Month: August 2006

Not the 'hood, The 'Wood

Following is the full press release from Starz Entertainment LLC regarding the second set of their animated shorts series, The ‘Wood, “that pays homage to the unique characters that make up Hollywood,” including a link to its preview hosted at YouTube:

Update on Meet the Robinsons

The Animation Guild Blog provides the lowdown on recent happenings with Meet the Robinsons, especially regarding working conditions for the feature’s production. The piece also notes that upon its release, Robinsons will be paired with a classic Disney short. This move is reportedly unlike the one to be used with fellow upcoming features American Dog, […]

Red Defender out for blood

The Advertising Council is teaming with America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross on a series of public service announcements for their Bloodsaves campaign. Reminding viewers that “just one pint of blood can save up to three lives,” the ads feature a new humorous hero, The Red Defender, from Saturday Night Live animator J.J. […]

Bozo, Stooges, Marvel heroes act like babies

Jim Hill Media alerts of the interesting plans in store for some well-known comedic and heroic faces. In the spirit of Muppet Babies, Disney Babies and Baby Looney Tunes, properties such as The Baby Stooges, Bozo’s Clown Babies, Bozoo Animals, Bratz Babyz, and Marvel Babies are on the way to a crib near you.

Shorts International brings new films to iTunes

Shorts International has brought 10 more animated shorts to the iTunes Music Store, in an effort to showcase the “power of imagination, artistry and technology.” The list of films features such titles as Smile, Butterfly, The Freak, The Mantis Parable, The Unsteady Chough and Oola Oop L’eau De Ohh! The lineup also contains projects honored […]

Unshown Cinema to be shown in September

Cartoon Brew reminds that Unshown Cinema: The Animated Films That Got Away will be screening in Los Angeles this September 22 – 24 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. The event comes courtesy of American Cinematheque and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Having failed to receive commercial […]

Open Season IMAX trailer

The official online home of IMAX theaters is now displaying the trailer for its special 3D presentation of Open Season. The Season will begin in cinemas nationwide on September 29th.

Barbie joins Princesses for latest animated venture

PR Newswire at SYS-CON Media posts the press release for Barbie’s latest direct-to-video title, Barbie in The 12 Dancing Princesses. From Universal Studios Home Entertainment, this CGI movie features choreography from the New York City Ballet. The 12 Dancing Princesses will enter stores on September 19th.

U.S. weekend box office actuals: August 25–27, 2006

Courtesy of Box Office Mojo: 10) Barnyard with $5,652,932, averaging $1,882 over 3,003 theaters ($54,930,100 total; 4th week) 16) Monster House with $1,141,933, averaging $1,260 over 906 theaters ($69,368,839 total; 6th week) 22) Cars with $734,162, averaging $1,382 over 531 theaters ($240,555,222 total; 12th week) 25) The Ant Bully with $559,907, averaging $1,087 over 515 […]

Hood and Jefferson take First Flight

The Desert Sun has a behind-the-scenes look at DreamWorks’ animated short First Flight. With three years and 80 employees, Cameron Hood and Kyle Jefferson directed the film. Their efforts were rewarded last May, when First Flight flew into 500 theaters, attached to fellow DreamWorks project Over the Hedge.

Veiwers vote on best and worst commercials

Noticed by Broadcast Newsroom, voters at recently voiced their opinions regarding the best and worst commercials of the year. Unfortunately for Digger the Dermatophyte, his Lamisil ad, seen at Slate, fell into the latter category. On the opposite side of the spectrum, however, commercials from the California Milk Advisory Board for Real California Cheese […]

Floyd Norman: Walt Disney's 10th Old Man

Though he prefers to be called a “cartoonist,” few other artists working in animation today can boast a career as diverse as that of Floyd Norman. From Sleeping Beauty and The Jungle Book to Monsters Inc., with stops along the way that included nearly ten years of creating the daily Mickey Mouse comic strip, The […]

Traditional animation alive in independent projects

Yahoo! News looks at the current state of traditional animation in both domestic and overseas fronts. The piece particularly focuses on Miracle Studios in Polk, Wisconsin. Currently employing 12 animators, the company is the branchild of Tom Hignite, hoping to complete an animated movie from the profits made by a book based on Miracle’s trademark […]

Nightmare to receive 2-disc sountrack this October

In conjunction with the October 20th re-release of The Nightmare Before Christmas, a 2-disc sountrack for the film will enter stores on October 24th. While the first disc of the set offers Danny Elfman’s music directly from Nightmare, the second disc will present covers of movie’s popular songs. Artists in the lineup include: Fall Out […]

NBC properties have Big Idea

The Nashville Business Journal reports that starting Saturday, September 9th, NBC and Telemundo will host the Big Idea series VeggieTales, 3-2-1 Penguins, and Larry Boy – The Cartoon Adventures. Likewise, the I Network, formerly known as PAX, will carry the series, beginning Friday, September 15th.

Hussein "tormented" by animated self

According to The Sun via IBN Live, the U.S. Marines guarding Saddam Hussein are punishing the former Iraqi dictator with himself – sort of. Apparently, Hussein is being treated to repeated screenings of his mock appearance in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. South Park‘s co-creator, Matt Stone, is reported as saying at the Edinburgh […]

Images: Happy Feet, Flushed Away, Disney Animation Fall Launch Party

The latest pictures from Happy Feet are available for one’s viewing pleasure at, while IGN FilmForce has a flurry of new shots from Flushed Away. Also, photos from The Walt Disney Animation Fall Launch Party, held last night in Los Angeles, may be found at Yahoo! News.

Edgar & Ellen coming to Nicktoons Network

Through a press release at Yahoo! Finance, word spreads that Edgar & Ellen is coming to Nicktoons Network, in six new half-hour specials. The first of the episodes, “Accept No Substitutes,” will debut this Saturday, September 2, at 8:30pm, with a preview of the special now showing at the official websites of Edgar & Ellen […]

Disney New Release Tuesday: Brother Bear 2

Today marks the release of Brother Bear 2, direct-to-video sequel to Disney’s Brother Bear from 2003, which was one of their last hand-drawn theatrical features . . . for the time being. The official site features an eight-minute preview while Ultimate Disney offers an in-depth review. Following are ten screen shots from the film and […]

SMILE on iTunes

In a breakthrough for short film distribution Chris Mais’ animated student short SMILE, the runaway crowd favorite at last Thursday night’s Animation Showcase for the Newport Beach Film Festival, has been made available at Apple’s iTunes online audio/video store. The film is CGI and utilizes motion capture technology and a musical score provided by a […]

Mickey's Clubhouse to expand this September

Once confined to weekends, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse will soon move to weekdays. The Playhouse Disney series’ transition to a daily format will occur on September 18th, says Multichannel News. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’s new schedule will be marked by a week-long programming event, with each day’s episode focusing on one of Mickey’s friends. A new adventure […]

Four-year-old Scott to meet Disney princesses

The Rochdale Observer notes the touching tale of four-year-old Ella Scott, born with two holes in her heart, who has won a trip to see Disney on Ice’s Princess Classics. The prize likewise comes with Scott getting to meet the princesses: Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Belle, Mulan and Snow White.

Iger meets with Imagineering vets; Enchanted update

Jim Hill Media writes of a luncheon Disney CEO Bob Iger recently shared with three Imagineering veterans at the Team Disney building. The purpose of the meeting was for Iger to learn more about the managerial methods of Walt Disney, in addition to discussing how improvements could be made to California Adventure. Furthermore, the composition […]

MacPherson on Disney DVDs; Cover artwork for Disney's Princess, Dogs

Speaking to Video Business Online, Lori MacPherson, general manager of North America for Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment, lends some insight into Disney’s DVD plans for the remainder of 2006. Animation-related DVDs noticed include The Little Mermaid and Cars, as well as next year’s Tinker Bell and the Ring of Belief. In the meantime, Ultimate […]

Transformers: Aramada – Season 1, Part 2 delayed

TV Shows on DVD reports that the release of Transformers: Armada – Season 1, Part 2 has been delayed one week. Once scheduled for September 26th, the DVD set will hit stores on October 3rd.

Radomski talks Shaggy & Scooby-Doo

Newsarama relays the info Eric Radomski provides about his upcoming series, Shaggy & Scooby-Doo: Get A Clue. The article explains the show’s premise, noting that Fred, Daphne, Velma, and the original Mystery Machine will only occasionally appear. Sporting a new look for its title characters, Shaggy & Scooby-Doo will premiere in the Kids’ WB lineup, […]

Make a cartoon

Lifehacker points to a fun, easy way for younger animation enthusiasts to create their own animated shorts. Instructables has the instructions, which call for a whiteboard, a USB camera, a computer, and free software.

Hip-hop's Williams calls animated films "life-altering"

According to Contact Music, hip-hop star Pharrell Williams, producer of hits for Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg and Nelly, has admitted his love for animation. Williams commented, “I’m always watching Disney cartoons: Bambi, Snow White, The Incredibles and Toy Story. It’s life-altering, that [stuff]. I’m a Cartoon Network fan. And Boomerang. That’s the throwback […]

Spongebob Squarepants: Creature from the Krusty Krab preview

IGN offers a sneak peek at one of THQ’s introductory Wii projects, Spongebob Squarepants: Creature from the Krusty Krab. The preview particularly examines the platforming portions of the game, presenting video footage and screenshots.

Spotlight on Mike Gerard

The Sierra Vista Herald notices animator Mike Gerard, who is currently enjoying life as an Arizona Ranger and a federal officer with Transportation Security Administration. A graduate from the California Institute of the Arts, Gerard’s credits include: Beauty and the Beast, Mickey’s the Prince & the Pauper, The Simpsons, Tiny Toon Adventures, Angry Beavers, Animaniacs, […]