Month: April 2010

Toy Story 3 finished

Social media has taken over the internet in the past year or two, and one of the cool things about it is movie-makers being able to connect directly to fans during the movie making process. Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich has been keeping fans up to date on the progress of the film through […]

Warner Archive: Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! – The Complete Vitaphone Shorts Collection

Artist and cartoonist Robert L Ripley’s famed oddities and trivia discoveries began their screen life here, and though this set shows its vintage it does so very entertainingly.

Stop-motion gets animated in NYC tonight!

A night of spooky stop-motion films, followed by a panel discussion hosted by Aurelio Voltaire, is a treat in store for those attending the Museum of Comic and Cartoon art in New York City tonight, April 29 at 7pm. Complete details can be read here:

The Hobbit on track for 2012

Despite rumors to the contrary, Warner Bros. is announcing that the first in producer Peter Jackson’s two-part version of The Hobbit will arrive a little later than originally expected (2011), but earlier than has been reported (2013). With the financial woes at co-producer MGM apparently not to blame for the hold-up, The Hobbit‘s two parts […]

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Iron Man – Complete 1994 Series: Iron Man To The Rescue! (DVD Clip)

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Iron Man – Complete 1994 Series: Ultimo! (DVD Clip)

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Iron Man – Complete 1994 Series: End Of Iron Man? (DVD Clip)

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Iron Man – Complete 1994 Series: Search Party (DVD Clip)

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Hollywood Reporter roundup: Peanuts and Dragon 2

THR today reports that the licensing company Iconix has reached an agreement to buy United Features Syndicate’s stake in the Peanuts characters and other brands for $175 million. Iconix will acquire UFS’ 80% share, with the remaining 20% retained by the Charles Schulz family. With $180m in box-office grosses so far, DreamWorks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg has […]

Warner Archive: The Amazing Captain Nemo

Producer Irwin Allen earns his Master Of Disaster tag for all the wrong reasons in this unintentionally hilarious slice of classic kitsch. They sure don’t make ’em like this anymore!

Batman: Under the Red Hood trailer online

Collider has posted a trailer and a few images from the next DC Universe animated movie Batman: Under the Red Hood. Featuring the voices of Bruce Greenwood, Jensen Ackles, Neil Patrick Harris, John DiMaggio and Jason Issacs, the straight to DVD/Blu-ray movie arrives July 27.

Giacchino to host AMPAS animation music event

Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino will be hosting “What’s Opera, Doc? Animation and Classical Music” on May 14 in Beverly Hills. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences event will present “some of the most inspired and memorable uses of classical music in animation”. Also appearing are Academy Music Branch governor Bruce Broughton and director […]

Sony Classics to present The Illusionist

Following their successful pairing on Sylvain Chomet’s The Triplets Of Belleville in 2003, Sony Pictures Classics and the director have announced that his new film, The Illusionist, based on an unproduced script by the master of French silent cinema Jacques Tati, will be distributed in the US by the company towards the end of 2010. […]

Inspiration for, and from, Up!

The Guardian recently published an account on Charles Brewer-Carias, a “real-life Indiana Jones” who has spent over 50 years in the Venezuela jungle discovering new species and exploring rare organisms. Indeed, there are suggestion that the 71 year old was the basis for Charles Muntz in Pixar’s most recent feature Up, set amid the area’s […]

Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland: How illustrators Kei Acedera and Bobby Chiu shaped the Characters’ Designs

Jeremie Noyer speaks exclusively to concept illustrators Kei Acedera and Bobby Chiu about their work on Tim Burton’s latest!

DreamWorks’ Dragon dominates

DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon continues to dominate according to Box Office Mojo. In it’s fifth weekend it has reclaimed the #1 spot. In total the film has brought in $178 million domestically and $355 million worldwide. Mojo says, “At its current pace, Dragon will vie with Kung Fu Panda to become DreamWorks Animation’s […]

Disney’s Iger exceeding expectations

Disney CEO Bob Iger is featured in a New York Times piece. “Widely dismissed” when he took over the top job from Michael Eisner, the new take on Iger is “blockbuster CEO”. The article discusses the many changes he’s made at the company (and the reactions to them), and follows him on “a day in […]

Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear commercial goes viral

Upcoming Pixar linked to a cool video this weekend — a taped-to-VCR commercial purportedly from 1983 featuring the season’s hot new toy, Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear. Obviously a Pixar job, the video is just the latest of several viral videos for Toy Story 3 from the studio. In addition, AV reader Grace points out that Barbie’s pal […]

Toy Story 3: Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear commercial (circa 1983)

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Batman stage show in the works

Batman may soon be coming to a stage near you, according to ABC News. Tentatively titled Batman Live, the show would be “an elaborate arena production aimed at kids and families”. While no firm dates have been set, a 2011/2012 launch timeframe is being discussed.

Tom and Jerry Tales: The Complete First Season

The complete first season of the 2006 series, Tom and Jerry Tales, finally makes its way on DVD in this two-disc set.

Pixar 2012: Brave and Monsters Inc. sequel

Box Office Mojo reports that Pixar will be releasing a sequel to Monsters Inc. in November 2012 and that The Bear and the Bow has been renamed Brave and pushed back to June 2012.

Cartoon Network reviving Looney Tunes

Cartoon Network has announced that it plans to launch a new version of the classic Warner Bros. series Looney Tunes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network plans to have each episode of The Looney Toons Show as a half-hour story along with “cartoons within a cartoon.” The concept takes Bugs and Daffy out of […]

The Lord Of The Rings: Remastered Deluxe Edition

Ralph Bakshi’s ambitious but wildly uneven animated take on the first half of Tolkien’s trilogy remains a frustrating work, but Warners’ new Blu-ray and DVD combo at least offers the opportunity of a fresh look.

MacCurdy, Snyder join Technicolor for Berkeley Breathed project

Technicolor Animation, previously Paprikaas Animation based in India, has welcomed veteran producers Jean MacCurdy and Fonda Snyder on board to develop their new property, Pete & Pickles, based on the work of Opus cartoonist Berkeley Breathed. A press release may be read here: