Month: September 2006

Study focuses on animation for the hearing impaired

Reading instruction is often delayed for deaf children, thus cancelling the option for traditional textbooks. Furthermore, the students may not be able to take advantage of such items as television and dinner table conversation, while their parents may not be fluent enough in sign language to teach math. Hence, at Purdue University, two professors are […]

Rumor mill: Fox and the Hound 2, Little Mermaid III casts

A slew of new possibly-true cast information has been added to Wikipedia, regarding two future Disney sequels. For The Fox and the Hound 2, the site now lists such actors as Ian McShane (Amos Slade), Eartha Kitt (Big Mama), John Goodman (Dinkey), Raven Symone (Vixey), Peter Cullen (Ger the Raccoon), Jim Cummings (Ceil the Raccoon, […]

Completed Christmas

Renegade Animation has completed principal animation on its latest feature, Christmas Is Here Again, writes Broadcast Newsroom. Formerly titled Who Stole Santa’s Sack?, the film features the voices of Kathy Bates, Ed Asner, Shirley Jones, Andy Griffith, Norm Macdonald, Brad Garrett, Colin Ford and Daniel Roebuck, with narration by Jay Leno. Newcomer Madison Davenport stars […]

Class to soon be in session

Multichannel writes that on October 27th, at 7pm, Cartoon Network will air a “mockumentary,” Sunny Bridges: From Bankhead to Buckhead, dealing with the title star of its upcoming series, Class of 3000. One week later, the show itself, from Outkast member Andre “3000” Benjamin and Romeo! creator Tom Lynch, will debut at 8pm, preceded by […]

\\Surf's Up\\ trailer online

A trailer for Columbia/Sony Pictures Animation’s \\Surf’s Up\\ is now available online. Quicktime Low, Medium, High, HD, and iPod versions are available at the {{link Apple Movie Trailer site}}, while a PSP version is online (for Windows users only) at the {{link Sony Pictures site}}. The trailer is done in a documentary style […]

Thief & the Cobbler coming to DVD

DVD Active has learned that The Thief & the Cobbler will arrive on DVD this November 21st. As the article notes, fans of the film may remember it with another title, such as The Princess and the Cobbler, Arabian Knight, The Amazing Nasruddin, The Majestic Fool or The Thief Who Never Gave Up. At this […]

\\Open Season\\ opens

Sony’s \\{{link Open Season}}\\ opens today at 3,833 theatres according to {{link Box Office Mojo}}. The film has fared poorly with the critics, garnering only a 38% rating at {{link Rotten Tomatoes}} where the critical consensus seems to be that “\\Open Season\\ is a cliched palette of tired jokes and CG animal […]

Animation Guild discusses Where the Girls Aren't

{{Link Animation Nation}} is {{link;f=1;t=011742 discussing}} an upcoming event sponsored by {{link The Animation Guild}} and {{Link See Jane}} concerning the paucity of women in the field. “Animation Guild statistics show that only 16% of people working in creative or rendering jobs in animation are women”. The panel discussion, called “Where […]

\\Occult Crimes Taskforce\\ to hit big screen

{{link Dark Horizons}} reports that Dimension Films has acquired the movie rights to the comic \\O.C.T.: Occult Crimes Taskforce\\. Actress Rosario Dawson, the co-creator and co-writer of the comic with David Atchison and Tony Shasteen, is slated to produce and star as a “New York City police detective who, after stumbling upon a gruesome […]

Volckman talks \\Renaissance\\

{{link}} has an exclusive interview with \\Renaissance\\ director Christian Volckman. He talks about the unique animated look (“It’s all motion capture, and then the backgrounds are 3-D or matte paintings, but the whole of it is CGI”), his influences (\\Ghost in the Shell\\ or \\Akira\\. A lot of Manga stuff, Miyazaki, of course”), […]

Open Season roundup #3

Continuing its coverage of Open Season, SCI FI Wire offers another part of its conversation with actors Martin Lawrence and Debra Messing. This time, the pair discuss finding their inner bears, as their vocal roles called for the animal’s roar. In the meantime, Open Season co-director Jill Culton speaks with The Los Angeles Times about […]

\\Dungeons & Dragons\\ coming to DVD

\\Dungeons & Dragons\\ The Complete Series will be released on DVD December 5th according to BCI, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation which has obtained the DVD rights to the original 1983 animated series. The five-disc boxed set will feature all 27 episodes for a suggested retail price of $54.98. The show is based on […]

The Wild keeps first place for second week

The Wild retained the top spot on the national DVD sales chart, for the week ending September 24th. Debuting in a respectable third place was Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses, the first Barbie title from Universal instead of Lionsgate. Interestingly, the direct-to-video movie sold nearly 500,000 units – 15% more than the franchise’s previous […]

Happy Feet TV spots

Three television spots [1, 2, 3] for the computer-animated musical Happy Feet are availabe to view at iKlipz. The film itself will be available to view in theaters nationwide on November 17th.

Cars DVD screen shots

Ultimate Disney now has eleven screen captures from the upcoming DVD for Disney/Pixar’s Cars, including storyboards from deleted scenes and a first look at the new short Mater and The Ghostlight.

Animex Student Animation Awards last call for entries

From visual effects to architectural visualisation, computer games art to 3d computer animation, the {{link Animex Student Animation Awards}} once again invites students from around the world to submit their work. You’ll need to hurry up though – they have issued a last call for entries. The deadline is October 1st. For more information […]

Jackman's kids finally get to see Daddy's work

Hugh Jackman talks about one of the benefits of making animated films with {{link,,20472402-7485,00.html?from=public_rss}}. “It is great to finally have something that my kids can see,” the father of two children, Oscar and Ava, stated. “Oscar has never seen any of my movies”. Jackman will voice the role of Roddy in DreamWorks/Aardman’s \\Flushed […]

\\Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles\\ wins Best Animated Sci-Fi Feature award

\\{{link Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles}}\\ won the Best Animated Sci-Fi Feature Award at the {{link 2006 International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival}}. President and CEO of {{link FUNimation}} Gen Fukunaga said “This is an exciting award for \\Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles\\. It is a series that has a tremendous fan following, and […]

DreamWorks on the rise

After an analyst upgrade, shares of DreamWorks Animation stock rose yesterday, according to the {{link Associated Press}}. Sanders Morris Harris Group analyst David W. Miller upgraded the company’s stock from”Hold” to “Buy” stating that the price was “too compelling to ignore”. Saying that “investors should now concentrate on 2007”, Miller pointed to several items […]

Candlewick Press releases Moongirl DVD gift set

Candlewick Press announces Moongirl: The Collector’s Edition Book and DVD Gift Set. Directed by Henry Selick, the short film was involved in a limited theatrical release last year, allowing it to win a Special Jury Prize for “Best Short Film Made for Children” at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Furthermore, this computer animated “new lunar […]

A Day with Wilbur Robinson reissued

William Joyce’s classic picture book A Day with Wilbur Robinson has recently been reissued, as reveals. The move comes in preparation for the release of its animated adaptation, Disney’s Meet the Robinsons. In fact, the new cover of the book includes an advertisement for the film.

Open Season clips, music video

Yahoo! Movies now sports six scenes from Open Season, opening in theaters this Friday. In the meantime, AOL Music allows visitors to view Deathray’s music video for the animated animal picture, with the song “I Wanna Lose Control (Uh Oh).”

Pre-order The Official Luxology modo Guide

Course Technology PTR and Charles River Media have teamed together to bring animation enthusiasts The Official Luxology modo Guide. The publication “provides product designers, graphics artists, architects, and game developers with an A-Z tutorial for tapping into the phenomenal creativity of the modo 3D software.” Scheduled for an October 3rd release, The Official Luxology modo […]

Open Season roundup #2

In promotion of their latest film, Open Season, Martin Lawrence and Debra Messing speak with SCI FI Wire and Coming Soon about their experiences in voicing animated characters. SCI FI Wire also chats with co-director Jill Culton, producer Michelle Murdocca, character setup supervisor Michael Ford and supervising animator Chris Hurtt, regarding the “squash and stretch” […]

U.S. weekend box office actuals: September 22-24, 2006

Courtesy of Box Office Mojo: 5) Everyone’s Hero with $4,690,466, averaging $1,618 over 2,898 theaters ($11,534,837 total; 2nd week) 14) Barnyard with $1,303,545, averaging $1,081 over 1,205 theaters ($70,706,226 total; 8th week) 24) Monster House with $365,488, averaging $1,206 over 303 theaters ($72,314,890 total; 10th week) 26) Cars with $318,716, averaging $887 over 359 theaters […]

Happy Feet posters, game and merchandise

From Warner Bros. Pictures, Coming Soon has acquired four character banners to promote this November’s Happy Feet. Simultaneously, a “Tap ‘N’ Match” online game has been launched at the movie’s official website. In the meantime, is already offering a slew of Happy Feet merchandise, including books and plush toys.

Artwork arrives for Pinky and the Brain, Volume 2

The rear artwork for the second DVD volume of Pinky and the Brain has been posted at TV Shows on DVD. The 4-disc set will make its store introduction on December 5th.

Shrek the Third poster

The Internet Movie Poster Awards has landed the poster for DreamWorks’ Shrek the Third. Along with a group of familiar fairy tale faces, the one-sheet features a Shrek-eared ‘3’. The third chapter in the Shrek saga will enter theaters on May 18, 2007.

Weta to bring Silver Surfer to silver screen

The Hollywood Reporter via Coming Soon indicates that Academy Award-winning visual effects house Weta Digital will craft the special effects for 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer. With motion-capture technology, the liquid-metal hero will be brought to life through character actor Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy). However, the voice of the […]

Cartoon Network Halloween Treats

Following is an official schedule from Cartoon Network regarding their Halloween-related animated offerings for next month: