Month: February 2013 – page 3

Tim Burton talks Frankenweenie box office and more

In an extensive interview with the LA Times, Tim Burton discusses the dissapointing box office results of Frankenweenie, his decision to shoot the movie in black and white, and stop-motion animation as a whole. “I do feel like people were scared of that concept of death,” Burton said of the movie’s heavy themes. “There is […]

Visual effects spotlighted

With the Oscars just over a week away and voting about to end, nominees (and their representation!) are working hard to put themselves and their work in the public eye. In fact, all the films nominated for Best Visual Effects have been profiled in the media recently. • Cinema Blend talked to executive producer Victoria […]

DreamWorks opening theme parks in Russia

DreamWorks Animation and REGIONS Group of Companies have signed a licensing agreement to develop indoor theme parks in major cities throughout Russia. The theme parks, scheduled to open in 2015, will be located in St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Yekaterinburg. The parks will include a mixed-use movie and concert hall, 4D movie theater, three-star 400-room hotel, […]

Escape from Planet Earth soundtrack details

The soundtrack for the just released film Escape from Planet Earth is available and Film Music Reporter has the details and track listing. The Aaron Zigman scored album was recorded “with a 100 piece orchestra and choir at Abbey Road Studios in London”.

Escape from Planet Earth opens in theaters

Escape from Planet Earth opens in 3,288 theaters today, featuring the voices of Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, Ricky Gervais and Jessica Alba. Families eager to learn if the computer animated flick is worth a trip to the theater will have to rely on word-of-mouth rather than professional reviews, at least for the time being. According […]

Liam Neeson to lend voice to Khumba

Liam Neeson has signed on to voice Phango, a malevolent leopard, in Triggerfish Animation Studios’ Khumba, says Kidscreen. Also featuring the voices of AnnaSophia Robb and Jake T. Austin, the film tells the story of “a half-striped zebra who leaves his home in search of a magic waterhole where legend says the first zebras got […]

Peter Pan: Diamond Edition

One of Walt’s best is again given what Hook himself might describe as a “poor show” treatment on Blu-ray, and even the one new substantial extra may not appeal to all fans; it’s the least sparkly of the Diamonds so far…

Universal keeping big animated project under wraps

The Wrap reports that Universal has put a mystery film on their schedule for July 3, 2015 — a holiday weekend usually reserved for major tentpole releases. The movie will be an animated feature from Illumination Entertainment, the company behind Despicable Me, The Lorax, and the upcoming Grinch remake. But this will be a new, […]

Turbo Camero make-over

With their spring release just weeks away, DreamWorks is already looking towards Turbo, slated to come out this summer. IOL Motoring reports that the studio has tricked out a Chevy Camaro with “a make-over of Hollywood proportions. The DTM-style front splitter is big enough to make a locomotive blush, and the goliath supercharger sprouting out […]

Director and stars discuss Escape From Planet Earth

Finishing up their promotional push, more stars of the film Escape From Planet Earth talked with the media this week. William Shatner spoke with the Montreal Gazette. Jane Lynch interviewed with She Knows. And director Cal Brunker talked with the Canadian Press on how the film is a big leap for Canadian animation. The film, […]

New Views on Wreck-It Ralph

In a Disney first, Wreck-It Ralph is available to download before it reaches DVD and Blu-ray. But before it hits the mass market a couple interesting tidbits have popped up on io9 and each offers a fresh perspective on the popular movie. First up is a 60 second live-action short by Kial Natale. Casting choices […]

The Blue Umbrella poster

Check out The Rotoscopers for a look at the poster for Pixar’s upcoming short film The Blue Umbrella. A giveaway prize at the short’s premiere in Germany, “the poster is minimalistic and absolutely adorable. It shows the blue umbrella cuddling up to the red umbrella among a sea of boring black umbrellas.” Look for The […]

Alba and Lopez talk Escape from Planet Earth

Jessica Alba and George Lopez talk with Collider about their film opening this Thursday, Escape from Planet Earth. They talk about their reasons for doing the film, how they were case, the recording process, and much more. Lopez said, “When you look at who is in this movie, I mean, I’ve done a lot of […]

DreamWorks to launch Netflix’s first original kids series

Netflix and DreamWorks Animation today announced they will create the first ever Netflix Original Series for kids. Based on their upcoming movie Turbo (premiering in theaters this summer) the Netflix series Turbo: F.A.S.T. (Fast Action Stunt Team) debuts exclusively this December. “Families love Netflix, so creating an original series for kids was a natural for […]

Watch Oscar nominated short Head Over Heels

Today we’re bringing to your attention the third of the five nominees for the Best Animated Short Oscar, Head Over Heels. Written and directed by Timothy Reckart, the film is about a married couple who after many years have literally grown apart (he resides on the floor and she on the ceiling) and they now […]

Jerry Beck leaves Cartoon Brew

Today was animation historian Jerry Beck’s last day at Cartoon Brew, the site he founded nine years ago with Amid Amidi. “For those wondering where I’m going – I’m planning to continue doing what I’ve been doing: animation showings in L.A. (with plans to bring my act to New York as well), teaching cartoon history, […]

First full Monsters University trailer debuts

The first full trailer for Monsters University has been posted to the Disney’s UK YouTube page. According to Deadline, the trailer was attached to Wreck-it Ralph while in the United States it won’t be released theatrically until March 8th with Oz The Great And Powerful. MU is slated for a June 21st wide opening. Check […]

Jim Hill theorizes on Tomorrowland

The person in charge of marketing for the mysterious Disney film now titled Tomorrowland needs a raise, as internet buzz over the unknown project is at a fever pitch. The latest to weigh in is Disney expert Jim Hill. In his usual detailed and entertaining style, Hill posits that the film formally known as 1952 […]

Watch Oscar nominee Adam and Dog short

The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs has made Minkyu Lee’s Oscar nominated short Adam and Dog, which recently hit YouTube, their Pick of the Week. They say it is “a painterly, visually masterful and no-dialogue film that perhaps should be considered the front-runner for an Oscar later this month — despite the Pixar and Fox pedigrees […]

Batman – The Dark Knight Returns: Parts 1 And 2

With Gotham City being overtaken by lawlessness, Bruce Wayne decides that it is time for Batman to come out of retirement, in the most epic Batman tale ever told.

Rhythm & Hues files for bankruptcy

Deadline is reporting that visual effects/animation studio Rhythm & Hues is filing for bankruptcy, telling some employees not to come in, and delaying paychecks. The news comes just hours after their winning of the Bafta for Special Visual Effects for Life of Pi and weeks before the Oscars where they are nominated twice in that […]

Extended featurette with cast of Escape from Planet Earth

A 21 minute featurette with the cast of Escape from Planet Earth is now online. The preview could be considered spoiler heavy so watch at your own risk if you’re planning on seeing the film when it opens this Thursday. Watch it here or in HD at the Apple trailers site.

Pixar artist and Facebook try to reinvent the smiley

Pixar story illustrator Matt Jones is working with Facebook to basically reinvent the smiley, according to Buzzfeed. “Facebook was canny enough to realize that traditional emoticons are quite bland. At Pixar we consider emotional states every day with every drawing we make. Our work is informed by the years of study we do, constantly studying […]

Monsters University preview video posted online

Animation Fascination has pulled a three and a half minute preview of the upcoming Monsters University film off the upcoming Monsters Inc. 3D blu-ray disc and posted it for viewing. “We finally get a better look at the film’s storyline, along with some new concept art and animation. The whole thing is hosted by the […]

Brave wins Bafta

Brave continued its award winning streak, this time taking the top animation prize from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The Pixar film defeated Frankenweenie and ParaNorman. The Making Of Longbird won for Best Short Animation while Life Of Pi won for Special Visual Effects.

Animation gets no Grammy love

Animation (and quasi-related projects) were all losers in the Grammy Award race. The Woody Allen film Midnight In Paris won Best Compilation Soundtrack over The Muppets, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo took the award for Best Score Soundtrack over The Adventures of Tintin, and Safe & Sound from The Hunger Games was the winner […]

Brett Ratner to produce FarmVille TV series

Rush Hour director Brett Ratner is teaming with Six Eleven Media to produce an animated television series based on the successful social media game FarmVille. “FarmVille is one of the most exciting brands out there today, and its cross-platform opportunities are endless. I am thrilled to be expanding the brand with existing fans and also […]

Wreck-It Ralph end credits now online

The end credit sequence for Wreck-It Ralph is now online, reports Cartoon Brew. Set to Owl City’s When Can I See You Again, the 8-bit styled video features Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz exploring the worlds of numerous video games, from the movie’s own Sugar Rush and Hero’s Duty to real-life games Sonic the Hedgehog […]

Live-action Ghostbuster rejected for animated spin-off

For years, a rumor has circulated that Ghostbusters star Ernie Hudson auditioned to reprise his role as Winston Zeddemore in the film’s animated spin-off, The Real Ghostbusters – only to lose the role to Arsenio Hall. Now Hudson himself is confirming the rumor. The actor tells A.V. Club, “So I went in to read the […]

New Monsters University posters

New posters for Monsters University–although not in English, they appear to have a Chinese New Year theme–have made their way online and can be seen at the IMP Awards. And in case you missed it, here’s a recent domestic poster for the film which can also be viewed on the site. The Monsters, Inc. prequel enrolls […]