Month: December 2006 – page 4

Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas

The Looney Tunes gang is all here to tell their own version of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. Gee, that’s never been told in animation before!

Songs vie for Oscar gold

Coming Soon has a list of the 56 songs eligible for the “Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song” category of the Academy Awards. To see which of those tunes come from animated films, please click:

Cars pushed by National Board of Review

The National Board of Review has named Disney/Pixar’s Cars the “Best Animated Feature” of 2006. Thus far, the awards have been a reliable predictor of the Oscar winner for the “Animated” category, with the exception of 2005, when the board awarded Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride the honor. The Academy Award that year, however, went to […]

Jackboots voice cast revealed

Variety unveils the voice cast for Jackboots, a Team America-type project that “imagines what would have happened if the Germans had won the Battle of Britain but were ultimately defeated by the Scots.” Utilizing action figures, the film will contain Timothy Spall as Winston Churchill, Alan Cumming as Adolph Hitler, Tom Wilkinson as Joseph Goebbels […]

Trailers: TMNT, Robinsons, Shrek, Simpsons

The latest trailer for TMNT, the return of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is now hosted at Thanks to “YCougar” at the Animated News & Views Forum for the heads up! In the meantime, Yahoo! Movies is treating viewers to a new theater spot for Meet the Robinsons, in which a trio of frogs […]

Opus cancelled again?

Despite the current popularity of penguin movies, it seems one famous penguin cannot catch a break. The Business of Animation blog speculates that a film starring the Berkeley Breathed comic character Opus appears to be dead once again. The project had been set up at The Weinstein Co.

Elfman evens the score for Robinsons

Through a series of images, SoundtrackNet provides an inside look at the making of the Meet the Robinsons score. Performed by a 90-piece orchestra, the music was composed by Danny Elfman.

Cars rides off with three Grammy nominations

The nominations for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards were announced today, and the three nominations going to animated entries this year were all from Disney/Pixar’s Cars. The film’s album was nominated for “Best Compilation Soundtrack Album”. Randy Newman picked up his 6th Grammy nomination, getting the nod in “Best Song Written For A Motion Picture” […]

TV to DVD: Curious George

TV Shows on DVD indicates new Curious George adventures are heading to stores on February 20. Subtitled Zoo Night and Other Animal Stories, the one-disc DVD will contain the following bonus material: “Daily Donuts” and “Magic Numbers” games, printable coloring pages and an advertisement for Shea Homes.

Happily N'Ever After character posters

Three new character banners for Happily N’Ever After have been released at Latino Review. The film itself will be released in theaters nationwide on January 5.

DuckTales: Volume 2

The second helping of the TV classic is even better than the first, though the DVD presentation is about on par.

Besson to return from retirement for Forbidden sequel?

Despite claims that Arthur and the Invisibles was to be his final project, director Luc Besson may change his mind on retiring, should the film be a success. According to Production Weekly, Besson is already considering an adaptation of the book Arthur and the Forbidden City, with production beginning as early as next June.

More Ratatouille voices identified

Upcoming Pixar has discovered an image at the “Kozy Shack” section of Flickr, unveiling the latest casting info for Ratatouille. Apparently, Lou Romano will lend his voice for the character Linguini, while Ian Holm has the role of Skinner.

For Disney, Something Old (and Short) Is New Again

The New York Times has an exciting article about a potential “renaissance” of animated shorts at Walt Disney Feature Animation. Four shorts are currently in development, including a new Goofy “How-To” – in this case, How To Install Your Home Theater. “‘The impetus comes from John Lasseter, who takes the idea from Walt Disney and […]

Invincible Iron Man site opens

The official online hangout for The Invincible Iron Man has opened, currently presenting a trailer and a screen capture gallery. The PG-13 traditionally animated adventure will hit stores on January 23.

Elliott and Rossio talk animation

Screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio talk to Coming Soon about their involvement in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. Having written Aladdin, The Road to El Dorado, Shrek and Treasure Planet, the duo likewise chats about animation. “One of the things about animation that we really enjoyed is that it really is so story-driven […]

Irn Bru spoofs The Snowman

Cartoon Brew points to a hilarious but controversial Irn Bru commercial. Hosted at YouTube, the recent advertisement for Scotland’s #1 soft drink spoofs the beloved Holiday classic The Snowman. Concurrently, writes of the controversy mounting over the Bru bit, as numerous complaints rise over junk food being marketed to children.

Roy Disney to give autographs, take questions in LA today!

This evening at 7 p.m., Roy Disney will be appearing in the Barnes & Noble Booksellers of The Grove at Farmers Market, located at 189 Grove Drive, Suite K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036. During the event, he will be answering questions, while also signing copies of the True Life Adventures DVDs released yesterday.

Fans 'Walk The Plank' for Pirates DVDs

To mark the highly anticipated DVD release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, fans of the film flocked to Grauman’s Chinese Theater to walk the plank and earn a copy of the two-disc Special Edition DVD. Fans walked the plank from a façade of Captain Jack Sparrow’s Black Pearl into a 10,000-gallon tank […]

The Fox And The Hound 2 Giveaway – Winner!

As yet another part of our launch celebrations, Animated News & Views gave one of our readers a chance to win a copy of Disney’s The Fox and the Hound 2! Winner announced!

Animated News presents: Animated Views!

It’s here! After meticulous planning under top-secret conditions and the sometimes desperate measures taken to ensure nothing slipped before we were ready, we’re finally able to bring you something that we feel is a little special:, the new and improved companion site to the Animated News experience where we go beyond the news to […]

Full list of 2007 Annie Award Nominees

The full list of nominees for the 2007 Annie Awards is now available. For the first time in Annie history, all voting for the 34th Annual Annie Awards will be cast online rather than by mail. A record high 3,700+ ASIFA-Hollywood members will be required to view judging material online for all nominees before casting […]


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Rumors abound for Disney, Fox projects

The latest rumors on several high-profile projects.

Win Pirates 2 (Best. PR Stunt. Ever.)

Read on to find out what you can do tomorrow (Tuesday the 5th) for a chance to win a free copy of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest at a special event being held tomorrow at the historic Grauman’s Chinese theater (UPDATE: Participants no longer need to dress like pirates to qualify. But […]

The Animated Views Looney Launch Winners!

As part of our launch celebrations, we teamed with Warner Home Entertainment to bring you a very Looney Christmas contest featuring the latest Looney Tunes DVDs – winners announced here!

BREAKING… 2007 Annie Award Nominations

Various news outlets (including Cartoon Brew, The Hollywood Reporter, and the Associated Press) are reporting that nominations for the 2007 Annie Awards have been revealed. DreamWorks leads all studios with a total if 17 nominations, while DW’s Flushed Away and Pixar’s Cars lead all films with 9 nods. Full list coming soon… Best Animated Feature […]

Rhythm & Hues' Hollander moves to Pixar

The Hollywood Reporter reports that after almost ten years as film division president of Rhythm & Hues, Richard Hollander is joining Pixar as a producer. Taking Hollander’s former position will be Lee Berger, the current senior executive in charge of feature film production at Rhythm & Hues.

Disney to lay off 160 animators

Walt Disney Feature Animation will soon lay off 160 animators, which is equal to approximately 20% of its total staff, writes Variety. Those animators directly affected by this move will be notified within the next couple of weeks. The staff reduction arrives as production is completed on Feature Animation’s latest film, Meet the Robinsons.

Covers revealed for movie-based books

Numerous covers for some of next year’s most anticipated animated films are now appearing at For Shrek the Third, two titles in the mix are Mad Libs plus Storybook and Viewer. The style of the latter book has also been adopted for a Ratatouille reading, as discovered by Upcoming Pixar. The Pixar pic also […]