Month: June 2013

Open the door to The Art Of Monsters University!

Author Karen Paik explains the creativity and technological advances Pixar used to make the blockbuster prequel and how Monsters, Inc. influenced that development process.

Go planet! Sony negotiates for Captain Planet film rights

Any child of the nineties probably ran around in their backyard yelling, “By your powers combined, I am Captain Planet!” more than once. If all the “i’s” are dotted and “t’s” crossed, an entirely new generation will be shouting the eco-friendly catchphrase. Spinoff Online reports that “Sony Pictures is in final negotiations for the rights […]

Lilo And Stitch: 2-Movie Collection

Disney’s zero-extras policy on its June 11 titles continues here, leaving the included DVD to mop up the embarrassing lack of anything on the Blu-ray except for the feature’s pristine picture and sound.

In-depth features on MU sound design, last minute character changes, and The Blue Umbrella

If you’ve just got back from the theatre after seeing Pixar’s latest we’ve got some special features for you. SoundWorks Collection profiles Monsters University sound designer Tom Myers of Skywalker Sound in an entertaining and informative 10 minute video. BuzzFeed has a feature on how and why a major character in the film completely changed […]

Frankenweenie wins at Saturn Awards

Frankenweenie picked up two trophies at the 39th Annual Saturn Awards this week. Given by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films , they’re billed as “the top honors for genre entertainment”. Frankenweenie beat out Brave, ParaNorman, and Wreck-It Ralph for Best Animated Film, while Danny Elfman won Best Music for the score. […]

The High Fructose Adventures Of Annoying Orange: Season 1

The YouTube hit first came to cable, and now appears on DVD. It’s the best talking fruit show on television, but is that saying much?

Disney is the world’s biggest media company

The year is halfway over and Hollywood has seen tremendous gains in profit. The Hollywood Reporter tracks the top earners, noting that DreamWorks is doing better despite a slow start. Even slow Sony has seen its stock grow. What does not come as a surprise, however, is the findings show that Disney is the top […]

Blu-Ray dates for Robot Chicken and South Park

Release dates for two popular cartoon shows “for big kids” were announced today, and has the news on both. First up is Robot Chicken: Season 6, which will give fans a ton of special features, including commentary tracks on all 20 episodes, more than 50 deleted animatics and seven fully animated deleted scenes. Next […]

View the latest Mickey Mouse short, No Service!

Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck team to outwit the “No shirt, no shoes, no service” policy of Goofy’s diner in No Service, now available to view at Following the March debut of Croissant de Triomphe, No Service is the second of 19 brand-new shorts starring Mickey and his friends, who have been given 1930s-influenced […]

Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Merry Pooh Year coming to Blu-ray is now taking pre-orders for Mickey’s Christmas Carol and Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year, coming to Blu-ray on November 5. Originally released as a direct-to-video feature, A Very Merry Pooh Year uses interstitials to combine the 1991 TV special Winnie the Pooh and Christmas, Too with the 2002 short Happy Pooh […]

The Monsters, Inc. sequel that might have been

Before Disney bought Pixar, a script for Monsters, Inc. 2: Lost in Scaradise was being worked on by Bob Hilgenberg and Rob Muir, as the screenwriters discussed in an exclusive interview with Animated Views last year. Now io9 shares concept art from the never-made sequel and recalls details about its plot: “The movie was to […]

Teaser for Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises

Hayao Miyazaki never fails to tantalize his audiences around the world with his imagination. Stepping away from his fantasy element, Miyazaki has journeyed into a more realistic story in his latest film The Wind Rises. The film focuses on Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed the Zero Fighter used by Japanese pilots in World War […]

Despicable Me 2 overseas, Carell talks how Gru grew

The Wrap notes that Despicable Me 2 opened in Australia this weekend where it did 38% better than the first film and was Illumination’s best debut down under. The film had early previews in the UK and Ireland, and ended up #1 at the box office on Saturday, beating both World War Z and Man […]

Monsters University worth the extra 3D cost?

Cinema Blend has a regular feature where they rate whether the 3D version of a film is worth paying the extra money for, titled “To 3D or Not to 3D”. This week they look at Monsters University, and the reviewer herself is surprised by the score.

Turbo soundtrack deluxe edition announced

Film Music Reporter says that in addition to the regular soundtrack being released for DreamWorks’ film Turbo, a deluxe edition will also be available. That version will feature 11 additional tracks from Henry Jackman’s score. Check out the link for the full listing.

Adventure Time: The Complete First And Second Seasons

Finn The Human and Jake The Dog travel through and beyond the Land of Ooo, befriending princesses and vanquishing evildoers, in two oddly enchanting seasons of the Cartoon Network smash hit.

Monsters University graduates at box office

Seeing the second best Pixar opening of all time, Monsters University easily topped the box office this weekend, ComingSoon.Net is reporting. The only one of the studio’s films to top its $82 million debut was Toy Story 3 back in 2010. In other box office news, Man of Steel saw a slightly bigger than expected drop–largely […]

New look at older Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon 2

In April, CinemaCon attendees saw artwork revealing the new designs for Hiccup and Astrid in How to Train Your Dragon 2. Now License Global, via Bleeding Cool, presents more images of the characters, who have aged a bit since the events of the first movie and TV series. In addition, the magazine has an updated […]

Monsters University

Monsters University is that rare follow-up that perfectly expands and enhances the world created in the original film. And best of all, it’s so funny it’s scary!

Atlantis: The Lost Empire – 2 Movie Collection

Could Disney’s BD set of its epic adventure be among the last to offer decent extras? It’s the only of the Studio’s June titles to do so, also bolstered by exceptional audio and video, even if a “sequel” is predictably dire.

Animation Addicts Podcast #40: Robin Hood – Cheap Quotable Thrills

The Rotoscopers gang is back in action in this extra long episode, where they talk about one of their all-around favorite Disney animated classics: Robin Hood!

Monsters University opens

Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University opens today in 4,004 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film is doing well with critics, earning a 76% Freshness rating from Rotten Tomatoes. A big haul is expected, with Box Office Prophets projecting a first place weekend with $74.3 million, and Mojo agreeing with a $73.9 million prediction.

Smurfy new Smurfs 2 trailer now online

Yet another trailer for an upcoming animated movie has made its way online this week, this time being the full preview for Sony’s upcoming The Smurfs 2, which can be found on the studio’s YouTube page. Although children are obviously the target audience for this film, those who don’t want the entire movie’s plot laid out […]

The Emperor’s New Groove: 2-Movie Collection

Disney’s raucous comedy is still a laughfest, but this barren Blu-ray set only provides a decent picture upgrade: a video sequel is here but limited extras are only on DVD.

MU round-up

With Monsters University opening tomorrow (and in some theatres this evening), Pixar and the cast and crew are making their last big promotional blitz. Director Dan Scanlon was recently profiled in the Washington Post. Actor Charlie Day sat down with Cinema Blend to discuss the film and his role. And stars John Goodman and Billy […]

Free Birds trailer online

The torrent of trailers continues, as the Relativity Media/Real FX film Free Birds gives us a first look. “Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good.” […]

The Lego Movie trailer online

Warner Bros. has posted the trailer for their February 7, 2014 film The Lego Movie. Directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller and starring Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, and Alison Brie, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman, the “original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly […]

Oz, The Great And Powerful (regular and 3D editions)

Sam Raimi’s return to Oz is more lame and disappointing, truth be told, with surprisingly bad effects only countered by Danny Elfman’s score. Disney’s two conflicting disc options offer great extras or 3D, not both.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit: 25th Anniversary Edition

Roger is back in the limelight for a 25th anniversary revisit of the groundbreaking contemporary classic that put animation back on the map. The Disney renaissance started here, the set celebrates the film well.

Frozen teaser trailer online

The first teaser trailer for Disney’s upcoming film Frozen is now online. Based on the story The Snow Queen, Disney synopsizes the film this way: “Fearless optimist Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her […]