Month: November 2007

The Aristocats Special Edition in February

DVDTimes has posted the details on the upcoming Aristocats Special Edition DVD which will hit stores on February 5, 2008. This new release will feature digitally-enhanced picture and sound. Plus it will include all-new extras, such as a never-before-seen deleted song; Bath Day, a cartoon short from 1946 featuring Figaro; “Backstage Disney: The Aristocats Scrapbook”; […]

Ratatouille going for Best Picture Oscar?

The New York Times has a recommended piece that examines the chances of Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille being nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award. Specifically, the article ponders if the Best Animated Feature Oscar category will help or hurt the possibility of such a nomination.

Oldman, Elwes sing Christmas Carol

Moviehole reports that Gary Oldman has joined Jim Carrey in the cast of Robert Zemeckis’ motion-capture feature A Christmas Carol. Like Carrey, Oldman will play more than one character in the film. Interestingly, the site notes that Cary Elwes will stand-in for Carrey, at times when the comic is not available to participate in the […]

Disney drives Cars to strengthen online presence

Upcoming Pixar points to The San Fernando Valley Business Journal, where word arrives that the Walt Disney Company is hoping to strengthen its online presence with a new website of games based on Disney/Pixar’s Cars. The site is expected to launch in 2008.

Animation represented by "50 Smartest People In Hollywood"

Entertainment Weekly has named “The 50 Smartest People In Hollywood.” Talented folks found in the lineup include Ratatouille director Brad Bird (#23), DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg (#22), Beowulf director Robert Zemeckis (#18), Walt Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook (#12), and Industrial Light & Magic visual effects supervisor John Knoll (#10).

Grandma Got Run Over by a lawsuit; Goofy employee sues Disney

TMZ has obtained information that the Fred Rappoport Company, one of the producers behind the animated Christmas special Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, is suing Elmo Shropshire, singer of the popular Christmas tune upon which the show is based. According to Rappoport, Shropshire interfered in a $1 million merchandising deal regarding the special. […]

Shrek, Grinch score ratings win for ABC

The Hollywood Reporter shows that the television premiere of Shrek the Halls averaged 21.1 million viewers and a 7.2 rating/20 share in adults 18-49. Airing on ABC at 8/7c, the special was followed by the Holiday favorite How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, which averaged 18.7 million viewers and a 6.8 rating/17 share in the 18-49 […]

Toy Story Mania website now open

Upcoming Pixar notes that the official website for Toy Story Mania is now open. Animation enthusiasts may particularly enjoy the behind-the-scenes images for the attraction that the site reveals. Toy Story Mania will debut at Disneyland and Walt Disney World in the summer of 2008.

MTV to open Park online

MTV Networks is hoping to place every clip from every episode of South Park onlne next year, with viewers being able to watch the clips for free. This strategy aims to increase the show’s television ratings, as a similar move with The Daily Show resulted in such success. The Hollywood Reporter has more on this […]

DVD charts: November 19-25, 2007

The Hollywood Reporter indicates that Shrek the Third was pushed to second place on the DVD sales charts, as Live Free or Die Hard took the top spot. As for Ratatouille, the Disney/Pixar hit dropped to 4th place in its third week. Interestingly, Black Friday discounts saw Happy Feet jump back into the top ten, […]

New slew of TV to DVD updates

TV Shows on DVD presents a new batch of headlines regarding classic and contemporary animated shows coming soon to stores. Series and specials found among the latest information include Lil’ Bush: Resident of the United States, South Park: Imaginationland, Justice League: The New Frontier, Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, the two volumes for Warner Brothers’ […]

Bender's Big epic, film clip

With SCI FI Wire, producer Rich Moore explains the epic feeling the team behind Bender’s Big Score wanted to give the direct-to-video film. Concurrently, a clip from Score is available to view at Coming Soon.

Five new Chipmunks images

IGN Movies showcases five new captioned images from the live-action/computer animated comedy Alvin and the Chipmunks. The movie will enter theaters on December 14th.

Snow White 70th Anniversary Event: Part III

Concluding our coverage of the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 70th Anniversary Event held recently at Disney’s California Adventure theme park we present eight images from the “Fairest One of All” art exhibit showcased in the Animation Building and featuring concept art, background paintings, storyboards, and reproduced movie cels from Walt Disney’s pioneering animated […]

Shrek the Halls premieres tonight

Break out some egg nog and light up the Yuletide log as Shrek the Halls premieres tonight on the ABC network. Taking place chronologically after Shrek the Third and before Shrek Goes Fourth, Shrek the Halls tells the tale of one year’s Christmas in a swamp not too far away from the land of Far […]

The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians

Firestorm joins the team in this last hurrah for The Super Friends.

[AN&V DVD reviews!] Ratatouille, Pixar Short Films, Shrek the Third

At Animated News’ sister site, Animated Views, Ben Simon reviews three of the most popular animated DVD titles released this fall: Ratatouille, Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 1 and Shrek the Third. With Ratatouille, Ben joins most other critics in praising the film, giving it a perfect score of 10. He gives its DVD’s small […]

Disney's Bolt to receive 3-D treatment

Disney’s Bolt, previously known as American Dog, will be released in digital 3-D when it enters theaters November 26, 2008, says The Hollywood Reporter. Featuring the voices of John Travolta and Susie Essman, the film tells the tale of “a TV star dog named Bolt (Travolta) who is accidentally shipped from his Hollywood soundstage to […]

Ambrose goes Where the Wild Things Are

The Hollywood Reporter indicates that Lauren Ambrose will voice one of the title characters in Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are. The actress is replacing Michelle Williams, whose voice reportedly did not match the filmmakers’ vision of how the Wild Thing should sound. Where the Wild Things Are, using real actors, computer animation and […]

Turok, Appleseed DVD updates

DVDActive has the bonus features and artwork for Turok: Son of Stone. The Genius Products and Weinstein Company release will include an audio commentary and a “Making of” featurette. The site also reveals the two covers for Appleseed Ex Machina, which will carry DVD artwork that is different than its HD DVD and Blu-ray releases.

Enchanted at the box office

Walt Disney Pictures’ Enchanted came in at #1 over the Thanksgiving weekend. Collecting $35.3 million during the Friday-to-Sunday period, the film averaged $9,472 from 3,730 theaters. Enchanted has collected approximately $50 million since its debut last Wednesday, November 21st. These numbers translate into the live-action/traditionally-animated picture having the second highest five-day Thanksgiving opening of all […]

TV to DVD: Disneyland, Academy Awards, He-Man, Hanna-Barbera

TV Shows on DVD writes that Disneyland – Secrets, Stories & Magic will contain three episodes of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, including “The Golden Horseshoe Revue,” “Disneyland Goes To The World’s Fair” and “Disneyland Around the Seasons.” The site also has the latest news for Warner Bros.’ two Academy Awards Animation Collection releases, […]

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown Deluxe Edition DVD in January

DVDActive reports that Warner Home Video has announced a deluxe edition of the 1975 animated short Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, which will be available to own on January 15th. This newly-remastered 30-minute TV special will be presented in 4:3 full frame, along with an English Mono track. Extras on the disc will include an […]

Shrek The Weak reviewed, Enchanted leads box office

Ben’s away for a couple of days, and promises to see straighter when he returns from laser surgery. However, if you wish to see how he saw things before his peepers went under the light knife, be sure to read his latest reviews. He examined Ratatouille at the end of last week, where he did […]

Shrek The Third

It’s third time unlucky for DreamWorks increasingly tired franchise with an uninspired movie coming to disc in an uninspired package. Must try harder!

A pair o'Pixar reviews!

Ratatouille and Pixar Shorts reviewed, plus TailSpin winner announced!


Pixar’s hard sell comes to disc in a fairly uneventful package from Disney, but the movie is so delicious that it deserves to be on everyone’s list!

First Madagascar 2 still

A brand-new image from DreamWork’s sequel Madagascar 2: The Crate Escape can be found on Filmz.RU. The still features Marty, Alex, and the gang in an African savanna setting. Thanks to “CGI Fanatic” over at the Animated News & Views forums for the heads up!

New Panda image

Filmz.RU currently hosts a new promotional image from the upcoming martial arts flick, Kung Fu Panda. Opening in theaters on June 6th, 2008, Panda follows the story of a lazy bear training to become a kung fu master.

Anderson on Mr. Fox

During an interview featured on Rotten Tomatoes, indie filmmaker Wes Anderson discusses The Fantastic Mr. Fox, an upcoming stop-motion flick based on a book by Roald Dahl. “I really enjoyed writing the script,” comments Anderson. “It’s really fun to do an animated movie.”