Month: April 2007 – page 2

[UPDATED!] Ratatouille roundup

JV Pixar News reports that a clip of monday’s Dancing With The Stars revealed that John Ratzenberger, who has voiced a character in every Pixar movie to date, will lend his voice to a french waiter called “Mustafa” in Pixar’s upcoming Ratatouille. Meanwhile, CBS news and The Showbuzz have published an article on the upcoming […]

Robot Chicken goes to a galaxy far, far away

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Robot Chicken creators, Seth Green and Matthew Senreich are making a Robot Chicken: Star Wars Special for Adult Swim. The 30-minute stop-motion animation special, directed by Green, will spoof key scenes and favorite characters from the Star Wars universe, including the sci-fi saga’s creator, George Lucas. The special is created […]

Shrek The Third roundup # 3 reports that the Kalamazoo Animation Festival International will kick off this year’s festival with a preview of the new Shrek sequel at 7:30 p.m. May 17, the night before the film’s official opening day. “This is very unusual, for a film festival like Cannes to do something like this, it’s par for the course. […]

Bunnies of the Caribbean

The 30-Second Bunnies Theater has unleashed its latest fast-paced spoof. The prey this time around is none other than the first two Pirates of the Caribbean films, The Curse of the Black Pearl and Dead Man’s Chest, combined.

John K's Guide to Surviving the End of Television

Cold Hard Flash has published an article on John Kricfalusi including an interview with the creative mind behind Ren & Stimpy himself. The article showcases an interesting retrospective on John K’s work, While the interview elaborates, among other things, on John K’s vision of using the internet for online directly sponsored cartoons and the evolution […]

Batman enlists Martian Manhunter for season finale

In its fourth season finale, titled “The Joining,” The Batman finds the title character teaming with Martian Manhunter to save Gotham City from an alien invasion. The action-packed, two-part episode is scheduled to span two consecutive Saturdays, April 28 and May 5, at 10:30 a.m. ET/PT on Kids’ WB!

Northeastern University to host Visual Music Marathon

This Saturday, April 28, Northeastern University will present the first-ever Visual Music Marathon, described as “a 12-hour screening of time-based art works that reflect the convergence of musical composition and animated images.” Drawing inspiration from Walt Disney’s Fantasia, the event is part of this year’s Boston Cyberarts Festival.

EXCLUSIVE! Deja and Henn on the return of The Goof!

Animated Views presents an exclusive conversation with celebrated Disney animators Andreas Deja and Mark Henn, as the duo reveal the very latest insight into the upcoming short How To Hook Up Your Home Theater, the highly anticipated theatrical return of Goofy. Speaking with AN&V’s Christian Ziebarth, Deja and Henn describe the short’s inspiration and conception, […]

Goofy's new animators spill the beans; plus dancing penguins and other new reviews

Animated Views talks to Andreas Deja and Mark Henn about Goofy’s new short, plus our take on Happy Feet and several other recent releases.

Deja and Henn on the return of The Goof!

Animated News & Views’ Christian Ziebarth exclusively talks to celebrated Disney animators Andreas Deja and Mark Henn about Goofy’s new short How To Hook Up Your Home Theater!

Stop-Mo Expo Pics

The following are ten pictures taken at last Saturday’s Stop-Mo Expo put on by Larry Loc and hosted by ASIFA-Hollywood:

9-minute Ratatouille preview announced, new movie-stills online

Advertisements on announce that a special 9-minute preview of Ratatouille will be available online at Disneys’ official site on May 1st. Meanwhile, two new high resolution images for Ratatouille have been discovered at El Blog De Superhéroes. Thanks to “JV PIXAR” at the Animated News & Views Forum for the notice of this news.

Happy Feet: Widescreen Edition

George (Babe) Miller’s first foray into completely CG waters is a mix up of strange ideas clashing with too many themes and not enough restraint. How did this win the Oscar!?

Scooby-Doo prequel coming in 2008

The Wall Street Journal addresses Warner Bros.’ plans to release a line of direct-to-video films through the Warner Premiere label. Along with the animated Superman: Doomsday, a prequel to Scooby-Doo (2002) is being prepared. While specifics on the title are still unknown, one rumor suggests that the movie could be inspired by the series A […]

Ratatouille charity preview, podcast

JV Pixar News writes at the Animated News & Views Forum that on June 9, at 6 p.m., Pixar will hold a pre-release charity screening of Ratatouille. As explained further by the City of San Carlos website, the event will benefit the Parks and Recreation Foundation of San Carlos and the San Carlos Educational Foundation, […]

Batman Beyond: Season Three

It rarely got the fan love of the other DC Comics shows, but this final set demonstrates that Batman Beyond was capable of some pretty strong stories.

TV to DVD: Beast Wars, Samurai Jack

According to TV Shows on DVD, Rhino is planning a big “re-promotion” for the titles Beast Wars, Beast Machines and Transformers: Armada. Apparently, the company will not re-release the noted series but will simply provide a fresh campaign for their existing DVDs. The move is inspired by this summer’s opening of the live-action adaptation of […]

Third Simpsons Movie international trailer

With the Windows Media format, Yahoo! demonstrates the latest international trailer for The Simpsons Movie. Lasting approximately one minute and 47 seconds, the ad mostly showcases clips seen in previous trailers.

Charles Grodin & Miss Piggy a mismatched pair?

In its list of “Thirteen Films with Wildly Mismatched Romantic Pairings,” A.V. Club places the relationship of Nicky Holiday (Charles Grodin) and Miss Piggy in The Great Muppet Caper, at #13. The site humorously explains, “Not to be shallow and prejudiced, but maybe they just aren’t convincing as a couple because she’s half his height, […]

Frog Princess found – and renamed?

The Planet Gossip side of E! News Online suggests that Anika Noni Rose, star of last year’s Dreamgirls, has landed the coveted lead role in Disney’s The Frog Princess. It is rumored that the actress was chosen from a list that also included fellow Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys and Tyra Banks. Meanwhile, the […]

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

The following are eight recent images taken at Disneyland of the coming Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage attraction set to open in June 2007, based (obviously) on Disney/Pixar’s 2003 hit Finding Nemo.

Stop Mo Expo Tomorrow

ASIFA-Hollywood will raise the curtain on a timeless art form by hosting the Stop-Mo Expo, a daylong event celebrating the art of stop-motion animation at Woodbury University on Saturday, April 21, 2007. The expo will be comprised of two distinct events: beginning at 9 a.m. panel discussions and seminars with animation professionals and at 6 […]

Dreamworks and Fox fight over 3-D spot

The LA-Times reports that Fox and Dreamworks are fighting over a Memorial Day 2009 3-D release. Both studios have chosen that date to release what each hopes will be its first 3-D blockbuster. DreamWorks’ Monsters vs. Aliens will be up against Avatar, a science-fiction thriller from James Cameron. The nation’s largest exhibitors say they won’t […]

Woodpecker reveals bonus features

Cartoonbrew has published a more detailed look at the bonus features of the upcoming Woody Woodpecker & Friends Classic Cartoon Collection DVD. Interestingly, one of the bonus features will be a short subject showing step by step how the Lantz studios makes an animated short, in this case an Oswald Rabbit cartoon. Oswald The Lucky […]

Interview: Jackson Publick of Venture Bros

Reasononline has published an interview with Jackson Publick, creator of The Venture Bros, to celebrate the DVD release of Venture Bros‘ second season. The interview elaborates, among other things, on the creation of Venture Bros, its influences and Publicks’ view on sci-fi.

Shrek the Third fun facts

DreamWorks Animation has released a batch of “fun facts” regarding its upcoming Shrek the Third. Featuring a slew of new trivia about the movie’s making, the list presents some very surprising numbers, as well as interesting details on the film’s crew and design. The third entry in the Shrek franchise will hit theaters on May […]

ABC Family adopts Slacker Cats

Coming to ABC Family this August is the half-hour, original animated series Slacker Cats, reports Broadcasting & Cable. At this time, the show is simply described as “the story of two lazy feline pals.”

Cartoon Network expands "Get Animated" program

PR Week has the announcement that Cartoon Network is expanding its “Get Animated” program. Currently in its third year, “Get Animated” has the goal of educating children about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a wholesome diet. In addition to PSAs, Cartoon Network hopes to reach young people through the site […]

Nightmare before Halloween; Enchanted competition

This year, The Nightmare Before Christmas will have its 3-D re-release on October 19th, writes Dark Horizons. Meanwhile, it appears Disney’s Enchanted now has more competition for the November 21st slot. The live-action/animated film will open against the Jon Heder comedy Mama’s Boy.

Happy Feet tops DVD sales chart for third week

For the third consecutive week, Happy Feet remained at the top of the DVD sales chart, notes Nielsen VideoScan First Alert via The Hollywood Reporter. The Oscar-winning animated flick was likewise a success in theaters, pulling in approximately $197.6 million.