Month: December 2005

Danger Mouse – The Complete Seasons 5 & 6 box art and details

Containing 37 episodes of the popular cartoon series, Danger Mouse – The Complete Seasons 5 & 6 also offers character descriptions and the Count Duckula episode “One Stormy Night,” in which Count Duckula sports a pair of Danger Mouse pajamas. The information arrives from TV Shows on DVD, which likewise presents the DVD set’s cover […]

Don Waller on King-sized animation profiles animator Don Waller, whose credits include Peter Jackson’s King Kong, Jurassic Park, and Dinosaur. Many of Waller’s thoughts regarding his experience of working on Kong are likewise included in the composition.

Cardellini interested in Scooby-Doo 3, via Moviehole, reveals that Linda Cardellini of the first two Scooby-Doo movies has expressed interest in reprising the role of Velma for a third outing. In the meantime, rumors have floating that Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr, Matthew Lillard and writer James Gunn are no longer interested in the Scooby-Doo film series. As […]

Nickelodeon meets China

The New York Times investigates the effect Nickelodeon’s programming in China has on the country – and vice versa. A central point in the article is the censorship given toward the first Kids’ Choice Awards presented in China, where the program was referred to as the Kids’ Choice Honors.

Queen, Prince featured on Happy Feet soundtrack

While pointing out some of the its writers’ most anticipated movies of 2006, Coming Soon notes that the soundtrack to Warner Bros. CGI musical Happy Feet will contain Queen’s “Somebody to Love” and Prince’s “Kiss,” among other pop songs.

“Hi! I’m Paul!”

From Jim Hill Media comes the interesting story of how DNA Productions came to lose a feline mascot named Helix, only to adopt a certain three-eyed mutant chimpanzee named Paul.

Wanted: Specialist in cloning animated characters

Awaiting at Rent A Coder is the job offer for someone capable of cloning speaking animated characters for the site Details and requirements of the work opportunity are listed at the earlier site.

\\Toy Story\\ added to the National Film Registry

In its first year of eligibility, Pixar’s first feature film, \\Toy Story\\, has been added to the {{link National Film Registry}} according to the head of the Library of Congress, James Billington. Each year the Librarian of Congress, advised by the National Film Preservation Board, selects up to 25 films that are culturally, historically […]

U.S. weekend box office actuals: December 23 – 25, 2005

King Kong remained in the #1 spot at last weekend’s box office, with $21,259,320 from 3,576 theaters, for a total domestic gross of $108,582,050. Not far behind was The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which roared with $19,777,962 from 3,853 theaters, making its U.S. total $153,220,802. At #16, the IMAX […]

Hoodwinked theater mobile, updated website found

Discovered at eBay is a picture of a theater mobile used to promote Hoodwinked. In related news, the official website for Hoodwinked has been updated. To reach the site’s new features, one must wait at its intro page for a brief period, which will then be followed by an “Enter” screen.

Pixar DVDs receiving price reduction

On January 8th, the “Collector’s Edition” DVDs of A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles will receive a price reduction, thus carrying the new suggested retail price of somewhere near $15. As Ultimate Disney notes, once the change in cost is underway, the DVDs may likely be found for a few dollars […]

Preview: The Ant Bully

Latino Review offers a new video preview for The Ant Bully. Lasting over five minutes, the preview presents a large glimpse of animation from the film, in addition to introducing several of the movie’s main characters.

Jupitermedia buys Animation Factory

The Associated Press, through Yahoo! Finance, indicates that for around $9.4 million in cash and debt, online content provider Jupitermedia Corp. has bought Animation Factory Inc. from VA Software Corp. With a paid online subscription, one may use Animation Factory to receive animated graphics, 3D clip art, Microsoft PowerPoint templates, video backgrounds, and e-mail and […]

Mike Young targeting new animation studio for Wales

According to icWales, Mike Young of Mike Young Productions has revealed that he is in discussions with the Welsh Assembly Government, concerning the creation of an animation studio in his native Wales. A possible first project for the new studio is an adventure for kids, with friendly submarines.

Wall Street perspective of DreamWorks Animation

CNN Money analyzes the future of DreamWorks Animation, whose shares fell 35% in 2005. Special interest is especially shown in how Paramount’s acquisition of DreamWorks will affect the company, along with thoughts on the competition from Pixar.

Press release: Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

From AWN comes the press release for the Ice Age 2: The Meltdown video game, created by Vivendi Universal Games. Coming to stores in the spring of 2006, the game will be availabe for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance and PC. Regarding the project, Peter Della Penna, Chief Operating […]

Heart of Platinum

IGN FilmForce reports the announcement from Square Enix that in only three days, Kingdom Hearts II has sold over one million copies in Japan. By comparison, the first Kingdom Hearts has failed to reach that mark during its entire run thus far in Japan.

Looking back at 2005

As Father Time draws the year 2005 to a close Chuck Oberleitner has posted a Year In Review in video or photo format for the Disney enthusiast, accompanied by a score that had been written by Andy Garfield that had been intended to be used for Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary celebration.

Update! Disney/Pixar’s new agreement a "done deal"?

According to Variety, via the Internet Movie Database, a new distribution agreement is pretty much a certainty for Disney and Pixar. While a confirmation or more details have yet to be revealed, the publication cites its knowledge as coming from unnamed insiders. Update! Upcoming Pixar notices The Washington Times, relaying the word that a new […]

Bambi II book released today

Anyone eager to learn the full plot portrayed in the upcoming Disney midquel Bambi II may wish to check out its picture book, Bambi and the Great Prince of the Forest, released today.

Animated movies found among poll of greatest family films points to a British television poll which lists the greatest family flicks of all time. Animated movies chosen in the poll include: Shrek (#2), Mary Poppins (#3), Toy Story (#5), The Lion King (#6), Finding Nemo (#13), The Incredibles (#17), and The Jungle Book (#19).

Ebert picks top toons of 2005

Naming his choices for the best of film entertainment in 2005, Roger Ebert has picked Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (“…one of the most delightful films ever made.”), Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (“…surprisingly cheerful under the circumstances.”), and Robots (“…with its jolly little children of Rube Goldberg in a future that looks […]

Nickelodeon orders more Squarepants

The Star Online eCentral reports that Nickelodeon has ordered 20 more episodes of SpongeBob Squarepants, bringing the show’s total amount of episodes to 100. The episodes are projected to have finished airing sometime in 2007. Regarding the new order of Spongebob cartoons, Cyma Zarghami, Nickelodeon’s chief executive, responded, “It just doesn’t feel like we should […]

Clips: Hoodwinked

Three video clips (“Woodsman Actor,” “Stork,” and “Extreme Granny”) from Weinstein Co.’s Hoodwinked may be seen at iFilm.

Details on Cartoon Musicals II

Starting today and lasting until January 4th, Walter Reade Theater at the Lincoln Center in New York City presents Cartoon Musicals II, a healthy compilation of the genre, offered by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. For information on the many features to be shown at the event, be sure to visit the Big Cartoon […]

Animated Pac-Man film on the way?

In an interview with Gamecloud, Crystal Sky CEO Steven Paul notes that his production company is working on a feature film based on the video game Pac-Man. While little is known about the project, which Paul describes as “very early in development,” JoBlo understandably suggests that the movie may be computer animated.

What’s in a name?

Stuff investigates the connection between a movie’s name and box office run. Animated movie titles mentioned in the article include Toy Story and Son of the Mask.

Walt Disney Treasures: Disney Rarities – Celebrated Shorts: 1920s-1960s

Leonard Maltin hosts a wild ride through decades of Disney studio history.

“When are movies too intense for children?”; Narnia deleted sequence noticed

The Chicago Tribune ponders the question “When are movies too intense for children?” In its investigation, the publication looks at such recent family fare as Chicken Little; The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Interestingly, the Tribune mentions a scene from Narnia that may […]

Spotlight on profiles, a Berkeley, California-based “e-school” for aspiring animators worldwide. Begun last spring, the school, which provides an 18-month program for $14,000, now serves near 400 students from 35 countries.