Month: August 2005

SEC launches Pixar inquiry

\\{{link,1,786367.story The L.A. Times}}\\ reports that Pixar Animation Studios is confirming they are the focus of a Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry. Though neither the SEC nor Pixar are commenting on the subject of the inquiry, “analysts speculated that it might concern the sharp drop in revenue reported by the company in its second […]

Is Seinfeld a Moron?

From TV Guide’s “Daily Scoop” email newsletter: “20th Century Fox TV is adapting the book Stories from a Moron, a collection of humorous correspondence between author Ed Broth and assorted magazines, with an introduction penned by Jerry Seinfeld, into an animated series, says Variety. But is Seinfeld’s involvement actually deeper than it appears? Moron’s Broth, […]

Glitch hits stores today

We’ve mentioned it a number of times in the past few weeks but today is the release date for Lilo and Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch. This direct-to-video title underscores that the Disney studios down under are capable of producing theatrical quality animation, which, in turn, has made many wonder why the Disney executives […]

Lilo & Stitch 2 video clip

Available at Moviefone is a video clip from Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch. Running 2 minutes and 10 seconds, the clip shows Stitch trying to raise his goodness level, after it seems to have lowered. Lilo & Stitch 2 will hit stores tomorrow.

Press release for Gargoyles: Season 2, Volume 1

The official press release for the Gargoyles: Season 2, Volume 1 DVD is up at Toon Zone. From Buena Vista Home Entertainment, the DVD will be found in stores on December 6, 2005.

Release dates, directors revealed for future DisneyToon movies

The Internet Movie Database has added a page for DisneyToon Studios, including links to individual areas for Brother Bear II, The Fox and the Hound II, Cinderella III, The Aristocats II, and The Little Mermaid III. Though little information may currently be found at each of the movie’s pages, nonetheless, tentative release dates and directors […]

Chicken Little site updated

The official website for Chicken Little has been updated, now containing character desktop wallpaper, a screensaver, and animated signatures. In other Chicken Little news, the film’s page at the Walt Disney Pictures website now includes a humorous spoof of the poster for Men in Black II.

Batgirl springs to action in new pics

New images from a commercial for The Batman, prominently featuring the latest Batgirl, are now available at Batman: Yesterday, Today, and Beyond.

Tarzan Broadway logo revealed is currently showcasing the new logo for the upcoming Tarzan stage musical. Thanks to Kristin for the heads up.

Broadway Goes Ape for Tarzan

Disney has had major success on the stage with traditionally animated classics like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King capturing the hearts of audiences and critics alike. Now the group is hoping to do it again with Tarzan based on the 1999 hit film and Edgar Rice Burroughs novel. Using the same formula […]

Wal-Mart gets Wise

Reuters reports that the Walt Disney Co. is giving Wal-Mart exclusive rights to sale the animated holiday feature The 3 Wise Men through the end of 2005. The DVD for the 2003 Spanish movie will include both English- and Spanish-language versions of the film. Lending their voices to the English-language version are Martin Sheen, Emilio […]

McBride, Krauss providing music for Bambi II, Etheridge for Brother Bear II

According to Variety [paid registration required], music for the upcoming Bambi sequel will be provided by country artists Martina McBride and Alison Krauss. Furthermore, the sequel, once titled Bambi and the Great Prince of the Forest, is now being referred to as simply Bambi II by a number of sites, including Moviehole and the Internet […]

Valiant soars on

If you’ve had second thoughts about seeing Valiant take note that animation historian Jerry Beck has given it a favorable rating. “I was expecting a disaster, but the story was solid (cliched, but solid), the animation was well done and the characters were funny. . . . It’s worth seeing.”

Dream On dreams on

ASIFA-Hollywood will be hosting a screening tomorrow of Dream On Silly Dreamer, the film that chronicles the death of Disney hand-drawn animation. This film may be even more meaningful now since the recent announcement of the imminent closure of the Disney Toon Studios in Australia. Tomorrow’s screening, held at 3:00 pm at the AFI building […]

Coming Soon! on soon-to-come Disney animation

Coming Soon! has the rundown on a recent press event held in Hawaii for the release of Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch and an interview with Chicken Little director Mark Dindal and producer Randy Fullmer.

Chicken Little character slideshow; Emperor's 'New Groove Edition' DVD cover art

Yahoo! Movies has a Chicken Little character slideshow, featuring more info on the cast of critters and pictures that are likely to be included on the film’s promotional character banners. Meanwhile, Ultimate Disney has the cover artwork for the Emperor’s New Groove ‘New Groove Edition’ DVD, scheduled for release on October 18th.

Details on the Corpse Bride soundtrack

Coming Soon digs up some details on the soundtrack to Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, which will be released September 20th on Warner Sunset Records/Warner Bros. Records. In additon to having Danny Elfman’s score for the film, the soundtrack will contain four new songs written by Elfman and lyricist John August. These songs include: “According To […]

Guide for Charlie Brown specials; Santa Claus Is Coming to ABC

Toon Zone has posted a list of the Charlie Brown specials scheduled to air during the 2005-06 season, on ABC. Included in the list is a new special entitled He’s A Bully, Charlie Brown. Also mentioned in the article is the arrival of Santa Claus Is Coming To Town to ABC.

Rock & Rule: 2-Disc Collector’s Edition

This rock & roll adventure for grown-ups gets a deluxe set that holds more than fans could have hoped.

Ten more Stitch Has a Glitch images

The Disney Database has ten new screenshots from Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch, set to be released directly to DVD next week. [Warning: One image in particular may contain a fairly large spoiler.]

UPDATED: Batman: Volume 4, Superman: Volume 2 DVDs coming this December

TV Shows on DVD has the lowdown on the newest Batman and Superman animated series DVDs. First up, Batman: The Animated Series- Volume 4 will contain the 24 episodes of The New Batman Adventures, which introduced a new look to the Batman:TAS world. Also due for release is the two-disc Superman: The Animated Series- Volume […]

Interview: Shane Acker, creator of 9

For Animation Trip, Siggraph 2003 “Best of Show” winner Sam Chen interviews Siggraph 2005 “Best of Show” winner Shane Acker, whose short film 9 is being prepared as a Tim Burton-produced movie. Topics in the discussion include Acker’s history at the University of California, Los Angeles film school; his becoming a polished animator; his work […]

Thundercats returning for new series?

According to AnimationHQ, Warner Bros. is working on a remake of the 80’s animated series, Thundercats. Rumored to already be in pre-production, the new show supposedly will have a look similar to that of The Batman, with an “edgier, anime-inspired style”. Those longing to see the original Thundercats in action might want to check out […]

Charlotte's pics

Writing of the production for the live-action/CGI Charlotte’s Web, USA Today also provides eight new images from the film, coming to theaters June 23, 2006.

Muppet Anniversary Edition DVDs to feature films in widescreen

After a press release was issued that indicated the opposite, Ultimate Disney reports that the “Kermit’s 50th Anniversary Edition” DVDs of The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and Muppet Treasure Island will each contain both the widescreen and fullscreen versions of the films.

A Very Eggy Film to break in 2006

Currently in the works at Comunidad Huevo SA de CV is the traditionally animated Una película de Huevos, translated as A Very Eggy Film. Based on the successful, humorous website, the film follows the adventures of Toto, Willy, and Bibi, who want a life that does not end in a frying pan. A Very […]

Press releases: Muppet movies, Walt Disney Treasures, Gargoyles: Season 2, Vol. 1

Ultimate Disney has the press releases for the “Kermit’s 50th Anniversary Edition” DVDs of The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and Muppet Treasure Island; the fifth wave of Walt Disney Treasures, featuring Disney Rarities: Celebrated Shorts 1920s-1960s, The Chronological Donald, Volume Two, The Adventures of Spin and Marty, and Elfego […]

\\Superman Returns\\ footage in Bryan Singer video journal

{{link Blue Tights Adventure Network}} has a video journal with \\Superman Returns\\ director Bryan Singer on his way and at San Diego Comic-Con. Singer answers fan questions, shows footage of the film, and gets his hair cut.

\\Valiant\\ disappoints at the box office

Disney/Vanguard’s \\Valiant\\ opened in a disappointingly low 7th place this weekend according to {{link Box Office Mojo}}. In its debut weekend the film brought in about $6.1 million.

\\Toy Story\\ to be first animated Disney UMD; animation flourishing on new disc format

According to {{link The Digital Bits}}, on September 6th DVD won’t be the only disc format to get \\Toy Story – 10th Anniversary Edition\\. The film will also be Buena Vista’s first animated UMD video release. UMD (Universal Media Disc) is a Sony created disc format for use on their PlayStation Portable entertainment system. […]