Month: April 2006 – page 2

Rocklin firm driven by Cars

A Rocklin direct mail company has entered a deal regarding Disney/Pixar’s Cars, involving a cross promotion with thousands of car dealers. The result of such a plan could allow the company to at least double its revenue. More information on this story may be found in The Sacramento Business Journal.

Song of the internet; Gnomeo and Walt Disney Records; Enchanted early word

Jim Hill’s recent “Why For” column explains how Song of the South may be available to view legally online by 2010, the link between Gnomeo and Juliet’s salvation and Walt Disney Records, and why master Disney animator Andreas Deja is “on loan” to James Baxter Animation.

"See Jane" campaign for more heroines

The St. Paul Pioneer Press looks at the “See Jane” program, which involves a study of male and female characters in G-rated films. Conducted by the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Southern California, the report found female main characters to be lacking by a 2 to 3 margin, when compared to male […]

Little Mermaid, Leroy & Stitch cover artwork

High-res versions of the cover artwork for the Little Mermaid Platinum Edition and Leroy and Stitch DVDs are now available at DVD Active. Though different from Ultimate Disney‘s preliminary version, this latest Mermaid artwork is likely preliminary as well, due to its repeating of “2-Disc” and Ariel’s seven fingers on her right hand.

Videos, posters await Over the Hedge

The Nicksclusives section of presents numerous television ads, including the “Helpful Hint from Hammy” segments, promoting DreamWorks Animation’s Over the Hedge. Concurrently, the DreamWorks Animation SKG Fansite has a brand-new featurette on Over the Hedge, with the video focusing on the movie’s cinematography. In other Over the Hedge news, two new posters for the […]

Boomerang readies Captain Planet unseen episodes

Next Saturday, April 22nd, the Boomerang network will air 13 episodes of Captain Planet and the Planeteers. The episodes set to air compose a sixth season of the classic series, which, unlike the previous five seasons of the show, has yet to be seen in the U.S.A. For more details on this event, please click:

Second Ant Bully scene

A second movie clip from the Warner Bros. picture Ant Bully, titled “World Wild Web,” has been added to the video section of Cartoon Network’s official website.

Happy Feet poster in towel form?

Recently discovered at eBay is a Happy Feet towel, a promotional item released by Warner Bros. Interestingly, the towel bears the marks of a teaser poster, from the location of the company logos to the tagline. Furthermore, past teaser posters for future Warner Bros. releases, such as Lady in the Water and Poisedon, have morphed […]

Narnia DVD remains in top spot for second week

The Hollywood Reporter, via Coming Soon, notes that in its second week of release, Disney’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe held onto the #1 position aboard VideoScan’s First Alert DVD sales chart. Meanwhile, Universal Studios’ King Kong fell to #3 in sales, while slipping to #2 on the rental […]

Art of Cars preview; More Cars merchandise

Route 66 News offers a healthy sneak peek at The Art of Cars, a record of the inspiration and talent behind Disney/Pixar’s upcoming motion picture. Furthermore, the site reports that Route 66 Magazine‘s June edition will contain a main story on Cars, including an interview with director John Lasseter. Plus, Route 66 News brings the […]

Brother Bear II trailers

Anyone wishing to view the two trailers for Brother Bear II may have their wish granted at the Brother Bear Online Archive. The film itself will enter stores on August 29, 2006.

"Live-action Network"?

Cartoon Brew investigates the recent turn of events that has lead Cartoon Network to adopt past and original live-action programming. One of the mostly widely-spread speculations involves the channel’s hopes to find the same audiences that Disney Channel and Nickelodeon currently enjoy.

Concept art for 300

The 300 Production Blog, covering the behind-the-scenes action for Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel, takes a very insightful look at the making of the film’s conceptual artwork.

ReFrederator presents classic cartoons

Announcing itself as the “first daily vintage cartoon podcast,” ReFrederator is the newest creation from Frederator Studios. The podcast is dedicated to bringing classic cartoons, taken from public domain, to viewers each week. For further information on ReFrederator, please click:

Newport Beach Film Festival 2006

Of interest to animation fans at this year’s Newport Beach Film Festival are Jim Henson’s The Muppet Musicans of Bremen on April 22 at 10:30am, Short Animation-o-Rama on April 22 at 4:30pm, Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation (12-yr. old boys remake Indiana Jones’ first movie and get Steven Spielberg’s approval) on April 24 […]

New Disney shorts on iTunes

Several new Disney animated short films have just been added to Apple’s iTunes service. These include the Academy Award-nominated Chip an’ Dale, Donald’s Crime, Lend a Paw, Pluto’s Blue Note, and Squatter’s Rights.

Real CARS cars

New pictures of the “real world life-sized models of hotshot rookie racecar Lightning McQueen, Sally Carrera, and a special truck inspired by the character Mack” can be seen at o-meon.

All new Mac and Bloo

Cartoon Network’s Emmy-winning Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends will launch all-new episodes starting Friday night, April 28, at 7 p.m., with an encore airing at 10 p.m. Information on the next four new episodes can be read here:

Become an animated judge in the Animex Student Animation Awards

The following is a press release on the Animex Student Animation Awards special public choice award, in which everyone is invited to cast a vote:

Mundos Digitales 2006

The following is a press release on Mundos Digitales, an International Festival of Animation, Fx and Videogames, which will be held July 1-8 this year in Spain:

AWN's shorts review

Checking in with their periodic review of animated shorts, which often go unnoticed in favor of features, Animation World Network looks at Dragon, The Love Train, A Plan, Stasis, and Vaudeville. A QuickTime clip of each is provided.

High def animated films on TV

Animation fans with high definition televisions are in luck, with two films being shown in the format over the next few weeks. {{link HBO-HD}} is airing Fox/Blue Sky’s \\Robots\\ until April 29th, including tonight. {{link HDNet Movies}} premieres \\The Triplets of Belleville\\ tonight, running until May 11th.

So this is love: Romantic Disney postage stamps

As we {{link reported earlier}}, available nationwide beginning April 22 the third series of official US postage stamps featuring Disney characters will focus on the theme of romance. Characters spotlighted include Cinderella and Prince Charming, Belle and the Beast, Lady and the Tramp, and, of course, Mickey and Minnie. View the press release at […]

Cars merchandising kicks into high gear

Animated News reader Dave has sent us some photos of Canadian Cars toys:

\\Ice Age 2\\ tops \\The Wild\\ opening

According to {{link Box Office Mojo}} estimates, \\The Wild\\ finished in fourth place in its opening weekend with a lower than expected $9.6 million. \\Ice Age: The Meltdown\\ continues to heat up the box office, bringing in an additional $20 million in its third weekend. So far the film has racked up $147 million.

Bassett talks about \\The Robinsons\\

Angela Bassett spoke with {{link}} about her role in Disney’s upcoming \\Meet The Robinsons\\. “I’m little Robinson’s foster mother and trying to know him, and love him. He’s a different little kid and I’m trying to find talent for him and trying to keep his spirit up…”

Pencils to Pixels to Prominence

The following is a press release regarding a special panel discussion entitled “The Indian Animation Industry: Pencils to Pixels to Prominence” to be held this coming Saturday, April 22, as part of the 2006 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.

Trailer: Meet the Robinsons

Nearly a year before the film’s release, the teaser trailer for Walt Disney Pictures’ Meet the Robinsons has debuted online. Also, be sure to check out Robinsons’ section at the official Walt Disney Pictures homepage, where, by the movement of a mouse, one may view the many expressions of Bowler Hat Guy. Thanks to “PatrickvD” […]

High-res cover artwork for Leroy & Stitch

To their cover art gallery, Ultimate Disney has added high-res artwork for Disney’s Leroy & Stitch. The conclusion to Lilo & Stitch: The Series will be released in stores on June 27.

Watershipped Rabbits And Plagued Dogs: The Animated World Of Richard Adams

The Wide Wide World Of Toons heads on over to England for a pair of animated adaptations of author Richard Adams’ work, newly released on DVD in Australia.