Month: October 2008 – page 2

Glen Keane steps down as Rapunzel director

According to AWN, Disney has confirmed that Glen Keane has chosen to step down from directing Disney’s upcoming animated feature Rapunzel due to a personal, non-threatening health issue. Keane, with his directing partner Dean Wellins, has been serving as director of the film for nearly two years. The report also suggests that the new directing […]

Sleeping Beauty awakes at Animated Views!

Over at Animated Views, we’ve just completed our celebration of Sleeping Beauty on DVD and Blu-ray by posting our extensive review of the new Platinum release, which joins several other articles on the film: • Mary Costa speaks about her role as Princess Aurora in an interview exclusive • Marc Davis’ Maleficent collaborator Burny Mattinson […]

Our extensive Sleeping Beauty review is up!

Our full and comprehensive review of Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty: Platinum Edition is here!

Sleeping Beauty: Platinum Edition (Blu-ray/DVD)

Disney’s latest Platinum Edition is the best for quite a while, but it drops the ball on including several supplements from previous versions, even if the few carried over do look cleaner here.

First teaser poster for Up

The first teaser poster for Pixar’s upcoming feature film Up can be found on YahooMovies. Directed by Pete Docter and Bob Peterson, Up opens in theaters across US on May 29, 2009.

Don Hahn panel at Woodbury University

To tie in with the recent launch of The Alchemy of Animation, Don Hahn and a great panel of celebrated animators will be sharing their insights and thoughts on the art of animation through the years on Monday, October 20, at Woodbury University in Burbank, CA. Hahn and his panel of colleagues from the past […]

Turner, MGM to produce new Pink Panther series

Variety reports that Turner Broadcasting and MGM Worldwide TV plan to produce twenty-six episodes of Pink Panther & Pals, a new half-hour animated Pink Panther series for Cartoon Network. The series featuring the iconic panther and his friends is slated to air in fall 2009.

Resident Evil trailer number two

ComingSoon has posted the second trailer for the computer-animated Resident Evil: Degeneration. The feature, which serves as a sequel to the live-action Resident Evil film trilogy, centers around a zombie-infestation at an airport. Directed by Makoto Kamiya, Degeneration hits store shelves on December 30th of this year.

Bolt site goes live

The official website for Disney’s Bolt has now gone live. The site features information, pictures, games, and more concerning the animated comedy-adventure. Bolt, which opens in theaters on November 21st, centers around a Hollywood pup who who find himself thousands of miles away from his owner, Penny. Thanks to “Sullivan” for the tip!

It's maaaaaagic! A Beauty awakes refreshed and restored!

Jeremie speaks to Sara Duran-Singer about Sleeping Beauty‘s amazing digital clean-up!

Once Upon A Dream: Sara Duran-Singer on Sleeping Beauty‘s Restoration

In Chapter Three of our Sleeping Beauty series, Jeremie speaks to Sara Duran-Singer, Senior Vice-President of Post Production at the Disney Studios, about the film’s restoration!

Academy salutes NFB cartoons

Variety reports that Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will deliver “A Salute to the National Film Board of Canada” on October 27 to honor Canadian animated shorts. The event, hosted by animation critic and historian Charles Solomon, will celebrate more than five decades of the NFB’s Oscar-nominated and winning pics with screenings of […]

Happy Feet to tap some more

According to the Sydney Morning Herald director George “Mad Max” Miller is looking to produce a sequel to his award-winning animated feature Happy Feet the Ugly Duckling-esque tale of a penguin who couldn’t sing, as the rest of his flock could, but had the knack for some fierce tap-dancing.

Tom and Jerry Tales and You're A Good Sport, Charlie Brown DVD details

DVDActive reports that Warner Home Video has announced Tom and Jerry Tales Volume 6 for release on the 3rd February, 2009. The single disc release will include 15 cartoons from the end of the run of the 2005 series. No extras will be included on the disc. In addition, the site also shares details on […]

Murray on Mr. Fox

ComingSoon currently features an interview with actor Bill Murray on several of his most recent and upcoming films. In the article, Murray shortly discusses his role in the stop-motion flick The Fantastic Mr. Fox, which opens in theaters on November 6, 2009. Murray is set to voice a badger character in the animated movie.

Maleficent obsession!

Sleeping Beauty sells, Burny Mattinson on creating Maleficent, plus Film Facts and a new review, for Schoolhouse Rock: The Election Collection!

Once Upon A Dream: Burny Mattinson on Sleeping Beauty‘s Maleficent

In Chapter Two of our Sleeping Beauty series, Jeremie speaks to legendary Disney animator Marc Davis’ collaborator on the film’s villain Maleficent, Burny Mattinson!

Sleeping Beauty Film Facts

These fascinating Film Facts from Disney look back on the production of the Studio’s 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty.

Schoolhouse Rock!: The Election Collection

Schoolhouse Rock is re-released in a limited edition covering the American political process just in time for the Presidential Campaign of 2008. Who will run the White House for the next four years, Republicans or Democrats? We will not know until November, but the 15 shorts included in this edition cover many of the major issues in a way that even children can understand them.

Astro Boy adds Matt Lucas

According to Latino Review, Matt Lucas has joined the cast of the upcoming big-screen adaption of Astro Boy. Lending their voices alongside Lucas will be Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy and Eugene Levy with Freddie Highmore and Astro Boy himself. Hitting theaters on October 23, 2009, the animated sci-fi flick […]

Hathaway, Bonham Carter for Burton's Alice

The Hollywood Reporter today confirms that Anne Hathaway has accepted the role of the White Queen, a benevolent monarch who is deposed and banished by her sister and needs Alice to slay a creature known as the Bandersnatch, in Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland. Burton’s partner and frequent leading lady Helena Bonham Carter also has […]

Wake up! It's Sleeping Beauty Tuesday!

Sleeping Beauty arrives on Disney DVD and Blu-ray, and we celebrate in style!

Sleeping Beauty Awakes on Disney DVD and Blu-ray!

Jeremie Noyer speaks to the creators of Sleeping Beauty and looks at the film’s new high-definition restoration!

Once Upon A Dream: Mary Costa as Sleeping Beauty‘s Princess Aurora

In Chapter One of our Sleeping Beauty series, Jeremie speaks to a very special lady, Princess Aurora herself, vocalist Mary Costa!

Clone Wars most-viewed series in CN history

Animation World Network reports that the CGI animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars has become the most-watched show in Cartoon Network’s 16-year history. The series, which premiered last Friday, was the number one program of all kids networks during the 9-10 P.M. timeslot. Cartoon Network’s The Secret Saturdays also started up last Friday, which […]

Tweety and Sylvester back on DVD

Rand drops in with a review for The Sylvester And Tweety Mysteries: Season One!

The Sylvester And Tweety Mysteries: The Complete First Season

Do cat and canary chases mix with mysteries? Sometimes yes, sometimes less so, but this is overall a nice little show.

It's the great review stack-up, Charlie Brown!

Tons of new reviews, for: It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Deluxe, A Bug’s Life: Collectors, Schoolhouse Rock: 30th Anniversary, Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood, Those Daring Young Men In Their Jaunty Jalopies, or Monte Carlo Or Bust and The Reluctant Dragon: Disney Exclusive!

The Reluctant Dragon: Disney Exclusive Edition

This terrific tour of the Walt Disney Studios in its 1940s heyday is fantastically entertaining, and this new disc, while not including any extras, at least provides a way for a catch up for first timers, or a backup for those with the original Treasures collection.

Fraggle Rock Complete Series Collection in November

DVDTimes reports that Lionsgate Home Entertainment and HIT Entertainment have announced the release of Fraggle Rock Complete Series Collection dvd on 4th November 2008. This 20-disc collection features all 96 episodes from four seasons and includes over two hours of never-before-seen bonus features, Never-before released episodes, an all-new Fraggle Rock short, an original Fraggle Rock […]