Month: February 2012

First How To Train Your Dragon TV Series Trailers posted a couple of 30 second teaser trailers for the upcoming How To Train Your Dragon TV series. The trailers promise the show will be just as full as adventure and awesome dragons as the movie. DreamWorks has had much success with their TV spin-offs with Nickelodeon: Kung-Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and Penguins […]

Visit South Park Again With New Episodes March 14

The controversial South Park is back with its 16th season. The new season kicks off March 16th on Comedy Central with seven new episodes. Later on March 27, season 15 will be released on uncensored DVDs with a documentary called 6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park, focusing on creators Trey Parker and […]

Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers moves forward

A while ago reports regarding a Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs sequel began to surface on the internet, but now it would appear that it’s officially moving forward. Sony Pictures Animation released a new promotional image for their upcoming slate, which reveals that the sequel’s title will be Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers. The […]

New Frankenweenie image

A new image from Tim Burton’s upcoming animated horror comedy Frankenweenie has just been revealed at Yahoo! Movies. In other news, a first trailer for the film is expected to go online tomorrow, and be shown on the big screen this Friday with 3-D prints of The Lorax. The Walt Disney Pictures release comes to […]

Gallery of African-American animators

Cartoon Brew reminds us that today is the last day to celebrate Black History Month. Amid Amidi links to a Facebook gallery called African-American Animators—Past & Present, which he describes as a “wonderful tribute to the diversity and talent of the black animators who work in our industry”.

AV introduces website calendar and iPhone app

We launched two new features this week: an iPhone app called AV Countdown, and a website calendar listing upcoming animated films. Toon in here to get the details!

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore now online

The Oscar-winning short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is now viewable online for those who are curious to see it, with the link to the cartoon being found on Cinema Blend. Created by William Joyce of Meet the Robinsons fame, the fantastical 15-minute movie has various animation styles in it. Like […]

Jan Berenstain passes away

Jan Berenstain–the co-author of the beloved children’s book series The Berenstain Bears–has passed away at age 88, The New York Times is reporting. She wrote the books with her husband Stan, who passed away in 2005. In addition to being the subject of more than 50 books, The Berenstain Bears were also the stars of two […]

At long last, The Lone Ranger finally begins production

After being in production limbo for ages, Disney’s Lone Ranger film has finally started production, CinemaBlend is reporting. After being shut down by Disney last year due to budget concerns, the western is now back on track, with Johnny Depp apparently set to take center stage as Tonto and The Social Network’s Armie Hammer in the […]

Bob’s Burgers coming to DVD in April

The complete first season of FOX’s animated TV comedy Bob’s Burgers will be available to own on DVD on April 17th, according to Amazon. Extras will include commentary tracks on all episodes. Although its pilot got largely negative reviews from most critics, the series got better received as it went along. The second season is set to air on […]

SpongeBob SquarePants returning to theaters in 2014

Who lives in a pineapple on the big screen? SpongeBob SquarePants! Paramount Pictures has announced that they are officially moving forward with a second theatrical film based on the hit cartoon series, is saying. “We will be releasing a SpongeBob movie at the end of 2014, which will serve to start off or be one […]

Final John Carter trailer takes off

Only days before the movie’s release, Disney has put out one last trailer for John Carter on the film’s official Youtube page. It’s quite possible that the studio put this preview out at the last minute in an attempt to build awareness for a film that is currently a wilde card when it comes to box […]

Darth Maul returns in new Star Wars: The Clone Wars trailer

Despite being sliced in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi at the end of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul was apparently too powerful to be kept down…at least according to the universe of Cartoon Network’s very popular TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. A trailer for the show’s two-part season finale shows that […]

First Brave TV spot hits the internet

The first official TV spot for Disney and Pixar’s Brave has now made its way to the internet. The ad aired during Sunday’s telecast of the Oscars on ABC, indicating that Disney is already getting ready to campaign for next year’s ceremony. Brave comes to theaters everywhere this summer.

Lady and the Tramp’s Peggy Lee on the right side of the (sound)tracks!

With Lady And The Tramp’s debut on Blu-ray, Jeremie looks back and speaks with granddaughter Holly Foster-Wells about singer-songwriter Peggy Lee’s career and involvement in Walt’s canine masterpiece.

Mad: Season One, Part Two

The usual gang of idiots return for a second helping of the original satirical magazine’s surprisingly consistent transition to the screen, and even if the strike rate isn’t quite as strong as the first episodes there are still (“cheap!”) laughs to be had.

Rango wins Academy Award

Rango and Gore Verbinski took home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the 84th Annual Academy Awards. The trophy for Animated Short went to William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann, and Alex Henning won the Oscar for Visual Effects for […]

Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax: Deluxe Edition

Dr. Seuss’s ecological fable looks fantastic on Blu-ray, though its accompanying TV specials don’t get the same treatment. All three specials otherwise still stand up well as great family viewing.

New Legend of Korra trailer

A short new preview for the upcoming cartoon series Avatar: The Legend of Korra has just made its way over to YouTube. The sequel to the hit TV show The Last Airbender takes place 70 year after the events of the original show. It is still currently without an air date.

Composer Hunter talks Fantastic Flying Books

Mark Morton at talks with John Hunter, the composer of an Oscar nominated silent film. No, not that one! Hunter compsed the soundtrack for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, nominated for the Animated Short Film Oscar.

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The Force is Strong with Star Wars in 3-D

Thanks to its recent 3-D re-release, Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace has now become a billionaire. The Hollywood Reporter is saying that the movie just crossed the $1 billion milestone, and that it will soon overcome The Dark Knight to become one of the ten highest grossing movies of all time in terms of worldwide […]

Turbo speeds forward with voice cast

DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming action comedy Turbo has just been given a full voice cast, is reporting. Ryan Reynolds will play the starring role, with Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Giamatti, Bill Hader, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez and more now in the supporting cast. Turbo tells the story of a snail who dreams of becoming the fastest […]

Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 surfs onto DVD and Blu-Ray in March

The third live-action/animated movie in the popular Chipmunks franchise Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked will make its way to DVD and Blu-Ray on March 27th, DVD Active is reporting. Although the DVD will feature barely any extra features, the Blu-Ray will contain a number of featurettes, extended scenes, music videos and more. Even though it wasn’t as […]

New Brave trailer now online

A brand new trailer for Pixar’s upcoming animated adventure Brave is now online and can be watched over at Apple. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and featuring the voices of Kelly MacDonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, and Robbie Coltrane, Brave hits theaters June 22nd, 2012.

del Toro adds animated Day of the Dead to plate

Guillermo del Toro is on board to produce the animated film Day of the Dead for independent animation studio Reel FX, according to Entertainment Weekly. The film is about “a star-crossed romance that revolves around the Mexican holiday”. They’re shooting for a 2014 release date. Also of note, EW says this is the 16th “yet-to-be-released […]

Stainton out as head of Paramount animation

The Los Angeles Times reports that just four months after taking the job David Stainton has resigned as head of Paramount Pictures’ animation unit. President of Paramount Motion Picture Group Adam Goodman will now oversee the animation department. Stainton, who spent 17 years at Walt Disney studios culminating his time there as president of feature […]

Rotten Tomatoes ranks “best” animated movies of all time

Ever wonder what the best reviewed animated movies of all time are? Rotten Tomatoes has ranked the top 75, according to their individual “freshness” ratings, in a list that some will agree with and others will find questionable. In any case, it’s an interesting chart, and some of the films that made the list–as well as […]

Behind the scenes of The Pirates has an exclusive interview with Aardman director Peter Lord in which he discusses his upcoming animated movie The Pirates! Band of Misfits. In it, Lord talks the development of the project, the casting of the film’s voice actors, and using computer effects with stop-motion animation. Starring Hugh Grant, The Pirates set sail on April 27th.

Chris Miller discusses his Oscar nom and Puss In Boots

Jeremy Sollie speaks with Puss In Boots director Chris Miller on being Oscar nominated, the film’s story development, Guillermo del Toro, and his voice cast.