upcoming DVD releases of Batman: The Animated Series Volume 3 and Superfriends: Second Season. Both sets will hit stores on May 24, 2005.

Zimmer to score both Pirates of the Caribbean sequels

Music From the Movies, via Coming Soon, indicates that Hans Zimmer, who produced Klaus Badelt’s score for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, will provide the musical scores to both future installments of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest is scheduled for the summer […]

Uncle Remus' Shorts

If we truly are gearing up for a release next year of Song of the South it seems advisable to point out two articles online that confront head on accusations of racism levelled against this film: In Defense of Disney’s Uncle Remus… by Merlin Jones at the Save Disney site and Disney’s Song of the […]

Oscar's Shorts

As with last year, Animation World Magazine has an article previewing each of this year’s contenders for the coveted Best Animated Short award. A brief Quicktime movie clip of each short is included in the writeup.

Reviews and Cinderella news at Ultimate Disney

Ultimate Disney has two new reviews up – an extensive look at the March 1st Bambi DVD, and the last of the three Studio Ghibli films to arrive today, Porco Rosso. They also report that this October’s Platinum Edition release of Cinderella will include a Gift Set edition, as well as the sole 2-disc DVD.

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah: JHM reports Song of the South coming

This is almost non-news since there has been so much talk about it recently, but a new article at Jim Hill Media adds extra confirmation to the possibility of Disney’s long-unreleased classic Song of the South finally being released to home video next year for a special 60th anniversary edition. (Thanks to Wonderlicious for pointing […]

Throwin' money around

As if Michael Ovitz’ $140 million severance package wasn’t enough, Chuck Oberleitner discusses at his o-meon site the fact that a couple billion dollars have been lost at The Walt Disney Company due to poor corporate governance and outright Machiavellianism. James B. Stewart’s recent book, Disney War is used as a springboard for the discussion. […]

New image from Disney/Pixar's Cars

What seems to be a new promotional image for Disney/Pixar’s Cars is now up at The Disney Database.

Trailer: Bambi and the Great Prince of the Forest

The Disney Database points to, where a small version of the trailer for Bambi and the Great Prince of the Forest can be found. Bambi and the Great Prince of the Forest premieres on video and Disney DVD Spring 2006.