Month: August 2007

Goonies going animated?

Cory Feldman recently revealed an interesting tidbit to MTV, regarding a possible follow-up for The Goonies. “Right now they are talking about the idea of doing it as an animated series,” explained the actor, who portrayed Clark “Mouth” Devereaux in the 1985 original.

Simpsons Movie DVD details

TV Shows on DVD offers some early speculation on the DVD release for The Simpsons Movie. Due December 18, the package will include an animators commentary (David Silverman, Mike B. Anderson, Steven Dean Moore and Rich Moore); a producers commentary (James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Richard Sakai, Al Jean, Mike Scully, David Silverman, Dan Castellaneta […]

Spectacular Spider-Man trailer, poster News introduces the trailer and poster for The Spectacular Spider-Man. The webslinger’s latest traditionally animated incarnation will hit Kids WB! in 2008.

New image from Mermaid musical

The Little Mermaid – Broadway has the latest image from the stage adaptation of Disney’s classic film. Representing the song Kiss the Girl, the picture reveals Ariel and Prince Eric “floating in a blue lagoon.”

Goodman meets Babe

The Hollywood Reporter indicates that John Goodman will voice Paul Bunyan in Exodus Film Group’s computer animated adventure Bunyan & Babe. Directed by Jim Rygiel, the film will focus on Bunyan as he “works with two adventurous kids to rescue his sidekick Babe the Blue Ox (Eddie Griffin) from the evil clutches of a demented […]

TV on DVD: Looney Tunes, Funhouse, Bullwinkle, Titans, Batman, Kappa Mikey

TV Shows on DVD has the latest information on the fifth installments in the Looney Tunes Golden and Spotlight collections. Likewise, the site shares the press release for Comedy Central’s TV Funhouse, as well as new cover artwork for The Best of Rocky & Bullwinkle – Volume 2 and the fourth seasons of both Teen […]

Interview with Gary Rydstrom

Upcoming Pixar, courtsey The Blue Sky Disney Blog, shares a link to a podcast interview with the director of Pixar’s short film Lifted, Gary Rydstrom, wherein he chats about the short, Pixar, animation and FX. The official description of the KBOO.FM interview says, “Academy Award-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom recently jumped into the director’s chair […]

Looking ahead to the long weekend

We’re just about at the Labor Day weekend here in the U.S. and Canada (well, it’s actually Labour Day in Canada), and I for one am looking forward to the days off of work. Why? Well, I have a lot of catching up to do in terms of writing DVD reviews for the ol’ site. […]

The 30-Second Bunnies present Saw

Angry Alien Productions and the bunnies present their own version of the horror flick Saw. Enacted in 30-seconds, this version comes with a viewer discretion warning and can be watched here. Some interesting rough sketches and notes about the production process for “Saw Bunnies” can be found here.

The Pixar Story

For those in the Los Angeles/Hollywood region please make note of a special one-week engagement of The Pixar Story which began last Friday and plays through to Thursday, August 30, at the Pasadena Laemmle theater. This is an independent documentary on the rise and rise of the Pixar Animation Studios. A possible subsequent wide release […]

South Park creators land $75-million deal

MSNBC reports about the landmark $75-million deal announced on Monday by Comedy Central and the creators of South Park. The deal will see the duo of Matt Stone and Trey Parker sharing online ad revenues 50-50 with the network. The two will also set up a production house in Culver City, California, to spread South […]

Ratatouille cooks up DVD and Blu-Ray disc editions

Hot out of the oven are the disc specifications for Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille on standard definition DVD and hi-def Blu-Ray Disc. While the standard platter will be a slightly less nourishing affair than Pixar’s regular feature-packed 2-disc editions and more along the lines of last year’s Cars, the new format high definition release promises to be […]

Lantern Fishes: Is it better down where it's wetter?

From comes a new animated short Lantern Fishes, a completely unique computer-generated “2.5D” film shedding light on life at the bottom of the ocean depths. Meanwhile Motionographer has an interview with the creator. Thanks to Kristin for the heads up.

The Jungle Book at the El Capitan

Gearing up for the 40th Anniversary Platinum Edition DVD of Disney’s The Jungle Book (release date: October 2), Animation World Network reports that the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. will host a two-week engagement of the animated classic from September 7 through 23, with a special opening night panel taking place on September 6. […]

Bender's Big Score DVD cover

Amazon reveals the DVD cover artwork for Bender’s Big Score, which is set to be released on November 27th and is the first of the four straight-to-DVD Futurama movies currently in development. Thanks to “rednowgreen” at the Animated News & Views Forum for bringing this to our attention.

Looney replacements; New reviews: Darkwing and TMNT!

Looney Tunes Golden Collection disc replacement, plus Darkwing Duck 2 and TMNT reviews and a look at the new More Silly Symphonies fixes!


There’s a certain nostalgic feel about the paper-thin story, and despite the video game feel and use of fantastical weaponry, parents should find TMNT a fair rent for a fun family time.

Video: Dolbee Digital

To promote their upcoming animated feature Bee Movie, DreamWorks has teamed up with Dolby Digital to create a special video featuring the films’ characters including its star, Jerry Seinfeld alias Barry B. Benson. The promotional video can “bee” viewed online on Dailymotion while Movielist has made it available for direct download. The video is currently […]

Kids' WB! acquires Skunk Fu!

Animation Insider reports that Kids’ WB! has added the animated martial arts comedy Skunk Fu! to its Fall lineup. Acquired from U.K.-based Cake Distribution, the show is the sixth new series joining the Kids’ WB! block for the 2007-2008 season. Skunk Fu! follows the adventures of a skunk who is accidentally dropped into China by […]

Stephen Sommers to Direct G.I. Joe

According to Variety, Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Van Helsing) has signed on to direct the live-action adaption of G.I. Joe for Paramount Pictures. Apparently, Sommers was hired in the room after pitching his version of the film to Paramount chairman/CEO Brad Grey and production president Brad Weston. The studio is aggressively looking for a screenwriter […]

Cinderella II returns to DVD

Ultimate Disney reports that an insert included with the Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dream DVD announces that the 2002 Cinderella sequel, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True, will return to DVD for a limited time as a Special Edition with a release date set for December 18th.

[UPDATED!] The Ten Commandments CG

Variety reports that Promenade Pictures has set the release date of its first project, a CG-animated version of The Ten Commandments, on October 26th. Promenade added that Commandments will be the first of a 12-part Epic Stories of the Bible series. The Ten Commandments, which has an $11 million budget, is directed by Bill Boyce […]

TV to DVD: South Park & Pink Panther Christmas DVDs

DVD Active displays the cover artwork for South Parks’ Christmas compilation, Christmas Time in South Park, which will be available to own on November 13th. Meanwhile, TV Shows on DVD premieres the cover artwork for The Pïnk Panther Show: A Pink Christmas, set for a November 6th release.

Jamie Oliver enters the realm of animation

ToyNews reports that Jamie Oliver, British celebrity chef, has teamed up with Aardman Animation to develop a new animated series called Little J. Aimed at 7 to 11 year olds, the 2D animated show follows Oliver’s fictional ten year-old self on a quest to discover the secret of becoming a great chef. “We were thrilled […]

Darkwing Duck: Volume 2

While even the best episodes fail to reach the heights of similar fare, the show remains good-natured. The video, audio and packaging are mediocre, but fans at least get dang for their duck with 27 episodes.

The roar of the 300 and the whimper of the Aqua Teens…

Reviews now up for 300 and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. The latter certainly isn’t recommended…

300: 2-disc Widescreen Edition

The three-hundred brave Spartan warriors battle again in this special effects draped action blockbuster that’s not always as dramatic as intended.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Movie Film For Theaters

You can’t polish a turd, and even a frustratingly deluxe DVD package doesn’t redeem the worst animated film in many years from being anything other than the waste of time it is.

More on Mermaid's swim to Broadway

Playbill summarizes the cast, plot and schedule for the Broadway adaptation of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Directed by Francesca Zambello, the musical will hit the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 3, while its official opening is scheduled for December 6. In the meantime, a new photo for the show has been released, with the blog The […]

Disney to end Adventures

Advertising Age reports that the Disney Adventures magazine will halt its run following the November issue. The site discloses that Disney Publishing is making this move “to better focus resources and maximize long-term growth potential through new magazine and book initiatives.”