Month: February 2007

Open Season: Special Edition

Sony’s first in-house animated feature is a schizophrenic movie that isn’t the heart-warming family comedy it thinks it is or the outrageously crude one it really wants to be.

Images: WALL•E, Enchanted, Toy Story 3, Ratatouille

JV Pixar News points to the latest Disney Investor Relations slideshow, where new images for WALL•E and Enchanted await. Furthermore, the presentation unveils the official logo for Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3. In other Pixar imagery news, Stef’s Sketches showcases a series of Ratatouille posters. Designed by Stephane Kardos, the banners were created for consumer products […]

Oscar-winner interview, Abrams' Trek, Laurel & Hardy's animated themes, and more Dinosaurs!

Torill Kove on Danish Poet, plus Star Trek movie news and a new Laurel & Hardy soundtrack collection.

DreamWorks Animation reports financial results for 2006

For its fourth quarter, DreamWorks Animation records show revenue of $204.3 million with a net loss of approximately $21.3 million, or $0.20 per share on a fully diluted basis. With that said, the company’s reported revenue for 2006 comes to a total of $394.8 million and net income of $15.1 million, or $0.15 per share […]

Ninja Turtles enter MySpace

In an interesting marketing move, TMNT has created a noticeable presence at MySpace. In addition to a main page for the flick, spaces have also been reserved for its stars: Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo.

Artspace plans Art of Meet the Robinsons exhibit

The Shreveport Times reveals that artspace is planning to bring the Art of Disney’s Meet the Robinsons exhibition to the Louisiana city of Shreveport. Opening April 9, the event “will include variety of drawings, sketches, digital images and models from the movie and seven original illustrations from the 1990 book.” In addition to the festivities […]

Mermaid catches Flounder, pays price

According to the fansite Little Mermaid – Broadway, Cody Hanford has landed the role of Flounder in the stage production of the undersea musical. In other Mermaid news, ticket prices have finally been released for the production, regarding both its Denver and Broadway showings.

Hellboy: Blood & Iron to make Network debut in March

SCI FI Wire indicates that Cartoon Network will air the second animated Hellboy movie, Blood and Iron, on Saturday, March 17, at 7 p.m. ET/PT. “In the new movie, Professor Broom discovers that someone in New York is attempting to bring back the evil female vampire Erzsebet Ondrusko, whom the professor destroyed 60 years earlier. […]

Justice for the big screen

Cinema Confidential reports that Warner Bros. has a feature film in the works based on their animated television hit Justice League. “The Justice League comic series, which started in the 1960s, features DC Comics’ most famous superheroes joining forces to form one team, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Martian […]

Oscar Shorts on iTunes

Four of the five nominees for Best Animated Short at the 2007 Academy Awards are available for download at the iTunes Store, including Oscar winner The Danish Poet. Also online are The Little Matchgirl, Maestro, and No Time For Nuts. All cost $1.99.

Plot points for Pixar's WALL•E

Jim Hill Media discloses the events that take place in the first third of Disney/Pixar’s WALL•E, directed by Andrew Stanton. The semi-silent film focuses on a robot whose mission is to clean an abandoned earth of all its trash. The article also mentions a bit of casting news, commenting that Fred Willard appear as the […]

Tinkering Bell

In a follow-up to his insightful article “A Tale of Two Tinker Bells,” Chuck Oberleitner offers “Tinker Bell: Return of the Dark Fairy.” The interesting editorial expands upon the early versions of Tinker Bell, while also noting how John Lasseter became involved with the project. Furthermore, details are provided as to what exactly needed to […]

Norway responds to Danish Oscar

Of all the folks thrilled at The Danish Poet‘s “Best Animated Short” Academy Award, perhaps the majority of them are part of the population of Norway, writes Yahoo! News/The Associated Press. The Oscar “puts Norway on the map,” responds Jan Erik Holst of the Norwegian Film Institute. As for Poet director Torill Kove, she admits, […]

Matt Groening talks Simpsons, Futurama

With Crave Online, Matt Groening discusses The Simpsons. During the conversation, topics raised include the series’ early reaction, guest voices, relationship with Family Guy, and, of course, upcoming feature. In addition, Groening explains the future of Futurama.

The 'Pixar-ization' of Disney animation

Variety discusses the changes being made at Walt Disney Feature Animation by Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter and president Ed Catmull. Further referenced are the long-term effects these changes could bring, as well as why the alterations were necessary.

Meet the Robinsons music, images

The soundtrack for Disney’s Meet the Robinsons is now available to pre-order at Concurrently, Rob Thomas’ single from the album, Little Wonders, may now be heard at the artist’s official site. Meanwhile, new promotional artwork for Robinsons may be viewed at Coming Soon and Latino Review.

Hellboy Animated: Blood & Iron preview

IGN FilmForce previews the latest Hellboy animated adventure, Blood & Iron, coming to stores this June. The site critiques, “Director Tad Stones does a great job at adapting Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. agents into animated form — almost better, or more faithful, than their live-action counterparts.”

TMNT TV spots

Two 30-second television advertisments [1, 2] for TMNT have arrived at YouTube. Thanks to “YCougar” at the Animated News & Views Forum for the heads up!

Mermaid musical meets cast?

The Little Mermaid – Broadway speculates on the casting for the upcoming stage version of Disney’s undersea masterpiece. The article’s ruminations are inspired by a recent piece in The Denver Post, which suggests that the roles may be filled by Sherie Rene Scott (Ursula), Tituss Burgess (Sebastian the Crab), John Treacy Egan (Louie) and Eddie […]

Animation catches The Spirit?

While a live-action film based on Will Eisner’s The Spirit is in the works, it has now been hinted that an animated follow-up could be coming soon as well. At the New York Comic-Con, The Spirit producer Michael Uslan made a slight note about such a project, before quickly silencing himself about the matter. IGN […]

Before Jack Sparrow there was Captain Hook . . . and Smee

Following is the press release for the March 6 release of Disney’s classic Peter Pan as a 2-disc Platinum Edition DVD. The DVD boasts a brand-new digital restoration and is loaded with bonus features aimed to please general audiences as well as serious animation aficionados:

Happy Feet dances to Oscar gold

On a night where Hollywood touted and awarded environmental awareness, Warner Brothers’ Happy Feet fit the theme better than Pixar’s gas-guzzling Cars to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Cars also lost out to another environmental film, Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, for Best Song. Torill Kove’s The Danish Poet took the award for […]

EXCLUSIVE! Oscar-winning director Torill Kove on The Danish Poet

Animated Views speaks with director, writer and animator Torill Kove, who took home the “Best Animated Short” Oscar for The Danish Poet last evening at the 79th Academy Awards. Much of the discussion focuses on Poet, from the project’s conception to its reception. Likewise, Kove shares how she became involved in filmmaking with the National […]

Director Torill Kove on The Danish Poet

Kove talks about the 2007 Oscar-winner for Best Animated Short.

Oscar, Oscar!

A review of Oscar’s predictable wins and surprises at the 2007 Academy Awards.

The Amazing Screw-On Head

Mike Mignola’s wild creation gets a faithful TV pilot, though the execution could have been stronger.

Clooney, Blanchett to be Mr. and Mrs. Fox?

The Hollywood Reporter indicates that George Clooney and Cate Blanchett could star in Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox. An adaptation of Roald Dahl’s literary classic, the stop-motion movie would feature Clooney as the title character, “a clever fox who must outwit three mean, dimwitted farmers who try their hardest to hurt Mr. Fox and […]

New Surf's Up pics

Latino Review showcases the latest pictures from Sony Pictures Animation’s Surf’s Up. The flick will enter theaters on June 8, 2007.

Oscar puts on shorts

IndieWIRE describes the festivities present during a festival the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted for this year’s nominated animated and live-action short films. Held last Wednesday, February 21, the event played to a sold-out crowd at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, with a post-screening discussion moderated by Taylor Hackford.

Two Tinks?

In the article “A Tale of Two Tinker Bells,” Chuck Oberleitner explains an interesting scenario that is said to have occurred behind the scenes of Tinker Bell, in which two versions of the film were allegedly being prepared. One version was to suit Walt Disney Feature Animation Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, while another one […]