Month: December 2006 – page 3

Ratatouille website updated

“JV” at the Animated News Forum points out that the official website for Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille has been given a makeover. The site now sports the film’s teaser poster as its background image, while also allowing visitors to download the noted one-sheet.

Remembering A Charlie Brown Christmas

The South Idaho Press notices an editorial titled “Good Grief: It’s Christmas.” From Tom Purcell, the piece examines what exactly makes A Charlie Brown Christmas a classic. As it turns out, ABC will air the Peanuts special a second time this year, on Sunday, December 17.

The year in animation

An overview of how animated movies performed throughout 2006 is offered by the Los Angeles Times, in “Do’s and don’t’s from the year in animation.” From Curious George to Happy Feet, the article reviews what it refers to as “animation saturation.”

Cable Guy gets cable show

Larry the Cable Guy is set to voice an animated incarnation of himself in a new Comedy Central pilot, indicates Coming Soon. Created and written by the Cable Guy, Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow, the show finds Larry as a “misguided but well-intentioned co-owner of a cable TV station. The station’s other owner is a […]

TV to DVD: Curious George, Batman, Teen Titans, Laff-A Lympics

TV Shows on DVD brings readers the cover art for the Curious George compilation of Zoo Night and Other Animal Stories, arriving February 20. Meanwhile, the third seasons of The Batman and Teen Titans will hit April 10, with both sets containing 13 episodes on two discs. Also aiming for April 10 is the 2-disc […]

Viewers get Re-Animated, avoid Year Without a Santa Claus

In a press release at Yahoo! Finance, Cartoon Network announces the success of its latest television feature, Re-Animated, which debuted last Friday evening at 8 p.m. Mixing traditional animation with live-action, the film scored double-digit delivery and ratings gains for its key demographics. Re-Animated also set a record, becoming the network’s highest-rated original movie ever […]

Small World of Fun explored in new volumes

Ultimate Disney has the cover artwork for the fourth and fifth volumes of Walt Disney’s It’s a Small World of Fun! Presenting shorts set around the globe, the DVDs will make their entrance into stores on February 13.

First animation Golden Globe nominations announced

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominations for the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards today. Just established this year is a new category for Best Animated Film. President of the HFPA said, “Animated features have become an important component of the studio lineup so there was an overwhelming consensus that this new category be […]

Shrek the Third trailer footage

Before its trailer hits online tomorrow, Shrek the Third was previewed on the television news program Extra. The Movie Box directs to a clip captured from the show’s sneak peek of the ogre’s second sequel.

Underdog revealed

By posting the film’s teaser poster, Ain’t It Cool News provides a first look at the title character of Underdog, Disney’s live-action adaptation of the 60’s cartoon. The site also hosts a screen capture from the movie, revealing the high-flying canine, voiced by Jason Lee, in action.

RIP, Peter Boyle

At the age of 71, Peter Boyle died Tuesday evening, at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His death came as the result of multiple myeloma and heart disease. Boyle was arguably best known for his Emmy-winning role as father Frank Barone in the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005). Earlier, the actor’s popularity had risen due to […]

Nickelodeon keeps focus on animation

Through American Digital Networks, Nickelodeon provides an official press release for its 2007/08 lineup, set to include 125 brand-new Nicktoons episodes. Joining all-new adventures of Spongebob Squarepants will be El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera and Tak and the Power of Juju. In addition, Nick’s schedule will include an animated offering from Saturday Night […]

Babe 3 to be CGI?

While promoting his most recent venture, Happy Feet, George Miller told Moviehole that a third Babe adventure is definitely being considered. However, the “gallant pig” might look a little different in his next tale. Coming Soon writes, “Miller said its quite likely that the film will be done different – whether that be complete CGI, […]

ILM on Eragon's Saphira

For The Washington Post, Glen McIntosh, animation director at Industrial Light & Magic, explains the reasoning behind the appearance of Eragon’s dragon star, Saphira. For instance, he and his visual effects crew of around 200 people drew inspiration from the look and movements of lions, eagles, snakes and dinosaurs.

For your consideration…

Oscar Watch has collected a wide assortment of “For Your Consideration” advertisements, taken from Variety. Campaigning for Oscar gold through these ads are Arthur & the Invisibles, Cars, Curious George, Flushed Away, Happy Feet, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Monster House, Over the Hedge and Paprika.

Happily N'Ever After clip

Supplied by Lionsgate, a scene from Happily N’Ever After is now up at Coming Soon. The clip presents a prince, voiced by Patrick Warburton, in the midst of a comedic chase.

Animation test for Where the Wild Things Are

Sea of Waking Dreams points to an interesting artifact: an animation test from 1983, for Where the Wild Things Are. Directed by John Lasseter, the sample blends computer-animated backgrounds with hand-drawn characters.

U.S. weekend box office actuals: December 8–10, 2006

Courtesy of Box Office Mojo: 2) Happy Feet with $12,904,413, averaging $3,535 over 3,650 theaters ($137,932,841 total; 4th week) 16) Flushed Away with $835,368, averaging $797 over 1,048 theaters ($61,214,583 total; 6th week) 48) The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3-D with $27,676, averaging $4,612 over 6 theaters ($8,579,257 total; 8th week) 89) Romeo & Juliet: […]

Once Upon A Time…; Peter Pan specs…what's up with that?

Well, we’re a week in and it’s time to get the ball rolling on some daily updates…

Third Simpsons teaser trailer

The third teaser trailer for The Simpsons Movie has been placed at With the same beginning as the second teaser, this latest spot shows the humorous antics of Homer’s home improvement.

Interview: Pixar's Sanjay Patel

Upcoming Pixar points to The San Francisco Chronicle, where E-Ville Press artist and Pixar employee Sanjay Patel is interviewed. The insightful conversation explains the animator’s upbringing and inspiration.

Hellboy: Sword of Storms DVD details

Displaying an advertisement for the package, DVD Active has the lowdown on Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms. Containing a bounty of extras, the DVD will also be paired with an exclusive 32-page Mike Mignola comic book for its first 300,000 buyers.

How ILM crafted Pirates' Davy Jones

With Coming Soon, Hal Hickel, Animation Supervisor, explains how he and his comrades at Industrial Light and Magic created the visual effects for the character of Davy Jones in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. In addition, Hickel hints at a spectacle to be found in the third Pirates adventure, At Worlds End, coming […]

TV to DVD: Avatar, Grim & Evil

TV Shows on DVD spreads the info on the Grim & Evil TV movie, Big Boogey Adventure. The tale will enter stores on April 3 – just four days after it premieres on Cartoon Network. In the meantime, the second season of Avatar: The Last Airbender will be split into four separate DVD releases next […]

Intimate look at Walt Disney

In a lengthy two-page article, Anthony Lane of The New Yorker regards the work of Walt Disney, addressing the myths, work ethic and family life of the “Old Maestro.”

Eloise: Little Miss Christmas premiere

Following is the official press release regarding this Saturday’s premiere of the Starz Kids & Family Network’s Eloise: Little Miss Christmas at the Arkansas Arts Center Lecture Hall:

Disney New Release Tuesday: The Fox and the Hound 2

Following are six screen shots from the direct-to-video premiere of Disney’s The Fox and the Hound 2. This could be one of the final direct-to-video sequel titles produced by Disney’s home entertainment division. Master animator Eric Goldberg even helped with the scene shown in shot #4 in which Copper encounters peanut butter for the first […]

Tap dancing down under: Aussie Happy Feet premiere

The Sydney Morning Herald reports on the festivities and celebrities surrounding the Australian premiere of Warner Bros.’ CGI animated hit Happy Feet. The film opens in Australia on December 26. Thanks to Kristin for the heads up.

Happy Feet picks up awards

Awards season gets into full swing this week, and Happy Feet has taken a head start on the competition. The New York Film Critics Circle and Los Angeles Film Critics Association have both named the film “Best Animated Film”, while the American Film Institute has selected it as one of the year’s top ten films. […]

Ahmet and the puppets: Spotlight on Fraggle Rock writer

Muppet Central goes in-depth into Ahmet Zappa’s role as the writer of the upcoming Fraggle Rock. According to Zappa, the son of late musician Frank Zappa, “There are a lot of messages in Fraggle Rock that fans have kept close to their hearts, so we have to be respectful of the television show and very […]