Month: March 2013

Rotoscopers YouTube: Q&A Part 1

Morgan and Chelsea asked what you want to know and now they answer your questions! In this installment they discuss the greatness of DuckTales, Disney crossovers and spinoffs they’d like to see, and how to make animation appealing to more people.

RIP Norman “Stormy” Palmer

Another part of Disney history passed away March 23, 2013 at 94 from age-related causes. Instead of being behind the camera, Norman “Stormy” Palmer was part of the tail end of production as a film editor. For 45 years, Palmer worked at the Walt Disney Studios, working on the popular True-Life Adventure films as well […]

New posters for Planes, Monsters University

The first domestic poster for DisneyToon Studios’ Planes is now online, courtesy of Disney Insider. As with this international poster, the new one-sheet features Dusty Crophopper in a tight air race against the antagonistic Ripslinger. Meanwhile, the Internet Movie Poster Awards displays the latest seasonal poster for Monsters University, in which Sulley uses Mike as […]

Exclusive clip and interview for Adventures in Zambezia

Sony Entertainment released a new direct-to-video cartoon feature called Adventures in Zambezia in the US. The animated movie follows Kai, a young falcon who goes on the basic hero’s journey to find Zambezia, the legendary city of birds. His father is, of course, against the trip, but when evil lizards kidnap him, it is up to Kai and his […]

The Turkeys get exchanged for Free Birds

The new movie from Reel FX has changed its title from Turkeys to Free Birds, according to Animation Magazine. The movie is about two turkeys from different walks of life, who time travel to change the history of the first Thanksgiving. The movie will open the holiday movie season on November 1st, 2013. The film will […]

Planes test screening report

Our friends The Rotoscopers recently attended a test screening for Disney’s upcoming film Planes and they’ve posted their thoughts in an early review. (While they try to keep major spoilers out they do talk about the plot, so beware if you’d prefer absolutely no spoilers.) They’ll be posting a video report soon and you can […]

Jackman scores Turbo

Film Music Reporter says that Henry Jackman will be scoring the upcoming DreamWorks film Turbo. Jackman’s previous work includes the music for Puss in Boots and Monsters vs Aliens.

Mulan: 15th Anniversary 2-Movie Collection

Mulan returns in a gorgeous digital transfer that retains the beauty of the movie, and a very decent package includes a sequel and (mostly) all previous DVD extras!

DreamWorks stock goes up and investors gain hope

Despite recent financial difficulties resulting in the downsizing of employees, DreamWorks Animation’s stock rose after The Croods dominated the weekend box office. The Hollywood Reporter gathers analysts’ reviews of the studios recent stock rise and Tony Wible of Janney Montgomery said, “The stronger open on The Croods should start to ease investor concerns about [DWA’s] […]

Brother Bear: 2-Movie Collection

Disney’s quality animated animal adventure and its better than average video follow-up make for a strong Blu-ray package, especially with all their previous DVD extras also included!

The Croods

Though you might not naturally select it based on the ads, The Croods might surprise you. Full of fun, stunning to look at, and filled with heart, DreamWorks’ latest is a step up the evolutionary ladder.

Planes cast to include a Top Gun reunion

USA Today reveals the full cast of DisneyToon Studios’ Planes, offering new character portraits and descriptions. John Cleese, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Cedric the Entertainer, Teri Hatcher, Brad Garrett and Sinbad will join the previously-announced Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Roger Craig Smith, Gabriel Iglesias, Carlos Alazraqui and Priyanka Chopra. In addition, the film will feature a reunion […]

Hiddleston to play Great Escapo in The Muppets…Again!

Muppets Henson has discovered that Tom Hiddleston will appear in The Muppets…Again! as The Great Escapo. An eagle-eyed observer at the site noticed the actor’s resume at Hamilton Hodell, his agency, listed the sequel among his upcoming films. As The Muppet Mindset reminds, Hiddleston has made no secret about his love for The Muppets (2011), […]

Cars Toons premieres Tales From Radiator Springs shorts

Disney has opened the hood on a new line of Cars Toons, Tales From Radiator Springs. According to A113 Animation, the shorts premiered during Disney Channel’s presentation of Up last Friday. Directed by Jeremy Lasky at Pixar Canada, each short is about 1.5 minutes long. Now all three of them – Hiccups, Spinning, and Bugged […]

Despicable Me 2’s Despicablimp to tour U.S.

To promote Despicable Me 2, Universal Pictures has set the Despicablimp on a 20,000-mile coast-to-coast trip in the U.S., reports MovieWeb. The airship – 165 feet long, 55 feet high and 46 feet wide – made its first official public appearance at Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards in L.A. last weekend. The Despicablimp’s scheduled stops include […]

Rise of the Guardians director Peter Ramsey assembles the Guardians of Childhood

Ramsey talks Guardians’ direction, box office and odds on a sequel, also reflecting on making history as the first African-American to helm a major CGI feature.

Animation Addicts Podcast #34: Toy Story 2 – British Invasion

The Rotoscopers are excited to bring on their first official guest host, William Jardine from! Join in for a rip-roaring discussion of Pixar’s first sequel Toy Story 2.

Croods wins weekend with impressive $108 million worldwide debut

DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods had no trouble topping the box office charts this weekend, earning a healthy $44 million in America, THR is reporting. More good news for the film could be found overseas, where the movie made $63 million over 47 markets, giving the comedy a worldwide total of $108 million. Even better, the Chris […]

New Epic posters

Following the release of its final theatrical trailer a few days ago, 20th Century Fox has released two new posters for their upcoming adventure movie Epic, both of which can be seen over at the IMP Awards. The first one features Beyonce’s character, Queen Tara, while the second one showcases…a toad. Epic opens everywhere this Memorial Day.

New Monsters University, Despicable Me 2 TV spots

Two new TV spots for ucoming animated movies made their debut during the Kids Choice Awards on Nick last Friday, and both can be found online at The first is a look at Pixar’s Monsters University while the second is a brief ad for Despicable Me 2. Monsters opens everywhere on June 21st, while […]

Iron Man 3 monorail zooms into Disney World

As they did last year with The Avengers, Disney is celebrating the release of Iron Man 3 this summer with a special decorated monorail, Orlando Attractions is reporting. The site has early pics and also a video regarding the “Stark Industries” monorail’s debut. Iron Man 3 opens everywhere this May.

Atlantis, New Groove and Stitch all going Blu

Continuing Disney’s trend of rushing their animated features/direct-to-DVD sequels to Blu-Ray in the form of “2-Movie Collections,” the studio will continue that trend this summer with three releases on June 11th, Blu-Ray.Com is reporting. The Emperor’s New Groove, Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Lilo & Stitch will all come out for the first time in the […]

Kids’ Choice Awards feature Epic preview, animation categories, Monsters vs Aliens debut

A preview of Blue Sky’s upcoming film Epic will air tonight during the Kids’ Choice Awards. Animation fans may also be interested in several of the awards which include Favorite Cartoon (Fairly OddParents, Phineas and Ferb, SpongeBob SquarePants, Tom and Jerry), Favorite Animated Movie (Brave, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Wreck-It […]

Rotoscopers YouTube: The Croods

On the fence about DreamWorks’ latest film, The Croods? Morgan Stradling was pleasantly surprised, and says most everyone that gives it a chance will be satisfied with it.

The Croods opens

DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods–the studio’s first film to be distributed by 20th Century Fox–opens today on a massive 4,000+ screens, Box Office Mojo is reporting. The site is also predicting the movie to easily win the weekend with an opening of $38 million, while Box Office Prophets is slightly more optimistic with an expected debut of $40 […]

DuckTales remastered, woo-oo!

Ars Technica reports that Capcom sent PAX East attendees into a “sing-along frenzy” today with the announcement that they are rewriting history by remastering the 1989 Nintendo Entertainment System video game DuckTales for modern high definition consoles. Details are still a blur, but “the game is based heavily on the NES classic—about 70 percent of […]

Frozen reindeer visits Walt Disney Animation Studios

This week, Walt Disney Animation Studios welcomed a special guest: a reindeer, as a reference for the animators of Frozen. Feature animation coordinator Laura Meredith and effects animator Bruce Wright have each posted a pic of the reindeer online, while story supervisor Paul Briggs shares some of his sketches of her. Audiences can catch the […]

Gabriel Iglesias, David Croft join Planes

Stand-up comic Gabriel Iglesias and Sky Sports F1 commentator David Croft have joined DisneyToon Studios’ Planes. Croft will voice Racing Sports Network blimp Lofty Crofty for the film’s UK version, having posted a pic of the character on his Twitter profile. Iglesias, who also announced his casting via Twitter, has yet to reveal his character.

Madagascar Live! coming to SeaWorld

On the heels of last year’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, characters Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria are heading to SeaWorld for Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation. According to PR Newswire, the show will feature familiar and new tunes from the franchise, performed by a live band. In addition, the characters will conduct meet and greets […]

Disney parks ban unsupervised kids 14 years and younger

Starting Saturday, all Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts and parks in the U.S. will no longer allow unsupervised guests who are 14 years or younger. Disney selected the age of 14 after surveying guests and speaking with organizations dealing with child welfare, Disney spokesperson Suzi Brown told NBC4. She added that no particular incident […]