Month: November 2005

A Pixar geek's guide to the latest \\Cars\\ trailer

Admit it. You’re a Pixar geek! You put the DVD’s on the 42 inch TV so you can find all the hidden gags. You’ve read the book titles on Andy’s bookshelf. You’re clued in to A113. When wannabes try to tell you who Harryhausens restaurant is named after, you laugh at their feeble skills and […]

Stan Berenstain dies at 82

Stan Berenstain, who with his wife Jan created the popular \\Berenstain Bears\\ children’s books, died on Saturday in Pennsylvania, according to \\{{link USA Today}}\\. He was 82. The couple published the first book, \\The Great Honey Hunt\\, in 1962, and since then \\The Berenstain Bears\\ have appeared in over 200 books, an animated TV […]

\\Rudolph\\ airs tonight in HD

The perennial holiday classic \\Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer\\ airs tonight at 8pm ET on CBS. And, unlike the false reports last year, it \\will\\ air for the very first time in high definition this year! First broadcast in 1964, \\Rudolph\\ features a popular musical score from Johnny Marks and the voice talent of the legendary […]

\\Aeon Flux\\ creator prefered an animated feature film

{{link SciFi Wire}} reports that Peter Chung, the creator of the MTV animated series \\Aeon Flux\\, has said that he’d rather see an animated version of his character than the live action version opening this Friday. “I honestly [was] very against it, because I wanted to do an animated movie, and I thought that […]

Walt's People: Volume 2 released

Following is a press release announcing the second volume in the Walt’s People series which collects important prominent as well as obscure interviews with key Disney artists from throughout the years.

Children's BAFTA Awards' split decison

{{link BBC}} reports that \\Charlie and the Chocolate Factory\\ was named Best Film in the Kids’ Vote at the 10th Children’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards. However, \\The Incredibles\\ picked up the Best Film prize from the BAFTA panel. A full list of winners and nominees is available from the {{link […]

Disney Channel revives \\Kim Possible\\, adds \\The Replacements\\

After earlier news that they were considering canceling the popular series, Disney Channel has picked up \\Kim Possible\\ for a fourth season, according to \\{{link The Hollywood Reporter}}\\. “The decision was spurred in part by a months-long viewer campaign for Disney to continue making episodes”. Disney Channel has also orders a full season of […]

\\Shrek\\ director ready to hand over reins

Andrew Adamson, co-writer and director of the \\Shrek\\ films (and currently directing \\The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe\\), tells {{link SciFi Wire}} that while he will help write and executive-produce \\Shrek 3\\ he will hand over the directoral duties to others. “It’s a story that I’m [emotionally] attached to, […]

Animation blog updates

{{link Luxo}} has a roundup of blog updates from animators, including {{link Lou Ramano}}, {{link Mark Andrews}}, {{link Ronnie del Carmen}}, {{link Enrico Casarosa}}, {{link Ted Mathot}}, and the {{link E-Ville Press}} gang (of Mark Andrews, Max Brace, Simon Dunsdon, Louis Gonzales, Robert Kondo, Ted Mathot, Kevin O’Brien, […]

Irving Ludwig, RIP

A PR Newswire release late yesterday announced that Irving Ludwig has passed away at the age of 95. Ludwig was the former president of Buena Vista Distribution and was instrumental in launching successful marketing campaigns for such heavyweight Disney classics as Fantasia and Mary Poppins. He is remembered as an honest businessman who never sacrificed […]

Cat Tale website and trailer now online

The official wesbite for Imagi Entertainment’s Cat Tale has opened. Owning sections for the film’s news, synopsis, and cast, the site also features the movie’s trailer. Cat Tale will arrive in theaters in 2006.

Predicting the animation Oscars

Rick DeMott, managing editor of {{link Animation World Network}}, takes a look at the upcoming Academy Award races for Animated Feature and Animated Short films and tries to predict what Oscar might be thinking.

\\Pirate\\ ship photos online

{{link Dark Horizons}} has pictures of the Davy Jones haunted ship from Disney’s upcoming film \\Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest\\. The film is scheduled to open in July 2006.

Producers Guild to recognize animation at annual PGA Awards

The Producers Guild of America added a category for animation to their annual PGA Awards, according to {{link AWN}}. PGA Awards co-chair, Bruce Cohen said, “The recent renaissance in animated features has been one of our industry’s greatest success stories of the past decade, and we feel it’s only appropriate that the Producers Guild […]

\\Aeon Flux\\ website gets major update

{{link Movies Online}} notes that the official website for \\{{link Aeon Flux}}\\ has been updated with lots of new content, including new sections for production notes and cast and crew bios, more images and production art, a downloadable screensaver, and much more. The film, based on the MTV animated series created by Peter […]

Animated box office estimates: November 25 – 27, 2005

Facing off against Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and newcomer Yours, Mine & Ours for family audiences, Chicken Little fell a slight 16% over the weekend, to finish in fourth place with an estimated $12.4 million. This brings the Disney comedy’s domestic box office total to approximately $118.2 million. Box Office Guru provides […]

Pixar teases again with new Cars trailer

As pointed out by ‘Piotr’ in our Animated News Forums, a 4th Cars teaser has been made available in Apple’s section of online QuickTime movie trailer. “Lightning McQueen, a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the […]

Pat Morita, dead at 73

Born on June 28, 1932, Noriyuki “Pat” Morita died yesterday, November 24th, at his Las Vegas home. His passing was the result of natural causes, said his wife of 12 years, Evelyn. Many fans of the actor know him best for his performance as Mr. Kesuke Miyagi in the four Karate Kid fims – a […]

Barbie to hit 2006 with two new DTV movies

Coming directly to video stores, from Mattel and Lions Gate Family Entertainment, are two brand-new Barbie adventures. The Barbie Diaries, scheduled for release in January 2006, places its title character, now with a new “toon-shaded” CGI look, in her sophomore year at high school. Meanwhile, Barbie Fairytopia Mermaidia, coming March 2006, continues the franchise began […]

Jackson versus DGA in King-sized battle

Rumor has it that Peter Jackson is currently trying to convince the Director’s Guild of America to provide “Animation Directed By” credits for two unnamed collaborators on King Kong. Word has yet to arrive on the DGA’s reponse to Jackson’s request. The news comes courtesy of the Hot Blog, via Cinematical [note: open “Reader Comments” […]

Listen to Polar Express sountrack

Included in a healthy offering of Holiday projects at AOL Music, the Polar Express sountrack, featuring the Oscar-nominated ballad “Believe,” may be heard for free.

Teen Titans defeated by cancellation

Toon Zone points to sources and to report that Teen Titans has been cancelled by Cartoon Network. No explanation regarding the move has been given yet. Nonetheless, fans of Teen Titans are already making an attempt to revive the show, with one group creating a petition.

FernGully: The Last Rainforest: Family Fun Edition

This is a very good special edition of the ecological 1992 film— worth a look from both parents and kids.

Dead Man's Chest teaser trailer

On this day of Thanksgiving we can all be thankful for the teaser trailer of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest as pointed out by Kinoo in the Animated News Forums.

The Fox and the Hound 2 screen grabs

Five images from Disney’s direct-to-video title The Fox and the Hound 2 (due out Winter 2006) from the preview on the upcoming Kronk’s New Groove DVD (due out Dec. 13) can be found here:

Introducing the cast of Kung Fu Panda!

Latino Review has the latest pic promoting DreamWorks Animation’s CGI comedy, Kung Fu Panda, revealing many of cast’s main characters.

Meet John Aquino, animator for Walt Disney Feature Animation brings an Inquirer News Service brief biography of John Aquino. The inspirational read recounts how a visit from a Disney animator to Animaction, the Santa Monica-based animation school, changed Aquino’s life. The animator would later go from being a trainee for Hercules to a character finaler for Chicken Little.

Cars and Narnia wish upon a Starz!

Variety, via Coming Soon, indicates that Walt Disney Pictures is teaming with the cable network Starz! to advertise their upcoming features Cars and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe. A 45-second teaser trailer for Disney/Pixar’s Cars will premiere over the Thanksgiving weekend, running as an interstitial. Likewise, a 9-minute sneak […]

Henry Selick speaks about Moongirl and more

Henry Selick, famed stop-motion director of The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, recently took time out of his busy schedule to talk with Animated News about his new short Moongirl and some of his past and future projects. Henry has worked on projects as diverse as Pillsbury Doughboy commercials and the […]

Henry Selick talks Moongirl and more

Director Henry Selick talks to Animated News & Views about his latest project, Moongirl, while also taking a brief look at some of his past and upcoming work.