Month: March 2012

The Smurfs 2 bumped up

Sony Pictures Animation’s The Smurfs 2 has been given a slight release date boost, is reporting. The sequel to the 2011 hit will now hit theaters on July 31s, 2013. The plot is currently unknown, but it’s rumored that it will send the Smurfs to Paris.

Teaser trailer for Foosball now online

Collider shares the first teaser trailer for the upcoming animated film Foosball. Directed by Academy Award-winner Juan Jose Campanella (The Secrets in their Eyes), the film “follows an underdog who, with the help of foosball figures that come to life, must take on a star soccer pro to save their village.” No release date has […]

Jim Henson Company to Make Imaginocean

The Jim Henson Company has announced they will develop a new series based off the off-Broadway show John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean. Tartaglia is a successful puppeteer who stared in the controversial puppet musical Avenue Q and Disney’s Johnny and the Sprites. The new show is about a fish named Dorsel and his friends as they explore […]

Wallace & Gromit’s World Of Invention

Although not featuring Nick Park’s classic characters as we’re more often used to seeing them, the Wallace and Gromit hosted World Of Invention is informative and fun thanks to their (brief) links.

Stop-motion SpongeBob special on the way

SpongeBob SquarePants is set go where he’s never gone before: Into the world of stop-motion. Nick has just announced that they will be making a stop-motion Christmas special starring the cable network’s most popular character, the first time that the show has ever been animated in a form other than traditional animation. It will also mark […]

Teaser trailer for Rise of the Guardians unveiled

The first teaser trailer for DreamWorks’ upcoming animated adventure Rise of the Guardians has just been revealed and can be watched over at Apple. Based on “The Guardians of Childhood” book series by William Joyce, Rise of the Guardians tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack […]

Skwigly launches animation podcast

Skwigly Animation Magazine has launched a podcast. The first edition features an interview with Peter Lord on his new Pirates! film, along with discussion on other news of the day

Disney Advertises With Anime

Anime News Network reports that Disney has turned to anime for their latest advertisment. A 30 second commercial for Tokyo Disney’s “Where Dreams Come True” campaign aired earlier this month. The ad features the character Yumeno Maihama and recounts her experiences at the park. Disney has ventured into anime before co-producing Stitch with Studio Madhouse […]

First trailer for Hotel Transylvania now online

A brand new first trailer for Sony Pictures Animation’s upcoming feature Hotel Transylvania has gone online. The film follows the story of Dracula who works as a manager for a luxury hotel for monsters. However, things go haywire when a human boy discovers the hotel and falls for his teenage daughter. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky […]

UPA’s continuing influence on animation

The LA Times has a story on animation pioneers United Productions of America and how their unique style continues to inspire animators today. Up director Pete Docter said, “Seeing the UPA films was was almost like learning a different language because their approach to movement, design and filmmaking was so graphic and so different from […]

Details on DreamWorks’ Turbo

SPEED takes a look at DreamWorks’ recently announced animated film Turbo. Set for release on July 19, 2013, “Turbo is the story of a snail with an impossible dream: to win the Indianapolis 500 like his hero, five-time champion Guy Gagne. When one day imbued with amazing speed by a freak accident, he embarks on […]

Yellow Submarine coming to home video in May

The Beatles’ 1968 animated movie Yellow Submarine is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on May 28th, according to The National Post. The film has been given a 4k digital restoration, with workers tweaking the image frame by frame rather than using automated software. Depending on the format, special features will include a behind-the-scenes documentary, commentary, […]

The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn

Hergé’s iconic graphic album adventures burst onto the screen courtesy of top-flight motion-capture animation under the watchful eyes of Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, and the result is simply astounding!

Glen Keane leaves Disney

Veteran Disney animator Glen Keane is leaving the company that he’s called home for many years, THR is reporting. The man who worked on such Disney movies as The Little Mermaid, Tarzan and most recently Tangled gave the news through a public statement. “I owe so much to those great animators who mentored me…as well as […]

New Madagascar 3 trailer

A new trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted mades its way online this week, and can be seen on the studio’s official Youtube page. The sequel hits theaters in 3-D on June 8th.

Justice League: Doom

It’s another superhero slugfest, though this one has the interesting twist of also bringing the League at odds with Batman. Includes a great Dwayne McDuffie tribute featurette and more.

Cloudy 2 pushed back

Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers has been pushed back from it’s originally planned Christmas 2013 release date, is reporting. The sequel to the 2009 blockbuster will now open on February 7th, 2014. Reasons for the change are unknown, but it’s possible it was done to give it some space from anticipated tentpole releases, including […]

The Cat in the Hat is coming back

The Cat in the Hat is set to make a return to the big screen…but relax, it won’t be a sequel to the critically detested 2003 Mike Myers outing. Instead, it will be a 3-D computer-animated film from Illumination Entertainment, the same studio responsible for the current box office hit The Lorax. Deadline is also reporting that the […]

Happy Feet Two

This poor, poor retread of the original film won’t win over any new fans, and old ones should just watch the first film again, but the disc wins big points for including an excellent new Looney Tunes short with a classic twist.

VeggieTales: Robin Good And His Not-So-Merry Men

Goofy humor, silly songs, and a good heart fill this latest in the popular VeggieTales series: short and clever enough that it just might be worth a look.

DC Nation Block – Week 1

Cartoon Network’s new action block promises an hour of superhero adventure and humor with Young Justice, Green Lantern and new DC Shorts, which, though the first week was full of premiere reruns and filler, made the hour worth watching.

Bubble Guppies-Bubble Puppy’s Fin-tastic Fairy Tale

Bubble Guppies is about a school of mermaid toddlers, who live, learn, have adventures in a world too cutesy and unreal to even exist in your imagination.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles get a release date

Cowabunga! The long-rumored Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has been given a release date, with the classic 80’s cartoon characters set to make a comeback in 2013. The film is expected to be a mix of live-action and animation, with martial artists in costumes combined with CGI faces. Although currently without a director, the film […]

First look: Hotel Transylvania

The first official images from Sony’s upcoming animated horror comedy Hotel Transylvania have been revealed, and can be seen thanks to USA Today. The movie features Adam Sandler as Count Dracula, who finds his world falling apart when a human being stumbles upon his resort for the supernatural. The article confirms previous rumors that Selena Gomez will be taking […]

Gnomeo 2 taps Sherlock Gnomes for new adventure

Following the surprise success of the Disney-distributed Gnomeo And Juliet from Elton John’s Rocket Pictures, the company has revealed its next literary target in the title for a sequel film, Gnomeo And Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes, which has gone into development according to John will again compose new songs for the film, which is set […]

The Lorax wins again

John Carter and his space adventures ended up being no match for The Lorax, Box Office Mojo is reporting. The Dr. Seuss film earned $39 million in its second weekend, which was good for first place. So far, the animated movie has made $121 million after ten days of release. John Carter, meanwhile, opened somewhat softly, […]

Cloudy 2 gets a release date

Production is apparently going quite smoothly for Sony’s upcoming Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs sequel, with the movie set to come to theaters in less than two years. is reporting that Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers will come to the big screen on December 20th, 2013, which should give it a very solid […]

Illumination a boon to Universal’s bottom line

The Wall Street Journal looks at the profitable relationship between Universal Pictures and animation studio Illumination Entertainment. While Illumination has only produced three films so far (Despicable Me, Hop, and The Lorax), each has been an unqualified hit, especially when their relatively small budgets are taken into account. Illumination has a $75 million budget target. […]

Osbournes get animated

Ozzy Osbourne and the rest of his clan will be voicing themselves in a new stop motion animated series called The F’n Osbournes in development, according to Screen Rant. Cuppa Coffee Studios’ president and show creator Adam Shaheen notes, rather unnecessarily, that “although it is a cartoon, [The F’n Osbournes] is certainly not one for […]

Nick looking for new talent

Variety and the Chicago Tribune report that Nickelodeon has started an animated shorts program with a goal of attracting new talent and ideas. Animation president Brown Johnson said, “The new shorts program gives us an opportunity to tap into comedy talent from many different sources. We’re excited to offer this unique opportunity to artists and […]