Month: January 2009

Kung Fu Panda wins big at 36th Annie Awards; WALL-E shut out

Kung Fu Panda was the big winner at last night’s 36th annual Annie Awards. The film picked up 10 awards including Best Animated Feature. Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II won the Television award. Avatar: The Last Airbender won the Children’s TV award. And Sebastian’s Voodoo won the Short award. The full list of winners […]

Oliver, Dave Pruiksma, and Company!

We speak to Oliver & Company animator Dave Pruiksma, and preview a little more of You’re A Good Sport, Charlie Brown!

Once Upon A Time In New York City: Oliver & Company Animator Dave Pruiksma!

Jeremie Noyer speaks to Disney animator Dave Pruiksma about the Studio in the 1980s, the development of Oliver & Company and his many achievements since!

Dan Fogler joins Mars Needs Moms! cast

According to ComingSoon, actor Dan Fogler has joined the cast of Mars Needs Moms!, Robert Zemeckis’ upcoming motion capture film. Based on Bloom County creator Berkeley Breathed’s novel of the same name, Mars Needs Moms! tells the story of a young boy who must rescue his mother after she is kidnapped by aliens.

The Tale of Despereaux DVD in March

DVDActive reports that Universal Home Video has announced DVD and Blu-ray releases of The Tale of Despereaux for the 17th March. Extras on this release will include a Tale of The Tale of Despereaux: A (Mostly) Non-Fictional Making-Of featurette, an interactive map of the Kingdom of Dor, the Top Ten Uses for Oversized Ears, games, […]

More Peter & The Wolf, Madagascar 2 – and a quick catch-up!

Peter & The Wolf reviewed, plus Madagascar 2 disc details and a quick game of catch-up!

Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter & The Wolf (2006)

Suzie Templeton’s Oscar winning interpretation of Prokofiev’s classic musical story recalls the Eastern European animations of old and is well served on with this disc’s supplements.

Twilight in 30 seconds

Thirty Second Bunnies have come up with their own version of the teenage vampire drama Twilight which can be watched here.

Max and Mary trailer; clips

Collider shares a trailer and four clips from Mary and Max, a claymation feature film from Academy Award winning writer/director Adam Elliot and producer Melanie Coombs. Mary and Max tells the story of a pen-pal relationship between two very different people: Mary Dinkle, a chubby, lonely 8-year-old living in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia; and […]

John Lasseter to receive Golden Lion at Venice film festival

John Lasseter will be awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 66th Venice International Film Festival. For the first time in the history of the Venice Film Festival, the award celebrates not only a single filmmaker, but also the contribution of all the directors of this visionary studio, Pixar. According to the official […]

New Up poster & image

Collider shares a new poster for Pixar’s Up along with an image from the film. Directed by Pete Docter, Up opens in theatres on May 29th.

Step in time! Poppins is back, plus new discs and more!

Speaking with Richard Sherman, new disc news and updates, plus Warner Bros. animation clips!

Mary Poppins’ Richard M. Sherman: A Practically Perfect Songwriter!

Jeremie Noyer speaks to Disney Legend and world-renowned composer Richard M. Sherman, about working with Walt on his cherished masterpiece Mary Poppins!

New Coraline trailer

A new trailer for Coraline created exclusively for the internet can be viewed in standard format as well as HD on Trailer Addicts. Henry Selick’s big screen adaption of Neil Gaiman’s children’s novel opens in traditional and 3-D equipped theaters on February 6th.

Stanton goes in depth on WALL-E

In an interview with Newsweek Pixar’s Andrew Stanton touches on many interesting topics about his latest film WALL-E, including: breaking down the barrier between animation and live action, the relationship between EVE and WALL-E and how it parallels the way men perceive their relationships with women, the fact that this is Pixar’s first love story, […]

Oscar nominated shorts coming to theatres and computers

Animation Magazine reports that Shorts International is bringing the Oscar-nominated live action and animated short films to theaters and computer screens. Beginning on February 6th the group will bring the program, titled The 2008 Academy Award Nominated Short Films, to theaters in 60 cities. The film will then be available to download on iTunes on […]

New Orleans to host Disney art exhibit

Dreams Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from the Walt Disney Studio will open in New Orleans this fall according to USA Today. The art exhibit will feature over 600 pieces from films such as Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast. The idea came directly from […]

Star Trek alum boldly goes to a galaxy far, far, away

George Takei, best known as Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek TV series and films, discusses his new role as part of another iconic sci-fi franchise with the Great Falls Tribune. Takei voices the character of Lok Durd, in Cartoon Network’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Besides discussing his role in the series, Takei […]

The Simpsons, South Park to broadcast in HD

Engadget reports that the long running Comedy Central animated series South Park and the even longer running FOX animated series The Simpsons will both start broadcasting in high definition in the coming months. The Simpsons will make the switch on February 15th while South Park will change over on March 11th.

Peter, the Wolf, and a Nutty Professor! Plus Watership Down's composer remembered…

We review The Nutty Professor (2008), speak to the filmmakers behind the 2008 Oscar winner Peter & The Wolf, and remember composer Angela Morely.

Peter & The Wolf: A Bird’s-Eye View (With A Balloon!)

Jeremie Noyer speaks to director Suzie Templeton, producer Hugh Welchman and lead animator Adam Wyrwas about 2008 Best Animated Short Oscar winner Peter & The Wolf!

The Nutty Professor (2008)

Julius Kelp’s grandson is about to go the way of his grandfather in this mildly amusing updated follow-up of sorts to Jerry Lewis’ 1963 comedy.

Oscars, LaserDiscs, Lost Chords, and Wild animals!

Views on the Oscar nominations, a look back at the glory days of LaserDisc, more gems from the archives in Disney’s Lost Chords 2 plus The Wild reviewed!

The Wild

Visual FX supremo Spaz Williams jumps into the directors chair to deliver a well crafted hour and a half of good clean fun with some unique visual touches.

Russell Schroeder has retrieved Disney’s Lost Chords!

Jeremie Noyer speaks with Disney artist, writer, musical historian and now author Russel Shroeder about his long in the making books on the Disney’s Studio’s lost songs!

New posters for Monsters vs Aliens and Up

IMPAWARDS has posted three new character posters for DreamWorks’ upcoming animated feature Monsters vs Aliens. Additionally, the site also shares a new poster for Pixar’s forthcoming film Up which can be seen here.

LaserDisc Archives: Why I’m Keeping My LaserDisc Player!

A fond look back at the greatness of laserdiscs, especially those grand old box sets.

2009 Oscar Nominations, WALL-E up for six awards

The nominees for the 81st Academy Awards were announced this morning. Bolt, Kung Fu Panda, and WALL-E were the picks for Animated Feature. WALL-E was also nominated for Original Screenplay, Score, Song (Down to Earth), Sound Mixing, and Sound Editing. WALL-E‘s six nominations ties Beauty and the Beast for most Oscar nominations for an animated […]

Third Monsters Vs Aliens featurette

A third featurette for the upcoming animated comedy Monsters Vs Aliens can be viewed on Comingsoon’s website. To watch the video, scroll down to the section of the page that reads “Featurette 3 (1.20.09)”. Monsters Vs Aliens stars the voice talents of Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Seth Rogen, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Colbert, Kiefer […]