Month: May 2013

Still another Monsters University trailer

Because Disney really, really doesn’t want you to forget that Monsters University is coming out in just three short weeks, the studio has decided to release yet another trailer for the Pixar prequel, which can be seen over at Collider. Disney originally claimed that the “final trailer” for the film was put out about a month […]

My Neighbor Totoro

Miyazaki’s most beloved film makes the jump to hi-def, while carrying over all the best feaures of the previous DVD. This gentle but great family film has never looked better.

The Flintstones to meet WWE wrestlers in upcoming movie….wait, what?

It’s not April 1st, so we know this is an actual movie. Deadline is reporting that The Flintstones are set to meet up with WWE wrestlers in an upcoming animated film, with at least three WWE stars playing “themselves.” Vince McMahon will play Vince McMagma, John Cena will play John Cenastone, and CM Punk will be […]

Disney and Pixar set release dates for eight upcoming films

They’re a long way off, but Disney and Pixar have set release dates for eight untitled films, Collider tells us. With four movies coming from each studio, the dates start on March 4th, 2016 and end on November 21, 2018. Nothing is known about any of the projects in question at this point. The full […]

Springfield is coming to Universal Studios

For years, Simpsons fans have wondered where exactly in the United States the hometown of their favorite characters is located. Now it would seem they have an answer: Springfield is in Orlando, Florida. EW is reporting that Universal Studios is building a Springfield-themed area around The Simpsons Ride, which will include a Krusty Burger, Moe’s […]

New Walking With Dinosaurs trailer

A second trailer for Walking With Dinosaurs is now online and can be seen at First Showing. The preview consists of mainly footage from the film’s first trailer, with the difference being that this one is “narrated” by the movie’s leading dino. Although it will still look to many eyes like Dinosaur 2, the movie is […]

First banners for The Wind Rises now online

The first banners for Hayao Miyazaki’s upcoming animated feature The Wind Rises have made their way online and can be seen on Collider. Unlike previous Miyazaki efforts, which have largely been fantasy stories, this film will tell the real life tale of Jiro Horikoshi, who created the Zero Fighters used by Japan during World War […]

New Planes trailer takes flight

The newest trailer for Planes is now online and can be viewed over at Coming Soon. The Cars spin-off features the voices of Dane Cook, John Cleese, Teri Hatcher and more. Orignally set to go straight to DVD, Planes soars onto the big screen on August 9th.

Superman Unbound

Superman has to save the Earth from the alien cyborg known as Brainiac, while learning how to cope with the two women in his life: cousin Supergirl and girlfriend Lois.

Rotoscopers YouTube: Epic and A Monster In Paris

Chelsea talks about the first of the 2013 summer animated releases, Epic. Then Morgan joins her to review the recent Blu-ray release of A Monster In Paris.

Epic opens

Fox/Blue Sky’s Epic opens today in 3,882 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film is getting middling reviews from the critics with a barely fresh 63% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Their consensus is that “though its narrative themes are all too familiar, Epic is beautifully animated and crafted with just enough flair to make […]

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame: 2-Movie Collection

Proving musical Hugo doesn’t just mean Les Mis, Disney’s bold take on Gothic literature looks gorgeous here, even if an almost total lack of extras and a truly risible sequel somewhat spoil the original’s legacy.

New Frozen artwork showcases Anna, Elsa and Olaf

New artwork for Disney’s Frozen is making the rounds online. The first, most-discussed image is that of a promotional display for the highly anticipated feature. It shows the rosy-cheeked protagonist Anna in a new pose and possibly the public’s first look at the snowman Olaf in his final CGI form. From the Disney Reads Facebook […]

Yet another Monsters University trailer

With the movie about a month away, the Disney marketing machine is continuing to push Monsters University, with a new trailer now available on iTunes. The preview features the song Roar, made for the film by Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia. The Monsters, Inc. prequel opens everywhere June 21st.

Get ready for The Snow Queen, but not Disney’s version

The Snow Queen appears to be a popular story to adapt into animation. News about Disney’s Frozen skims the web like an early frost, but another adaptation from Russia melts away in the morning light from too little publicity. Keeping the same name as Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, Deadline says that Vertical Entertainment has bought […]

Animation Addicts Podcast #38: How To Train Your Dragonite…I Mean, Dragon

Morgan, Chelsea, and Mason are flying high as they discuss DreamWorks’ How to Train your Dragon — and much, much more!

MoviePass – How It Works

Would you pay $35 a month to see every movie you want to see on the big screen? MoviePass offers a subscription service that allows just that at almost any theatre in the country.

New Toy Story Toon revealed: Mythic Rock

Last week, readers got their first glimpse of the Toy Story of Terror TV special. Now word has arrived on another Toy Story project in the works: Mythic Rock, as listed on the résumé of Pixar producer Kim Jorgensen Adamsthe. Mythic Rock appears to be the latest entry in the Toy Story Toons line of […]

Screenwriter Jon Vitti catches Angry Birds

Rovio Entertainment has announced Jon Vitti will pen the screenplay for the film adaptation of the Angry Birds video game franchise. Among his numerous honors, Vitti has been particularly celebrated at the Emmy Awards: he won one as a writer-consulting producer on King of the Hill, and was nominated for his work on The Simpsons […]

Academy changes Best Animated Feature rules

While many candidates for next year’s Best Animated Feature Oscar have yet to be released, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is already looking ahead to the ceremony, making a few changes to its rulebook. From now on, directors won’t be the only recipients of the Best Animated Feature statuette, as a credited […]

Fox has Epic sale for Blu-ray 3-packs

With Fox/Blue Sky’s Epic opening in theaters this Friday, Fox Home Entertainment is taking the opportunity to highlight some of their previous animated hits. For a limited time, families can purchase three Blu-ray 3-packs for $21.99 each: a Blue Sky set containing Robots, Horton Hears a Who, and Rio; an Ice Age set featuring the […]

Profile spotlights Frozen co-director Jennifer Lee

LA Weekly shares the background of Jennifer Lee, the first female director of a Walt Disney Animation Studios theatrical feature. Lee graduated from Columbia Film School, where she met her future Wreck-It Ralph co-writer Phil Johnston. After the success of Ralph, Lee was asked to write and co-direct Frozen with Chris Buck. “Every day, it […]

Ratatoing studio sets sights on Disney’s Planes

In the latter ’00s, Vídeo Brinquedo raised the ire of animation fans, critics and unsuspecting parents by releasing cheaply-made imitations of Pixar’s and DreamWorks’ blockbusters. The most famous of these “mockbusters” was arguably Ratatoing, a thinly-veiled knock-off of Ratatouille. However, Vídeo Brinquedo also made a mint off their Little Cars series, just as Disney has […]

Toy Story of Terror based on unused Toy Story 3 script?

Earlier this week, Disney revealed more info on the previously-announced Toy Story of Terror, a 30-minute special airing on the ABC network in time for Halloween. According to TV Guide, the project begins with Bonnie, her mother and, of course, Woody and the gang on a road trip to see Bonnie’s grandmother, when their car […]

Wart, Robin, Oliver and more Pan come to Disney Blu-ray

In what is shaping up to be an exciting (and expensive!) summer for high-def Disney fans, the Studio has just announced new additions to its already busy Blu-ray catalog releases. Joining the June 11 release of Atlantis: The Lost Empire, The Emperor’s New Groove and Lilo & Stitch, and the August 27 release of The […]

Rotoscopers YouTube: Frozen facts, rumors, and spoilers

Morgan and Chelsea discuss what they know about Disney’s Frozen — from rumors, officially released info, and a video accidentally posted online and quickly removed. Spoilers abound, so beware!

Planes Takes Flight video focuses on visuals, musical score

Walt Disney Studios has released the dialogue-free “music video” Planes Takes Flight, to help build buzz for this summer’s Cars spin-off. For two and a half minutes, the video shows off the film’s visuals and storyline without a single spoken word, using just new footage and the musical score. Interestingly, that musical score comes from […]

Domestic Rio 2 teaser trailer premieres

Earlier this week, a Portuguese-language teaser trailer for Rio 2 went online. Now Fox has released a domestic version, featuring a colorful assortment of characters shaking their tail feathers until interrupted by Luiz the dog and a familiar foe. “Keep celebrating… I’ll be pooping on your party promptly,” warns Nigel the cockatoo, once again voiced […]

Jeepers! The ponies are now human!

No one and we must admit no one saw this coming: My Little Pony: Equestria Girls. The fan favorite cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is getting its first movie, but instead of following a story about ponies and their adventures it is about the ponies being transformed into humans and their high school […]

Trailer for The Congress now online

It’s been quite some time since Waltz With Bashir was in theaters, but director Ari Folman is following his Oscar-nominated film this year with The Congress, a motion-capture animated movie starring Robin Wright as an actress who agrees to have herself digitized for money. Deadline has the first trailer for it, which is set to debut […]