Month: March 2005 – page 2

Lions Gate joins the Duff's Foodfight!

Coming Soon has the news on Lions Gate Family Entertainment’s announcement Monday that it will co-produce and distribute the upcoming computer animated film Foodfight!, animated by Larry Kasanoff’s Threshold Animation Studios. With the voices of sisters Hilary and Haylie Duff, Foodfight! focuses on the afterhours world of a supermarket. The film, now in production, is […]

More on Disney's animation future, sequels to Pixar's films

In what appears to be an extended version of last week’s article from the Orlando Sentinel, Magical Mountain has a bit more on Disney’s new Glendale-based unit created for sequels to Pixar’s films. According to the article, a proposed script Toy Story 3 was “so good” that it is getting serious consideration for Toy Story […]

Triplets of Belleville wins Canada's best picture "Oscar"

The Big Cartoon Database reports that The Triplets of Belleville was named Canada’s best film Monday night at the 25th annual Genie Awards, which is the equivalent of the Academy Awards. Producer Paul Cadieux accepted the top award at the ceremony, held in Toronto. Also nominated for best motion picture were Being Julia; Love, Sex […]

Read Road Runner's rudimentary ramblings

It appears that the Road Runner (Fastius Tasty-us) is the latest celebrity to get caught up in the blogging craze. Read all about his dealing with iPods, Jimmy Buffett music, Pilates, and that wiliest of coyotes, Wile E. Coyote (Apetitius Giganticus) (original link via Cartoon Brew; for further reading check out James T. Kirk’s Captain’s […]

Robots 2 coming down the pipe

Toon Zone informs us that a sequel to Blue Sky’s CGI hit Robots is very likely to be made. Producer William Joyce assures that the sequel will have a stronger storyline than the first, which was more of a set up for the audience to be introduced to the robotic world. Robots 2 is likely […]

What would Walt have done?

If you’re going to be giving your own guided tours of Disneyland make sure you don’t charge for them and make sure folks who paid for an official tour don’t get confused and assimilated into your group or they might report you and you might get kicked out of “The Happiest Place on Earth,” as […]

Clone Wars Season 3 site now up

Cartoon Network’s official site for Season 3 of Star Wars: Clone Wars is now up. This season will consist of five 12-minute episodes (beginning tonight) rather than ten 3-minute episodes as the first two seasons did. It will still be action-packed but also considerably more character driven. This season will also end by dovetailing right […]

Weekend Studio Estimates: March 18 – 20, 2005

Box Office Guru records that Robots dropped 40% to the #2 position in its second weekend, with an estimated gross of $21.8 million. After ten days, the CGI toon has pulled in $66.9 million, looking to end its domestic run in theaters with around $125 million. In comparison to its Twentieth Century Fox/Blue Sky predecessor […]

Stitch 3D? . . . possibly?

Ain’t It Cool News reports on some coming developments in the world of 3D cinema. The discussion centers mostly around the announcement made at the recent ShoWest that George Lucas’ entire Star Wars saga is likely to be shown in 3D in theaters worldwide throughout 2007, but there is also the curious mention that parts […]

Iger speaks

Yahoo! Finance reports an Associated Press interview with Bob Iger, “CEO Elect” of The Walt Disney Company, in which he discusses the company’s future, its relationship with Pixar and Roy Disney, and more. “Our mission is to create more high-quality entertainment for more people to consume in more places more often. As challenging as that […]

Cinderella Platinum Series DVD details

TLA Video, via Ultimate Disney, has the specs for the Cinderella Platinum Edition DVD. Bonus features for the DVD include: deleted scenes, reconstructed deleted songs, live action-to-film comparison of the opening sequence, a featurette on Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men, a sneak peek at the upcoming Cinderella III, the documentary “The Cinderella That Almost Was”, […]

Chronicles of Narnia trailer to debut in April

The teaser trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe will debut in April, indicates The Book Standard. It is very possible that the trailer may premiere in theaters with another Disney title, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, opening April 29, 2005. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the […]

Madagascar party preview

IGN FilmForce has a detailed inside-look at the events which took place at the “Hollywood mixer” party thrown for DreamWorks’ computer animated comedy Madagascar.

Iger, Eisner to share CEO duties until October

According to Reuters, the Walt Disney Company announced Thursday that Robert Iger and Michael Eisner will share the company’s chief executives duties until Eisner retires at the end of September. Additionally, the company made it known that Chairman George Mitchell will not stand for reelection to the board at the 2006 annual meeting, such as […]

LEGO Star Wars: The Movie coming to Cartoon Network in May

Toon Zone reports that the latest issue of LEGO Magazine advertises LEGO Star Wars: The Movie’s premiere on Cartoon Network on May 8th at 7pm.

Advice to Bob: The Motley Fool contributes their two cents

Motley Fool Rick Aristotle Munarriz has written a treatise listing several things Bob Iger should do when he takes over Michael Eisner’s spot at the head of The Walt Disney Company. Some of his suggestions are sure to be controversial (letting Pixar go) but some will be agreeable to most onlookers (reviving animation).

Ice Age 2 trailer online

The Ice Age 2 trailer/short featuring more of the misadventures of the hapless Scrat which showed before Blue Sky’s Robots is now up at Fox’s Danish site (original link via Animation Nation).

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters opens

The Orange County Register online has the lowdown on the new Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters attraction which opens today at Disneyland, “but the groundbreaking component begins June 6, when anyone in cyberspace will be able to tag along with park visitors – in real time – with an online connection” (free subscription required to read […]

Incredibles video sales hit five million

Yahoo! Finance reports that The Incredibles has reached sales of five million units on its first day of release for home video in North America. “The superheroes at Pixar who created The Incredibles have made it even more thrilling in this extraordinary DVD release,” said Pixar CEO Steve Jobs. “We are gratified that millions of […]

Hanna Barbera sculpture unveiled

Check out Mark Evanier’s site for photos and an account of the unveiling Wednesday of the wall sculpture dedicated to animation legends Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera held at The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood (original link via Cartoon Brew).

Incredibles DVD signing photos

Follow the ‘More’ link to view five images from yesterday’s Incredibles DVD signing held at the Hollywood Virgin Megastore. Apparently writer/director Brad Bird was there (in addition to story supervisor Mark Andrews and music supervisor Michael Giacchino) even though he wasn’t mentioned in the announcement.

Toy Story 3 plot revealed

The Orlando Sentinel has a very up-to-date article regarding Disney’s new animation division in Glendale, California, created especially for the production of sequels to Pixar’s films. Included in the article is a brief plot for Toy Story 3, directed by Bradley Raymond (The Lion King 1½) and produced by Roy Conli (Treasure Planet, The Hunchback […]

Family Flicks Outperform R-Rated Titles

The Beloit Daily News has an interesting piece that profiles the box office grosses of family-friendly fare, versus the bloodier “adult” films that have been released in the last few years. “Five of 2004’s top-10 moneymakers were rated PG, which means they were open to all audiences, among them Shrek 2, The Incredibles and Harry […]

Buena Vista's DVD battle plans; Incredibles review

Ultimate Disney has just posted Buena Vista’s huge new sales announcements, which shed some light on many of the studio’s upcoming DVDs expected through next autumn. Among the revelations are the first two volumes of Timeless Tales, a new line of classic shorts on DVD that coincide with Disneyland’s 50th anniversary, the direct-to-video films Lilo […]

Can Iger keep Jobs at Disney?

The Internet Movie Database speculates on whether Disney’s next CEO Robert Iger will be able to strike a new deal with Pixar Chairman Steve Jobs to save the relationship between Disney and Pixar. The article points to The New York Times [free registration required], to which Iger commented, “Over the years I’ve had great relationships […]

Box Office Weekend : March 11 – 13, 2005

20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios’ Robots topped the box office this weekend, with an estimated $36.5 million. The numbers bring in the second best March opening for a film, only behind Fox/Blue Sky’s previous collaboration Ice Age, which brought in $46.3 million. Reviews for Robots were mixed but leaning on the positive side […]

Incredibles Easter eggs

After you get your DVD today of The Incredibles be sure to go hunting for Easter eggs. If you want some hints, just look here:

Wacky Races: The Complete Series

This old favorite turns out to not have a lot of substance to it, but it is certainly fun as well as being a nearly essential purchase for the Hanna-Barbera fan. Warner Home Video produced a pretty nice little set overall, with a couple of good featurettes.

The Incredibles: Collector’s Edition

Disney/Pixar’s exceptionally entertaining dysfunctional superhero family spoof comes smashing onto DVD in the usual customary packed set.

Spanish poster for Madagascar

The Internet Movie Poster Awards has a new Spanish poster for Madagascar, which arrives in U.S. theaters May 27, 2005.