Month: June 2010

Warner Archive: Red Skelton Whistling Collection

Red “I dood it!” Skelton, the comic that launched numerous classic cartoon catchphrases, stars in his signature Whistling trilogy, here fittingly collected in the Warner Archive Collection.

Plympton over at Chuck’s

Animation Legend Bill Plympton is set to spread his wings over at the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego, where a reception and exhibition will be held to celebrate his latest animated feature, Idiots And Angels, on Friday, July 23, from 7pm. Full details can be read here:

Poser 8 goes international

Smith Micro has launched new versions of its popular 3D character solution Poser, the intuitive 3D character solution for hobbyists exploring 3D graphics for personal entertainment, as well as experienced digital artists and creative professionals, in German, French and Japanese. A press release can be read here:

King Kong lives!

Hot on the heels that Peter Jackson is to direct his long gestating The Hobbit movies comes news that another character he brought to the screen, in 2005’s Oscar-winning King Kong, has returned for more. Unveiled yesterday at Universal Studios Hollywood, the theme park’s latest attraction, King Kong 360 3D has been produced by Jackson […]

New trailer for Rango now online

As was reported yesterday, a new trailer for the animated Rango has now appeared online over at iTunes Movie Trailers. Meanwhile, has an exclusive sneek peek of the film, revealing many more details about the plot, which is described as “a western with creatures of the desert.” The site has also been given an alternate trailer […]

Cloudy with a chance of…Lego!?

Heat Vision reports that Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have been tapped by Warner Bros. and the Lego company to helm a feature-length movie based around the plastic bricks. The plot, under wraps for now, is expected to mix live action with Lego animation.

First Rango poster revealed

Continuing something that could be called a mysterious marketing campaign, Paramount Pictures has just revealed the first poster for Rango, which can be viewed exclusively at The site says that they’ve been given a sneek peek of footage of the film, stating that they were “impressed” by what they saw. They also say that a […]

Animated Addams Family in the works

The Addams Family looks to be headed back to the big screen according to The site recently spoke with producer Christopher Meledandri who confirmed theananimated version is in the works, “with Tim Burton involved, hopefully to direct”. Other details at this early stage include the film will be stop-motion, possibly be shot in black […]

Tick Tock Tale details

Stitch Kingdom has details and pics from Disney’s upcoming animated short Tick Tock Tale, recently screened at the 2010 Annecy International Animated Film Festival

Benson on Barbie

Jodi Benson, who plays Barbie in the Toy Story movies but who is perhaps best known for her role as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, talks with Click on Detroit about her role as the famous doll, the new direction they took with the character, and her work process. “I never say, ‘Hey, this is […]

Toy Story 3: Animator Victor Navone talks about his “Favorite Toys”

Jeremie Noyer speaks with Toy Story 3 animator Victor Navone about the challenge of bringing back established characters for Pixar’s latest!

Batman: Under The Red Hood – Debate (clip)

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Jackson getting set to return to Middle Earth

As perhaps inevitably expected, helmer Peter Jackson is in negotiations to sit in the director’s chair for the two upcoming Hobbit movies being made by New Line and MGM. Although Jackson was still heavily involved as co-writer and producer, Guillermo del Toro was to direct the films until he left under “scheduling conflicts” coming from […]

Toy Story 3 wins again

In its second weekend of release, Toy Story 3 continued to rule the box office battlefield,  earning an estimated $59 million. It was enough to beat the strong opening of the Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups and the smaller than anticipated debut of the Tom Cruise actioner Knight and Day. Currently standing with a total of […]

Gnomeo and Juliet gets more voices

According to, Michael Caine, Jason Statham, Maggie Smith and Patrick Stewart have all joined Disney’s upcoming Gnomeo and Juliet to lend their voices. The animated parody of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is set to come to theaters next spring.

The Characters of Rango

/Film takes a first look at the characters of Gore Verbinski’s upcoming animated feature Rango. The film’s official site was recently updated with a few objects, including the orange windup fish, a small plastic palm tree, an old radio that plays music, a large toad, a mole, and a guitar. Starring Johnny Depp as a […]

First clip from Batman: Under the Red Hood

Collider shares the first clip from Batman: Under the Red Hood, featuring an encounter between Batman and Red Hood. Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: Under the Red Hood will be distributed by Warner Home Video on DVD and Blu-ray on July 27, 2010.

Sir Billi trailer now online

A new trailer for Glasgow Animation’s upcoming flick Sir Billi has arrived online, reports Collider. Voiced and produced by Sean Connery, Sir Billi is due out in 2011.

John Lasseter to co-direct Cars 2

Disney has now officially confirmed John Lasseter as the co-director of Cars 2, reports /Film. Lasseter will co-direct the sequel with director Brad Lewis, who is making his directorial debut with the film. Cars 2 will be out in theaters on June 25th, 2011.

Hayao Miyazaki profiled

Trevor Hogg, at the Flickering Myth blog, has just posted the fifth and final part in an epic profile on Academy Award-winning Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki. For those that want to start at the beginning, the first part can be read here.

Tinker Bell And The Great Fairy Rescue: 8-minute Preview

The worlds of Fairies and Humans converges for the first time in an all-new magical adventure, Tinker Bell And The Great Fairy Rescue, debuting on Blu-ray Combo Pack (includes Blu-ray and bonus DVD of the film and movie download). Before she was ever introduced to Wendy and the Lost Boys, Tinker Bell met Lizzy, a […]

Scooby’s back from July 12

Hanna-Barbera’s immortal Great Dane and his teenage friends are back once again in an all-new animated series, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, premiering Monday, July 12, at 7pm on the Cartoon Network. A full press release and image can be seen here:

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New Tron Legacy poster

A new poster for Tron Legacy has just been revealed online. The anticipated Disney sequel comes to theaters and IMAX this Christmas.

Bringing Ken to life in Toy Story 3

Of all of the new characters in Toy Story 3, a fashion loving Ken doll seems to have made the biggest impact, becoming an instant hit with both critics and audiences. USA Today has two articles on how the character was brought to the screen, the first being an interview with Michael Keaton about how he went […]

Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois speak

The Speaking Of Animation website has posted a podcast interview with Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, talking about the making of their current acclaimed hit for DreamWorks, How To Train Your Dragon, covering the gamut of an animated film’s production.

Win a signed Secret Of Kells theatrical poster – Winner Announced!

Win a signed theatrical poster for this year’s Best Animated Feature Oscar nominated The Secret Of Kells – Winner Announced!

Harryhausen’s Bafta

The Hollywood Reporter has elaborated on details that legendary stop-motion animation and visual effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen is to receive a special award at Sunday’s (26 June) British Academy of Film and Television Arts ceremony for his unique and outstanding contribution to cinema. Director John Landis will host the event, with a number of current […]

DreamWorks bringing Good Luck Trolls to the big screen

The Good Luck Trolls, some of the most popular toys of all time, are set to become movie stars in a major motion picture. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that DreamWorks Animation has made a deal with Trolls owner Dam Things to bring the the fuzzy-headed dolls to the big screen. The project is currently without a release date.

The Lion King is going 3-D

Even though Beauty and the Beast in 3-D has not been released to theaters yet, longtime Disney produced Don Hahn has just announced that there are now plans to convert another animated classic into the format: The Lion King. In addition to this, Hahn also provided subtle hints on the status of other projects at […]