Month: November 2006

Dead Man's Chest menu screens

Following are seven shots of the menu screens from the 2-disc Special Edition of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest DVD due out next Tuesday, December 5. Be to sure look for at least four Easter eggs.

The Happy Elf on Starz

The following is a promotional image with information relating to this Saturday’s broadcast of The Happy Elf on the Starz Kids & Family network:

Roy Disney talks True-Life Adventures

Coming Soon summarizes the creation and impact of Walt Disney’s True-Life Adventures, using thoughts from Roy Disney. Among the memories he relays, Mr. Disney recognizes the award-winning documentaries’ long journey toward a DVD debut, as True-Life Adventures will finally be released this December 5.

Kung Fu Panda to attack on new date

As part of its “Random Spiel,” Dark Horizons indicates that DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda has been rescheduled for June 6th 2008. The funny flick was originally planned to battle the Wachowski brother’s adaptation of Speed Racer on that year’s Memorial Day weekend.

Invincible Iron Man trailer, pics

A brand-new trailer for next January’s The Invincible Iron Man has been added to the official Marvel website. Four screenshots from the direct-to-video animated adventure are likewise displayed at the site.

Open Season DVD details

DVD Active brings the lowdown on the DVD release of Sony Pictures Animation’s fall hit Open Season. “Extras will include a filmmaker audio commentary, deleted scenes, a Voices Behind the Stars featurette, a Swept Away scene deconstruction, an Inside the Animals Studio feature, an “I Wanna Lose Control” music video, interactive games, and more.” Open […]

Teen Titans 2 now available for Nintendo systems

Fans of the hit Cartoon Network series and DC Comics franchise may now experience Teen Titans 2, available for the GameBoy Advance and DS handheld systems. SCI FI Wire observes the game, collecting the views of Joe McHale, producer for Teen Titans.

Tintin not forgotten by Amblin reports that a long discussed, never-yet-realized Tintin film series may still eventually see the light of day. “A few years back, news of Amblin Entertainment’s reacquisition to the rights for the famous Tintin comic series created quite a stir online, yet recently, news of plans for the series had grown absolutely cold. While he […]

Disney’s Adventures Of The Gummi Bears: Volume One, Seasons 1–3

Disney’s candy-colored bears return to the screen in their first three seasons. Despite poor image quality, it’s a fun return to visit to Gummi Glen…

Arthur and the voice cast additions

More casting information has been released regarding Luc Besson’s Arthur and the Invisibles, writes Coming Soon. Joining Freddie Highmore, Madonna, Snoop Dogg and David Bowie for the computer animated adventure are Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Anthony Anderson, Chazz Palminteri, Jason Bateman, Jimmy Fallon and Mia Farrow. In other Arthur news, the Internet Movie Poster […]

U.S. weekend box office actuals: November 24–26, 2006

Courtesy of Box Office Mojo: 1) Happy Feet with $37,038,046, averaging $9,736 over 3,804 theaters ($99,256,766 total; 2nd week) 7) Flushed Away with $5,756,455, averaging $2,196 over 2,621 theaters ($57,266,350 total; 4th week) 28) Open Season with $169,254, averaging $821 over 206 theaters ($84,194,583 total; 9th week) 42) The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3-D with […]

More about Miller and his Happy Feet

LA Weekly looks at the directorial career of George Miller, who helmed the box office hit Happy Feet. The article acknowledges the dark territory Feet sometimes takes its audience. In answer to this observation, Miller explains, “I wanted to push him [the main character, Mumble] to the limit, to that point where he fell into […]

Cars, Ice Age, Over the Hedge among People's Choice nominees

Some of this year’s most successful animated films are among the nominees for the upcoming People’s Choice Awards. In fact, all three nominees for “Favorite Family Movie” are animated: Cars, Ice Age: The Meltdown and Over the Hedge. Cars also scored a nomination for “Favorite Movie.” In addition, the music of the Pixar pic will […]

Primetime animation on the rise

Pointing to the success of The Simpsons and Family Guy, Variety breaks down why networks are eager for more animation in primetime, despite any risk the venture might bring. Series currently in the works for older audiences include Aardman Animations’ Creature Comforts and the Robert Smigel/Happy Madison production Animals.

Dick Van Dyke enjoys animation hobby

According to Contact Music, Dick Van Dyke is fascinated by animation – and has the studio to prove it. “It started out as a hobby about 15 years ago when they first came out with a little machine that would actually do animation. I’ve been doing it ever since and now I have a room […]

Buena Vista Pictures asks "For Your Consideration"

Buena Vista Pictures has opened its yearly “For Your Consideration” site. This time around, the studio is marketing Cars, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, The Prestige, Déjà Vu and Apocalypto for the award season.

Nick Park talks Wallace, Gromit, and Aardman

An extended vodcast edition of Melvyn Bragg’s interview with Aardman animator Nick Park, {{link broadcast Sunday evening}} on the UK’s South Bank Show is now available on the ITV {{link South Bank webpage}}. The free 20-minute special will remain the highlighted episode for one week and can be played in regular iTunes players.

Smurfs features find inspiration in TV series, Lord of the Rings

From producer Jordan Kerner, Moviehole has the latest information regarding the upcoming computer-animated Smurfs movie trilogy. “Having seen all 234 episodes of the show, numerous times, Herb Ratner and I have been working really hard at looking where all the holes were in the episodes – ya’know, like all of a sudden another woman appears, […]

TV to DVD: Voltron, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends

Hosted by TV Shows on DVD, new photos from the extras of Voltron – Volume 2: Yellow Lion are now online. The DVD set will make its way into stores on December 12. In the meantime, the cover artwork for Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends – Season 1 has been updated, along with the DVD […]

Cartoon Network gets Re-Animated with live-action

In the article “Cartoon Comes Alive,” Multichannel News notices the Cartoon Network original movie Re-Animated, airing December 3. The essay particularly observes the live-action content of the film, while also explaining the gradual shift Cartoon Network is taking in its programming. Nonetheless, the channel’s president, Jim Samples, assures viewers that his network will remain dedicated […]

Wallace & Gromit honored with children's BAFTA

Over the weekend, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit was honored with another award, being named best feature film at the children’s British Academy Film and Television Awards. The Telegraph records that the film beat The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire […]

Cars car mockups

Upcoming Pixar has discovered some unique pictures of cars, as the vehicles have been tailored to mimic the stars of Disney/Pixar’s Cars. The Aston Martin, Dodge Viper and Ford Thames are just some of the rides receiving the mockup treatment at the interestingly named Monster Monster.

Sony to take stake in FrameFlow?

The Hindu Business Line writes that the Sony Corporation of America may soon have a 51% stake in FrameFlow India Pvt Ltd. Employing 70 visual effects artists, the Chennai-based animation and special effects company recently worked with Sony on the Adam Sandler comedy Click.

Flushed Away character posters

The Internet Movie Poster Awards displays four character banners (Roddy and Rita, The Toad, Spike, Le Frog) for Flushed Away. Proudly proclaiming various puns, the poster set comes from the U.K., where the most recent DreamWorks/Aardman collaboration will be making its debut this Friday.

Robin Hood DVD grab bag #3

Following are six images from the concept art and promotional images bonus feature on tomorrow’s release of Disney’s Robin Hood: The Most Wanted Edition to DVD.

Aardman "Bragg"s about Flushed Away tonight on UK TV

As Flushed Away gears up for its debut in UK cinemas, a specially animated Plasticine Melvyn Bragg introduces tonight’s South Bank Show profile of Aardman Animation’s Nick Park, whose small and big-screen hits include Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run and Creature Comforts, examining the filmmaker’s stringent working practices and asking why the studio has been […]


For those who can’t wait for The Simpsons Movie and can transport themselves to the master planned community of Irvine in Orange County Machomer, a one man play performed by Rick Miller acting out William Shakespeare’s MacBeth utilizing characters from long-running television animated comedy The Simpsons, is running today and tomorrow at the Irvine Barclay […]

Robin Hood DVD grab bag #2

From next Tuesday’s DVD release of Disney’s Robin Hood: The Most Wanted Edition comes four screen shots from a proposed alternate ending to the classic film:

101 Dalmatians, AristoCats DVD release dates found?

From an anonymous source, Ultimate Disney has learned that the two-disc Platinum Edition DVD for One Hundred and One Dalmatians is scheduled for October 2008. As the site notes, this latest word contradicts an earlier report from Australia that claimed Pinocchio and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as the two Platinum releases for 2008. […]

Happy Feet roundup #3

Yahoo! Movies/FilmStew takes an extended look behind the scenes of Happy Feet, with director George Miller weighing in on the movie’s making. Concurrently, Miller speaks to JoBlo about his penguin picture. In the meantime, it appears that not everyone is happy with Happy Feet, as Media Matters provides a rundown of why numerous political commentators […]