Month: November 2013

New Boxtrolls trailer showcases amazing and detailed work behind the film

Instead of revealing more of the film’s plot, the newest trailer for Laika’s Boxtrolls goes behind the scenes of how the film is made. Set to the tune “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands,” the trailer shows how the stop motion process requires intensive focus of detail from making the puppets’ clothing to […]

Not a surprise: Kaguya-hime dominates Japanese box office

As most Studio Ghibli films are prone to do The Tale of Princess Kaguya swept the box office by taking the number one spot. The Hollywood Reporter tells us that the film earned $2.8 million in only two days. This is the first Studio Ghibli film released post-Hayao Miyazaki’s, the studio’s founder, retirement and the […]

Obama visits DreamWorks and “wants to work there.”

US President Barack Obama paid a visit to DreamWorks Animation Studios today to discuss the US economy, take a tour of the studio, and meet with big time supporter Jeffrey Katzenberg. There was speculation that Obama’s speech would be overrun with an audience in green shirts protesting visual effects jobs being outsourced, says Cartoon Brew. […]

O Brother Bear, Where Art Thou?: Why Disney Channel turned down Brother Bear: The Series

With Brother Bear hitting its 10th anniversary, director Pete Michels and writer Bart Jennett recall making the ultimately-rejected pilot for its TV series spinoff.

Family Guy makes good on its promise to kill off major character…but is the death permanent?

Earlier this year, reports started hitting the internet that Family Guy was going to kill off a major character….which is exactly what happened in last night’s episode. E! Online has a spoiler-filled interview with Family Guy executive producer Steve Callaghan about the episode, why the character was killed off, and where the show goes from […]

Marine Boy: The Complete First Season

As some of us clamor for more 1960s classics, Warner Archive surprises us with instead digging up an obscure anime production from that era, dubbed by the Speed Racer team.

New How to Train Your Dragon 2 poster

The first official poster for How to Train Your Dragon 2–featuring a now adult Hiccup–made its way online earlier this week and can be viewed on Collider. In addition, a new trailer for the sequel is rumored to be released sometime in the next few days. The highly anticipated movie soars into theaters on June […]

Alice in Wonderland 2, The Jungle Book get release dates

Disney has set release dates for two upcoming live-action films on their slate, ComingSoon.Net is reporting. First up is Alice in Wonderland 2, which is set to hit theaters on May 27th, 2016. The Muppets director James Bobin is set to take over for Tim Burtion, with Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp being the only […]

Another Nut Job trailer

A new trailer for The Nut Job is now online at Yahoo! Movies. Starring Will Arnett and Liam Neeson, the movie comes to theaters in 3-D on January 17th.

New Muppets Most Wanted trailer

A brand new trailer for Disney’s upcoming Muppets Most Wanted is now online exclusively on Yahoo! Movies. The preview is also expected to be shown in theaters with Frozen starting next week. Featuring Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell–among various other celebrity cameos–, the comedy sequel comes to theaters on March 21st.

Criterion Collection edition of Fantastic Mr. Fox on the way

The Criterion Collection will be releasing a special deluxe edition of Wes Anderson’s Oscar-nominated stop-motion animated comedy Fantastic Mr. Fox on Blu-Ray and DVD, Blu-Ray.Com is reporting. Among the all-new extras will be a director-approved digital mastering of the film, audio commentary, complete storyboards for the movie, a collectable booklet, and more. It is set […]

Diane Disney Miller passes away

Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt and Lillian Disney, has passed away, Disney.Com is reporting.  “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Diane Disney Miller,” CEO of the Walt Disney Company Bob Iger said in an official statement. “She is remembered by Disney fans around the world as the beloved daughter of Walt Disney, and […]

Another Wind Rises trailer

A new US trailer for The Wind Rises is now online and can be viewed on Screen Rant. Proudly proclaiming it to be Hayao Miyazaki’s “farewell masterpiece” (despite a mixed initial reaction from critics), the movie opens in the states on February 21st, 2014.

The Nut Job gets a poster

The first poster for The Nut Job is now online and can be seen at the ever-dependable Internet Movie Poster Awards. The animated heist comedy starring Will Arnett, Brenden Fraser and Liam Neeson opens in theaters on January 17th.

Paddington Bear arriving Christmas 2014

Announced years ago, but never really going anywhere for a long time, Paddington will be arriving in theaters on December 12th, 2014, Collider is reporting. The mix of live-action and animation will feature the beloved children’s book character Paddington–a bear who wears a fancy coat and loves marmalade–being “adopted” by Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. […]

Do Studio Ghibli’s films make Pixar look weak by comparison?

In a recent column, Film School Rejects laments in “How ‘The Story of Princess Kaguya‘ Makes Pixar Look Bad” about the lack in variety in 2013’s potential nominees for the Best Animated Feature category at the Oscars. All of the US films are computer animated and the editorial believes that Pixar’s Monsters University and Disney’s […]

Maleficent trailer now online.

The first trailer for Maleficent has been revealed and can be seen over at EW. The live-action movie starring Angelina Jolie tells the story of Sleepy Beauty from the famous Disney villain’s perspective. Not much of the plot is revealed, but it does show how Maleficent stalks Princess Aurora throughout her entire life. The movie comes to […]

New LEGO Movie character posters now online

Various character posters for The LEGO Movie have made their way online over the past few days, and you can see them all over at the IMP Awards. And in case you missed it a couple of weeks ago, the (very funny) full trailer for the film can be viewed on YouTube. From the directors […]

The Academy speculates about special effects and animation

As movie magic technology has become more advanced, the border between live action with special effects and full animation has been blurred. Peter Debruge of Variety wondered when the Academy would change their rigid constraints on what qualifies for an animated film in his editorial, “Oscars: With Films Like Gravity, Where Does Animation Branch Draw […]

Animation Addicts Podcast #53: Charlie Brown Holiday Specials – 1/2 Star for Nostalgia

Morgan and Chelsea are joined by the biggest Peanuts fan around for a special double feature of It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Help! …It’s The Hair Bear Bunch!: The Complete Series

It’s not all that original, but this 1971 escape-from-the-zoo show did predate Madagascar by a few decades. It also provides the typical mix of good-natured humor and great voice actors that Hanna-Barbera fans love.

2013 oscar nominations for animated shorts are up!

Earlier we posted a list of the animated films that are eligible for the 2013 Oscars and now the Academy has released the list for animated short nominations. The animated short is a classic art form that allows storytellers and animators to tell poignant stories and experiment with technique more so than longer films. In […]

Disney planning another live-action Jungle Book movie

Disney is currently planning a live-action version of The Jungle Book…again. Jon Favreau, the actor/director famous for the first two Iron Man movies, is in talks to helm the project, which would presumably mix live-action with CGI. The Rudyard Kipling book, of course, was adapted into an animated movie by Walt Disney, which spawned a […]

Releasing soon, Internet Explorer: The Anime

Anthropomorphization of just about anything is a typical creative meme and is mostly regulated to the fandom sector. In a launch to appeal to its Asian comsumers, especially Japan, Microsoft decided that Internet Explorer needed to become an anime heroine. Say what? Internet Explorer is often the punchline for IT jokes and Microsoft wanted to […]

Using technology to make new animation look vintage

It is hard to replicate old processes and when Disney Animation was working on the new “Get a Horse” short they had to replicate animation techniques from 1928! With digital technology nearly anything in animation is possible, but to capture the feeling of an old short Lauren MacMullen, the director, and her team had to […]

Nineteen animated films up for Oscar noms

Nineteen titles have been submitted for consideration in the Best Animated Feature Film category for the 86th Academy Awards: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Epic, Ernest and Celestine, The Fake, Free Birds, Frozen, Khumba, The Legend of Sarila, A Letter to Momo, Monsters University, O Apóstolo, Planes, Puella […]

Video of 243 animated titles

Irina Neustroeva, who has described herself as a “stop-motion and media creator, a scriptwriter, [and] a teacher of animation”, has put together an amazing four-and-a-half minute video of the title sequences from 243 animated movies from Snow White to Rise of the Guardians. Besides being very cool and bringing on a feeling of nostalgia, it […]

Free Birds

Free Birds may not be the main course on our animated menu this year. But with a fun story and some hilarious performances it’s no canned cranberry sauce either.

Captain Caveman And The Teen Angels: The Complete Series

Warner Archive reaches back to 1977 – an era of crime-solving teens and crime-fighting ladies. This Hanna-Barbera show has all that, plus a Caveman. Unga bunga!

Animation Addicts Podcast #52: Interview with Vic Mignogna

Whitney Grace talks with one of the most famous anime voice actors in America, Vic Mignogna, at Dragon Con in Atlanta.