Month: September 2009

X-Men: The Animated Series – Volume 3

The X-Men return with their third volume of stories from the show’s third and fourth seasons.

Disney magic flies again!

Bedknobs And Broomsticks: Enchanted Musical Edition reviewed!

Bedknobs And Broomsticks: Enchanted Musical Edition

Unfairly knocked for being a poor man’s Mary Poppins, this film has its own richness of magic. Though this is a lesser package than the previous DVD edition, it is still bound to please most who haven’t got the old DVD already in their collections.

Winnie The Pooh and new announcements too!

Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie reviewed, plus a slew of new DVD and Blu-ray Disc announcements: Harry Potter, Rocky, The Prisoner and more!

Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (Limited Edition with Plush)

Lumpy and Roo celebrate their first Halloween together in the Hundred Acre Woods.

Bedknobs and Shermans; Earth and Our Gang!

An interview with Richard Sherman, plus review of Earth and The Our Gang Collection.

Richard M. Sherman on Bedknobs And Broomsticks: a Solid Songwriter!

Jeremie Noyer speaks once again to composer Richard M. Sherman, on the release of Bedknobs And Broomsticks and the upcoming CD retrospective The Sherman Brothers Songbook!

Warner Archive: The Our Gang Collection

Those original little rascals return in a delightfully nostalgic but exhaustive collection of all 52 of their MGM-produced Our Gang shorts!

Disneynature: Earth

Disneynature’s first outing cribs its material from the BBC’s Planet Earth but provides an almost perfectly formed cut-down of events that will amaze newcomers to this footage.

Dick Cook resigns/fired from Disney

Dick Cook, Chairman of Walt Disney Studios, either resigned or was fired today depending on the source. Several box office bombs and a lack of profitability are the main reasons being given for his leaving. The New York Times has what seems to be the official version, while Nikki Finke has the behind the scenes […]

Off the beaten track…alternative animation 9 and Astro Boy

One of the most original animated features in a long while has just landed at a theater near you, and I’m very pleased that director Shane Acker’s 9, produced from his original Oscar-nominated short into a feature by Tim Burton, has opened at number two at the box-office, with a $15m take. This is healthy […]

From one sanctuary to another: Christophe Vacher on art directing 9

Christophe Vacher speaks to Animated News & Views about his assignment as art director on the feature-length 9.

Astro Boy And Anime Come To The Americas

Lots of great material exists in the first third of the book, after which the author loses his way, and the poor writing and lack of a proper editor make this a tough one to recommend.

Scooby, Aurora and Jasmine…

Although the news is just breaking on Disney’s announcement that they’re scrapping the Platinum Editions and starting again from scratch with the Diamond Collection on Blu-ray Disc, I’m afraid this will be just a quick message today to get an update in before the weekend (hey, it’s my birthday and I’m allowed a day off)! […]

Disney Princess Enchanted Tales (with Bonus Disc)

This product line extension is back and should again be avoided by collectors, even if they’re tempted by a new, scantly packed and redundant bonus disc.

New Mr. Fox poster

A new one-sheet advertising The Fantastic Mr. Fox can now be seen on Internet Movie Poster Awards. Based on Roald Dahl’s popular children’s novel, the stop-motion film will open in theaters on November 25th, and features the voice talents of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, William Dafoe, and Bill Murray.

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!: Season One, Vol. 3 – Hello Mummy

The Mystery, Inc. gang returns with 4 classic adventures from the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! show.

Spider-Mouse: the ultimate character crossover team-up as Disney buys Marvel!

Comments on the Disney/Marvel deal, plus Pete’s Dragon reviewed!

Pete’s Dragon: High-Flying Edition

This tale of a boy and his dragon showed that the 1970s were not so bad for the Disney studio as many remember. The DVD shines with numerous fine bonus features.