Month: July 2007 – page 2

Mickey quits…

Comic-Con is on the way, plus thoughts on Disney’s smoking ban announcement which could potentially start messing with old movies.

Full press release for The Tick Vs. Season Two

While Disney does confirm that the second DVD set for The Tick will once again drop an episode from that season, fans will still likely be otherwise happy to see more of The Big Blue Bug Of Justice reach DVD on August 7. Incidentally, the second volume of Darkwing Duck will be coming that same […]

Jungle Book DVD site goes live

The offical website for The Jungle Book – 40th Anniversary Edition went online yesterday and now features a list of bonus features, clips, downloads and more. Thanks to “JustinWilliams” at the Animated News and Views Forum for bringing this to our attention.

Disney bans smoking

The Financial Times reports that on Wednesday, Walt Disney became the first major Hollywood studio to completely phase out cigarette smoking in its films, saying smoking scenes in future Disney-branded movies would be “non-existent”. In a letter to Edward Markey, chairman of the House sub-committee on telecommunications and the internet, Bob Iger, Disney’s chief executive, […]

Beowulf sneak peek

The Los Angeles Times provides readers with a first look at Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf. The piece gives a taste of the footage attendees of this year’s Comic-Con can expect to see. In the meantime, features two high-res versions of the photos included with the LA Times article.

New Bee Movie poster

Coming Soon has acquired the brand-new one-sheet for DreamWorks Animation’s Bee Movie. Like its poster predecessor, the latest banner declares, “On November 2, hold on to your honey.”

EXCLUSIVE! Mike Scully on The Simpsons Movie

Speaking with Animated Views, Mike Scully talks of his time writing and producing The Simpsons Movie. In the interview, he recalls the history of the film, from its early conception to its eventual DVD release. Details of why The Simpsons is just now making its way to the big screen as well as the possibility […]

Paprika UK dvd in September

DVD Active has posted the cover art for the upcoming UK DVD of Satoshi Kon’s latest Anime film Paprika. According to the website, the disc will feature an anamorphic widescreen transfer, Dolby Digital 5.1 audio and a filmmaker’s commentary. The DVD will be released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on September 24.

Bambi II Better Than Bambi?

Slate has an interesting article which talks and argues about Disney’s direct-to-DVD sequels and why Disney should not kill them. Disney has announced that there will be no more straight-to-DVD sequels of classic animated films like Bambi and Cinderella. The company’s straight-to-DVD sequels have been some of their most criticized products, with Pixar co-founder Steve […]

Matt Groening : Life Is Swell

LA Weekly has a long and in-depth interview with Matt Groening wherein he talks about his career, dreams and of course, The Simpsons Movie. The article also covers Groening’s journey from being a 23-year-old Portland native, who drove to Los Angeles to write and draw, to becoming the creator of the most subversive network show […]

Scully on Simpsons, plus good reviews galore!

The Simpsons Movie is here! We talk to its writer-producer Mike Scully! D’oh!

Napoleon Dynamite bunnies

GOSH! The Starz network is now featuring Jennifer Shiman’s next mini web epic: Napoleon Dynamite in 30 seconds and re-enacted by bunnies. Sweet!

Emerging motion capture technology

The Orange County Register yesterday reported on a new motion capture technology pioneered by Gene Alexander. Known as “MaMoCa, which stands for ‘Markerless Motion Capture,’ [it] will cut the cost of ‘motion capture’ by 90 percent.” The article includes a link to a video of the technology in action.

Simpsons Movie premiere in Springfield

USA Today features an intricate article covering the premier of The Simpsons Movie in Springfield, Vermont. The story details the events held in honor of the Simpsons film, and hosts several videos covering the event as well as short interviews with fans who attended. The Simpsons Movie will be opening in theaters this Friday.

Mike Scully on The Simpsons Movie

Mike Scully comments on his time as writer and producer for The Simpsons Movie, while also referring to his work with the Simpsons television series.

Neal Gabler podcast

o-meon updates with a podcast interview with Neal Gabler, author of Walt Disney, The Triumph of the American Imagination. “With the full cooperation of the Walt Disney Company, and especially the Disney Archive, Gabler’s seven years of painstakingly meticulous research has produced the most complete portrait yet of one of the most influential lives of […]

New Release Tuesday: Visual Renaissance

Ultimate Disney has an in-depth review of the DVD for Miramax’s Renaissance, the black & white film noir animated vision of life in France five decades from now (shades of Minority Report). Additional images from the visually arresting film can be seen here:

AN&V review: The Complete Adventures Of The Little King

Animated Views examines The Complete Adventures Of The Little King. As the latest entry in Steve Stanchfield’s Thunderbean Animation anthologies, the disc contains an appreciated library of truly vintage shorts based on Otto Soglow’s New Yorker strips. Animation historian Ben Simon describes the DVD as, “A delightful surprise, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with his […]

Simpsons – Season 19 guests; Movie soundtrack online

Coming Soon has the roster of guest voices to be featured in The Simpsons – Season 19, set to begin Sunday, September 23 at 8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT. Celebrities to be heard in upcoming episodes include John Stewart, Jack Black, Lionel Richie, Stephen Colbert, Matt Dillon, Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce and John Mahoney. In other […]

Family Guy heading to theaters?

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has suggested his show could hit the big screen sometime in the near future. While a plot has yet to be established for the film, MacFarlane acknowledges, “I don’t want to do ‘The Griffins must save the world.’” In the meantime, he is supposedly considering […]

ReBoot gets reboot

One of the earliest computer-animated TV series, ReBoot is now being adapted into a trilogy of films, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Looking to Zeros 2 Heroes for creative inspiration regarding the brand, Rainmaker Animation is preparing the movies. Production on the ReBoot trilogy will commence later this year.

'Coolest Cartoon Rockers' named

With a slideshow, Spinner lists the ten “Coolest Cartoon Rockers.” Coming in at #1 on the list is none other than The Chipmunks. Other entries on the countdown include Gorillaz, The Archies, Josie & the Pussycats, Bart Simpson, Fat Albert and the Junkyard Gang, Dethklok, Jem & the Holograms, Crazy Frog and Faith + 1.

Sneak peek of Justice League: The New Frontier

The New York Times provides a sneak preview of Justice League: The New Frontier, coming directly to DVD next February. Based on the comic series by Darwyn Cooke, the film “follows Superman and other heroes of the DC Universe from the end of World War II through the cold war.”

Little Mermaid Broadway expectations

Blue Sky Disney notices that Variety writes of the expectations in store for the Broadway incarnation of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. In addition, the article discusses the journey taken to bring the musical adaptation to the stage.

Ninja Turtles: Day of Awakening coming August 7

TV Shows on DVD indicates that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Fast Forward: The Day of Awakening – Season One, Part Two will arrive in stores on August 7, the same day that the computer animated TMNT will be released on DVD. The two-disc DVD set will feature the final 13 episodes from the show’s […]

Little King and Bravestarr's best, plus hi-def gripes

Real animated entertainment is delivered in spades with The Little King, plus Bravestarr‘s best, and gripes about how the hi-def formats are keeping regular DVD features to themselves.

Tekkon Kinkreet on DVD in September

DVD Beaver has the cover art and other details on Tekkon Kinkreet dvd which will be out on 25th September. From the makers of The Animatrix, the movie is based on a popular Japanese manga written by Taiyo Matsumoto. Tekkon Kinkreet will also be available on Blu-Ray.

Cars on Blu-Ray in November

Upcoming Pixar with Hollywood In Hi-Def reports that Cars is all set to make its debut on Blu-Ray on Nov 6, this year. In addition to all the extras from the last year’s DVD release, Blu-Ray disc will feature few other extras too including the interactive feature “Car Finder,” allowing users to search for the […]

The Best Of Bravestarr

Native American mysticism, Western themes, and science fiction come together in this unusual series that blends several genres with standard cartoon stories.

A Christmas Carol casting and its impact on The Princess and the Frog

Jim Hill Media shares some news on the cast members of Disney/ImageMovers’ CG-and-live-action feature A Christmas Carol directed by Robert Zemeckis. The article also talks about the impact this feature may have on the upcoming Disney film The Princess and the Frog.