Month: May 2013 – page 2

Has Disney gotten rid of Merida’s so-called “makeover”?

Getting an almost surprising amount of attention this week was the news that Disney had given Brave’s Merida an apparent makeover as they made the character part of their “official” Princess Collection (even though she’s technically a Pixar heroine). It would seem, however, as though the studio possibly took notice, as the AV Club has pointed out […]

Win My Neighbor Totoro and Howl’s Moving Castle

Animated Views and Disney are giving you a chance to win the new Blu-ray editions of Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro and Howl’s Moving Castle!

Tinker Bell scribe revealed as Planes screenwriter

Over the past few months, more and more members of the creative team behind DisneyToon Studios’ Planes have been revealed, from the director to producers to story artists. However, one glaring omission from the film’s IMDb and Wikipedia pages left folks asking, “Who exactly wrote this movie?” Now a source at Disney has given Animated […]

Poster artwork arrives for Constantin’s Tarzan

Constantin Film has sent Animated Views the poster artwork for Tarzan, the latest adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ legendary hero. The poster for the motion capture film first debuted in April but with German-language text. This new version of the one sheet arrives without text, allowing the viewer to fully enjoy the striking artwork of […]

First look at the purple, evil Minions of Despicable Me 2

As folks at this year’s CinemaCon reported back from the Despicable Me 2 presentation, readers were surprised to learn that the highly anticipated sequel will feature an alternate version of the yellow, friendly Minions loved by audiences worldwide. Indeed, the franchise’s second chapter will soon introduce moviegoers to purple, evil Minions. Now the official Facebook […]

Rio 2 international teaser trailer debuts

The teaser trailer for Rio 2 has leaked, in Portuguese, thanks to Animação S.A., reports A113 Animation. The new footage presents the film’s cast of characters performing a festive dance number, with macaws Blu and Jewel accompanied by their new triplets. The trailer also shows off Blue Sky Studios’ new logo, featuring Scrat once again […]

Lots and lots of minions in new Despicable Me poster

With the movie less than two months away, Universal has revealed a new poster for Despicable Me 2, which can be seen at the IMP Awards. The poster features Gru looking over his massive army of minions, along with the tagline “When the world needed a hero, they called a villain.” Me 2 opens everywhere […]

Planes sequel Fire & Rescue gets a teaser poster!

While Planes won’t hit theaters until August 9, a teaser poster for its sequel, Fire & Rescue, has already been discovered by The poster advertises the DisneyToon sequel as “coming soon” – perhaps sooner than originally expected given that this poster and an Art of book for the sequel have already been revealed.

Forget disco ball Mike, try Spaceship Earth Mike

In a trailer for Monsters University, Sully plays a prank on his roommate Mike by gluing mirror shards on him and transforming him into a disco ball. Mike was not too fond of the joke, but he probably will appreciate his face on Epcot’s Spaceship Earth. To celebrate the new movie and summer vacation, Disney […]

Merida gets unappreciated and unwanted makeover

Brave heroine Merida was officially inducted as a Disney princess this past Sunday and to complement the official coronation she was given a makeover to match her ten cohorts. The Huffington Post details the full account about how Merida now has a tinier waist, less freckles, wider set eyes, and control over her red curls. […]

The Cleveland Show officially cancelled

In would seem as though Cleveland Brown’s days of having his own TV series are over. The Cleveland Show, the Family Guy spin-off that has lasted four seasons against savage reviews, is not on FOX’s schedule for the fall, Collider is reporting. The good news for fans of the network’s cartoon line-up is that all of […]

Sesame Street welcomes a new amigo

Sesame Street acknowledges diversity with a multi-ethnic cast, and as the Hispanic community grows in the US, Sesame Workshop has decided to add a brand-new Spanish-speaking cast member. Tough Pigs has a collection of videos that documents the audition process, from the open casting call and callbacks to the final announcement on Good Morning, America. […]

Exclusive: The Art of Planes book to coincide with Planes 2

When recently listed their upcoming books based on Disney’s Planes, one anticipated title was noticeably missing: The Art of Planes. Now an inside source has revealed to Animated Views that the book will not be released – at least, not anytime soon. Instead, Chronicle Books will publish the tentatively-titled Art of Planes 1 & […]

Seth MacFarlane to guest voice on Simpsons season finale

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is set to voice a character on the season finale of The Simpsons this year, Entertainment Weekly tells us. The episode–which was originally supposed to air next season–has MacFarlane as a smooth operator named Ben who tries to charm Marge Simpson. “We thought we had a great part that he’d be perfect […]

Monsters University gets MPAA rating

Disney and Pixar’s Monsters University has been given its MPAA rating and, not surprisingly, the movie has been rated G, Box Office Mojo is reporting. The anticipated release comes to theaters everywhere on June 21st.

Disney offers first look at Big Hero 6!

The Los Angeles Times has the first look at Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Big Hero 6, its first movie inspired by a Marvel comic. From Winnie the Pooh director Don Hall, the CG feature centers on “a brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to […]

Beyoncé records song for Epic

Somewhat unsurprisingly, it was announced this week that Beyoncé, who stars as Queen Tara in the upcoming Blue Sky film Epic, has recorded a song for the movie. Titled Rise Up, the song was “written by Beyoncé and Sia and produced by Hit-Boy and Chase N. Cashe. The track will be released by Columbia Records”.

De-aging Monsters

Jim Hill looks into the subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways Pixar came up with to make a big blue furball and a giant green eyeball look younger for their upcoming film Monsters University. How did they start? By asking the production team to bring in their senior portraits. “So we gathered together all of these high […]

Docter talks Harryhausen

In a recent interview, Monsters Inc. director Pete Docter talked about Ray Harryhausen, the special effects legend who passed away this week, according to the L.A. Times. Harryhausen, who inspired countless filmmakers after him, was honored in Docter’s film by having a restaurant where a pivotal scene takes place named after him. “His pioneering efforts […]

Animation Addicts Podcast #37: Tinker Bell – They’re Breaking Canon

Morgan and Chelsea are flying solo as they discuss DisneyToon Studios’ first installment in the Tinker Bell franchise – Tinker Bell! Join the fun as they discuss Tinker Bell’s origins and first movie!

New Monsters University, Epic posters

FilmoFilia has three new international posters for Monsters University, centered on the Oozma Kappa (OK) and Jaws Theta Chi (JOX) fraternities and the Python Nu Kappa (PNK) sorority. In other poster news, IMP Awards has the latest one-sheet for Epic, which uses each letter in the film’s title as a “window” for a main character. […]

Unused DC screenplays to become animated features?

Over the past couple of decades, Warner Bros. has tried many times to bring its most famous DC characters to the big screen. To help with these endeavors, the studio has hired many talented writers and directors to develop projects that, for one reason or another, were ultimately abandoned. Some of the more famous attempts […]

Top Cat: The Movie trailer

Top Cat: The Movie has taken its time in coming to the U.S. The film hit theaters in Mexico in September 2011, before hitting the U.K. in June 2012. Now Top Cat: The Movie is making its way to U.S. theaters, and iTunes has the first trailer. Based on the classic Hanna-Barbera series, Top Cat: […]

Robodog barks at Cannes

Time to add another up and coming 3D animation studio to the roster! Marza Animation Planet, a subsidiary of the SEGA SAMMY Group and headed by former American Sega COO Masanao Maeda, has put the new movie Robodog into the pre-production phase. The film, says Deadline Hollywood, is described as a family-friendly story of a […]

Ray Harryhausen RIP

In news that will sadden many in the animation community, legendary stop-motion and visual effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen has died aged 92, The Hollywood Reporter has announced. Starting out under the supervision of George Pal (on his Puppetoon series) and original King Kong animator Willis O’Brien on the 1949 edition of the similarly themed Mighty […]

The Croods TV series in development

After The Croods dominated the box office earlier this year, it was almost inevitable that the film would receive a sequel. But now, the Croods fan blog reports a TV series starring “the first modern family” is in the works as well. During DreamWorks’ Q1 earnings stockholder phone call last week, studio CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg […]

DreamWorks, IDW bringing Jay Ward characters to comics

DreamWorks Classics and Bullwinkle Studios are teaming with IDW Publishing to bring Jay Ward’s classic characters to your local comic book shop, says Comic Vine. Mr. Peabody & Sherman will be the first characters to receive a new comic book series, in anticipation of their computer animated film opening March 2014. A series of comics […]

Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh coming to Blu-ray

Disney has confirmed that The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh will arrive on Blu-ray on August 27. Bonus features for the release will include the classic theatrical short A Day for Eeyore as well as five brand-new Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh short films. Plus, for a limited time only, consumers will find […]

Princess Mononoke live-action show gets live stream

Not too long ago, we reported on the Whole Hog Theatre’s stage version of Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke and its Kickstarter campaign. The Internet came to the troupe’s rescue and the play has gained a huge following. With sold-out shows for its entire two-run stretch, we are sad to say all good things must come […]

Rotoscopers YouTube: Cinderella, Tinkerbell – Secret of the Wings, Don Bluth Front Row Theatre

The Rotoscopers review the Cinderella Diamond Edition set, the Tinkerbell film Secret of the Wings, and a unique play venue in the Don Bluth Front Row Theatre.