Month: November 2009 – page 2

A Christmas Carol

Scrooge himself and the Ghost Of Christmas Present finally break the motion-capture spell in this magically spirited film, but the obvious and merely adequate production design and other characters can’t but fall unfortunate victims to the process…

The Art Of The Princess And The Frog Book – Winners Announced!

Here’s your chance to win one of three copies of Jeff Kurrti’s new chronicle of the making of Disney’s return to traditional animation The Princess And The Frog – Winners Announced!

Up:rising with Story Artist Enrico Casarosa!

Jeremie Noyer speaks exclusively to Pixar Story Artist Enrico Csarosa about the development of the characters and story for the Studio’s current hit Up, plus a tidbit on Cars 2!

Planet 51 opens

Planet 51 opened yesterday in 3,035 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. It’s Tomatometer rating at Rotten Tomatoes is an abysmal 16%, though the Cream of the Crop critics give it a slightly better 27% and the RT Community is loving it with an 81% score. Box Office Prophets predicts a 5th place opening with […]

Ten shorts to compete for Oscar nominations

AMPAS has announced the 10 animated short films that will compete for Oscar nominations. Thirty-seven pictures had originally qualified in the category. The shorts shortlist follows:

Pixar Short Films to debut on ABC Family

As part of ABC Family’s annual 25 Days Of Christmas programming, the network is set to host Walt Disney Pictures Presents Pixar Short Films, a collection of 20 of the company’s computer animated cartoons airing together as a two-hour event for the first time on television. A press release and information on all films in […]


Disney/Pixar’s latest triumph isn’t quite the all-out masterpiece it has been hailed as, its soggy central act lifted by an outstanding opening and exciting climax, but it looks and sounds beautiful and is serviced well enough on its Blu-ray debut.

Oscar races heat up

The Animation Blog reports that Disney bought the cover of Daily Variety last week to promote Up not only for Best Animated Feature, but for Best Picture as well. The L.A. Times says Fantastic Mr. Fox’s impressive showing during it’s qualifying run and it’s critical success may make it a strong contender for an animated […]

Another “Best Animated Movies Ever” list

With awards season getting ready to kick off, it might be fun to discuss some of the best animation of all time. Entertainment Weekly recently put out their take, and if you’ve ever complained that these kinds of lists are too American or Disney-centric you might want to check this one out. On the other […]

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Feast

This Thanksgiving Day, ABC will serve up their annual airing of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving at 8pm/7c. Then after the special, get a extra-helping with This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers.

Monsters, Inc.

Pixar’s fourth film makes it to Blu-ray in an absolutely stunning hi-def experience, but despite an abundance of discs (a second BD, DVD and Digital Copy), there’s little new here and even some missing ingredients.

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas DVD Trailer

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas is available to order now from [AMZ]B002K2KMMW[/AMZ]

Cloudy cover art, details, and Meatballs

An advertisement in trade magazine Video Business includes the cover art and specific details for Sony’s upcoming release of their $120m box-office hit Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, landing on single and double disc DVD and Blu-ray on January 5, 2010. To see the cover art and specs, follow this link:

Hollywood Reporter animation updates

One of the movie business’ industry Bibles, The Hollywood Reporter has updated its website with several new animation stories. It confirms Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving and David Wenham have joined the voice cast of Animal Logic’s animated feature Guardians Of Ga’hoole for director Zack Snyder; the film follows “Soren, a young owl enthralled […]

The Prisoner: The Complete Series

Online discounts bring Patrick McGoohan’s classic groundbreaking thriller adventure down to a more reasonable saving, but the restored HD image and supplements, including a comprehensive new documentary is well worth the price anyway!

Merry Madagascar

DreamWorks Animation’s second seasonal special amplifies everything that is good and bad about their Madagascar franchise, from the decent squashy animation to loud, shouty dialogue, with too much screen time, as usual, handed to lemur King Julien.

Globes expand animation category

The Oscars aren’t the only awards show expanding. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced a new rule for the Golden Globe Awards that would allow five nominations in the Best Animated Feature category when there are at least 12 eligible films — which is the case this year. The past three years have had […]

Princess Tiana in museum, parks, and stores

Disney is pulling out all the stops to make sure The Princess and the Frog is a success. The News and Observer looks at the big reasons why and focuses in on some of Tiana’s theme park appearances. Yahoo Finance looks at the major merchandising push and what’s available. And (as we reported previously) Disney […]

Planet Hulk coming in February

Marvel Entertainment’s newest animated movie, Planet Hulk, will be released on DVD and Blu Ray on February 2nd, 2010. The movie’s storyline will involve the Hulk, being seen as too dangerous to be kept on earth, getting exiled into outer space. DVD Active has details on the extras, which will include a commentary, a Making of […]

New Princess and the Frog images

A number of new images and cast photos from Disney’s anticipated The Princess and the Frog can now be found at The studio’s return to hand-drawn animation opens in limited release on November 25th before going wide on December 11th.

A Fantastic debut

Despite playing at only four locations nationwide, Fatastic Mr. Fox was still able to make over $265,000 during its opening weekend in America, giving the movie an extremely impressive per-screen average of more than $66,000. The Wes Anderson animated film, which has been well-received by critics so far, goes wide next week.

Merry Madagascar airs tonight

Just a reminder (since it is over a week until Thanksgiving and you might not be expecting Christmas specials already!) that DreamWorks’ Merry Madagascar airs tonight at 8pm ET on NBC. The Washington Post has a preview. The verdict? While the reviewer would prefer to “move-it, move-it” to December, “there are laughs to be had”.

Frog gets red carpet treatment at premiere

Disney’s The Princess and the Frog got a celebrity-filled red carpet premiere in Burbank Sunday, according to Variety. has a gallery of photos from the event.

Additions old and new; reviews and a new Media section!

Saturday Morning and Justice League cartoons covered, plus 2012, a trio of retro reviews and the first look at our new Media section!

Nick Animation Festival to showcase entries

The winners of Nickelodeon’s Animation Festival have been announced. Select entries will be showcased on Nicktoons from November 16 through November 20, and will also be featured on their website. Check out Toon Zone for the full list of winners.

Saturday Morning Cartoons – 1960s: Volume 2

A couple of new-to-DVD shows are here, but otherwise this set gets bogged down in Looney Tunes and more of what we’ve seen before. Jetsons again?!

Trailer for Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths released

IGN Video has the trailer for the upcoming Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths direct-to-video animated movie. It is scheduled for release in Spring 2010.

Pooh in court again

The BBC reports that the Slesinger family is taking Disney back to court again over Winnie-the-Pooh. In a case just a few moths ago the judge ruled the Slesinger’s can not claim claim infringement since they transferred all of their rights to Pooh to Disney (who must still pay royalties). The family now says they […]

Posh joining Madagascar cast?

Victoria Beckham may be joining the cast of DreamWorks’ Madagascar 3, according to Aceshowbiz. The film hits theatres on May 25, 2012.

Trailer for Dante’s Inferno online has the trailer for the upcoming animated film Dante’s Inferno. To be released on DVD and Blu-ray in February 2010, the film is an offshoot of the video game of the same name, also coming early next year.