Month: August 2008

Eric Goldberg's Character Animation Crash Course book!

Eric Goldberg’s Character Animation Crash Course – read what the man himself has to say, and enter our contest to win yourself a copy of this new book!

Character Animation Crash Course – Winner!!

Eric Goldberg’s Character Animation Crash Course – Winner Announced!

Eric Goldberg takes us on a Character Animation Crash Course!

Animated News & Views’ Christian Ziebarth speaks with Eric Goldberg about the animator’s new book, Character Animation Crash Course!

Bravestarr: Volume Two

The final Filmation show gets shorted on extras in this concluding volume, but with 32 episodes there’s still lots to occupy your time.

Back to the Park, more Peanuts announcements…

South Park Season 11 reviewed, plus new Charlie Brown announcements.

South Park: The Complete Eleventh Season

The boys are back in the Park for another riotous season that includes their adventures in Imaginationland. The set is overpriced and should be found as better deal online, but fans will be pleased that the show has lost nothing of its razor-sharp wit.

Ollie Johnston: In Remembrance

Animation World Network now sports a collection of remembrances by many in the animation industry (including Don Hahn, Glen Keane, Gene Deitch, Chuck Williams, Chris Wedge, John Lasseter, and Jeffrey Katzenberg) of recently passed Disney animator Ollie Johnston while Jim Hill Media reports on the recent life celebration that was held in Ollie’s remembrance at […]

Nightmare's here! Plus the Lone Ranger, Zorro…and Wart!

Comments on the Nightmare packaging, reviews for Lone Ranger/Zorro and Disney’s The Sword In The Stone: in short, stick to the Gold edition!

The Sword In The Stone: 45th Anniversary Edition

Disney’s take on young pre-King Arthur is a riotous comedy: one of the Studio’s most irreverent films, but this 45th Anniversary edition in no way builds on what has been released before.

The New Adventures Of The Lone Ranger And Zorro: Volume 2

Two masked icons of the American West stand up to the forces of oppression in this set of Filmation cartoons that finishes off their respective Saturday morning series.

Blu-Ray bonus features for Wall-E

A list of several bonus features for the Blu-ray release of Wall-E has also popped up online, and can be read here. Special features on the disk include storyboards for the new short Burn-E, numerous deleted scenes, and a ‘geek track’. Wall-E will be available for purchase on November 18th. Thanks again to Daniel for […]

Keaton joins Toy Story 3 cast

According to Upcoming Pixar, actor Micheal Keaton has been cast as Barbie’s boyfriend, Ken, in the latest installment to the Toy Story series. This will be Keaton’s second role in a Pixar film, as he also voiced the character Chick Hicks in 2006’s Cars. Toy Story 3 will open in theaters on June 18th, 2010.

Kung Fu Panda DVD artwork

DVDActive has posted the DVD cover art for DreamWork’s hit animated comedy, Kung Fu Panda. Interestingly, the site also hosts cover art for a bonus DVD titled Secretes Of The Furious Five, a new animated short featuring characters from the original film. Kung Fu Panda hits shelves on November 11th. Thanks to Daniel for the […]

More Nightmares, plus is The Chosen One worth choosing?

Jeremie talks to Nightmare Before Christmas’ storyboard artist Mike Cachuela, and independent feature The Chosen One is Toon Reviewed.

The Chosen One

Some outrageous language and edgy situations might have boosted the lack of true wit on offer in this Flash-animated feature that struggles to have us invest in its characters or plot.

Perfect Nightmare: Mike Cachuela on storyboarding Christmas

Jeremie Noyer continues his nightmare journey behind the scenes of Tim Buton’s stop-motion classic, speaking to Nightmare Before Christmas‘s storyboard artist Mike Cachuela!

New voice talent for Gnomeo

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that James McAvoy and Emily Blunt have been recruited to star in the upcoming animated feature Gnomeo And Juliet. Emily Blunt will be replacing Kate Winslet, who was originally set to play Juliet two years ago before a scheduling conflict prevented her from doing so. Currently in it’s story-board phase, […]

20 CGI classics, RenderMan anniversary

In honor of the 20th anniversary of RenderMan, Rotten Tomatoes has assembled in a list twenty classic films that have employed the software in various ways. RenderMan was created two decades ago by Pixar, revolutionizing the world of computer-generated special effects and animation. The movies feature on Rotten Tomatoe’s list range from 1988’s Terminator 2: […]

Azur and Asmar DVD review

DVDTimes has posted a UK dvd review of Azur and Asmar, directed by French animator Michel Ocelot who is also known for his debut feature Kirikou and the Sorceress. Azur and Asmar tells the story of two boys brought up as brothers, find themselves pitted against each other in a quest as they embark on […]

Wall-E DVD coverart

DVDActive has now posted coverart for the upcoming dvd editions of Pixar’s Wall-E, which will be out on November 18. Wall-E is expected to see a 1-disc, 3-disc, and a Blu-ray release, details on which can be found here.

Titans, Toons, Loons…reviews and a Nightmare chat!

Reviews for Teen Titans, Tiny Toons, Freakazoid and Once Upon A Time…Walt Disney, plus a seat at a roundtable discussion with Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick!

Perfect Nightmare: Henry Selick on Making Christmas before time!

Animated News & Views’ Jeremie Noyer joins a roundtable discussion with The Nightmare Before Christmas‘ director Henry Selick on the occasion of the film’s 15th Anniversary!

Freakazoid!: Season 1

Fricassee, freakazoo…Freakazoid! is back on our screens and this great two-disc set is a reminder of how groundbreaking, and plain zany and nuts, this animated comedy show really was!

Tiny Toon Adventures: Season 1, Volume 1

They’re tiny, they’re toony, and they’re back, on DVD! Still fresh, still funny, Warner does their little Looney Tunes proud in this four disc set.

Once Upon A Time…Walt Disney

This companion piece to the Artistic Sources Of The Disney Studios exhibition may fall short in a few minor areas, but otherwise it’s a must-have documentary that takes a serious look at Disney animation art. The addition of the silent Snow White is icing on the cake!

The Simpsons: Season 11 DVD in October

DVDActive reports that Fox Home Entertainment has announced the 11th season of The Simpsons for the 7th October. Each of the episodes will be presented in 1.33:1 full frame, along with English Dolby Digital tracks. Extras will include audio commentaries, deleted scenes, an animation showcase, a Line From Matt Groening featurette, and a Commercial.

Interview with Hayao Miyazaki, Ponyo wows Japan

GhibliWorld brings an English summary of an interview with Hayao Miyazaki by Robert Whiting, a sport journalist who has been living in Japan for a long time. Miyazaki talks about his childhood life during wartime, Studio Ghibli, and more. In addition, the site also reports that the Japanese box-office collections for Hayao Miyazaki’s latest feature […]

Wall•E DVD details surface, expected to be jam-packed

Upcomingpixar reports that unlike Pixar’s previous barebone releases of Cars and Ratatouille, WALL•E would be receiving 4 home video releases. The first being a single disc DVD which will include a directors commentary, Presto & BURN•E, deleted scenes, a sound design featurette, and ‘WALL•E‘s Tour of the Universe’. Additionally there will be a three disc […]

Teen Titans: The Complete Fifth Season

The final season of Teen Titans offers the most consistent tone, with only one real clunker (in addition to a misfire of a finale) marring what is otherwise an epic finish featuring the world’s teen heroes versus The Brotherhood Of Evil.

Technotise – Edith and I marks completion of first Serbian feature

Serbian Director Aleksa Gajic has announced that work on Technotise – Edith and I has been completed after its three year production, with a premiere planned for November 2008. The CGI film, shaded to approximate the look of traditional animation, is the first such feature film to be made in Serbia. Artwork, sound bites including […]