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 by his father’s stories of the Guardians, a mythic band of winged warriors who fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones”, and is set for release in Australia on December 9, 2010.

Next, THR reviews Sony’s Planet 51, which opens this Friday, November 20, calling the film “a perky though not terribly imaginative throwback to the days when cartoons were mostly aimed at children”.

Lastly, a very interesting Awards Watch article offers an Anatomy of Up, speaking to the filmmakers and looking behind the scenes at the concept and development of Disney/Pixar’s latest release.