Month: January 2012

Tokyo Gets a Gundam Theme Park

The popular mecha-themed franchise, Gundam, is now getting its own theme park. Anime News Network reports that Bandai has put up the money for a miniature theme park called Gundam Front Tokyo in Diver City Tokyo, right next door to the 59 feet/18 meters tall Gundam statue. The park attractions include a dome theater for […]

del Toro talks animation and more

Hero Complex talks with DreamWorks’ Guillermo del Toro, who discusses the studio’s two Best Animated Feature nominees, his thoughts on live action directors crossing to animation and animation directors doing live action, how technology is being used in different ways and in different hands, and what he thought of The Hobbit trailer.

John Carter of 1936

Several different sites have featured stories on this very cool look at rare test footage and artwork from a 1930’s animated version of John Carter of Mars, from the Danton Burroughs Tarzana Archives. All the links above have some great takes on the project, with Geeks of Doom summing it up this way: “It’s amazing […]

Animation at Sundance

The Hollywood Reporter has a roundup of animation from the recent Sundance Film Festival. While several different styles of animation were represented the themes were more consistent with the bottom line being the “mixed bag of animated shorts was unusually focused on death and the universe’s indifference to man”.

Rio 2 in Early Stages of Development

Rio, the Oscar nominated film about bird smuggling set in Brazil, is set to have a sequel, says Cinema Blend. Director Carlos Saldanha is progressing on the potential film, which may be set during the 2014 World Cup. Fox hasn’t signed any script deals, but all signs are in Rio 2’s favor.

Javier Bardem chooses not to be Despicable

No Country for Old Men’s Javier Bardem is no longer set to lend his voice to Universal’s upcoming Despicable Me 2, Screen Rant is reporting. Bardem was set to play the new villain in the film, but that role is now apparently up for grabs now. It is not set to have any impact on […]

New Promo for Studio Ghibli’s Arrietty

A brief one minute promo for Studio Ghibli’s 2010 film, Arrietty, is now available for streaming. Via ANN the promo highlights the dub voice actors Bridgit Mendler and David Henrie; they play the leads in the film. Arrietty reimagines the 1952 British novel in a Tokyo suburb. It will be opening February 17 in the […]

DreamWorks Updates: Gregg Taylor and Mr. Peabody and Sherman

The Sacramento Bee has two major headlines from DreamWorks. Gregg Taylor has been named the new head of development. Taylor started his DreamWorks animation relationship began with Shrek and prior to his promotion worked on expanding the How to Train Your Dragon, Penguins of Madagascar and television projects. Alex Schwartz is the new producer for […]

Pirates drops leprosy joke after complaints

According to Deadline, Aardman Animation will be changing a scene shown in the trailer for The Pirates! Band Of Misfits after complaints from leprosy groups. The scene in question featured a character with leprosy demonstrating he has the disease by showing his arm falling off. An Aardman spokesperson told Deadline, “After reviewing the matter, we […]

The Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Ultimate Collector’s Edition Volume One

Looking better than ever, the Looney Tunes have hit Blu-ray with a stunning collection of classic toons and tributes to Chuck Jones. Excellent.

2011 Academy Award Nominations Announced

The nominations for the 84th Academy Awards have been announced, and like all years, there were quite a few surprises. Nominated in the Best Animated Feature category were Rango, Puss in Boots, Kung Fu Panda 2, A Cat in Paris and Chico and Rita. Notably missing from the category were Arthur Christmas and The Adventures of […]

Behind the scenes of Tangled Ever After

The LA Times has recently posted an interview with Disney’s Bryon Howard and Nathan Greno, both of whom directed Tangled and the new short film Tangled Ever After. “The movie kind of buttons up, but the one thing we didn’t do in the movie was a wedding,” Greno says of the film. “There’d be a […]

Happy Feet Two and Hop come to Blu-Ray this March

Warner Bros. has jut announced that their animated movie Happy Feet Two will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on March 13th, DVD Active is reporting. The extras will, apparently, only be featured on the Blu-Ray, will include interviews, sing-alongs and more. Meanwhile, Universal has announced that their live-action/animated Easter comedy Hop will be released […]

The Lorax gets MPAA rating

Universal’s upcoming animated movie The Lorax has been given a PG rating by the MPAA for “brief mild language,” according to Dr. Seuss fans, of course, will remember how often the children’s book author used profanity in his stories…which would be never. Still, this isn’t the first time a Dr. Seuss movie was given a […]

Director Gore Verbinski wrangles up Rango!

Gore Verbinski shares his unique process for directing the awards season favorite Rango, the first animated feature from visual effects powerhouse Industrial Light and Magic.

Three new clips from Avatar: The Legend of Korra now online

Three brand new sneak peek clips from Nick’s upcoming cartoon series Avatar: The Legend of Korra have been posted online and can be viewed here. The sequel to The Last Airbender takes place 70 years (!) after the original show, and follows the adventures of Korra, the next Avatar after the late Aang (Katara, however, […]

PIPA, SOPA, and Animated Views

If you’ve noticed the black bars on Google, Wikipedia, and other news websites, then you probably know about PIPA (Protect IP Act) and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). These two bills are being debated in the US Congress as you read this post. These two acts have the power to censor, regulate, and shutdown millions […]

Mahna Mahna The Muppets Do Do DVD/Blu-Ray Release

For the poor souls who didn’t see The Muppets in theaters, the DVD is free for mass consumption on March 20, reports Special features include the longest blooper reel ever made in Muppet history, eight deleted scenes, music videos, interviews, audio commentary, and easter eggs. The movie will be released in a DVD/Blu-Ray combo […]

New Lorax poster

A new Spanish poster for The Lorax has just been posted at the internet movie poster awards. Unlike previous ads for the film, it is the human characters who take center stage here rather than the Lorax himself. The new movie from the creators of the blockbuster hit Despicable Me comes to theaters in the states on March […]

Live-action Tinker Bell still happening…or is it?

Announced well over a year ago, we haven’t heard anything about Disney’s live-action Tinker Bell movie since it was first talked about back in 2010. That changed today when star Elizabeth Banks talked with Movie Hole about the project, saying that the plot involves its title character getting “thrown out of Never Never Land, and […]

The Lion King Director Signs on for The Prophet

Here’s a project that has several big Hollywood names and animation veterans tied to it or at least the story development phase. The film in question will be based off poet Khalil Gibran’s book The Prophet. Salma Hayek’s Ventanarosa Productions will produce the film and Roger Allers, The Lion King director, will helm it. Other […]

Tintin wins Golden Globe

Great snakes! The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn won the award for Best Animated Feature at tonight’s Golden Globe Awards. The adventure film beat Cars 2, Arthur Christmas, Puss in Boots and Rango for the prize. Tintin always had a good chance for the Golden Globe, given the character’s extreme popularity internationally and […]

Two New Superhero Projects Starring Deadpool and Green Arrow has news about two superhero projects, one from each of the two comic giants. A movie based off Marvel’s Deadpool character has been rumored for years, but Marvel artist Rob Liefeld has neither confirmed or denied that eight minutes of test footage has been completed. There isn’t a release date yet, but the script […]

Rango named Best Animated Film at Critics Choice Awards

Rango got off to a strong start on its possible road to an Academy Award when it won the prize for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Critics Choice Awards. The film beat Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots, Arthur Christmas and The Adventures of Tintin for the trophy. Meanwhile, Life’s a Happy Song […]

Rob Marshall Heads Into the Woods with Pirates 5 Update

Piartes of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall is returning to direct musicals. He directed the 2002 critically acclaimed and Oscar winner Chicago. Disney has slated him to direct a feature-length movie of Stephen Sondheim’s fairytale mashup Into the Woods. Marhsall hasn’t been attached to the fifth Pirates movie, but whether it gets […]

Finding Nemo 3-D Trailer and Beauty and the Beast 3-D

Disney is pulling fan favorites from the vault to cash in on 3-D craze before it dies. The Lion King and Cars 2 were treated with the third dimension treatment and Beauty and the Beast will come out this week and critics’ reviews are already mixed. The new Tangled short will be worth a visit […]

Live-action Akira put on hold…again

In news that will probably dissapoint some people, Warner Bros. has once again pulled the plug on their live-action remake of the Anime film Akira, THR is reporting. The exact reason for this is unknown, but apparently it has to do with the studio wanting to cut the $90 million budget nearly in half, moving […]

Tangled Ever After clip now online

A clip from Disney’s upcoming animated short Tangled Ever After has just been posted on the studio’s official Youtube page. The short will tell the story of the wild events that take place on Flynn and Rapunzel’s wedding day. It will be shown in theaters with Beauty and the Beast 3-D, which opens next Friday.

Producer Guild Nominations announced

As awards season continues, the nominations for the Producer Guild Awards have been announced. Nominated in the Best Animated Feature category were The Adventures of Tintin. Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots, Cars 2 and Rango. Curiously absent from the nominations was Aardman Animation’s Arthur Christmas, which had a “freshness” rating of more than […]