Month: May 2005 – page 2

Interview: The directors of Madagascar

Coming Soon speaks to Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath, the directors of DreamWorks’ CGI comedy Madagascar, opening in theaters this Friday.

Andreas Deja Podcast Interview Part 3

Clay Kaytis has updated his Animation Podcast blog with the third part of his interview with Andreas Deja. “It’s Deja vu all over again. The last installment of my first (but hopefully not the last) meeting with Andreas Deja is here. Hear his thoughts on his own work, as well as his friendship with animation […]

Dream On, Silly Dreamer continues to please

Merlin Jones reports at Save Disney on last night’s gathering at the Alex Theatre in Glendale for a screening of Dream On, Silly Dreamer. Many from the world of animation, including Roy Disney, were in attendance. “Friendly faces connected again to remember the high times of Disney’s Feature Animation renaissance of the ’80s and ’90s […]

Petition aims to get Balto recognition

Available at Petition Online is an appeal to Univeral Pictures from Balto Source, which claims that none of the three Balto films, particularly the first one, have received the recognition they deserve from the studio. At the moment, the petition, calling for more promotions for the three films, has 449 signatures.

Rapunzel revamped?

What began as a Shrek-like spoof on fairy tales, followed by a supposed turn into a tale about a squirrel and a bassett hound, the plot for Disney’s Rapunzel Unbraided has supposedly been revamped once more. With a story more along the lines of such traditional Disney classics as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs […]

UPDATED: DVD releases- May 24, 2005

Three animated DVD releases hit stores shelves today. First up is Pooh’s Heffalump Movie [press release here], the latest Pooh offering from Disney. Budgeted at around $20 million, the film received positive reviews and garnered close to $18 million, in theaters. As the review from Coming Soon suggests, “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie is fun for kids […]

Thurl Ravenscroft R.I.P.

We have just received word that Thurl Ravenscroft has passed away at the age of 91. He was most known for being the voice of Tony the Tiger but also provided voices for characters in Disneyland’s Country Bear Jamboree, The Enchanted Tiki Room, and The Haunted Mansion, as well as providing voices in How the […]

Harvey Birdman flies again

Still defending classic cartoon characters from various criminal accusations, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law returns to Adult Swim on Sunday, July 10, at 12:15 a.m. (ET, PT). Following the success of its first DVD release in April, Harvey Birdman (produced in Atlanta, GA) is more outrageous than ever in a new crop of episodes from […]

Dastardly & Muttley In Their Flying Machines: The Complete Series

Another spiffy DVD set for a mediocre H-B cartoon. The Wacky Races spin-off gets nicer treatment than it warrants, but I have no probalmes with that.

Howard Morris and Marie Johnston pass away

More sad news comes in following Henry Corden’s death, with {{link Cartoon Brew’s reports}} of the recent passing of Hanna-Barbera voice artist Howard Morris and Ollie Johnston’s wife Marie. Morris was perhaps best known as the voice of Atom Ant and Beetle Bailey, while Marie, who died aged 87, was married to legendary Disney […]

New Chicken Little trailer online

As {{link we reported}} a couple of days ago, the latest Chicken Little trailer (as well as the much-requested Hitchhiker’s Guide spoof teaser) is now online in a variety of formats and sizes over at the film’s {{link official teaser site}}.

Madagascar: more reviews

Animation historian Mike Barrier takes an {{link in-depth look at Madagascar}} and for once actually applauds a DreamWorks film! Meanwhile, the DreamWorks Animaton Fansite has {{link another review up}}.

R.I.P. Henry Corden, the voice of Fred Flintstone

At the age of 85, Henry Corden died of emphysema on Thursday night, at AMI Encino Hospital. Though he voiced several characters during his lifetime, Corden will be especially remembered as providing the voice of Fred Flintstone, following the death of original voice actor Alan Reed in 1977. Television series in which the actor voiced […]

Madagascar: The Animated News Review

Animated News’ Christian Ziebarth recently attended a screening and press junket for PDI/DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar, which is due in theaters this Friday, May 27. Following is his report (minor spoilers involved):

Cinderella III to hit theaters?

Cinderella III may open in theaters, if only in Europe, according to The Disney Database. The site further notes that the film is aiming for a 2007 release date and will have Tami Tappan as the singing voice of Cinderella.

Tarzan II official site updated

The official website for Tarzan II has been updated, now including features such as: a plot synopsis, a new trailer, four movie clips, a Tiffany Evans music video for Who Am I?, a Jungle Match game, print-out activity pages, desktops, a screensaver, a picture gallery, and info “just for moms”. Tarzan II will swing onto […]

Release dates for The Wild and American Dog

Ultimate Disney announces that the release date for Disney’s The Wild is currently April 14, 2006, while American Dog, from director Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch), won’t hit theaters until 2007.

First Batman: TAS- Volume 3 DVD review

The World’s Finest has the first review for the Batman: The Animated Series- Volume 3 DVD, hitting stores this Tuesday. The site remarks, “Aside from the sparse special features, this is a solid release,” calling the DVD “a nice set overall.”

Narnia, Oogie's Revenge, and Chicken Little trade ad

Found at eBay is a beautiful 11″x14″ trade ad promoting The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie’s Revenge, and Chicken Little.

Muppet Show Season One, Muppets' Wizard of Oz DVDs announced

The Muppet Newsflash has the specs and episode listing for The Muppet Show Season One DVD, hitting store shelves on August 9th, says Ultimate Disney. The four-disc Special Edition DVD will include such bonus features as “Muppet Morsels”, the original Muppet pitch reel, The Muppet Show’s original pilot, a Season One promo gag reel, The […]

Chicken Little trailer debut

Disney’s PR department has just let us know that the full trailer for the studio’s “highly anticipated, first all-CGI animated movie will have its world premiere on Monday May 23, at 12:01am, exclusively on {{link Disney Online}} and {{link}}. It will be available on {{link Disney Motion}} and {{link Movies […]

Cinderella Platinum Edition DVD to get heavy marketing

Video Business reports that Buena Vista Home Entertainment will spend approximately $150 million in marketing the Cinderella Platinum Edition DVD, coming to stores on October 4, 2005. Twice the figure that was used to promote the Aladdin Platinum Edition DVD, the amount equals that which was used to promote the Lion King Platinum Edition DVD […]

Nextoons: The NickToons Film Festival Announces Festival Judges

The full press release announcing the selection of judges for The NickToons Film Festival can be read here:

Dont forget! The Muppets' Wizard Of OZ premieres tonight!

A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, the first bout of Star Wars mania was closely linked with the antics of Jim Henson’s Muppets, thanks to the stars of those films appearing on The Muppet Show, the millions of shared fans of both series, plus behind-the-scenes ties including Frank Oz’s performance […]

Interview : The cast of Madagascar

Moviehole has posted a rundown of the question and answers offered at the press conference for Madagascar held in San Francisco. Featured in the interview are the film’s stars Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Ben Stiller. Madagascar will open in theaters on May 27, 2005.

Scooby news

Time Warner’s official website notes that Scooby-Doo will join the lineup in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this November. In addtion, the famous pooch will be Macy’s Holiday Ambassador as a kid-friendly collectible plush, available for $16.95 with a $35 purchase. Those currently longing for new Scooby merchandise may want to head to their nearest Subway […]

Voice actor Bob Bergen sets sails for animation voice-over seminar and cruise

Bob Bergen, the voice of Porky Pig, is launching an animation voice-over seminar and cruise to Ensenada, Mexico. The cruise will last three nights aboard the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines “Monarch of the Seas”, beginning Friday, February 10th, 2006. For more info, be sure to check out Bob’s official website.

Exodus and Melwood co-producing CGI/live action Pavlov’s Dog

Melwood Pictures and Exodus Film Group have optioned the rights to magician and illusionist Nicholas Night’s computer animated/live action feature film Pavlov’s Dog. The synopsis for the film revolves around, “Pavlov, an uptight flea from out-of-town that catches a greyhound to the big city in order to claim his inheritance… a canine ‘property’. Once there, […]

Disney Magazine shut down

A reader email sent into us reports that subscribers to Disney Magazine who have received their latest issue will find a letter stuck to the cover stating it is the last issue and that the rest of their subscription will be picked up by either Family Fun Magazine or Disney Adventures Magazine. Readers who did […]

Wallace and Gromit movie images

Taken from the UK’s Daily Mirror newspaper, {{link this site}} has three scans up of images from the new Wallace and Gromit movie, The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, as well as a high-res version of the teaser poster for the film.