Month: April 2007

Ratatouille Podcast, Patton on Remy

Ain’t It Cool News has the exclusive debut of the new Ratatouille Podcast named: Ratatouille – Patton on Remy. The behind-the-scenes featurette focuses on Patton Oswald’s role as the main character Remy. The featurette also includes a bunch of never-before-seen footage. Thanks to “JV PIXAR” at the Animated News & Views Forum for the notice […]

Interview, Carlos Baena

CG-Node has published an interview with Carlos Baena, an animator at Pixar who has worked on movies such as Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars and Ratatouille. Outside of Pixar, Carlos also worked as animator for ILM on movies including Star Wars and Jurassic Park III. In the interview, he shares his personal experience as a […]

[Press release] Ratatouille 9-minute preview

Audiences eager to see Disney•Pixar’s upcoming summer comedy Ratatouille will get an early summer treat on Tuesday, May 1st when an extended 9-minute sequence from the film will debut exclusively on In an innovative cross-media promotion intended to make sure that audiences won’t miss this special debut, Disney will launch a day long television […]

Space Jam sequel in development

Moviehole confirms that a direct-to-video sequel to the Looney Tunes vehicle Space Jam is in the works. The project is part of Warner Premiere’s plans to produce up to 15 titles each year. Other films in development from the division include Beetlejuice 2, a Scooby-Doo prequel and A Dennis the Menace Christmas.

Muppet shorts, interstitials coming soon?

Summarizing the events since Disney acquired the Muppets three years ago, Jim Hill Media shares some info as to what the Muppets may have in store for the near future. One idea currently being considered is a Disney Channel series of shorts and interstitials, using the false documentary style of The Office, in which the […]

TV to DVD: Littles, Get-Along Gang

On September 18, The Get-Along Gang – The Complete Series (1984-1986) will enter stores, in a three-disc set courtesy of S’more Entertainment. Similarly, The Littles – The Complete Series (1983-1986) will be released from S’more on October 16, in a five-disc package. TV Shows on DVD has more on this news.

Too Art for TV, Too opens this Friday

Cartoon Brew has the details on Too Art for TV, Too, defined as “the second annual exhibition of personal art by New York’s animation industry.” Curated by Liz Artinian, Amanda Baehr Fuller and Jessica Milazzo, the presentation will display toys, comics, prints, and paintings from 35 artists. The event’s opening reception is this Friday, May […]

Scholars talk bare Bart

In a follow-up to a Newsweek story published on April 21, 2007, The StarPhoenix discusses the Simpsons Movie scene in which Bart is reportedly shown with full-frontal nudity. Cory Silverberg, a sexual health educator from Toronto; Kim Blank, a professor of popular culture at the University of Victoria; and John Alberti, a professor of English […]

Newest poster now Up

Latino Review has the brand-new one-sheet for Sony Pictures Animation’s Surf’s Up. “In the film, a documentary crew will take audiences behind the scenes and onto the waves during the most competitive, heartbreaking and dangerous display of surfing known to man, the Penguin World Surfing Championship.” The latest penguin picture will open in theaters on […]

Animation Lab goes Wild

Israeli animation studio Animation Lab is developing The Wild Bunch, which focuses on “a group of genetically modified cornstalks who attack a group of common wildflowers.” Written by Philip LaZebnik, the pic will be helmed by first-time director Alex Williams, with Jim Ballantine producing. Wild Bunch is the first of six animated films Animation Lab […]

True-Life Adventures true again!

Details on Disney’s replacement program for some pressings of defective True-Life Adventures discs.

Shrek The Third Royal Tournament opened

Ye Olde Shrek The Third Royal Tournament, Dreamworks & AOL’s online gaming tournament featuring characters and settings from the popular franchise, has officially opened its doors. The tournament will hold 25 individual challenges over the course of six weeks and at the end of the Tournament, a grand prize winner will be revealed, with awards […]

RIP, Erica Cassetti

AWN reports on the the recent passing of Erica Deana Cassetti, a former animator for Walt Disney Feature Animation, who died at her home in Chandler, Arizona, on April 21st. She was 35 years old. Erica Cassetti began her career at Rhythm & Hues on the first Coca-Cola polar bear commercial. She followed that with […]

Pixar doing live-action?

Upcoming Pixar points to the Daily Bulletin, where an interview with Brad Bird reveals a unique step for Pixar. According to the Ratatouille director, Pixar is venturing into live-action, as speculation continues that the project could regard John Carter of Mars. “The company is evolving into a place where all kinds of movies, not just […]

TV to DVD: Davey and Goliath, Sonic the Hedgehog

Following a series of release date changes, it appears that Davey and Goliath – The Lost Episodes will finally reach stores on September 25, indicates TV Shows on DVD. Meanwhile, details have arrived on the DVD extras for The Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog, coming July 17. In addition to the series’ first 22 episodes, […]

Cast listed for Broadway Mermaid

The Little Mermaid – Broadway has the “Original Broadway Cast” list for the anticipated musical. Apparently, Alan Menken will soon hear the group once more, after which, he may make changes to the lineup. From May 1 – 7, Mermaid will be shown to Disney Theatrical Representatives, as well as other representatives from Broadway.

Dragon's Lair animated film still planned

IGN writes that on the Blu-ray release of the interactive movie/game Dragon’s Lair, creators Don Bluth, Rick Dyer and Gary Goldman confirm that a Lair traditionally animated film is still in the works. “We’ve had a completed script for over three years now and we’ve had some very positive meetings with the studios,” notes Goldman. […]

Ratatouille roundup # 2

JV Pixar News has discovered Ratatouille’s very own Myspace page, wich showcases character bios, photos, story description, downloads, and two contests including a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles for the World Premiere on June 22th. Meanwhile, Upcoming Pixar reports that the Ratatouille channel on Disney Xtreme Digital has been opened (only available […]

3-D: The Future Of Cinema

IGN has posted an interesting article discussing the revolution digital 3-D is bringing to cinemas. Examples featured in the article are Meet The Robinsons and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.

TV to DVD: Samurai Jack, Spawn

TV Shows on DVD premieres the cover artwork for Samurai Jack – season 4, sheduled for a release on August 28th. The site also provides some early info on the upcoming Spawn: The Animated Collection: 10th Anniversary Edition, wich is said to include all 18 episodes and over 3 hours of bonus features.

Iron Kid blasts his way to the US

Animation Insider reports that Korean animated, CG action/adventure series Iron Kid is making its way to the United States this fall, as a part of a new line-up on the KidsWB! programming block. Iron Kid is an international co-production, featuring talent and production from a number of countries. The show will be released in the […]

Peter Pan's color catastrophe; and cropped Disney features

A note on the not-so-great “restorations” that Disney feels preserves their history.

Romeo & Juliet: Sealed With A Kiss on DVD

Phil Nibbelink’s one-man feature has been announced for DVD and we have a sneak of the box art!

Activists want Shrek dropped from health ads

The Associated Press reports that a children’s advocacy group wants the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to drop Shrek from his role as spokesman for an anti-obesity drive. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood says that Shrek The Third has too many promotional ties with unhealthy foods to justify using Shrek as a […]

Archie Show coming to DVD in July

TV Shows on DVD reports that The Archie Show – The Complete Series (1968-1969) will be released on July 31st. According to CDUniverse, the show will be distributed by Genius Products. Based on the famous Archie comic books, The Archie Show focused on the comedic times of such characters as Archie Andrews, Jughead Jones, Betty […]

Filmmakers talk Simpsons Movie

Newsweek summarizes the length of time it has taken for The Simpson Movie to finally hit the big screen, while also predicting how well the summer flick could do at the box office. Input on the matters arrives from Simpsons creator Matt Groening, writer and producer Al Jean, and writer and executive producer James L. […]

30 hours of Ed, Edd n Eddy

On Friday, April 27th, Cartoon Network will air The Best Day Edder, a massive marathon of animated television programming that chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Ed, Edd n Eddy. Celebrating the creative history of original television animation on the network over the past decade and a half, Cartoon Network will be airing every single […]

Nightmare among best '90s films

In a two-part list of the best films from the ’90s, The Aspect Ratio includes the stop-motion musical The Nightmare Before Christmas. The site praises, “The world created by Tim Burton and Henry Selick has to be one of the most wondrous cinematic landscapes ever crafted.”

Disney to drop Buena Vista moniker?

Bloomberg and Jim Hill Media indicate that Buena Vista Distribution and Buena Vista Home Entertainment may soon be given the “Disney” title. The move would follow the similar transitions of Touchstone Television becoming ABC Television Studio and Buena Vista Games becoming Disney Interactive Studios. Apparently, the name changes are an effort to help strengthen the […]

Antonio Banderas on Shrek, new images

Coming Soon recently sat down with Antonio Banderas to discuss his involvement as voice actor in Shrek The Third, as well as revealing his role in upcoming installments of the popular franchise. A bunch of new promotional images and stills have also been added to Coming Soon’s Shrek gallery.