Month: November 2007 – page 2

Snow White 70th Anniversary Event: Part II

In the second installment of our coverage of the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 70th Anniversary Event held recently at Disney’s California Adventure theme park we have photos from the soiree at which Snow White fans could mingle and associate, enjoy candied “poison” apples, have their pictures taken with Snow White walkaround characters, and […]

[AN&V Exclusive!] Bolt poster image

The Animation Building at Disney’s California Adventure theme park now has a display for Bolt, previously known as American Dog. Directed by Chris Williams, the computer animated project is Walt Disney Animation Studios’ offering for 2008. A photo of the teaser display can be seen here:

Goofy to be found with Treasure

Animation World Network writes that the upcoming Goofy short How To Hook Up Your Home Theater will play in theaters with National Treasure: Book of Secrets. The anticipated sequel is scheduled to be released on December 21st.

Shrek among new floats in Macy's parade

This year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving parade will feature new animation-related floats among its usual selection. Joining the lineup for the 81st annual event are Shrek, the Sesame Street fairy-in-training Abby Cadabby, and the Hello Kitty Supercute feline superhero. USA Today has more on this story.

Adams Enchanted by film role

With SCI FI Wire, Amy Adams explains her excitement that her character in Enchanted, Princess Giselle, is considered to be in the same roster as such beloved Disney princesses as Cinderella and Snow White. Walt Disney Pictures’ Enchanted is now playing in theaters.

Lasseter talks WALL-E and traditional animation

In its coverage of the Enchanted Los Angeles premiere, has a quick chat with John Lasseter. The chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios gives some brief thoughts on Enchanted, traditional animation, How To Hook Up Your Home Theater, and WALL-E.

"Shrek the First"

DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek the Third debuted in the top spot on the national DVD sales and rental charts for the week ending November 18th, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Sales for the famous ogre’s latest DVD were so strong that the title is already now among the year’s top ten sellers. That popularity also helped Shrek […]

Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 1

Pixar’s first 13 animated shorts, from SIGGRAPH tests to DVD extras, are bundled together in a cute but surprisingly lacklustre package with some curious transfer questions.

Enchanted now in theaters!

Opening in 3,632 theaters today is Walt Disney Pictures’ Enchanted. Featuring traditional animation and live-action, as well as new songs from the Oscar-winning duo of Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, the film is predicted to take the lead at the box office this Thanksgiving. Yahoo! Movies/Reuters believes Enchanted will gather at least $35 million over […]

Not the same Street

The New York Times investigates why the two recently-released DVD volumes of Sesame Street – Old School come with the warning: “These early Sesame Street episodes are intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today’s preschool child.” From Cookie Monster’s addiction to Oscar the Grouch’s depression, the article takes a look at […]

Rare Ratatouille artwork sold for $35,000

In an update to a report filed November 12th, Upcoming Pixar indicates that the rare piece of Ratatouille artwork by Darryl Bellach that was available for purchase at eBay has finally been sold. The winning bid was $35,000, which will benefit the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home Foundation.

Listen to the Alvin & the Chipmunks soundtrack

AOL Music allows visitors to legally hear the complete soundtrack to Alvin & the Chipmunks for free. Included on the album are covers of such hits as Bad Day and Funkytown, as well as new and classic versions of Chipmunk favorites Witch Doctor and Christmas Don’t Be Late.

Justice League: New Frontier to receive 2-disc DVD

TV Shows on DVD reports that in addition to a single-disc DVD, the direct-to-video Justice League: The New Frontier will also receive a two-disc Special Edition package, when the film hits stores on February 26th. Word has yet to arrive on what bonus features the collector’s set will contain.

Aquaman swims again!

Adventures Of Aquaman reviewed!

Snow White 70th Anniversary Event: Part I

Last Friday evening, the Walt Disney Studios held a 70th Anniversary event for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Disney’s California Adventure (DCA) theme park in Anaheim, CA. The event featured a panel discussion with prominent Disney guests such as Roy Disney, Marge Champion, Glen Keane and John Lasseter, an art exhibit, and a […]

The Adventures Of Aquaman: The Complete Collection

This early DC Comics cartoon holds up surprisingly well, in a goofy Silver Age comic kind of way, and the 2-disc set also offers up a nice featurette about the character.

Interview with Jeffrey Katzenberg

Moviehole talks with DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. The focus of the conversation is the company’s latest film, Bee Movie, although the Shrek franchise, Monsters Vs. Aliens and Mr. Peabody & Sherman are also briefly mentioned.

Disney Princess popularity and plans

The Wall Street Journal examines the success of the Disney Princess brand, reporting some interesting plans in store for it. Apparently, Disney is hoping to attract newborns and their parents with new products. In addition, the article indicates that an upcoming Pixar pic will feature a Scottish princess, while noticing the state of Princess-themed direct-to-video […]

Enchanted clip, premiere, interview

Yahoo! Movies has a new clip from Disney’s Enchanted, titled “Steel Beast.” Meanwhile, photos and summaries of the film’s Los Angeles premiere are also at the site as well as The Hollywood Reporter, Getty Images and The International Herald Tribune. Plus, Kevin Lima speaks with SCI FI Wire about the homages to classic Disney animation […]

Beowulf writers on expanding poem's story

With SCI FI Wire, co-writers Roger Avary and Neil Gaiman explain how they added details to the original tale of Beowulf for its current film adaptation. “It’s a fantastic epic story more than 1,000 years old, written by a monk,” says Avary, about the Anglo-Saxon epic poem. “We just filled in some of the holes.” […]

Lorne Lanning on Oddworld animated plans

Lorne Lanning talks to about the future of his Oddworld video game series. “There’s not a whole lot I can reveal. We’ve got four projects that we are working on. I can’t really get into them, except you know one of them is the film,” comments Lanning. “I can say that another one is […]

Interview: Walt Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook

Box Office Mojo speaks with Dick Cook, chairman of the Walt Disney Studios. The recommended conversation covers a healthy selection of topics, from the company’s animation library to the re-release of Song of the South.

Aristocats Special Edition DVD press release

Featuring a high-res version of the DVD’s cover artwork, DVD Active has the press release for The Aristocats Special Edition. Extras for the package will include a never-before-seen deleted song, a Disney Song Selection feature, Bath Day (a 1946 cartoon starring Figaro), and Backstage Disney: The Aristocats Scrapbook. The Aristocats will be re-released on February […]

Racehorse pic among worst movie pitches

Anonymous producers, agents, and writers share with Radar Online some of the worst movie pitches they have had to endure. One memory comes from an unnamed development executive at an animation studio. The pitch is recalled as, “A down-on-his-luck racehorse is worried he may be off to the glue factory because he just can’t seem […]

TV to DVD: Tree Friends, Smurfs, Batman, Titans, Beatrix Potter

TV Shows on DVD has the cover artwork for Happy Tree Friends – The Complete Season One, as well as revised rear artwork for The Smurfs – Season One, Volume One. The site also presents clips from the fourth seasons of The Batman and Teen Titans. In the meantime, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release […]

New posters for Alvin, Pirates Who Don't Do Anything

The Internet Movie Poster Awards displays the one-sheet for The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything. The latest Veggietales movie will hit cinemas on January 11, 2008. Likewise, the site has the new international banner for Alvin and the Chipmunks, entering domestic theaters on December 14th.

Ten of the best animated/live-action flicks

In celebration of Disney’s Enchanted, MSN Movies takes a look at what it deems are ten of the best films, in chronological order, that blend animated characters with real-life actors. Appearing on the list are The Three Caballeros, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Cool World, The Pagemaster, Casper, Joe’s Apartment, Space Jam, Little […]

TV to DVD: Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm, Tom & Jerry, Rocket Robin Hood

TV Shows on DVD reports that Warner Canada has canceled the two volumes of the entire Rocket Robin Hood series that were to be released in November. At this time, no reason for the cancellation is known. Meanwhile, Tom & Jerry Tales – Volume 4, containing 12 shorts from episodes #14 – #17 of the […]

Brand new Wall•E poster

A new teaser poster for Pixar’s upcoming sci-fi flick Wall•E has appeared on IGN’s website. The one-sheet features the film’s title character against a white backdrop, along with the release date of the movie. Wall•E is set to hit theaters on June 27th, 2008.

New trailer for Persepolis

A brand new trailer for Sony Picture’s Persepolis can be viewed on Yahoo Movies. Based on the graphic novels by Marjane Satrapi, the award-winning film follows the life of a young Iranian girl growing up during the Islamic revolution. A limited release in the USA will begin on December 25th, 2007.