Month: April 2005 – page 2

Aladdin Reunion rundown and photos

A lengthy writeup of last Friday’s Aladdin Reunion, hosted by ASIFA-Hollywood and held at the Glendale Central Library, as well as four photos from the event can be viewed here:

Aladdin: Crew Reunion

Animated News & Views presents a lengthy writeup of the Aladdin Reunion held on Friday, April 22, 2005. The report contains four photos from the event, hosted by ASIFA-Hollywood and conducted at the Glendale Central Library.

eBay's Meg Whitman joins DreamWorks Animation's board of directors

Margaret C. Whitman, president and CEO of eBay, has been elected into DreamWorks Animation’s board of directors. “Meg is someone that both Roger Enrico and I have been courting to join our board of directors for many months,” says Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation CEO. PR Newswire has more info on the event.

DisneyToon Studios Australia "getting better and better"

AAP looks at the success and advancement of DisneyToon Studios Australia, with senior Disney animator Andreas Deja providing a nice bit of commentary. “With each movie, they seem to be getting better and better and more experienced,” remarks Deja. “I think Bambi and the Great Prince will probably be their best one yet.”

Stitch has a glitch… and a 'PG' rating; Heffalump Halloween cover art and stills

Ultimate Disney indicates that the MPAA has surprisingly given Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch a ‘PG’ rating for “some mild action.” This makes Lilo and Stitch 2 the first Disney direct-to-video animated sequel to receive anything above a ‘G’ rating. Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch will invade stores on […]

Fairy tales linked to violent relationships?

Yahoo! News has a very interesting report regarding a study that may surprise many people. According to research done by graduate student Susan Darker-Smith, an observance of both parents of primary school children and women who have been involved in domestic abuse has revealed that those who grew up reading fairy tales are likely to […]

Weekend events

Just a couple reminders for those in the LA/Orange County area. Tonight, April 22, ASIFA-Hollywood will be holding its Aladdin reunion at the Glendale Library at 7pm. “Join animator Tom Sito as ASIFA-Hollywood reunites the makers of Walt Disney Pictures’ Aladdin with anecdotes, behind the scenes secrets, and much more!” Currently scheduled to appear are […]

Routh's Superman; Brando to "co-star"; teaser with Batman

In somewhat animation-related news, and what we’re sure will quickly become known as the “swimsuit model” (just check out those trunks!), actor Brandon Routh’s {{link official website}} has posted the first look at the Man Of Steel’s new costume. With darker colors (reminiscent more of “Bad Superman” in the third of the Christopher Reeve […]

Zellweger re-ups for DreamWorks' Bee-Movie

Despite no recent news on Bee-Movie, an animated comedy written and featuring Jerry Seinfeld, it seems development work is continuing, with the {{link JoBlo movie website}} reporting that Renée Zellweger will return to the DreamWorks fold after her swim under the sea in the Studio’s Shark Tale to voice a florist in the film. […]

Heffalump Halloween trailer

Justin Williams in our Animated News Forum has pointed out that a trailer for Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween is now available for viewing online. The movie is due out on DVD in September.

Suing Nemo settled

The Entertainment section of reports that Disney has been cleared of copyright theft in the suit brought against them by French author Franck Le Calvez who alleged that they had copied his creation (see our initial report on this story from December 2003) and that Le Calvez has now been convicted of fraud (link […]

Lilo & Stitch 2 promotional pictures

The Disney Database has three new promotional pictures for Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch. One may want to pay special attention to the last two pics especially, as they hint of the film’s storyline.

Mel Brooks on the Spaceballs television series

Mel Brooks talks to Maxim Magazine, reports Contact Music, about Spaceballs’ voyage to television as a new animated series. An hour-long pilot and 13 half hour episodes for the series are currently being produced by BFC Berliner Film Company, Brooksfilms, and MGM Domestic Television Distributionan. “There’s an animated Spaceballs TV concept in the works. I […]

Bob Feldman moves to DreamWorks Animation

DreamWorks Animation SKG announced yesterday that Bob Feldman will join the company as head of corporate communications, as shown by Yahoo! Finance. For nearly eight years, Feldman has held the position as president and chief executive for GCI Group, one of the world’s largest public relations firms. His new job will make him responsible for […]

Incredibles go 3D for Verizon

Coming Soon has the press release regarding Disney Mobile and Pixar Animation Studios’ The Incredibles 3D mobile game coming to Verizon Wireless’ new V CAST wireless broadband multimedia service.

Studio Ghibli Next Animated Project

Online Ghibli reports that Miyazaki’s studio is working on a new animated project to be released in 2006. According to the Japanese newspaper Nanjing Morning Post, the movie will be based on a Chinese children book called Wo diushile wode xiaonanhai (I Lost my Little Boy), by Yishu. The short novel is written in children’s […]

Howl's Moving Castle American Trailer

Here is the domestic trailer for Miyazaki’s latest masterpiece. The movie will open in the states on June 10th.

Kirikou et le Fétiche Égaré to premiere at Cannes

{{link The Big Cartoon Forum}} reports that the sequel to the critically acclaimed French animated movie Kirikou et la Sorciere will be shown at Cannes Film Festival this May. Directed by Michel Ocelot, the movie is based on an African folk tale and will open in France December 7.

The Complete Peanuts, Volume 3: 1955-1956

Just a reminder that The Complete Peanuts, Volume 3: 1955-1956 from Fantagraphics Books is now on the shelves of bookstores everywhere. This volume starts out with an introduction by Life in Hell/Simpsons creator Matt Groening that reveals what an innate Peanuts fan he really is. I talked with Matt after the ASIFA-Hollywood screening of The […]

Official website for The Chronicles of Narnia opens

The official website for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe has launched, sporting a nice look that accompanies such features as dowloads, character profiles, production art, and a third installment in the “Behind the Magic” videos.

Fox Animation's John Cohen promoted to vp of production

John Cohen has been promoted from director of development to vp of production at Twentieth Century Fox Animation, AWN reports. Cohen, who joined the division in 2000, is currently involved in Fox/Blue Sky’s Horton Hears a Who, which will mark the first time a Dr. Seuss classic has been adapted completely in CGI. Meanwhile, Cohen’s […]

Best of Mr. Peabody & Sherman and Dudley Do-Right arriving on DVD

As reported by TV Shows on DVD, The Best of Mr. Peabody & Sherman – Volume 1: 15 Improbable Histories and The Best of Dudley Do-Right – Volume 1: 15 Not-So-Right Adventures is coming to DVD from Sony and Classic Media. Both DVDs, each containing fifteen shorts, will arrive in stores on May 31th. Be […]

2d Expo location announced

A recent mailer from ASIFA-Hollywood announces that this years 2D Expo will once again be held on the Woodbury University Campus in Burbank, CA. The expo promises workshops on how to pitch, Flash animation, portfolio review, and also the screening of new films.

Ward on Walt

The Save Disney website has updated with an extensive article given by Ward Kimball detailing many of his personal remembrances of his dealings with Walt Disney.

DreamWorks signs three-year deal with AMD

Reuters reports that DreamWorks Animation has signed a three-year deal to create films with computers that have Advanced Micro Devices Inc. chips. AMD announced the deal at a broadcasting trade show in Las Vegas, as the company courts the film industry’s technology decision makers. DreamWorks stated that with the help of AMD’s Opteron processor, the […]

Inteview with Narnia expert Douglas Gresham

Narniaweb speaks to Douglas Gresham, in an interview that is sure to make fans of C.S. Lewis’ novel anticipate Disney and Walden Media’s film adaption even more. Gresham, an expert on the life and works of C.S. Lewis, has been made a co-producer and consultant on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and […]

Raven Moon Entertainment starting new animation division

Raven Moon Entertainment, Inc. announced today the the company is starting a brand-new animation division for the purpose of servicing and generating revenues from the entertainment, advertising and creative content producers market, Prime Zone indicates. The studio, located in Orlando, Florida, is ready to offer animation services like those used in the Shrek films and […]

Jakers! moving to weekdays on PBS this September

AWN reports that starting on September 5, 2005, Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks will begin airing Mondays through Fridays on PBS Kids, after playing on weekends for two years. Twelve new episodes of the Emmy-winning, CGI-animated series have been ordered by PBS Kids, as the show will increase its interest in the theme of […]

Disc art for Tarzan II, Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama

Ultimate Disney has the disc art for Tarzan II, coming to DVD on June 14th, and The Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama, coming to DVD on May 10th.

Garner stuck in Charlotte's Web

Coming Soon notes that as it was revealed on Access Hollywood last week, Jennifer Garner will lend her voice to the upcoming live-action/photo real CG Charlotte’s Web, scheduled to weave in theaters on June 23, 2006.