Month: January 2006 – page 2

2005 BAFTA nominees announced

\\Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit\\ has been nominated for the Outstanding British Film of the Year in the annual {{link British Academy of Film and Television Arts}} Awards. Nominated for Short Animation Film are: \\Fallen Art\\, \\Film Noir\\, \\Kamiya’s Correspondence\\, \\The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello\\, and \\Rabbit\\. Nominated in Achievement […]

Bambi 2 DVD Overview

An overview of the features found on DisneyToon Studios Bambi 2 (due out Feb. 7 in the U.S. as a direct-to-video title and shortly thereafter in Europe as a theatrical feature) can be viewed here:

Poster: Open Season

“The odd are about to get even” in the poster for Sony Pictures Animation’s Open Season, coming to theaters September 29th. A larger version of the one sheet is available to view at Latino Review.

David Stainton leaving Walt Disney Feature Animation

As a result of Disney’s acquiring Pixar, David Stainton is leaving Walt Disney Feature Animation, an e-mail notice sent to the studio’s employees reveals. In his notification, the former president of the animation division is quick to point out that Disney’s buying Pixar “is not about a lack of confidence by Bob [Iger] and Dick […]

Classic Disney shorts now on iTunes

With Pixar’s Steve Jobs and Disney’s Bob Iger making huge news today, it’s probably just coincidence that Disney chose today to made good on its {{link previous announcement}} concerning Job’s other company. Ten classic Disney Academy Award winning or nominated shorts can be downloaded from Apple’s iTunes Music Store starting today for $1.99. Now […]

UPDATED: Disney acquires Pixar

It’s official! Yahoo! News reports that Disney is acquiring Pixar. The all-stock transaction is worth $7.4 billion. Pixar’s Ed Catmull will become president of the combined Pixar and Disney animation studios and John Lasseter will be Chief Creative Officer of the animation studios, as well as Principal Creative Advisor at Walt Disney Imagineering. Steve Jobs, […]

Mike and Sulley ride video

The Orange County Register online has posted a minute and a half streaming video of a ride-through on the Monster’s Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue ride at Disney’s California Adventure. Looks like they have done a good job of re-creating the Monster’s Inc. in true three dimensions. Even the octopus at Harry Hausen’s […]

UPN and The WB to cease operations, CBS and Warner Brothers to create new network

CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment will cease operations of their respective networks – UPN and The WB, the companies announced today. Instead the two will join forces to form a new 5th network, The CW, to be launched in the fall of 2006. The new broadcasting network will be a joint venture between Warner […]

Disney acquisition of Pixar "imminent"

From people who were briefed tonight on the negotiations, CNN Money via The New York Times has learned that the Walt Disney Company is reportedly planning to announce its acquisition of Pixar Animation Studios as early as Tuesday, in a stock transaction valued at about $7 billion. Supposedly, Disney’s directors are expected to vote in […]

Bambi II website updated

As the film nears its February due date, the official website for Bambi II has been updated, now providing video clips, downloads, games and activities.

Patrick Dempsey becomes Enchanted lawyer

To Sci-Fi Wire, Patrick Dempsey mentions that he has joined the cast of Enchanted, playing a single father and lawyer who helps the princess find her way throughout New York. The article further notes that the film will be using computer animation, rather than traditional.

Sundance animated offerings

AWN lists the animated films to be present at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, including At the Quinte Hotel, Fable, The Wraith of Cobble Hill, Fumi and the Bad Luck Foot, and Wristcutters: A Love Story.

Curious review

Ain’t It Cool News has posted an early review of Curious George.

Lady and the Tramp engagement at the El Capitan

From February 2 -14 Lady and the Tramp will be shown in an exclusive engagement at Disney’s historic El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. This may be the only chance to see this classic animated feature in a proper theatrical presentation for years. A panel discussion will be held prior to the screening of the […]

Monsters, Inc. ride press release and pics

The Disneyland news service has issued a press release and photos announcing the official opening of the new Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! ride at Disneyland’s California Adventure which can be read and viewed here:

Disneyland podcasts

Podcast enthusiasts should take note that Disneyland has recently begun their own monthly podcast, “featuring many of the magical moments from the biggest celebration in Disney history. Join host Michael W. Geoghegan as he brings interviews, stories and event highlights from the 50th Anniversary of Disneyland® to your mp3 player.” Some of the podcast moments […]

Poster: Monster House

The poster for Sony’s computer animated Monster House has been found at eBay. This particular one sheet is lenticular, meaning that as one walks past it, the image transitions from a normal house to a monstrous abode.

Wild website opens

A teaser website for the Disney/C.O.R.E. project The Wild has opened, currently only containing the movie’s trailer in a variety of sizes and formats.

Darkwing Duck coming to DVD in 2006?

From a “very reliable source,” TV Shows on DVD brings the news that Darkwing Duck, one of Disney’s hit animated series from the early ’90s, will arrive on DVD in 2006. The site further speculates that the DVD set will be released simultaneously with another Disney animated series’ DVD debut.

Cory Edwards, director of Hoodwinked, speaks

The writer and director of Hoodwinked, Cory Edwards, makes a surprise visit to Animation Nation, responding to questions and concerns some people might have regarding his film.

U.S. weekend box office estimates: January 20-22, 2006

Courtesy of Box Office Mojo: 2. Hoodwinked with $11,078,000 ($29,304,000 total in its 2nd week, over 3,002 theaters) 7. The Chronicles of Narnia with $6,067,000 ($271,682,000 total in its 7th week, over 2,757 theaters) 11. King Kong with $4,134,000 ($209,788,000 total in its 6th week, over 2,205 theaters)

Trailer: Stuart Little 3

The trailer for Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild may be seen at Video Detective. The film itself, which has already been released in a number of countries, will hit stores in the US and UK in February.

Dinosaurs, Einsteins, Narnia news

Ultimate Disney has the press releases for Dinosaurs: The Complete First and Second Seasons, coming May 2nd, and Little Einsteins: Team Up for Adventure, coming April 25th. One may view cover artwork for Dinosaurs at DVD Active. Meanwhile, Ultimate Disney confirms that an April 4th release date appears to be set for the Chronicles of […]

Disney/Pixar recent business matters

There’s been a lot of talk and rumors floating around this week about a possible buyout of Pixar by Disney. Chuck Oberleitner helps to make sense of it all at o-meon (see the “Mickey and the iSteve” article). Also, see a recent Motley Fool article in which Rick Aristotle Munarriz draws a particularly apropo analogy […]

70 is the magic number: Bambi II moratorium announced

An updated press release for DisneyToon Studios’ Bambi II emphasizes that the film will go into moratorium only 70 days after its release on February 7, 2006. This is “in tribute to the 70th anniversary of Walt Disney’s inception of his animated classic, Bambi,” referring to the year 1936 when work on Bambi commenced.

RIP, Norm McCabe

Cartoon Brew reports on the recent passing of animation legend Norman McCabe. “Between 1934 and 1999, McCabe worked at Schlesinger’s, Warner Bros., US Army Air Corps Training Film Unit, MGM, Swift Productions, Five Star Productions, Telemation, Pacific Title, Hanna-Barbera, Filmation, DePatie-Freleng, Ruby-Spears, Filmfair, Marvel and Universal.”

Peter Pan flies again

Yahoo! News reports on a new Peter Pan book being written by a Geraldine McCaughrean and commissioned by the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. The sequel will be entitled Peter Pan in Scarlet and will feature the well-beloved characters “Peter, Wendy, Tinkerbell, the rest of the Darling family and the fearsome Captain Hook.” No […]

Cars' Sally and McQueen promo images

This week’s had some “spy photos” from Disney/Pixar’s Cars. The two pictures (large file sizes!) can be viewed here:

"Pretty sweet images, eh?:" Brother Bear 2 screen shots

Three images from the Brother Bear 2 trailer found on the Bambi II DVD can be viewed here (yes, Rutt and Tuke are in it):

Release dates set for Dumbo, Dinosaurs, and Einsteins

Ultimate Disney indicates that the Dumbo: Special Edition DVD is due for release on June 13th. The site also records that Little Einsteins: Team Up for Adventure!, the sequel to last year’s Little Einsteins: Our Huge Adventure, will arrive in stores on April 18th. On a final note, Dinosaurs, the ’90s Michael Jacobs/Jim Henson sitcom, […]