Month: July 2008 – page 2

Planes, Trains and Automobiles on the Road To…San Diego!

With Comic-Con upon us, and James and Rand already on the road to San Diego, Ben’s jumping on a plane to join ’em; plus Batman: Gotham Knight reviewed and site updates!

Sleeping Beauty's Castle to reawaken

According to The Orange County Register the iconic Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, CA, will reopen its walkthrough attraction, originally opened in 1957 but closed in 2001, to coincide closely with the October 7th release to 2-Disc Platinum DVD and Blu-Ray of Disney’s 1959 animated masterpiece Sleeping Beauty. Be sure to check […]

Second Simpsons movie on the way

According to Daily News, Matt Groening, creator of the popular television series The Simpsons, has revealed that there will be a second movie featuring the animated family. However, he also states that it might not hit the big screen for quite a while. “It will happen at some point, but I have no idea when. […]

Behind the scenes of Bolt

The first in a series of in-depth articles regarding the production of Disney’s upcoming Bolt can be read over at Ain’t It Cool News. The author of the story describes shadowing John Lasseter around Disney’s animation studio, mentioning the different ways Lasseter has tried to improve the studio’s atmosphere. Several scenes from Bolt are also […]

New trailer for Ponyo on the Cliff unveiled, Miyazaki talks

A brand new and final trailer for Hayao Miyazaki”s upcoming film Ponyo on the Cliff was shown on Japanese television just one day before its theatrical release. FPSMagazine has made available the trailer online. Ponyo on the Cliff tells the tale of Ponyo, a goldfish princess who wishes to become human and in the process, […]

Space Chimps opens

Opening today in about 2,400 theaters is the animated sci-fi comedy Space Chimps, which follows the efforts of several astronaut primates to save a planet from a tyrannical leader and get back home to Earth. The movie is not faring too well with the critics, scoring only 37% on Rotten Tomatoes. “With cheapie effects and […]

Animated News & Views does Comic-Con 2008!

All the latest on Ben, James and Rand’s trip to the San Diego Comic-Con and Disneyland!

Ghibli animator talks Ponyo on the Cliff

GhibliWorld has posted an English summary of an interview with Studio Ghibli veteran Kondo Katsuya, one of their top animators. Starting his career with Castle in the Sky in 1986, Kondo has worked on many Ghibli films, most recent being the Hayao Miyazaki’s upcoming film Ponyo on the Cliff. In the interview, Kondo shares his […]

The storyboards of WALL-E, and more

RottenTomatoes has an exclusive interview with story artist Derek Thompson, who joined Pixar in January 2005 to work as a Story Artist on WALL-E. In the exclusive article, Thompson explains the process of the story department and presents a look at some of the storyboards from WALL-E. In its another exclusive article The World Of […]

Space Chimps box office predictions

With the release date of Space Chimps quickly approaching, several web sites have begun to speculate what the film’s opening weekend earnings will total up to. Coming Soon predicts that the animated comedy will open at number seven at the box office with an intake of $6.7 million. Lee’s Movie Info also puts Chimps at […]

2008 Emmy nominees announced

The nominees for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards have been announced. Here are the animated entries: Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour) • Creature Comforts America • King Of The Hill • Robot Chicken • SpongeBob SquarePants • The Simpsons Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour Or More) • Blue Harvest […]

Batman: Gotham Knight (Blu-ray/DVD)

The Dark Knight gets an anime makeover in this anthology of tales handled by some of Japan’s best studios. Like any anthology, the results are mixed, but overall these visions of Batman are compelling.

Even more Glago's Guest

A short video clip of Disney’s short film Glago’s Guest can now be seen on AWNtv. The highly stylized animated piece can be viewed in it’s entirety when it is released alongside Bolt on November 26, 2008.

More Glago's Guest

Over at Animation World Network an interview with Chris Williams can be read about his coming Disney animated short, Glago’s Guest. “It began as an illustration of Roman soldiers and evolved into an artful 3D-animated short about desolation and discovery in a Siberian outpost in the 1920s, as a lonely soldier named Glago has an […]

New Clone Wars one sheets

Two new posters advertising Star Wars: The Clone Wars have appeared on Latino Review. The film is set to serve as a prequel to an upcoming animated Star Wars television series, and will open in theaters on the 15th of August.

DreamWorks and Intel team up

CNBC reports that the film studio DreamWorks has teamed up with Intel to create “next generation digital 3D animation”. The alliance was established in order to benefit both partners; DreamWorks hopes to speed up their production processes by putting Intel technology to use, while Intel plans to use Dreamworks to test new technology specifically intended […]

Character from Pixar's Up revealed

Apparently gone unreported (as far as we can tell) since it’s release in November 2007, there is a bit of news about Pixar’s next film, Up, on the Blu-ray version of Ratatouille. In a scene where Remy is running through the walls of a building towards the rooftop he is chased by a dog, who […]

Eric Goldberg book signing

If you’re not able to make it to the San Diego Comic-Con to get your copy of “Character Animation Crash Course” signed by its author, Eric Goldberg, you’ll have another chance on August 6th from 7-9pm when Eric will be signing copies of his soon-to-be-released book at the Samuel French Theatre and Film Bookshop in […]

Totoro forest project

As mentioned earlier in an interview with Pixar storyboard artist Enrico Casarosa, GhibliWorld now brings details on the Totoro Forest Project, an international charity effort to preserve Sayama forest which is also known as Totoro’s forest. Sayama is an endangered sanctuary on the outskirts of Tokyo where Miyazaki got the inspiration for his much loved […]

Remy cooks at Disneyland

UpcomingPixar shares a video of a real Remy the Rat cooking at Disneyland Paris, a part of Disney’s Imagineering.

Andrew Stanton : Animating from Life shares a long podcast interview with Andrew Stanton, director of Pixar’s latest film Wall-E.

First Hulk vs Wolverine animated trailer

Marvel has made available the very first trailer for their upcoming direct-to-DVD/Blu-Ray release Hulk vs Wolverine. According to the site, two of the most famous battles in Marvel’s comic book history are finally being brought to life in the sixth Marvel/Lionsgate direct-to-DVD/Blu-Ray release in January 2009. More info on the films included in this release […]

Interview with Director and Producer of Astro Boy

Collider brings an exclusive interview with the director David Bowers and producer Maryann Garger of Imagi Entertainment’s upcoming feature film Astro Boy. The duo talk about adapting Osamu Tezuka’s classic and bringing it to the big screen, the story and the cast, and the fans response so far. Astro Boy is slated for a 2009 […]

Interview with Wall•E producer

WSJ has posted an interview with Lindsey Collins, producer of the latest Pixar film Wall•E, wherein she talks about dressing for Pixar, pregnancy and red-carpet premieres. Thanks to UpcomingPixar for the story.

Production update on the new Wallace & Gromit short

Aardman confirmed on their official Wallace & Gromit blog that voice recording for A Matter of Loaf and Death is now completed. Peter Sallis, who turned 87 this year, returns as the voice of Wallace.

The Art Of WALL•E: you're booked!

Jeremie speaks to Tim Hauser, author of the latest Pixar Art Of… book, which takes a look at their new feature WALL•E.

Author Tim Hauser’s “axioms” on The Art Of WALL•E

Animated News & Views’ Jeremie Noyer speaks to author Tim Hauser about the latest animation Art Of… book, this time focusing on Pixar’s WALL-E!

Art of Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

GhibliWorld has posted an early cover art for the book Art of Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, based on the upcoming Studio Ghibli film of the same name. According to the site, just like any other Studio Ghibli “Art of” series book, Art of Ponyo will also feature a variety of sketches, storyboards, […]

China jealous of Hollywood's Panda success?

ContactMusic reports that the box-office success of Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda in China, has led to a debate in the country about why a film with many Chinese symbols and settings could not have been made in China itself. Ever since its release in late June, Kung Fu Panda has earned $20 million in China.

New Looney Tunes collections coming to DVD

DVD Active reveals that Warner Home Video will release Looney Tunes: Spotlight Collection Vol. 6, featuring 30 cartoons, as well as Looney Tunes: Golden Collection Vol. 6, a 4-disc set including 60 more cartoons and 15 bonus shorts, on on October 21st.