Month: December 2009 – page 2

Anchor Bay unleashes the fire for Dante

Anchor Bay Entertainment has announced Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic for release on DVD and Blu-ray on February 9th. A press release for the film, created by Film Roman and Electronic Arts, can be read here:

Warners goes Blu-combo too

A proven success primarily for the Disney Studio and being picked up as a packaging format of choice by other distributors, Warner Home Video is the latest studio to announce all their future theatrical titles will come to home video in Blu-ray/DVD Combo Packs, which include both disc formats. Other companies have essentially restricted this […]

Hoodwinked sequel no longer coming out in January

Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil, the sequel to 2006’s surprise animated hit, is apparently without a release date now, according to Box Office Mojo. The movie was originally set for release on Friday, January 15th, which would’ve put it against the Denzel Washington thriller The Book of Eli and the Jackie Chan family comedy The […]


Robert Rodriguez adds another children’s film to his resume. This one is mostly for kids, but with fun for adults if you don’t mind some gross-out stuff. Fun special effects and decent bonus features make the Blu-ray worth a look.

Roy E. Disney 1930-2009

Yahoo, via the Associated Press, reports that Roy E. Disney, nephew of Walt Disney and former vice-chairman of the Walt Disney Company, has died at age 79 after a battle with stomach cancer. UPDATE: • Statement from the Walt Disney Company• The Los Angeles Times has an in-depth obituary and a photo album• Disney fan community D23 […]

Studio Ghibli’s Next Film Announced

Studio Ghibli, the animation studio co-founded by Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Ponyo) has announced its next film, set for release in Japan in the summer of 2010.

New Alice in Wonderland trailer

The brand new trailer for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland can now be found online at The preview is also rumored to be playing before 3-D prints of Avatar this Friday. Alice in Wonderland opens in theaters and IMAX on March 5th.

Miyazaki’s first is revisted by a new contributor!

We celebrate thirty years since Hayao Miyazaki made his animated feature debut The Castle Of Cagliostro, with our new contributor Raz Greenberg!

15 films up for Visual Effects Oscar

Avatar, Coraline, Disney’s A Christmas Carol and G-Force are among the fifteen films being considered for the Oscar for Best Visual Effects this year. Three movies will be nominated for the prize when the Oscar nominations are announced on February 2nd.

Is it time for Simpsons to ‘g’oh’?

With The Simpsons turning twenty on Thursday, CNN contemplates whether or not it’s time for the iconic animated TV series to finally come to an end. The article looks at how inventive the series was when it was new, and how other animated TV shows, such as Family Guy, might be more popular than it is now.

2010 Golden Globe nominations

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Princess And The Frog, and Up are the nominees for Best Animated Feature at the upcoming Golden Globe Awards. Avatar picked up nods for Best Picture, Director, Score, and Song. And Michael Giacchino got a nomination for scoring Up. The HFPA has more.

An Auteur is Born – 30 Years Of Miyazaki’s Castle Of Cagliostro

December 15 2009 marks the 30th anniversary of Miyazaki’s debut feature Castle Of Cagliostro. Raz Greenberg celebrates one of the Japanese director’s most important and influential films.

Toy Story movies coming to Blu-Ray

Perhaps the most beloved of Pixar’s films, the first two Toy Story movies are finally set to get the Blu-Ray treatment next spring. Both releases will feature brand new bonus features, including Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs, Studio Stories, Paths to Pixar and a tribute to deceased Pixar veteran Joe Ranft. Special sneak peeks at Toy […]

Nominations for the Critics Choice Awards announced

The Broadcast Film Critics Association has announced their full list of nominations for the 2010 Critics Choice Awards, with Avatar and Up both getting nods in the Best Picture category. Up was also included in the five nominations for Best Animated Feature, and will be going against Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Princess and the Frog […]

AFI honors Coraline and Up

Both Henry Selick’s Coraline and Disney/Pixar’s Up made the AFI’s list of the Ten Most Outstanding Movies of 2009. The two animated films were listed among top Oscar contenders such as A Serious Man, Precious and Up in the Air.

Yogi’s First Christmas

Yogi awakens early from hibernation, and finds himself the star of Warner Archive’s first cartoon release.

The Princess and the Frog Makes #1!

As expected following its Friday gross report, Disney’s newest animated masterpiece, The Princess and the Frog made #1 at the United States box office.

Friday box office for The Princess and the Frog

It didn’t match some expectations, but the $7 million that The Princess and the Frog made yesterday was still enough to land it in first place. It is now expected to make $23-$25 milion for the weekend.

Superman, Charlie Brown, Elves and Princesses!

As The Princess And The Frog opens, Jeremie speaks to author Jeff Kurtti about his new Art Of book, plus review catch-ups for Prep & Landing, I Want A Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown and Superman: The Complete Animated Series!

The Art of Princess and the Frog: Down in New Orleans with author Jeff Kurtti

Celebrating the release of Disney’s return to traditional animation, Jeremie Noyer speaks exclusively to Jeff Kurtti, author of The Art Of The Princess And The Frog!

Yes, Virginia airs tonight

A brand new animated holiday special, entitled Yes, Virginia, airs tonight at 8Pm/7c on CBS. Based on a famous letter to the editor sent by a little girl in the 1890s, Yes, Virginia features the voice talents of Beatrice Miller, Alfred Molina and Michael Buscemi. USA Today gave the special a good short review, saying that […]

Princess And The Frog soundtrack streamed

If you can’t get to The Princess And The Frog right away and are itching to discover Randy Newman’s songs and score for the movie, the entire soundtrack is available to listen to as a stream from Walt Disney Records in WMA format. The Studio has also announced details on the promotion for the film’s […]

The Princess And The Frog: Never Knew I Needed Music Video

Walt Disney Animation Studios presents The Princess And The Frog, an animated musical comedy set in the great city of New Orleans that provides modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana, a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on […]

Disney “classics” back to the vault

Not Earth-shattering headline news, but Disney Home Video has announced their live-action 101 and 102 Dalmatians, plus Special Editions for the animated 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure and Jungle Book 2 will end their current print runs on January 30, 2010.

Avatar toys now featured in McDonald’s Happy Meals

It may seem like a surprise to some, given the movie’s PG-13 rating, but McDonald’s is now selling 6 toys based off of Avatar in their Happy Meals. It’s the first time the resturaunt chain has had a Happy Meal promotion for a movie with that rating since 1992’s Batman Returns. Meanwhile, there will be Avatar […]

Madagascar Penguins land own DVD feature

Paramount Home Entertainment has announced The Penguins Of Madagascar – Operation: DVD Premiere! will arrive on a fully-featured DVD from DreamWorks Animation on February 9th, 2010. Promising “brand new missions and more of the uproarious Madagascar story”, the press release for the Penguins’ first movie-length premiere can be read here:

The Princess and the Frog opens

Disney’s long awaited return to hand drawn animation,The Princess and the Frog, opens today in 3,432 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film is getting good reviews from the critics, scoring a solid 83% at Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus is that “The warmth of traditional Disney animation makes this occasionally lightweight fairy-tale update […]

DQ Entertainment opens The Jungle Book

As announced by Animation Express, the Irish animation company DQ Entertainment has entered into a deal with Australian Broadcasting Corporation for the broadcasting of 52 episodes of its CGI animated series The Jungle Book and one 60 minute made for television movie. More can be seen at DQE’s website.

A Town Called Panic prepares for two-week engagement

The stop-motion feature A Town Called Panic a “hilarious and frequently surreal” stop-motion extravaganza based on the Belgian animated cult TV series, is due to open at the Film Forum in New York City on December 16 for two weeks only before opening around the country.

Avatar is “jaw dropping”

“James Cameron brings science-fiction movies into the 21st century with the jaw-dropping wonder that is Avatar”, so says The Hollywood Reporter in their full review of the upcoming blockbuster.