Month: January 2006 – page 3

More on iTunes Disney shorts

Following up on our report from earlier this month about Disney shorts coming to iTunes, Cartoon Brew mentions that the shorts are due this summer and will include all of their Oscar-nominated shorts from Three Little Pigs up to Lorenzo. Their report also mentions a pending DVD box set of said shorts and a brand […]

Posters: The Wild, Ice Age 2

The Internet Movie Poster Awards has a French poster for The Wild, in addition to having a promotional image for Ice Age 2: The Meltdown.

Hoodwinked sequel, Hood vs. Evil, in the works

Variety, through Coming Soon, reports that The Weinstein Company and Kanbar Entertainment have begun planning a sequel to their successful Hoodwinked. The sequel, currently titled Hood vs. Evil, will be equipped with twice the budget of the first film, which worked with less than $20 million. The plot for Evil follows “a teen Red training […]

Trailers: Over the Hedge, KungFu Gecko

CineMovies TV has the international trailer for DreamWorks’ Over the Hedge. Meanwhile, the independent CGI comedy KungFu Gecko, coming from Eggstory, now has a trailer on its official website.

Kellogg and Viacom under fire for wearing Pants

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Boston-based Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and two Massachusetts parents, Sherri Carlson of Wakefield and Andrew Leong of Brookline, have threatened to sue Kellogg Co. and Viacom Inc., should the companies fail to stop using characters such as Spongebob SquarePants to promote “sugar-filled” cereals. “As a […]

Wild game announced

Buena Vista Games has announced the video game adaption of Walt Disney Picture’s forthcoming film, The Wild, says IGN. The project, a tie-in for the Game Boy Advance, “follows Samson the Lion in his quest to save his son, Ryan, who has been accidentally shipped from his New York City Zoo home back into the […]

Latest on Brer Rabbit, Cultoons, Cartoons for Victory, and Baby Looney Tunes

DVDtoons has the advertisement for The Adventures of Brer Rabbit, a new traditionally-animated DTV feature from Universal Studios, coming to stores on March 21st. The site likewise reports that Golden Age titles Cultoons and Cartoons for Victory! have been moved to April 11th. Lastly, the press release for Baby Looney Tunes: Volume 1 – PlayDay […]

U.S. weekend box office actuals: January 13-16, 2006

Courtesy of Box Office Mojo: 2. Hoodwinked with $16,879,402 (1st week over 2,394 theaters) 4. The Chronicles of Narnia with $12,809,767 ($264,020,859 total in its 6th week, over 3,224 theaters) 7. King Kong with $9,061,690 ($204,527,690 total in its 5th week, over 2,814 theaters) 31. Chicken Little with $296,502 ($133,235,508 total in its 11th week, […]

Bambi II clips, reviews

At the Animated-News Forum, “bambifan56” links to several clips from Bambi II, posted at the New York Times’ office website. Meanwhile, a few visitors of have written in to post their thoughts on Disney’s latest midquel. “All in all, the movie is a success at preserving the spirit of the original story and definitely […]

\\Wallace and Gromit\\ wins top award at Annual Golden Tomato Awards

Rotten Tomato’s {{link 7th Annual Golden Tomato Awards}} has awarded \\Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit\\ their top prize for The Best Reviewed Film of 2005 in Wide Release. This is the second win for an Aardman film – \\Chicken Run\\ won the top award in 2000. It is also the third […]

Little chicken animator speaks

Clay Kaytis has revived his Animation Podcast site with a brand new interview with Eamonn Butler, Animation Supervisor on the films Chicken Little and Reign of Fire.

\\Hoodwinked\\ top of the box office

In a surprise to many in the industry, The Weinstein Company’s \\Hoodwinked\\ came away with the most box office goodies making it top of the woods (Hollywood, at least) this holiday weekend with $16.6 million according to {{link Box Office Mojo}}. “The first of over a dozen computer-animated movies scheduled for [a wide opening […]

Bambi II ASIFA screening

Bambi II, from DisneyToon Studios, is being released on DVD in the United States but in theaters in Europe. However, ASIFA-Hollywood members will be treated to a screening on February 7 at the Harmony Gold Screening Room so it can be viewed in all its big-screen glory.

Don't forget the shorts

Cartoon Brew has pointed out an article from yesterday by Roger Ebert extolling the virtues of the animated short with particular attention given to Chuck Jones’ achievements. Larry Loc, ASIFA-Hollywood’s blogger, has followed it up with a tribute to Mike Maltese.

Celebs come out for Annies

The ASIFA-Hollywood Blog has now listed some of the high profile talent who will be presenting at the upcoming 33rd Annual Annie Award, including William Shatner, Jason Alexander, Craig T. Nelson and Brad Bird. The ceremony is scheduled for February 4 and will be held at the Alex Theatre in Glendale and hosted once again […]

RIP, Shelley Winters

At the age of 85, Shelley Winters died early Saturday, due to heart failure. At the time of her death, Winters was located at The Rehabilitation Centre of Beverly Hills, according to her publicist Dale Olson. This followed her hospitalization last October, which she received after suffering a heart attack. During her career, Winters was […]

DreamWorks Animation online clips for Annie consideration

DreamWorks Animation has just notified us that they have posted online clips (including story reels) from Madagascar and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit that are available to the public for viewing but more specifically to be used for purposes of voting by ASIFA-Hollywood members in the 2005 Annie Awards. More here:

Sarandon hailed as Enchanted queen

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Susan Sarandon has signed on to play Queen Narissa, a wicked ruler bent on eliminating true love, in Disney’s Enchanted. James Baxter, who worked as the supervising animator for Belle in Beauty and the Beast, will conduct the animated side of Narissa, while Oscar-winning makeup effects artist Rick Baker will […]

Hoodwinked opens in 2,388 theaters

The computer animated comedy Hoodwinked, which also has the distinction of being the first animated offering from the Weinstein Company, opens in 2,388 theaters this weekend. Thus far, the film has been receiving mixed feedback from critics, with its Rotten Tomatoes score currently standing at 45%. How will Hoodwinked fare with audiences this holiday weekend, […]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster, pic

Latino Review has the licensing poster for the 2007 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles computer animated movie, in addition to offering a similar pic for the film.

Jetsons roles cast?

In the site’s News Bites, Dark Horizons spreads the word that according to WTOP News, Jonathan Lipnicki (Jerry Maguire, Stuart Little) has won the role of Elroy Jetson in the live-action The Jetsons. The latter website also notes that Steve Martin, Diane Lane, and Lindsey Lohan have likewise acquired roles in the film. Furthermore, a […]

Ice image

Taken from the preview slate of 20th Century Fox, Latino Review has the most recent promotional pic for Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, an image which may be later seen on the film’s final poster.

DVD news: Pony, Krypto, Beast Wars, Thundercats

Yet again, TV Shows on DVD has collected a wide range of news concerning animation-related titles coming to DVD. First up, cover artwork for My Little Pony – Two Great Pony Tales is availabe to view at the site. In addition, a look is provided of the package containing the pilot episode of Krypto the […]

Former Disney CEO Eisner to host cable talk show

Former Disney chairman and CEO Michael Eisner has agreed to host a talk show for the NBC Universal cable channel CNBC, writes the Studio Briefing at the Internet Movie Database. Set to air every other month, the program, titled Conversations with Michael Eisner, will allow Eisner to interview politicians, businessmen, and entertainers. In an interview […]

Curious George swinging to video game consoles

Xbox 365 reports Namco Bandai Games America Inc. has announced that the Curious George video game has already gone gold for PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, and PC. The title, inspired by the upcoming feature film of the same name, allows gamers to experience the world of the prying primate. The Curious […]

Five minutes of Hoodwinked airing tonight on TV; Free "making of" featurette

Cinematical indicates that Nickelodeon will be airing the first five minutes of the Weinstein Company’s animation debut, Hoodwinked, tonight at 8pm. Likewise, at the channel’s official website, a special “Nicksclusive” of the film is available to view. In related news, one may download a free 22-minute behind-the-scenes featurette for Hoodwinked at iTunes.

Curious offering

The Curious George marketing machine is starting up with an announcement on iTunes that the soundtrack by surfer musician Jack Johnson is now available for preorder. If you pre-order the album in addition to other perks you even get a downloadable coloring book.

UPDATE: Animator corrects recent story

On January 6, 2006, we posted {{link this story}} taken from a {{link Business Standard}} article that quoted animator Manu Ittina. However, according to his {{link blog}} Ittina says the Business Standard article “totally out of the blue made up statements and attributed” them to him since he has “never spoken to […]

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit takes top animation honors at Critcs' Choice Awards

The Broadcast Film Critics Association hosted the 11th annual Critics’ Choice Awards Monday night, honoring the top actors and movies of 2005 in each of 19 categories. In the Best Animated Feature category Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit recorded a victory over other nominees Chicken Little, Corpse Bride, Howl’s Moving Castle, and […]

Dini on next season of Justice League Unlimited

The Comics2Film Fan Feed notices Paul Dini’s mentioning to The Continuum of his writing a Justice Leage Unlimited episode set to air in the near future on Cartoon Network. In the new adventure, “Supergirl is kidnapped to the 31st century for what the history books say was her last adventure. The Fatal Five appear, as […]