Month: November 2009 – page 3

Justice League: The Complete Series

Justice League finally gets released in a complete series set containing all 91 episodes from the show’s five year run on the Cartoon Network across 14 discs.

Saturday Morning Cartoons – 1970s: Volume 2

More Saturday morning fun from Warner Bros.! There are few classics here, but lots of fondly remembered shows and a few obscure gems.

Superman The Complete Animated Series: New Genesis DVD Clip

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Get Meatballs early — for a price

InteractiveTV Today reports that Sony will let owners of their Bravia brand HDTVs and BD players with networking capability rent their studios’ Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs a month before its January DVD release date. The catch (besides having to own certain Sony TVs)? The price — $24.95. Hiro Kawano, SVP of Sony Electronics’ […]

Troubled MGM heading for the auction block?

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, the once-fabled Hollywood major that has faced troubled times since the late 1960s, passing through various hands and ending up as little more than a production company with a famous name, is said to be on the way to a sale, as reported by Variety. This marks the second time in just a […]

Monsters, Inc.‘s Composer Randy Newman: “I score because I care!”

In an exclusive interview with Jeremie Noyer, long-time Pixar collaborator Randy Newman talks about how he approached the music of Monsters, Inc.

Disney profits up; consumer DVD spending down

In a generally buoyant marketplace, the major entertainment conglomerates have posted better than expected returns for the summer, with Disney the last to announce an 18% rise in profits. This is despite a couple of theatrical misfires, including the Jerry Bruckheimer produced G-Force, and lower than usual consumer spending on DVDs, according to Video Business […]

Stan Berkowitz recieves WGA animation award

Emmy award winning Stan Berkowitz, writer on a host of animated superhero shows and DC Universe movies, is to receive the Writers Guild of America West Animation Writers Caucus’ writing award tonight, for Lifetime Achievement. A full press release follows:

Pixar leads this week’s CG pack; plus a Fantastic Fox!

Reviews for Fantastic Mr Fox, Ice Age 3, Cars, Peanuts and Tinker Bell, plus Zemeckis and Carrey on their Christmas Carol!

Fantastic Mr Fox

Forget whatever you’ve heard: Mr Fox is a Wes Anderson film pure and simple, and marks that rare occasion when a live-action director brings a unique, and genuinely Fantastic, new perspective to the animation medium.

Tinker Bell And The Lost Treasure

The second Tinker Bell movie improves on the first, with an adventurous tale that teaches lessons of responsibility and friendship.

A Christmas Carol: season’s greetings from Jim Carrey’s Scrooge!

Scrooge himself, Jim Carrey, reveals how he relished the chance to play the old miser and several other characters, bringing a new slant to Robert Zemeckis’ computer generated A Christmas Carol.

Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs

Though still pretty cool, the Ice Age franchise needs to come up with some new directions if it’s going to remain fresh, and although fair value, this Blu-ray and DVD combo features an odd mix of old and new material.

Tinker Bell And The Lost Treasure Nintendo DS game – Winners Announced!

Five copies of Disney Interactive’s Tinker Bell And The Lost Treasure game for the Nintendo DS console – Winners Announced!

Twenty films compete for Oscar nominations

AMPAS announced today that 20 films have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 82nd Academy Awards, though 7 still await their qualifying runs. If at least 16 animated films qualify, there could be up to 5 nominees up for the big prize — a level that has only been […]

The Look of Mr. Fox has a behind-the-scenes article about how director Wes Anderson and his team achieved the unique look of the stop-motion animated comedy Fantastic Mr. Fox. Starring George Clooney and based on the book by Roald Dahl, Mr. Fox opens in limited release on Friday before going nationwide on November 25th.

Secret of Kells gets US distribution, Oscar run

US distributor GKIDS has announced they will be bringing Irish director Tomm Moore’s animated film The Secret of Kells to U.S. audiences. Opening March 12, 2010, the film will first get an Oscar qualifying run in LA starting December 4. “Magic, fantasy, and Celtic mythology come together” in the story of young boy who meets […]

Peanuts: 1970’s Collection Volume 1

Only six specials over two discs, but you can’t argue that most of them are pretty good.

Extended Planet 51 clip now online

Yahoo! Movies now has a 2-minute clip from Sony’s upcoming animated sci-fi comedy Planet 51. The movie stars Dwayne Johnson as the voice of Chuck Baker, an American astronaut who finds himself on a planet populated entirely by green people who believe that he’s an alien invader. Also featuring Justin Long, Jessica Biel and Gary […]

Burton, Timm, Katzenberg to receive Winsor McCay Award

ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the 2009 recipients of the Winsor McCay Award, “one of the highest honors given to an individual in the animation industry in recognition for career contributions to the art of animation.” Those being honored with the prize at the 37th Annual Annie Awards are: Tim Burton, Bruce Timm, and Jeffrey Katzenberg. ASIFA-Hollywood […]

A Christmas Carol: director Robert Zemeckis’ season’s greetings!

Director Robert Zemeckis speaks about his latest film, the computer generated adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Meatballs to land on DVD and Blu-ray

Sony has announced their $118.6 million-grossing comedy Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs for home video release on January 5, 2010. Available on DVD ($28.96), two-DVD ($34.95) and Blu-ray ($39.95), the film will include commentary from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller and, on the two-disc, featurettes, deleted scenes, music video, sing-along and game, the […]

Animation impact on 2010 Oscars

Awards season is creeping up on us, and ABC News has the story on how animated films might factor into the Oscars. Up obviously could get Best Picture and Best Animated Film nominations, but could that hurt the film’s chances at getting either? Also discussed are the chances of the Best Animated Film category getting […]

New poster from Alice, more to come? has the latest on Disney’s social/viral marketing campaign for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. The Mad Hatter has posted a new poster on his Facebook page. He’s offered to post more when he reaches 7,500 people giving the image a “Like”. He’s up almost 6,000 now so check back later to see what else […]

Docter and Peterson go deep into Up

Newsarama has a two-part interview with Pete Docter and Bill Peterson, who (not so coincidentally!) are the men behind today’s DVD and BD release of Up. The piece goes into a lot of details about the inspiration, motivation, and construction of the film. “The first pitch to John Lasseter made him cry…with no visuals! Did […]

Shakeup at Walt Disney Studios continues

Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group president Mark Zoradi is leaving the company after 29 years, according to the LA Times. Following what many considered a surprise ousting of Dick Cook earlier this year (and the less reported leaving of Miramax Films President Daniel Battsek last month) it appears a major shakeup is going down at […]

Monsters, Inc.: Blu-ray Trailer

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Monsters, Inc. Roundtable: Favorite Scene (Blu-ray bonus feature clip)

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Monsters, Inc.: On The Job (Blu-ray Roundtable Favorite Scene film clip)

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Monsters, Inc.: Tokyo Monstropolis (Blu-ray bonus feature clip)

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