Month: January 2006

Lady & the Tramp opening night panel discussion update

Legendary songwriter Richard Sherman and Theo Gluck of Disney’s restoration team have been added as members of the panel for the opening night of Lady & the Tramp’s two-week theatrical engagement at the El Capitan Theatre on Thursday, February 2. Author, animation historian, NYU Animation Professor and very recent Academy Award nominee John Canemaker has […]

The "world beneath the loo:" Flushed Away first look

USA Today has a first look at Aardman Animations’/DreamWorks Animation SKG’s Flushed Away, the CGI film that looks a lot like stop motion but still retains the Aardman charm. Voiced by Hugh Jackman (who the article keeps referring to as ‘Jackson’ after his initial mention), Kate Winslet, Andy Serkis (did they use motion capture on […]

Academy Award nominations

The nominations for the {{link 78th Annual Academy Awards}} were announced today. Best Animated Film: \\Howl’s Moving Castle\\, \\Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride\\, \\Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit\\ Best Animated Short: \\{{link Badgered}}\\, \\{{link The Moon And The Son: An Imagined Conversation}}\\, \\{{link The Mysterious Geographic Explorations Of Jasper […]

Japanese Cars trailer online

At, a Japanese trailer for Disney/Pixar’s Cars is now online, in Real Player and Windows Media formats.

Golden Globes to add animation category

The Associated Press via Yahoo! News reveals the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s plans to add a new animation category for the Golden Globes. The addition will be first recognized at next year’s 64th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony. “Animated features have become an important component of the studio lineup,” stated HFPA President Philip Berk, “so […]

Kronk’s New Groove

The breakout character from The Emperor’s New Groove, Kronk returns for another knockabout slice of Disney fun.

Schwartz is with Enchanted?

Movie Musicals writes that Oscar-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Pocahontas, The Prince of Egypt) has joined Alan Menken for Disney’s Enchanted. Interestingly, the site notes that lyricist Glenn Slater is still attached to the project as well, though Playbill News and Musical Schwartz hint otherwise.

Brother Bear II cast update

The Internet Movie Database page for Brother Bear II has been updated, now listing more of the film’s cast. Among those returning for the sequel are Rick Moranis (Rutt), Dave Thomas (Tuke), Jeremy Suarez (Koda), and Michael Clarke Duncan (Tug). New additions to the Brother Bear world include Mandy Moore (Nita), Wanda Sykes (Innoko), Jim […]

Alfa Brera comes alive in new animated piece

Available at Machine Warriors, a new spot for the Alfa Brera vehicle presents more than just an advertisment, but also showcases some nifty computer animation.

Asterix and the Vikings second teaser online indicates that the second teaser trailer for the traditionally animated French movie Asterix and the Vikings is now online, at SND Films’ official website.

Hanna-Barbera 3D attraction to hit Paramount Parks

Among the festivities at the 2006 No-Coaster-Con, it was revealed that Paramount Parks will soon be home to a new 3D Hanna-Barbera Aventure film attraction, due this spring. Offering more information on the matter, along with the latest happenings in other animated theme park interests, are PKI Central and PKI Asylum.

Justice denied?; League episode listing

From Ain’t It Cool News, word comes that Paul Dini has speculated the end of the Justice League Unlimited Cartoon Network series, while further acknowledging Teen Titans’ cancellation. In the meantime, World’s Finest Online has the listing for the final nine episodes of Justice League Unlimited, set to air beginning February 11th.

Bambi franchise soon heading back to the forest

Ultimate Disney points to Home Media Retailing, where it is noted that just as Bamb II will enter the Disney vault 70 days after its initial release, the Platinum Edition DVD of Bambi will soon join the midquel as well. It is also worth mentioning that Lori MacPherson, SVP of brand marketing and product management […]

The School of Pixar

The New York Times ponders the success of Pixar, analyzing what has made the studio such a formidable presence in the field of animation. Likewise, the article spotlights Pixar University, described as a “company-run education and training operation”.

Nominees for 2006 DVD Exclusive Awards announced

The nominees for the 2006 DVD Exclusive Awards have been announced. With 44 nods, Buena Vista Home Entertainment leads the way in nominations. While a number of animated films managed to rank in many nominations not specifically associated with animation, the nominees for categories directly linked to animation include:

Wally Gator, Quick Draw, Fat Albert DVD news

TV Shows on DVD has the lowdown on the latest DVD releases of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Quick Draw McGraw, and Wally Gator. With Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids – Volume 3, word comes that the 2-disc title will finally enter stores on May 2nd. Meanwhile, there springs some sad news for […]

\\Wallace and Gromit\\ wins PGA award

\\Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit\\ took home the Best Animated Film award at the {{link 17th Annual Producers Guild Awards}}. The DreamWorks/Aardman film beat out competition from \\Chicken Little\\, \\Madagascar\\, \\Robots\\, and \\Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride\\.

Popular TV animation on iTunes

MTV Networks (which operates channels such as MTV, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central) today {{link announced}} a partnership with Apple’s iTunes Music Store to make many of their popular shows available for download. Animated offerings now available include: the number-one show with kids 2-5, \\Dora the Explorer\\ ; the entire first season of the number-one […]

Toy Story 3 cancelled?

At the Animated-News Forum, ‘ShyVoilet’ points to a new post at Animation Nation, where word comes that John Lasseter and Ed Catmull announced to Walt Disney Feature Animation employees today that production on Toy Story 3 has ended. “They said that sequels should only be made if there is a really great story that demands […]

More on Disney's acquisition of Pixar

From The New York Times to USA Today, several media outlets have weighed in on the news of Disney’s purchase of Pixar. Toon Zone has gathered a large assortment of these reports and commentaries. Also, the optimistic e-mail Robert Iger sent to studio employees, informing them of the buyout, has been posted at CGHAR.

Superman returns for new DTV

TV Guide through Superman Homepage offers a sneak peek of the new direct-to-video animated movie, Superman: Brainiac Attacks. The Man of Steel’s latest adventure finds him battling against Lex Luthor and Brainiac, while also dealing with his feelings for Lois Lane. Sure to please fans of Superman: The Animated Series is the fact that Dana […]

Season's greetings from Sony Pictures Animation

JoBlo writer Jason Coleman submits a detailed account of his visit to Sony Pictures Animation, where he received a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the studio’s fall film Open Season.

Episode listing for Return to the Planet of the Apes DVD set

At DVDtoons is the episode listing for the Return to the Planet of the Apes 2-disc DVD set, scheduled for release on March 28, 2006. The first disc will present the episodes “Flames of Doom,” “Escape From Ape City,” “Lagoon of Peril,” “Tunnel of Fear,” “The Unearthly Prophecy,” “Screaming Wings,” and “Trail to the Unknown.” […]

Another Wild poster; More Ice pics

The Internet Movie Poster Awards has scooped the English poster for The Wild. Though the one sheet’s design is very similar to the one used in its French incartion, the film’s title art is fashioned differently, while the koala is now holding a “New York or Bust” sign. In other pictorial news, Latino Review has […]

Animated movies set to air on Disney Channel in February

Toon Zone has the complete list of animated movies and specials scheduled to air on the Disney Channel this February. The lineup includes such Disney animated classics as Cinderella and Robin Hood; DTVs like Aladdin And The King Of Thieves, The Lion King 1 ½, Mulan II, Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search For Christopher Robin, […]

Three Miyazaki films on TV

{{link}} notes that 3 Hayao Miyazaki films will be airing on cable TV during the next few weeks. \\Only Yesterday\\ and \\Pom Poko\\ will be broadcast on Turner Classic Movies on January 26th, while \\Spirited Away\\, Academy Award winner for Best Animated Film, will air on Cartoon Network on February 3rd. The website […]

More Lady and the Tramp screening details released

A press release from Buena Vista Pictures Marketing on Yahoo! News gives extensive details on the upcoming Lady and the Tramp engagement at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre. In addition to Stan Freberg and Andreas Deja, who have already been announced as members of the opening night panel discussion, animator Eric Goldberg has also been added […]

\\Gopher Broke\\ going for feature length

The Academy Award-nominated short film \\{{link Gopher Broke}}\\ will be made into a feature-length film, reports {{link}}. “Written and directed by Jeff Fowler, \\Gopher Broke\\ is a stylish toon about a hungry gopher who devises a madcap scheme that he hopes will provide him with a tasty snack.”

\\Wallace and Gromit\\'s Nick Park not deterred by fire

Yahoo! Movie News reports Aardman Animations director Nick Park has stated that last October’s fire that destroyed many of their stop motion production models will not keep him from animating more Wallace and Gromit films. “Some of the ideas I’ve got could make feature films, some of them might be shorts.” Wallace and Gromit: Curse […]

Artists' views on Disney/Pixar

{{link Cartoon Brew}} is calling for and posting comments from artists on their thoughts about the Disney/Pixar deal. Comments so far range from the excited (“The creative reins at Animation are being handed over to Pixar. I almost have to pinch myself: John Lasseter is now Creative Head of both Disney Animation AND Pixar […]