Month: January 2009 – page 2

Astro Boy and the economy; Tusker in production

An in-depth article focusing on how the current economic crisis has impacted Imagi Studio’s Astro Boy can be read at The story details how the big-screen adaption of the classic cartoon character almost was halted during production due to major money problems, only recovering at the very last second. Interestingly, the post also mentions […]

Monsters Vs Aliens stills

Several new stills from DreamWork’s Monsters Vs Aliens have hit the net, and can be seen on Yahoo! Movies. Along with images from the film are several character posters, which feature both the heroes and villains of the upcoming sci-fi comedy. Monsters Vs Aliens opens in theaters on March 27th. Thanks to “CGIFanatic” over at […]

Ben’s baaaa-aaaack!

Ben’s back, and with him comes a bunch of backed-up content. Check in for a heap of new stuff, including our Best Of 2008, new interviews, reviews and contest!

Despereaux: Olivier Adam discusses a European tail!

Jeremie Noyer speaks with art director Olivier Adam about the adaptation of the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup and a spool of thread, The Tale Of Despereaux!

A Christmas Carol concept art; new image from The Princess and the Frog

Collider shares some concept art from Robert Zemeckis’ upcoming 3D feature A Christmas Carol. The animated feature which is being made using 3D motion-capture technology will be out in theatres on November 6, 2009. In addition the website also shares a new image from Disney’s upcoming animated feature The Princess and the Frog. The film […]

Planet 51 trailer

A new trailer for the upcoming science fiction comedy Planet 51 can be viewed in high definition on Moviefone. Telling the story of an astronaut who lands on an alien world, Planet 51 features the voice talents of Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Seann William Scott, Gary Oldman, and John Cleese. The CGI flick […]

Open Season 2 Contest – Winner Announced!

Open Season 2 DVD and book – Winner Announced!

BAFTA nominees announced

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced their film nominees and several animated films were nominated in several different categories. Perseopolis, WALL-E, and Waltz with Bashir were nominated for Best Animated Film. Perseopolis and Waltz with Bashir were nominated for Best Film Not in the English Language. WALL-E picked up additional nods […]

Hulk Vs featurette, clip

Superhero Hype! currently features two videos concerning the upcoming Marvel Animated Features DVD release, Hulk Vs. The first is a featurette which provides an exclusive first look at Hulk Vs. Thor and Hulk Vs. Wolverine, the two films to be included on the DVD set. The second is a clip from the latter of the […]

Bolt DVD in March

Walt Disney Home Video has announced DVD and Blu-ray releases of their latest feature Bolt on March 24th, reports UltimateDisney. The film has been scheduled for three home video releases: A single-disc DVD which will include the all-new short Super Rhino, a 2-Disc Deluxe Edition which adds deleted scenes; the featurettes “Creating the World of […]

Golden Tomato Award winners

The winners of Rotten Tomatoes’ Golden Tomato Award have been listed here. With a 96% fresh rating, Pixar’s Wall-E came in at number one on a list of best reviewed wide releases, with two other animated titles also making the top ten — Kung Fu Panda at number six with an 88% rating, and Bolt […]

Andrew Stanton on John Carter Of Mars

An interview with Wall-E‘s director Andrew Stanton on his current project, John Carter Of Mars, can be read at Sci-Fi Wire. In the article, Stanton discusses what it’s like to be working on the big-screen adaption of the science fiction classic. He also mentions how far in development the film is, stating, “I’m on my […]

SpongeBob celebrates 10th year

Animation Magazine reports that Nickelodeon is kicking off a year-long celebration of the 10th anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants. Among the events and projects scheduled are: a live cast script reading, a new website, new episodes, a TV movie, and a documentary.

Waltz with Bashir on Oscar Foreign Language shortlist

Nine films have been named to the Oscar shortlist for the Foreign Language Film category at the upcoming Academy Awards. Included in that list is the animated Waltz with Bashir. After additional voting the list will be narrowed to the five final nominees. The full list follows:

Interview with Pixar producers Jim Morris and Lindsey Collins

Collider has an exclusive video interview with Pixar producers Jim Morris and Lindsey Collins on the red carpet at Los Angeles Film Critics Awards ceremony. They share their views on WALL-E‘s award winning spree, watching Up, Pixar’s upcoming Blu-ray releases, and more.

Images and plot descriptions from upcoming animated films

Among a batch of descriptions and stills from upcoming 2009 films on the website of The Los Angeles Times are several images from animated films yet to be released. Included are The Princess And The Frog, $9.99, Monsters Vs Aliens, Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs, Coraline, and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs.

Up sneak peak

A sneak peak for Up that has been airing on Disney Channel can now be viewed at Coming Soon. The video features director Pete Docter discussing Carl Fredricksen and Russell, the leading characters from the upcoming film. The clip also contains some new footage from the movie. Up opens in theaters on May 29th.

More Penguins for Nick

Animation World Network reports that Nickelodeon has greenlit 26 more episodes of The Penguins Of Madagascar, a CGI series featuring the comedic arctic birds from the Madagascar films. The addition of 26 more episodes brings the total order to 52 for the new show. The Penguins Of Madagascar will premier on Saturday, March 28 at […]

Otto Messmer And Felix The Cat

If you do not know who Otto Messmer is, you are not yet a cartoon connoisseur; and if you wish to be, it is essential that you get thee to a DVD outlet and find some old-style Felix The Cat. Learn more here!

WALL-E, Waltz with Bashir pick up Golden Globes

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has awarded Golden Globes to two animated films this year. WALL-E picked up the award for Best Animated Feature Film while Best Foreign Language Film went to Waltz with Bashir. Wall-E and Bolt lost out to The Wrestler in the Best Original Song category.

WALL-E, Waltz with Bashir honored at Critics' Choice Award

Variety reports that WALL-E picked up honors for animated feature and Waltz with Bashir won top foreign language film at the 14th annual Critics’ Choice awards. Slumdog Millionaire was the big winner, nabbing five trophies.

Hardware and software on the way!

Hello Animated Views readers! James here, as Ben’s computer problems continue to keep him offline for the time being. My internet service went out for about three days recently and I was bouncing off the walls not being able to get on the web! So I really sympathize with what Ben must be going through […]

Batman, WALL-E, Simpsons winners at PCA

WALL-E was named Favorite Animated Movie at last night’s People’s Choice Awards, while The Simpsons won for Favorite Animated Comedy. The Dark Knight was the big winner picking up five trophies: Favorite Movie, Favorite Action Movie, Favorite Cast, Favorite On Screen Match-up, and Favorite Superhero.

New Christmas Carol poster

A photograph of a new poster for Robert Zemeckis’ motion-capture film A Christmas Carol can be seen at MarketSaw 3D. The one-sheet features a look at the character of Scrooge, who will be played by Jim Carrey. Carrey is also set to portray six other characters in the upcoming Disney movie, which will be screen […]

Kimball to receive Oscar's Bonner Medal

Mark Kimball has been named this year’s recipient of the Academy’s John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation, which is awarded in appreciation for outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy. Kimball worked at Walt Disney where he spent two decades working as the CAPS logistics system lead, a senior software […]

Disney announces 2009 animated Blu-ray slate, "Combo Packs"

Walt Disney Home Entertainment announced their slate of Blu-ray titles for 2009 today. In addition to the previously announced Pinocchio: 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition BD (coming March 17th), also being released in HD for the first time are Pixar’s Monsters Inc. and A Bugs Life (no dates announced yet), and Snow White and the Seven […]

Waltz with Bashir and Persepolis up for foreign film BAFTA

Variety reports that Ari Folman’s animated war documentary Waltz with Bashir and Marjane Satrapi’s semi-autobiographical animated feature Persepolis are among the five shortlisted films which will compete for best foreign language film at BAFTA this year. The full list of nominations for the awards will be announced on January 15 and the awards ceremony will […]

The Secret of the Magic Gourd DVD in January

DVDTimes reports that Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment have announced the DVD release of Disney’s first Chinese-language film The Secret of the Magic Gourd on 27th January. In addition to the English soundtrack, the DVD will also feature Mandarin and Cantonese language tracks. Extras will include “Too Many Toys” – Multi-level game, “Behind the Scenes” […]

Catmull to receive Oscar's Sawyer Award

Ed Catmull, currently the president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, has been named this year’s recipient of the Academy’s Gordon E. Sawyer Award for “his lifetime of technical contributions and leadership in the field of computer graphics for the motion picture industry”. Catmull co-founded Pixar, as well as the computer graphics laboratory at […]

Seven films compete for Effects Oscar nods

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the films that will compete for the three Oscar nominations in the Visual Effects category at the 81st Academy Awards: Australia, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Iron Man, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and […]