Month: May 2006 – page 3

The formula for the winning Hedge

Over the Hedge director Tim Johnson learned a few tricks from a big, green ogre. The Toronto Sun reports that the Shrek movies have set the standard for DreamWorks animation and left ogre-size shoes for its latest endeavor to fill. “There are a lot of fun things in Over the Hedge that kids will relate […]

The scoop from the coupe

As the countdown continues to the grand opening of the showroom floor and Cars comes rolling out of the shop, Disney Insider has look in the shop. Bonnie Hunt, the voice behind the wheel of a Porsche named Sally, talks about her relationship with Pixar and the pit crew that fine tuned this vehicle. Meanwhile, […]

LDI develops motion capture alternative

A new alternative to motion capture technology has been put into production by LookAhead Decisions Incorporated reports Business Wire. ActiveMotion generates realistic motion in any environment and for any multi-articulate character by combining a physics simulator with artificial intelligence producing billions of possible movement combinations. The process uses 10% of the production costs and time […]

Cars soundtrack pre-order and podcasts on iTunes

The official soundtrack for Disney/Pixar’s Cars is now available for preorder on Apple’s iTunes.. “Pre-order Cars from iTunes and get a Rascal Flatts track immediately plus a bonus digital booklet and music video when the album is released June 6th.” Available now are five video podcasts on Cars. “Take a ride behind the scenes and […]

Mary Poppins AMPAS screening

Walt Disney’s live action/animation hybrid spectacular Mary Poppins will be screened at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Monday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. The film is being recognized by the Academy for its multiple Oscar nominations including Best Picture. View the Academy’s official page for this event for […]

Disney new release Tuesday: It's a Small World of Fun

Today marks the release of It’s a Small World of Fun, two volumes of animated shorts from Disney focusing on different regions around the world. While many of the shorts are available on other DVDs volume 1 contains a brand new short set in Japan entitled Grievance of a Starmaker. An in-depth review of volume […]

Lasseter and Iger on Pixar and Disney

Through CNN Money, Fortune presents two noteworthy articles, focusing on Disney’s acquisition of Pixar. In the first piece, “How Disney knew it needed Pixar,” Disney CEO Bob Iger explains why he felt the $7.4 billion purchase was necessary. Meanwhile, in “Pixar’s magic man,” John Lasseter refers to his career history while also examining what he […]

Four new projects enter CORE of CGI

CGCHAR reports that CORE Digital Pictures, the studio behind Walt Disney Pictures’ The Wild, is on a quest for box office success as it develops four in-house computer animated projects. While the movies’ plots are unknown at this time, the first of the films will likely hit theaters by 2010. Responding to worries that the […]

Latest word on animated "super-projects"

The Journal Gazette, via, gives the lowdown on where recent and upcoming superhero-themed animated undertakings currently stand. Titles include The Fantastic Four, Teen Titans, Ultimate Avengers, Iron Man, The Batman, The Legion of Superheroes, and Justice League.

Press releases: Brother Bear 2, Curious George TV series

A Reuters press release for Brother Bear 2 has been set up at Yahoo! News. The announcement notices the film’s cast, including Melissa Etheridge, who penned three original songs for the sequel. Toward the end of the composition, it is revealed that the new Playhouse Disney series Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is getting its first DTV […]

Enchanted actress courts Underdog

Oscar-nominated actress Amy Adams has enlisted in the cast of Disney/Spyglass’ Underdog, taking on the leading female role. The news comes courtesy of Variety, via Coming Soon. Underdog will fly into theaters on August 3, 2007, shortly before Disney’s November 3rd release of Enchanted, also starring Adams.

"Over the Headlines"

Set to enter theaters nationwide this Friday, Over the Hedge continues its promotional push, finding itself as the subject of numerous articles. Sci Fi Wire, for instance, presents three different pieces on the film, speaking with co-directors Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick, Garry Shandling, and Bruce Willis. Likewise, Willis also speaks to The Winnipeg Sun […]

Time previews Cars, interviews John Lasseter

Calling the movie an “instant classic,” Richard Corliss of Time Magazine looks at Disney/Pixar’s Cars, in addition to interviewing John Lasseter. Interestingly, traditional animation is one subject the director/Chief Creative Officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Feature Animation touches on, stating, “Of all studios that should be doing 2-D animation, it should be Disney.” Lasseter […]

New Flatboy Productions website opens

A new and improved website for Flatboy Productions has opened, offering previews of the company’s work in animation and visual effects. Furthermore, the site showcases a demo for Flatboy, lending insight into the talent the business possesses.

Over the Hedge with animation it-man

DreamWorks Animation it-man Jeff Snow gives his thoughts the company’s latest film. In an interview with The Courier-Journal, Snow talks about his role as the movie’s story department head and what it takes to “cuteify” a story. Over the Hedge hits theaters in the US this Friday.

$10,000 prize up for grabs at animation festival

Federator Studios has teamed up with the Nicktoons Network to launch its third annual animation showcase. The newly renamed Nicktoons Network Animated Festival is accepting entries until May 31st of shorts no longer than 10 minutes in length and a $10,000 grand prize will be awarded to the best judged film reports Digital Animators. Also […]

Cars video game preview; Energizer announcement

IGN showcases four videos from the E3 2006: Nintendo Conference preview of the Cars video game. In other Cars news, an official press release from Energizer Holdings, Inc., posted at Yahoo! Finance, reveals the company’s plans to help promote the anticipated auto pic.

Patrick Dempsey to voice Kenai in Brother Bear 2

Whereas the trailer on the Bambi II DVD featured Jason Marsden (The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride) in the role, Kenai will be voiced by Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey in Brother Bear 2. The character was voiced by Joaquin Phoenix in the first film. In addition to this news, Ultimate Disney has acquired the […]

TV DVD news: Tom & Jerry, Pinky and the Brain, Flintstones, Animaniacs, The Tick

The press release, including cover artwork, for the all-new movie Tom & Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers has been added to DVDtoons. Likewise, TV Shows on DVD has the cover artwork for Pinky and the Brain – Volume 1, Animaniacs – Volume 1, and The Flintstones – The Complete Sixth Season. Speaking of the latter title, […]

Images: Monster House

A few new pictures from Sony Pictures’ Monster House are available at Latino Review. Monster House will open on July 21st.

Hoodwinked succeeds on DVD sales chart

In a close race, Hoodwinked beat The Family Stone to claim the top spot on the DVD sales chart for the week ending May 7. In comparison, The Family Stone collected $60.1 million at the box office, while Hoodwinked earned $51.2 million. On Home Media Retailing’s rental chart, The Family Stone came in first place […]

Vanguard, Nash capture Santa Paws

With Dark Horizons, Variety spreads the word that Vanguard Animation and Nash Entertainment have adopted Santa Paws, an idea from producer Bruce Nash. The pitch regards “a stray dog that accidentally hitches a ride to the North Pole on Santa’s sleigh.” Set to write the script is Damian Dibben, while IDT Entertainment will have rights […]

French Cars premiere report

“Kinoo” in our Animated News forums has posted about his experience at the Grand Première for Cars held in the French Cinémathèque yesterday. In addition to a screening of the film the teaser trailer for Ratatouille and the short One Mand Band were also shown and Kinoo was able to pose an important question to […]

Tarzan's Broadway debut review

The {{link Hollywood Reporter}}’s Frank Scheck has been among the first to review the musical stage adaptation of Disney’s Phil Collins-penned Tarzan animated film, now playing on Broadway. Calling the production “more a theme park attraction than a show, but a spectacularly staged one nonetheless”, while adding that it is “gorgeous and imaginative [and] […]

Gearing up for Cars

Chuck Oberleitner’s o-meon has two recent Cars-related stories, one trying to determine where the Disney/Pixar Cars Road Trip ’06 will be making its appearances, and a press release detailing the quick sellout of all 30,000 seats for the premiere at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Animated News correspondents Mickey and Brandon will be there to report on […]

Over the Hedge development art

Yahoo! Movies has an exclusive page filled with storyboards and concept art for DreamWorks Animation’s Over the Hedge as well as three finished clips from the film. Over the Hedge, featuring the vocal talents of Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Steve Carell, William Shatner, Avril Lavigne, and Wanda Sykes, opens in theaters on May 19.

Superman Returns to DVD for documentary

A new advertisement being sent to video dealers reveals that the two-hour documentary Look, Up In The Sky! The Amazing Story Of Superman is set to receive its TV premiere on June 12, just days before it hits DVD on June 20 to tie in with the release of Superman Returns in theaters on June […]

Disney's quarterly profit rises; Toy Story 3 confirmed

The Walt Disney Company has released its financial results for the second quarter and six months ended April 1, 2006. “Diluted earnings per share (EPS) for the second quarter increased 19% to $0.37, compared to $0.31 in the prior-year quarter. For the six-month period, diluted EPS increased 16% to $0.74, compared to $0.64 in the […]

Pixar culture blending into Disney animation

Reuters and Yahoo! Movies team to tell the effect Pixar may be having on Walt Disney Feature Animation. From the cancellation of DTV projects to the creation of a “brain trust,” Disney’s animation unit is undergoing changes, in an effort for the division to reclaim some of its luster from earlier years. The article likewise […]

Latest word on new X-Men animated series

Comics2Film reports that according to producer Jason Netter, the first group of scripts for the upcoming X-Men animated series is currently being worked on by Greg Johnson. Prior to this job, Johnson helped with X-Men: Evolution, along with writing all four films in Marvel’s recent DTV animated movie line. Netter further noted that the show […]