Month: August 2013 – page 2

The Sword In The Stone: 50th Anniversary Edition

Walt’s side-swiping comedy take on the King Arthur legend isn’t what you’ll be expecting, though it is a lot of fun and cooks up some great characters, even if Disney’s HD disc has its own severe problems…

The Great Muppet Caper/Muppet Treasure Island two-movie collection coming in December

Blu-Ray.Com is reporting that The Great Muppet Caper and Muppet Treasure Island will be coming to Blu-Ray for the very first time as a two-movie combo pack. Extras at the moment have yet to be announced, but a sneak peek of the next Muppet movie seems likely enough. The Of Pigs & Pirates Collection (really?) […]

Full Disney D23 panel recap; Mickey Mouse in Get a Horse! to be shown before Frozen

A full official recap of today’s Disney D23 animation panel has been released by Walt Disney Pictures via ComingSoon.Net. The report features a number of new images and plot information from the batch of movies, TV specials and shorts covered during the day, and the news that Mickey Mouse in Get a Horse! will be […]

Monsters University coming home in October is reporting that Monsters University now has an official Blu-Ray date, and will be available to own on October 29th. The movie will be able to be purchased as a four-disc 3-D Blu-Ray combo pack, a 3-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray combo back, and a standard edition. Both the 3-D Blu-Ray and the Collector’s Edition […]

Planes already a hit; could possibly lead the weekend?

Proving that the theatrical release is going to pay off big time for the studio, Disney’s Planes is already doing strong business, THR is reporting, and is expected to gross $30 million or more for the weekend. It may even beat Elysium–the Matt Damon actioner that was expected to lead the weekend–for the top spot […]

UPDATED: Disney announces Zootopia

We’ve been getting an onslaught of exciting Disney news all afternoon thanks to Disney’s D23, and now ComingSoon.Net has given us the news via their live-blogging of the event that the studio’s original feature for 2016 will be called Zootopia, which will be helmed by Tangled director Byron Howard. Very little is known about the […]

Totally original and not at all a rip-off Wings now on store shelves

By sheer coincidence, we have two animated movies about talking planes made available to the public this week. The first, of course, is Disney’s Planes, currently in theaters. But most audiences will be far more eager to see Wings, a straight-to-DVD movie about talking planes that just happened to come out only days before Planes’ […]

Voice cast for Inside Out announced

Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Amy Poehler and Phyllis Smith will all be lending their voices to Pixar’s upcoming Inside Out, Cinema Blend is reporting. Similar to how Osmosis Jones took place inside the human body, Inside Out takes place inside the mind of a little girl, with the main characters being her “emotions,” Anger, […]

Tom Hiddleston to voice a young Captain Hook in upcoming Tinker Bell movie

Thanks to ComingSoon.Net’s live-blogging from Disney D23, we now know that there are at least two more movies coming up in Disney’s popular Tinker Bell franchise. The first one, Legend of the Never Beast, is apparently centered around a mythic, flying dog-like creature. The second one–which should be far more exciting to fans–is The Pirate […]

Dory’s parents to be featured in Finding Dory; ending of movie already changed due to anti-Sea World documentary?

Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy will voice Dory’s parents in Finding Dory, Collider is reporting. The plot will involve Dory on a quest to find her long-lost family, only for Marlin and Nemo to have to go and find her. Possible minor spoilers found within the article indicate that the ending of the movie has […]

The Good Dinosaur voice cast announced

Fresh from Disney’s D23 Expo is the official voice cast for next year’s The Good Dinosaur. Cinema Blend has a brief rundown, with the cast including Lucas Neff, John Lithgow, Frances McDormand, Neil Patrick Harris and Bill Hader. The plot, apparently, involves a dinosaur farmer named Arlo who befriends a human child. The Good Dinosaur […]

Muppets Most Wanted to feature six or seven songs

Fans of 2011’s The Muppets should be happy to know that songwriter Bret McKenzie–who won an Oscar for the song  Man or Muppet–is back to write more songs for the sequel. Collider recently spoke with him, where he revealed that the new movie should have “Six or seven (songs), depending on how the edit goes.  […]

Planes opens

Disney’s Planes opens today in 3,702 theatres according to Box Office Mojo. The film isn’t winning over the critics, earning just 25% on the Tomatometer. Their consensus is that Planes “has enough bright colors, goofy voices, and slick animation to distract some young viewers for 92 minutes — and probably sell plenty of toys in […]

D23 Expo begins, flood of news expected

Disney’s D23 Expo begins today and the studio is expected to unlock the vault on a lot of upcoming projects. has a first look at some of Disney’s teases for Big Hero 6. The Rotoscopers have a clip from Frozen. Entertainment Weekly has a peek at The Good Dinosaur. And you can keep up […]

Disney releases animation app

Disney Animated, a new app for iPad, is now available in the App Store. Fans can explore the story of Disney animation through interactive illustrations and animation workshops derived from actual Disney technologies. The app features a large amount of content, including text, art, sound, images, interviews and interactive activities, spanning all eras of Walt […]

Pirates 5 facing severe budget cuts?

Disney is apparently looking to give its upcoming untitled Pirates of the Caribbean sequel a severe budget cut, The Wrap is reporting. The supposed reason for this disappointing news is that The Lone Ranger hasn’t been performing as the studio had hoped, causing Disney to “rethink” the budgets it spends on its future summer tentpoles. Perhaps […]

George Pal’s Puppetoons to get a hi-def release

Courtesy of a Facebook post by Jerry Beck’s Animation Scoop blog, we learned of an October release of The Puppetoon Movie on Blu-ray, in a deluxe 2-disc set. This compilation feature contains many of the 1940 stop-motion mini masterpieces, along with new bridging animation with more modern animation stars. This limited edition will have only […]

Free Birds creators explain why Reel FX’s first theatrical feature is no turkey

Director Jimmy Hayward and Reel FX President of Animation Aron Warner offer an exclusive sneak preview of Free Birds, coming to theaters in November.

First Muppets Most Wanted trailer now online

Coming online a lot earlier than many probably expected, the first trailer for The Muppets Most Wanted is now online and can be seen on Disneys’ official website. The sequel to 2011’s critically acclaimed movie finds Kermit on the run from the law thanks to an international criminal who looks just like him. And in […]

Senior Technical Director Michael Muir mixes art and science in Smurfs 2

Muir explains the role of a technical director and reveals the challenges of working on CG characters versus live-action ones, for the Smurfs’ latest theatrical outing.

Animation Addicts Podcast #43: The Thief and the Cobbler – I Love You #SeanConnery

Love it or hate it, the Rotoscopers discuss the history, making and drama behind the movie The Thief and the Cobbler.

Planes prepares for take off

Disney’s Planes is getting ready to take off this week. (Be prepared to hear that pun everywhere for the next few days!) The Associated Press talks with comedian and the film’s star Dane Cook. Then Collider interviews director Klay Hall and producer Traci Balthazor-Flynn about switching the film from a direct-to-video to a theatrical release, […]

DreamWorks remakes itself with deals

Reuters takes a look at the recent flurry of dealmaking being done by DreamWorks Animation. “In the last year, Dreamworks has bought a YouTube network aimed at teenagers and picked up a company that controls such iconic characters as Lassie and Casper the Friendly Ghost. It acquired the rights to the Troll toy franchise and […]

Catch up on Disney reading

If you’re in the mood to settle in with a book, MiceChat has you covered for the rest of the year. They’ve compiled a list of books about Disney being released over the next several months. Titles include Disney Legend Marty Sklar’s Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms, Tinker Bell: An […]

Rotoscopers YouTube: Frozen, Animation Showdown, Turbo

Morgan discusses the latest information on Frozen and reviews Turbo. Then Chelsea joins her to discuss the differences and similarities between The Blue Umbrella and Paperman in their first Animation Showdown.

Paramount woos Wedge, sets date for SpongeBob

Paramount Animation is trying to woo Blue Sky co-founder and Oscar winner Chris Wedge to direct a new animated project titled Monster Trucks for a planned opening on May 29, 2015, according to Deadline. The studio also announced that big screen sequel SpongeBob SquarePants 2 will open February 15, 2015.

DreamWorks TV lands Nickelodeon executive

DreamWorks Animation Television has hired 26 year Nickelodeon veteran Marjorie Cohn to run the division, according to Variety. She takes the helms of a group planning a big increase in output due to deals with Netflix and their purchase of Classic Media.

Talking Planes strive for measure of authenticity

Disney previewed their upcoming film Planes at the AirVenture airshow this week in Oshkosh WI. And CNN talked with Sean Bautista, one of the film’s aviation consultants, about the authenticity and accuracy of how the planes and their abilities are portrayed. “At a screening for aviation enthusiasts I went to, the general comments were that, […]

The Croods raise DreamWorks’ bottom line

After some financial issues earlier this year, DreamWorks announced a stronger-than-expected profit in the second quarter, the L.A. Times reports. DW head Jeffrey Katzenberg said, “DreamWorks Animation significantly outperformed in the second quarter, thanks primarily to The Croods‘ incredibly successful box-office run, where it has amassed $584 million worldwide to become the fifth-highest-grossing movie of […]

Lasseter on Disney Infinity, creativity and Jobs

With Disney’s largest video game effort to date, Disney Infinity, releasing later this month, Fast Company spoke with Disney and Pixar creative chief John Lasseter. Topics ranged from the game and why he resisted the idea initially, to the importance of creativity and how the game promotes that, to how the late Steve Jobs influenced […]