Month: February 2007 – page 4

BCI Announces Second Volume Of Happy Tree Friends

Follow this link to read the full press release and view cover art for BCI Eclipse’s release of Happy Tree Friends Volume 2.

ASIFA presents 1938 Disney Artist's Tryout Book

The ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive introduces the Disney Studios Artist’s Tryout Book, now available to view online for free. From the collection of Clair Weeks, Marc Davis’ assistant on Bambi and Peter Pan, this 1938 manual describes the company’s past production process and various job categories. To view the press release for the Tryout Book, please […]

Warner Premiere preparing Scooby-Doo 3

It appears that Warner Premiere, the direct-to-video division of Warner Bros., is considering a second Scooby-Doo sequel, according to Moviehole. In addition, the company is supposedly giving some thought to a new Gremlins installment, which may use CGI to portray the creatures instead of puppetry.

Season's greetings on DVD

Open Season easily took the first position on the national DVD sales chart for the week ending Feb. 4, writes The Hollywood Reporter. The animated comedy beat the closest competition, 20th Century Fox’s The Marine, by almost a 3-to-1 margin. However, it was The Marine that took the top spot on Home Media Magazine‘s video […]

U.S. box office actuals: February 2-4, 2007

Courtesy of Box Office Mojo: 20) Arthur and the Invisibles with $1,015,026, averaging $815 over 1,245 theaters ($12,777,894 total; 6th week) 25) Happy Feet with $591,291, averaging $1,028 over 575 theaters ($192,708,687 total; 12th week) 35) Happily N’Ever After with $276,317, averaging $653 over 423 theaters ($15,187,341 total; 5th week) 37) Flushed Away with $218,783, […]

The Aristocats DVD site opens

The all-new has added a section for the upcoming Special Edition DVD release of The Aristocats. Presently, the site only provides an ad for the 2-disc title, showcasing the DVD’s tentative cover artwork.

Weta builds Bridge

Now playing at Yahoo! Movies, an exclusive featurette reveals an inside look behind the visual effects of Bridge to Terebithia. Crafting the film’s special effects were none other than the masterminds at Weta Workshop Ltd.

Superman returns; Cinders III on DVD

Superman: Collectors set fixed; plus Cinders III store deals.

Peter Pan panel reports and photos

Ultimate Disney and Mice Age have both reported on last Thursday’s panel discussion held at Disney’s own El Capitan Theatre before a screening of the digitally restored Peter Pan. Read what Kathryn Beaumont, June Foray, Margaret Kerry, Paul Collins, and Eric Goldberg had to say about the production of this timeless Disney film. More photos […]

Behind the "Best Visual Effects" Oscar nominees

USA Today notices each of the three nominees for this year’s “Best Achievement in Visual Effects” Academy Award: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Poseidon and Superman Returns. Specifically, the paper breaks down what groundbreaking effects the movies accomplished in order to be nominated.

Dark Crystal sequel still lives

Despite rumors of the contrary, a reliable source at Muppet Central Forum indicates that The Power of the Dark Crystal has not been cancelled. Instead, the film is on track to finish post-production by the end of the year, and is scheduled to debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2008.

Newman on his latest "Best Song" Oscar nod

With Yahoo! Entertainment, Randy Newman speaks about his seventeenth Academy Award nomination, provided for the tune Our Town from Cars. Furthermore, the composer joins Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter for a look at the song’s conception in the Los Angeles Times piece, “Two Buddies, One Vision, Big Success.”

Sneak peek at Robinsons Wii game

GameSpot previews the Wii adaptation of Meet the Robinsons, from Avalanche Software and Buena Vista Games. The piece includes downloadable video clips from the game, scheduled to be released on March 27.

More info on the Disney, Zemeckis deal

Yesterday, it was reported that The Walt Disney Co. and the team of Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey are uniting to form a new motion capture company. Today, Jim Hill speculates on the deal, considering the future of animation at Disney. According to Hill’s inside sources, one of the projects currently being considered […]

Cinderella III: A Twist in Time contests

An abundance of contests regarding Cinderella III: A Twist in Time have been discovered. For a chance to win a copy of the DVD, one may enter a competition at Cinema Clips, Hollywood North Report, Movies Online, Movie-Source, News Net 5, or Teen Music. Meanwhile, anyone planning to purchase Cinderella III this week may […]

Disney, Zemeckis form motion capture company

On August 8, 2006, reported that Robert Zemeckis was seriously considering moving his ImageMovers production company to The Walt Disney Co., in a multi-year deal. Now, via a press release at Coming Soon, word arrives that the team of Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey is setting up a new performance capture film […]

In2TV offers Looney Tunes classics free

The AOL/Warner Bros. video on-demand website has recently begun offering dozens of classic Looney Tunes shorts on its website for free viewing. Bugs Bunny, Daffy, and Porky star in 20 episodes each while supporting characters Road Runner, Speedy Gonzales, Foghorn Leghorn, and Sylvester and Tweety appear as well but with fewer episodes.

Bee Movie's live action animation promotion

The Post-Gazette online talks extensively about the unique marketing angle Jerry Seinfeld and DreamWorks Animation are using to promote their upcoming Bee Movie. Click through to the article to find out what Jerry Seinfeld wanted to do for a job when he was 10 years old.

Spotlight on Pixar's Valerie LaPointe introduces readers to Valerie LaPointe, currently employed as a story artist for Pixar Animation Studios. Receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern California, LaPointe acquired a job at Pixar after completing a summer internship with the company.

More Hellboy: Sword of Storms contests

Last Saturday, it was reported that DVDActive is holding a contest for the Hellboy: Sword of Storms DVD, arriving in stores this Tuesday. Now, further competitions for the title have been discovered at The Celebrity Cafe, Comics2Film, Digitally Obsessed,, I Spit on Your Movie,, Latino Review, Monsters & Critics, and Movie-Source.

Meet the Robinsons, TMNT websites updated

At the Animated News & Views Forum, “Sullivan” points out that the official website for Meet the Robinsons has been updated. At this time, the site contains a synopsis, games and videos. Concurrently, “YCougar” of the AN&V Forum notices that the TMNT online stop is likewise sporting a new look. The domain currently hosts a […]

Kids' Choice nominees for "Best Animated Movie"

Reuters via Yahoo! News reveals the “Best Animated Movie” nominees for Nickelodeon’s 20th annual Kids’ Choice Awards. The competition includes Cars, Happy Feet, Ice Age: The Meltdown and Over the Hedge. Hosted this year by Justin Timberlake, the Kids’ Choice Awards will air March 31.

New Shrek the Third trailer

Empire Movies has the latest trailer for Shrek the Third. In addition to providing more information on film’s plot, the advertisement gives a better look at such characters as Artie and Merlin.

Ghostbusters III to be animated?

During an interview with radio station CISN Country, Dan Aykroyd confirmed that Ghostbusters III “lives.” With that said, it seems the sequel will not follow the live-action path of its predecessors. “It will not happen as a live-action [movie], ’cause Billy [Murray] will not come on, in the live-action stage anymore for it. But he […]

Release dates: Wild Things, Transylvania, Meatballs, Chipmunks

Box Office Mojo has the latest release dates for some anticipated animated projects. Apparently, Fox’s Alvin and the Chipmunks will perform in theaters on December 14 of this year. Next year, Warner Bros.’ Where the Wild Things Are will hit cinemas on October 3. In 2009, two films from Sony Pictures Animation will arrive: Cloudy […]

Disney moves million movies via iTunes

Home Media Retailing indicates that The Walt Disney Co. has sold 1.3 million movies through iTunes since placing them at the online store last October. The one million mark was exceeded during the holidays, when the company placed such popular films as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Cars at iTunes.

The Last Unicorn "never-before-seen" DVD clip

In preparation for the Last Unicorn: 25th Anniversary Edition DVD, MovieWeb presents an exclusive clip, titled “Crying Woman,” from the title. The DVD will available to own on Tuesday, February 6.

Win a Hellboy: Sword of Storms DVD!

DVDActive is holding a contest in which one can win a copy of the animated Hellboy: Sword of Storms. To enter the competition, one must simply fill out a form which offers the multiple-choice question, “Who was involved as a Creative Producer for this title?”

Disney DVDs: AristoCats, Dinosaurs, Small World of Fun

Ultimate Disney has collected a variety of info regarding some of Disney’s upcoming DVDs. As it turns out, the Special Edition release of The AristoCats is no longer scheduled for March 27. However, the first preview for the 2-disc DVD can be seen next month via the Peter Pan Platinum Edition DVD. Furthermore, the site […]

Meet the Robinsons Super Bowl TV spot

The Super Bowl television spot for Disney’s Meet the Robinsons is now showing at iFilm. The 30-second ad will likewise be seen this Sunday evening, during the Super Bowl XLI broadcast on CBS.