Month: March 2006 – page 2

Sid the Sloth to host Fox's Sunday night lineup

To help promote the soon release of his latest movie, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Sid the Sloth will be hosting tonight’s programming on the Fox network. The lineup of shows includes such titles as The Simpsons, The War at Home, Family Guy, and Free Ride. Thanks to Kerri Boyd for the alert!

Block of Ice

A new batch of Ice Age: The Meltdown bulletins are chillin’ online, with two of the stories coming from Sci-Fi Wire. First up, the site describes a big musical number, set to the tune of “Food, Glorious Food,” which will take place during the movie. The number reportedly draws inspiration from other musical moments in […]

Japan remaining strong in the animation field

The Age investigates Japan’s great presence in the animation industry, noting that the country is the “world’s biggest producer of cartoons and comics.” The two-paged article also notices the growing competition challenging that presence.

Doc Hudson takes center stage in new ad

Cinema Confidential has the latest Cars character promo, with Doc Hudson prominently featured in the advertisement. Look for the “Classy Chasis” in theaters, when Cars opens June 9th.

Toon Boom Animation releases latest version of software

The Mac Observer observes that Toon Boom Animation, Inc. has released a Universal Binary version of its animation software Toon Boom Studio V3. The application can be downloaded for free by those people who already own the current edition of the software. The Universal Binary of Toon Boom Studio Express V3 will ship in April, […]

Hello Kitty creator completing two new feature films

For the first time in over twenty years, Sanrio, the creator of Hello Kitty, is preparing two feature films for theatrical release, reports The Associated Press via Yahoo! News. Each of the projects will star brand-new characters, focusing on canine and rodent populations. Eyeing a 2007 release date, the films will be presented as a […]

Description of Happy Feet ShoWest footage

In a detailed fashion, ‘Quint’ at Ain’t It Cool News breaks down the footage shown during the Happy Feet presentation at ShoWest. Overall, the writer seems very impressed by what he saw, especially noting the energy of the movie clips.

Little Mermaid Platinum Edition DVD website opens

The official website for the Little Mermaid Platinum Edition DVD has opened online, as noted by ‘Gnomeo’ in the Animated-News Forum. At the moment, the site only displays the DVD’s trailer, along with an opportunity to preorder the highly anticipated release.

Over the Hedge pics, poster, video

M&C Movies contains some of the latest promotions for the May 19th release of Over the Hedge. Included in the collection are some new images, in addition to the film’s most recent one sheet. Finally, the site likewise has a humorous video, lasting nearly four minutes, starring Hedge’s director, Tim Johnson.

Lowdown on Flushed Away takes a look at Flushed Away, from DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Animations. “Creatively it’s been a very interesting relationship. They (DreamWorks) have a lot of great talent and we had a lot to learn about writing a structure for a feature film for a worldwide audience,” says Aardman’s chief executive David Sproxton to The […]

Queen Latifah rules Ice Age; New international trailer

Speaking to Dark Horizons, Queen Latifah reflects on her work in Ice Age: The Meltdown. “One of my favourite things that comes across in the movie is the idea of family. Your family is who they are and not what it’s supposed to look like,” explains the actress. “…there are a lot of non-traditional families […]

Doogal DVD details

DavisDVD presents the cover artwork and special features listing for the upcoming Doogal DVD. In the bonus features department, the project will offer a “Making of” featurette. Doogal is set to bark on DVD this April 4th.

Yankee Irving receives name change

The Hollywood Reporter, via Coming Soon, indicates that IDT Entertainment’s Yankee Irving will now be known as Everyone’s Hero. Distributed by 20th Century Fox, the film will also now be released on September 15, rather than August 25.

"Brickfilm" ideal for amateur animators?

The Sidney Morning Herald investigates a form of animation growing in popularity with amateur animators. The animation referred to is none other than “brickfilm,” which utilizes stop-motion animation with building blocks. For a look at some works in the brickfilm genre, please check out and

Disney/Pixar rev up for Cars premiere

Laughing Place points out that Ticketmaster is now selling tickets for the huge Cars premiere to be held May 26 at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. According to John Lasseter, “We’re thrilled to bring the premiere of Cars to Lowe’s Motor Speedway and excited to share this film with such a great […]

Justice League: Season One

The first season of Justice League is probably better than a lot of us gave it credit for, as one can see on this fine DVD set.

Disney's FastPlay DVD feature is a success with families

The following is a press release from Buena Vista Home Entertainment regarding their unique FastPlay feature found on many of their family-oriented DVD releases, emphasizing their plans to expand its implementation due to high customer satisfaction.

Chicken Little DVD: better extras waiting for Blu-Ray?

DVD Toons adds to the growing amount of {{link Chicken Little reviews}} with their usual in-depth approach, saying that the sparse disc, released this Tuesday, reminds of the initial “Lilo And Stitch, which got a little more than this first time out and is itself due for a two-disc reissue. Should you hold off […]

Monster House site update

Though there’s still not much there other than the movie’s spooky (take that how you want!) trailer, the Monster House website has recently been {{link updated}} with info on the story and some downloads. Monster House opens this July.

It's official: the world is doomed as Paris Hilton launches cartoon spin-off

{{link The}} has the first images of Hilton sisters Paris and Nicky in their animated incarnations, who they hope can be used in a TV show about their lives in the style of The Simpsons [WARNING for adult language in the comments section under the images].

Super high-revved Cars character poster

Kinoo in the {{link Animated News Forum}} has posted a newly-found Cars poster from {{link Latino Review}}; the first to be released, one each week, in the 12 week run up to the film’s theatrical release. And, just as Mac {{link wished for in our Forums}}, you’ll find a huge, high-res version […]

The Lion Sleeps Tonight song royalties stay awake

A story we {{link first reported}} on in 2004 has reached a resolution at last. The descendants of Zulu musician Solomom Linda had filed a lawsuit against Disney in South Africa claiming they were owed royalties for the popular song The Lion Sleeps Tonight that the company used in their Lion King feature and […]

Simpsons set for two more seasons; King Of The Hill back for one more

{{link MSNBC reports}} that Fox has greenlit two more seasons of The Simpsons, putting the show on the air through 2008 and bringing the number of series up to 19 and making it the longest-running entertainment primetime series on the air. Fox’s other popular animated comedy, King Of The Hill, will also return in […]

New DreamWorks Animation website

Check out the newly redesigned for: * information on their films, including Over the Hedge, Shrek the Third, all the way to the Madagascar sequel coming in Fall 2008; * an Animation 101 on how they make movies; * an exclusive interview with the producer and directors of Over the Hedge; * a look […]

Judson C. Green joins DreamWorks Animation's board of directors

DreamWorks Animation has announced that Judson C. Green, president and CEO of NAVTEQ Corporation, is now a member of the company’s board of directors. Green also acts as a director of Alticor International, Conservation International, Harley-Davidson, Inc., Lyric Opera of Chicago and The Field Museum. “I am pleased to welcome Judson to our board of […]

DVD cover art: Leroy & Stitch

With a thumbnail image, Ultimate Disney has the cover artwork for Leroy & Stitch, the DTV film conclusion to Lilo & Stitch: The Series.

Disney becoming "cool" once more?

In the article “Disney Is Cool Again,” the Motley Fool considers Disney’s recent video game, television, and film developments, considering the company’s progressing popularity with tweens, teens and their parents.

Invitation to "Experiential Narrative in Games and Film"

The Los Angeles Professional Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH and the Visual Effects Society are collaborating for “Experiential Narrative in Games and Film,” to be held this Saturday, March 25th. Featuring such speakers as Jonathan Ackley, Tom DeSanto, John Gaeta, David Goyer, David Jaffe, Richard Taylor and Habib Zargarpour, the event will explore the interaction filmmakers […]

Chicken Little

Disney jumps into full-blown CGI features with a loud, aggressive and sporadically entertaining alternate take on the sky-is-falling classic.

Shuffling around: Where will Disney animators animate?

Chuck Oberleitner discusses the future of where Disney animators might be animating in “So Long Circle 7—Hello Feature Animation?” at o-meon. It appears that they could move from the “hat building” (so named for the big Sorcerer’s Apprentice hat out front) to either the old animation building on the studio lot or to the newer […]