Month: April 2005

Corpse Bride set report and Hitchhiker's Guide review

Ain’t It Cool News’ Moriarty recently jumped on a jet in and out of London for a {{link visit to the set}} of Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, his new stop-motion animated feature very much in the same vein as The Nightmare Before Christmas. Spoiler worriers might want to know that the article features several […]

Cinderella Gift Set

As is befitting one of Walt Disney’s most cherished films, and an important one in that it saved the company from bankruptcy in 1950, this fall’s Platinum Edition will also come housed in a deluxe DVD gift set configuration. The {{link Disney DataBase}} has the first look up of the set, which will include […]

Howl's Castle getting ready to move

Animated News reader Marko Markov has {{link contacted us}} to report that Disney’s own wesbsite for Miyazaki’s newest, Howl’s Moving Castle, featuring the voices of Christian Bale, Billy Crystal, Jean Simmons, Blythe Danner and Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall, {{link is now active}}. Not much there right now, apart from info on the film […]

Early cover art for Polar Express DVD

DVD Answers has early cover art for the Polar Express DVD, expected to arrive in stores this fall.

Toy Story: 10th Anniversary Edition DVD coming September 6th

USA Today indicates that a Toy Story: 10th Anniversary Edition DVD will be hitting stores on September 6, 2005. Bonus features for the DVD include: The Legacy of Toy Story, includes interviews with celebrated filmmakers on the importance of the film, a new “making of” documentary, 10 deleted scenes, early animation tests, and a new […]

Press Release: Spider-Man: The Venom Saga DVD

TV Shows on DVD has the press release for Spider-Man: The Venom Saga. Bonus features for the DVD include: Five exclusive episode introductions by Stan Lee; “The Venomous Web,” a featurette in which Venom’s origins are revealed by his creators; and “Stan Lee’s Soapbox” with more words of wisdom from comics legend and Spider-Man co-creator […]

More on the new Muppets series

The London Times, via The Internet Movie Database, reports that a new series featuring the Muppet characters is in development for primetime. Early production on the series has already begun in England, where the original Muppet Show was also produced. Names currently lined up to appear in the new show include Jennifer Lopez and Ricky […]

Nickelodeon-themed Holiday Inn opening in May

Arriving from Nickelodeon and Holiday Inn, the first Nickelodeon-themed resort has been scheduled to open on Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-30, 2005. PR Newswire, via Yahoo! Finance, describes the many intriguing attractions and ideas this ambitious, $110 million project will offer.

Skwigly charity auction

Online animation site Skwigly is having a sale on eBay, in aid of the Save the African Needy Foundation. Skwigly wanted to help to make a difference and contacted several studios for artwork to be auctioned, with many of them signed by the directors and crew involved. Prints from cartoons such as Cramp Twins, Peppa […]

Bee Movie buzz

Coming Soon has the latest on DreamWorks Animation’s Bee Movie, co-written and produced by Jerry Seinfeld. Bee Movie is “the comedic tale of Barry B. Benson, a graduate bee fresh out of college, who is disillusioned with the prospect of having only one career choice — honey. On a chance opportunity to go outside the […]

Loonatics redone in response to online petition

In response to the large outcry against the futuristic show, the main characters in Loonatics have been changed by Warner Brothers. This announcement comes nearly two months after 11-year-old Thomas Adams began an online petition to “save” the Looney Tunes, which he felt had been converted into “scary” characters. Apparently Save Your Looney Tunes has […]

Nemo swims into Disneyland's Submarine ride

Jim Hill Media gives an update of what is currently happening and will take place with the upcoming redo of Disneyland’s Submarine ride, which is being retooled into a Finding Nemo attraction.

Clay Aiken confirmed for Disney's Rapunzel

The Internet Movie Database has added Clay Aiken to the cast of Disney’s Rapunzel Unbraided. While his role in the film is not listed, it has been speculated that he will provide the singing voice of the leading male character.

An animated weekend in the southland

Chuck Oberleitner gives his own first person report of last weekend’s Aladdin Reunion and Dream On Silly Dreamer at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Both events have been covered here but Chuck doles out even more nitty gritty information on each.

New promotional images for Tarzan II

The Disney Database has posted eight new promotional images for Tarzan II, swinging directly to DVD and video on June 14, 2005.

Narnia update: Aslan loses voice, trailer gets description

Infuze Magazine has some interesting revelations concerning The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. First of all, Brian Cox is no longer the voice of Aslan. Possible replacements for the coveted role are Jason Isaacs, Sean Bean, Timothy Dalton, Gerard Butler, Ralph Fiennes, and Ian McKellen. In the meantime, Disney is […]

The Batman: Season 1, Volume 2 details

TV Shows on DVD has the scoop on The Batman’s Season 1, Volume 2 DVD. Episodes on the disc include: “The Cat and the Bat,” “The Man Who Would Be Bat,” and “The Big Chill.” A release date for The Batman: Season 1, Volume 2 DVD has yet to be announced.

Plot info for Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie

Ultimate Disney has the plot synopsis for Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie. In the direct-to-video sequel, “Roo’s best new pal, Lumpy, is excited to trick-or-treat for the first time. That is, until Tigger warns them about the dreaded Gobloon who’ll turn you into a jaggedy lantern if he catches you. But if they catch the Gobloon […]

Madonna not to provide voice for Puss in Boots

Coming Soon puts a rumor to rest, as it notes that Madonna will not be lending her voice to Puss in Boots. The misunderstanding arrived from The Sun‘s reporting that Madonna would reunite with her Evita co-star Antonio Banderas in the Shrek 2 spin-off.

Visit to the Corpse Bride set

Moriarty at Ain’t It Cool News documents his visit to the Corpse Bride set in London. Possible spoilers, along with new plot and character details, abound in the article.

Review: Pocahontas: 10th Anniversary Edition DVD

Ultimate Disney takes a look at the Pocahontas: 10th Anniversary Edition DVD, in what the site refers to as one of its “most extensive reviews to date”. The reviews closes with the thought, “Some will certainly still have their complaints about the film. But in retrospect, its status as a disappointment may be more a […]

Long-awaited Pink Panther cartoons coming to DVD

TV Shows on DVD announces The Pink Panther Show – Classic Cartoon Collection 5-Pack Box Set is due out on July 26. This box set will include “124 cartoons produced by Freleng and DePatie between 1964 and 1980” and quite a few special features. Three bargain single-disc releases are due at the same time.

Pirates of the Caribbean massively multiplayer online role-playing game announced

Yahoo! Finance announces that Buena Vista Games is developing a massively multiplayer internet game based on Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean theme park rides and movie franchise. The game’s release will coincide with the Summer 2006 release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Official Site

More talk of Disney/Pixar talks

The London Times online reports a new glimmer of hope to the possibility of Pixar and Disney renewing talks and striking a new distribution deal with each other. The hopes hinge largely on the friendly relationship between Dick Cook, head of the Disney Studios, and Steve Jobs, Apple/Pixar CEO, as well as the impending transfer […]

Pocahontas leads new reviews, plus DVD Toons on Plague Dogs, Spongebob and Kim!

The animation-on-disc website {{link DVD Toons}} has been busy lately, with an update of more than six reviews, covering several recent releases and everything from {{link The Man Called Flintstone}} (“typically fun business, a fitting way to end the original incarnation of The Flintstones, in their cinematic swan song”), last fall’s {{link […]

Dream On Silly Dreamer report and photos

Animated News’ Lindsay Mayer reported on the Minneapolis screening of this documentary previously, but Animated News reporter Christian Ziebarth was able to attend a screening yesterday as part of the Newport Beach Film Festival. Following are his thoughts:

Dream On, Silly Dreamer

Independent documentary Dream On, Silly Dreamer projects the tragic tale of a medium deemed “dead” by numerous corporate heads. Animated News & Views’ Lindsay Mayer and Christian Ziebarth were on hand to sample the picture at separate screenings.

Pocahontas: 10th Anniversary Edition

Disney’s underrated musical drama returns on DVD with a healthy upgrade in bonuses and an extremely warranted “extra” inserted into the main feature itself!

Heffalump clips

The Disney Database points to fifteen streaming Quicktime movie clips from the upcoming DVD for Pooh’s Heffalump Movie due out on May 24 (thanks to Adam for the heads up).

New CGI Star Wars television series on the way

Coming Soon states that while making a guest appearance at Star Wars Celebration III, held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, this morning, George Lucas confirmed that a computer animated Star Wars television series is on the way, in addition to a live action series. Lucas also confirmed that the Star Tours thrill ride […]