Month: February 2013 – page 2

Never before seen sketches by Walt

In preparation for the Oscars, Disney says they needed some pointers on their red carpet strut. Corny? Yes! But a good excuse to post some never before seen sketches by Walt Disney that were used in the 1933 short Mickey’s Gala Premier.

Oscar’s Snow White speaks

One of the most infamous musical numbers in Oscar history occurred in 1989 at the 61st Academy Awards when Rob Lowe and an unauthorized-by-Disney Snow White performed an excruciating 15 minute song and dance number with several uncomfortable stars in the audience as props. The producer behind the segment never worked in Hollywood again, Disney […]

Taking animation seriously

Contactmusic and the AP say it’s time to take the animation category at the oscar seriously. Brave director Mark Andrews says, “I think this year with these films — and so many more — the envelope for animation is being pushed. We keep seeing more risky, deep films that we wouldn’t have seen 10 years […]

Simpsons director talks The Longest Daycare

Unfortunately, Fox has pulled The Longest Daycare, the final film nominated for the Best Animated Short Oscar, off the web [update: it’s back online!], so hopefully you caught it when it aired this past Sunday. But The Hollywood Reporter has something almost as good for Simpsons fans: a 25 minute video interview with director David […]

Saturn Award nominees

The 39th Annual Saturn Awards, honoring the best in science fiction, fantasy, and horror films, have announced their nominees. Brave, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, and Wreck-It Ralph are up for Best Animated Film. And Danny Elfman was nominated for Best Music for Frankenweenie. The Avengers, Battleship, The Hobbit, John Carter, Life of Pi, and Snow White and […]

Shane Acker Joins Beasts Of Burden Pack

Popular Dark Horse comic book series Beasts Of Burden is about a pack of dogs charged with protecting their fellow animals and humans from paranormal nightmares. Reel FX, the new studio out to make a name for itself, recently picked up the movie rights and Shane Acker as the director. Acker previously directed the robotic […]

USA Today looks into “open race” for Best Animated Feature Oscar

USA Today┬áhas an extensive look at the five nominations for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, with various intverviews with people behind the scenes of the year’s contenders. Stating that there is no clear frontrunner for the prize this year, the article goes into the individual movies’ chances of victory, as well as the filmmakers […]

Recreating New York for The Avengers

Visual effects house ILM has posted a video feature titled “Behind the Magic: Building a Digital New York for The Avengers“. According to their post at YouTube: “Although roughly a third of The Avengers is set in New York City precious little was actually filmed there… [The crew] digitally recreated roughly 20 square blocks of […]

Deja blog educates and inspires

If you’re not checking out former Disney animator Andreas Deja’s blog Deja View you need to bookmark it now. A supervising animator on such classic films as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King, Deja’s last entry includes an historic photo of some of the Nine Old Men working on […]

Beck to score Frozen

Christophe Beck has been hired to score Disney’s upcoming film Frozen, according to Film Music Reporter. Beck previously scored The Hangover, Percy Jackson & the Olympians, The Muppets, and Paperman among many others.

Behind the early success of Escape From Planet Earth

Moviefone looks into the surprising opening week numbers for Escape From Planet Earth. “Here’s a kids’ film that’s not based on a familiar title or franchise, one without A-list stars in the leads, made by off-brand animators (Rainmaker Entertainment, which had never made a theatrical feature before) for an indie studio (The Weinstein Company), with […]

MU students and staff revealed

Total Film has posted character art for several of the students and staff of Monsters University. Also included are their school ID cards revealing the names of some of the characters we’ve seen in the trailers.

Recent Toy Story 4 rumors debunked

The rumors of Toy Story 4 are false, says Drew McWeeny at HitFix. Colombian radio host Jorge Luis Balaguera raised eyebrows on Monday when he “confirmed” via Twitter that Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Joan Cusack would return for Toy Story 4 in 2015. However, McWeeny’s source says the report is 100 percent inaccurate. Fortunately […]

The Stooge confirmed as a development proposal

It appears Mickey Mouse and Roger Rabbit are indeed teaming up, at least for a development proposal. On Sunday, Who Censored Roger Rabbit? author Gary K. Wolf, under pen name “Walter Windchill”, reported on his website that the animated characters would team for a reimagining of the 1952 Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis movie The […]

Escape from Planet Earth tops Monday box office

Despite a fourth place finish for the Presidents Day weekend, Escape from Planet Earth jumped to the top of the box office on Monday, with $5.2 million, says Box Office Mojo. By comparison, weekend champ A Good Day to Die Hard took $3.8 million. Distributed by The Weinstein Company, Escape from Planet Earth has collected […]

Little Mermaid will be 3D, but Planes DTV?

After canning the planned 3D theatrical re-release of The Little Mermaid originally set for later this year Disney announced the film would be making its way on to their Diamond Edition line of Blu-ray discs. Left unsaid was whether the work already done on the 3D version would be utilized on the home video release. […]

Star and critic talk Croods

The Hollywood Reporter has the first big review of DreamWorks’ next animated film The Croods, which played at the Berlin International Film Festival this past week. Their bottom line is “the humor and charm… is too uneven to help it approach [Ice Age’s] mammoth market share. But its mostly fast-moving roller coaster of kinetic action […]

Pixar: the happiest workplace on Earth?

ABC News got a private tour of Pixar with Brave director Mark Andrews and a behind the scenes look at, not just the work that went into the making the film, but the playtime as well. Watch it here:

UPDATED! Mickey Mouse, Roger Rabbit to reunite in The Stooge?

Are Mickey Mouse and Roger Rabbit teaming for a remake of the 1952 Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis movie The Stooge? That’s what an inside source has revealed to Who Censored Roger Rabbit? author Gary K. Wolf, who reports the news under pen name “Walter Windchill”. Mickey would take on Martin’s role of a failing […]

Wreck-It Ralph wins Golden Reel Award

The Golden Reel Awards honored Wreck-It Ralph in the category of Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in an Animation Feature Film. The Walt Disney Animation Studios film beat competitors Brave, Rise of the Guardians, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, A Cat in Paris, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman and The Pirates! Band of Misfits. […]

Watch Oscar nominated short Fresh Guacamole

Today we continue bringing you the nominees for the Best Animated Short Academy Award with the film Fresh Guacamole. At less than two minutes long it is the shortest movie ever nominated for an Oscar. Animated in stop motion by PES, the film is about a person making the title dip with some not so […]

Escape from Planet Earth opens better than expected

Escape from Planet Earth beat expectations over its opening weekend, pulling in $16.6 million for a 4th place finish, according to Box Office Mojo’s studio estimates. BOM had projected the film would only bring in $11.3 million while Box Office Prophets predicted a similar $12.1 million haul.

The Simpsons takes WGA award

The Simpsons won the Writers Guild award for TV animation last night for the episode Ned ‘n Edna’s Blend Agenda. This was writer Jeff Westbrook’s third award in the category, having previously won in 2007 and 2008 for the long running series as well. The Hollywood Reporter has the full list of nominees and winners.

Tom Hanks’ Electric City wins Streamy for Best Animated Series

Electric City picked up the award for Best Animated Series at the 3rd Annual Streamy Awards on Sunday, beating fellow nominees Dinosaur Office, Oishi High School Battle, Dick Figures and Red vs. Blue. Created by Tom Hanks, Electric City is the post-apocalyptic story of citizens who live in the title setting, a would-be utopia that […]

Brave wins Cinema Audio Society and ACE Eddie awards

Over the weekend, Disney/Pixar’s Brave added two more awards to its collection: the Cinema Audio Society Award for outstanding sound mixing and the American Cinema Editor’s Eddie Award. Other CAS Award nominees included Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Wreck-It Ralph, Frankenweenie and Rise of the Guardians, while the latter three were also nominated for the ACE […]

First Croods clip shows prehistoric hunt

Coming Soon has the first clip from DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods. In the clip, Eep (Emma Stone) and Guy (Ryan Reynolds) try to trap a prehistoric beast by puppeteering a fake romantic interest for him. Directed by Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders, The Croods will open in theaters March 22.

Planes merchandise, images reveal new plot info

Disney is preparing for the youngest audience members of Planes to continue the adventures of Dusty Crophopper at home. At the 110th annual American International Toy Fair last week, attendees caught a sneak peek at the much-hyped remote-controlled Dusty as well as the U-Command Dusty, as documented by Stitch Kingdom. On Twitter, DaDa Rocks! posted […]

Ice Age: Continental Drift honored at Movieguide Faith & Values Awards

Ice Age: Continental Drift was named the best family movie of 2012 at the 21st Annual Movieguide Faith & Values Awards Gala, beating other animated nominees Wreck-It Ralph, The Secret World of Arrietty and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. As for the best mature-audience film, The Avengers took the award over such nominees as The […]

Paperman progression reel breaks down animation behind pivotal shot

Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive progression reel for Disney’s Annie-winning short Paperman, showing how animators placed hand-drawn layers upon computer animated imagery to achieve the film’s stunning look. One might wish to view Paperman on the upcoming Wreck-It Ralph Blu-ray – the short has been removed from YouTube – before delving too far into the […]

Planes, Turbo praised in test screening reviews

Both DisneyToon Studios’ Planes and DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo are receiving praise following recent test screenings. At WDW Magic, regular forum member “M.rudolf” writes that Planes is testing “thru [sic] the roof,” better than the Cars movies and Wreck-It Ralph. This news likely explains why Planes was promoted to a theatrical release after being made as […]