News Archive for Ben Simon

Tron: then and now…

An announcement for an intriguing event hosted by the Los Angeles Professional Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH along with The Visual Effects Society Archive Committee, named Tron – Now and Then, can be read in the More link at the end of this story. Of historical significance is the fact that the LA Chapter’s first event […]

How Tangled represents the modern fairytale

With Disney’s Tangled about to open in the UK, The Guardian takes a look at how animated fairytale features have evolved over the years, citing how the new take on Rapunzel manages to combine the traditions of old with a contemporary feel and avoids falling into the cliches of similar films from other studios.

Pete Postlethwaite remembered

The UK’s Guardian Online has posted a warm tribute to Pete Postlethwaite, “the best actor in the world” as he was described by director Steven (The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Amistad) Spielberg. Postlethwaite, who appeared as the magic old man in James And The Giant Peach among many other films, sadly passed away aged 64 […]

Disney’s Tangled and Tron still strong

The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Disney’s holiday hopes, the animated Tangled and fanboy favorite Tron: Legacy continue to do well. Tangled is “keeping up with newer Christmas family offerings” to pass the $150m domestic gross mark, while Tron also registered a milestone to become “the first Christmas film to cross $100m domestically”, pulling in […]

Tangled gets groomed for disc release

With somewhat little fanfare and no official announcement as of yet, Disney’s current box-office hit Tangled has been added to Amazon.com in a variety of formats, all of which reveal the film’s cover art. Although available on single-disc DVD and regular two-disc Blu-ray/DVD, only the four-disc Blu-ray-3D Combo edition is available to pre-order, which includes […]

Superman flies to Canada, alongside Alvin 3!?

Well that one flew right by us! In a confirmation that Zack Snyder’s new Superman reboot, to be produced by Christopher Nolan, will shoot in Vancouver, The Hollywood Reporter mentions that Alvin And The Chipmunks 3 will also lens at the North Shore/Mammoth Studios next year. Expect the film to arrive in theaters in late […]

Tron: Legacy tops Avatar and Inception openings with $3.6m midnight showing

After what can politely be called “mixed reviews” Tron: Legacy‘s legion of ravenous fans have quelled any last minute fears Disney may have had in the box-office fortunes of the film by ringing up more than $3.6m in Thursday night midnight showings – more than the $3m posted earlier this year and Avatar‘s $3.5m showing […]

Awards Watch: Animators’ Roundtable

In the run to to the awards season, The Hollywood Reporter speaks frankly to the creators and directors of some of this year’s biggest animated films, including Toy Story 3, Despicable Me and Megamind. Click on the links for Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 to hear their thoughts on a variety of issues, […]

Pixar’s RenderMan licenses drop price

Pixar Animation Studios has announced new pricing for its RenderMan Pro Server software via an announcement which can be read here:

Grab Despicable points!

In celebration of the Despicable Me 3D, Blu-ray and DVD release, Universal Studios Home Entertainment is launching its new Minion Madness groundbreaking points-based reward and social marketing program spotlighting the film’s endearingly mischievous sidekick characters. More details and clips follow here:

Africa enters the 3D animated market

A press release announcing the production and releases of two African-made animated features, Zambezia and Khumba, may be read here:

25 Years of Pixar is Qube’d

TV show and iPhone app In The Qube traveled to Singapore earlier this year, for the opening of a world-touring exhibition celebrating 25 Years of Pixar Animation Studios. Currently showing at the Oakland Museum of California in Los Angeles until January, a video clip may be viewed here:

LA Festival honors Will Vinton

As announced by The Hollywood Reporter, The Los Angeles Animation Festival, hosted at Cinefamily’s Silent Movie Theatre between December 3-7, will honor stop-motion innovator Will Vinton with a 25th anniversary screening of The Adventures Of Mark Twain and a lineup of his short films. Vinton will be on hand for an awards presentation and to […]

Disney’s 2011 animated classic cover art

Cover art for Blu-ray editions of two of Walt Disney’s animated classics, the 60th Anniversary Edition of Alice In Wonderland and the Diamond Edition release of Bambi, has been revealed and can be seen here:

Prep & Landing landing again

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ holiday hit Prep & Landing is about to become a Christmas television franchise with not one but two follow-ups in the works. Full details can be read in this press release:

Iron Man, Avengers coming from Disney

The Walt Disney Company, which last year paid $4.24bn to acquire the Marvel Comics entertainment business, has concluded a deal with that division’s film producing partner studio Paramount to bring the upcoming films on the joint slate back under the ownership of Marvel and its new parent company. The Hollywood Reporter has more. In a […]

Disney documentary DVD exclusive offer!

Walt Disney Home Entertainment is offering fans an extremely unique opportunity to take home the highly anticipated documentary feature DVDs Waking Sleeping Beauty, The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story and Walt & El Grupo as a pre-release exclusive direct from Disney Movie Collections.com. Full details on special pricing for each title or as a group, […]

Snyder plays watchman to Nolan’s Superman

Warner Bros. has announced Watchmen director Zack Snyder as their choice to helm the next Superman movie, which is being produced under the supervision of current Batman director Christopher Nolan. The Hollywood Reporter suggests the position was so coveted that “even Robert Zemeckis considered returning to live-action filmmaking in order to nab the gig”. Referring […]

Technicolor’s Atomic Puppet

Following the announcement of Berkeley Breathed’s Pete & Pickles, Technicolor Digital Productions reports that it has optioned Atomic Puppet as its next television project. Full details here:

Specs on How To Train Your Dragon

One of 2010’s top ten films, and one of the best reviewed of the year, How To Train Your Dragon lands on Blu-ray and DVD from Friday, October 15. A new animated adventure, Legend Of The Boneknapper Dragon is set to be included in DVD double packs and the Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Full details on specifications […]

May the force be with you in 3D

The Hollywood Reporter has cleared up rumors that George Lucas would be bringing his six-film Star Wars saga to 3D screens with the news that he will do just that, starting with The Phantom Menace and continuing to issue the films as long as the demand is there (as an unbiased news source, we won’t […]

Bill Plympton returns!

Bill Plympton, the celebrated cartoonist and Oscar-nominated director, has announced the exclusive engagement of his Terry Gilliam sponsored animated feature Idiots And Angels, a black comedy about a man’s battle with his wings and his soul, will open at the IFC Center in New York on Wednesday, October 6th. Bill’s award-winning cartoon short The Cow […]

The secrets of Walt’s Vault unlocked…!

Noted Disney historian Jim Korkis’ new book, The Vault Of Walt: The Unofficial, Unauthorized, Uncensored Disney Stories Never Told is set to lift the lid on a number of never before revealed anecdotes when it is made available from Amazon.com from October 3. A review of the book will be posted on this site soon; […]

Scooby’s returns to live-action for TV movie

Cartoon Network is set to bring back the original cast and crew from its record-setting Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins for an all-new, live-action mystery adventure, Scooby-Doo! Curse Of The Lake Monster, to premiere Saturday, October 16, at 7pm. More details and a cast shot can be seen here:

Tron (1.0) Profiled

Over at CG Society, writer Trevor Hogg takes an interesting look back at the production of the original Tron, in anticipation of this year’s sequel Tron: Legacy. Elsewhere, Trevor has profiled director Steven Spielberg for the Flickering Myth website: part one of five may be read here.

Despicable Me despicably on Blu-ray and DVD!

Universal have announced their animated summer hit Despicable Me for release on Blu-ray and DVD on December 14, in a feature packed edition and limited edition combo pack. Full details and hi-res cover art can be seen here:

Cinzia Angelini’s directorial debut: Mila

A teaser for Bolt animator Cinzia Angelini’s short film Mila, which marks Angelini’s directorial debut, reveals the director’s intentions to push CGI in a new painterly direction. The “story of a little girl who survives war despite the loss of her family”, funding for the project is now underway, with an opportunity to contribute to […]

Flintstones celebrate original premiere with day-long marathon!

On September 30, 1960, Hanna-Barbera introduced America to the first-ever prime time, animated half-hour series, The Flintstones, which ran for six seasons on ABC Television. In celebration of this landmark series, Cartoon Network’s classic network Boomerang airing the original first episode, The Flintstone Flyer, followed by an evening of dedicated programming — and a full […]

Toy Story‘s full specs and final artwork

Full specifications for the releases of Toy Story 3 as well as the contents of the Ultimate Toy Box DVD and Blu-ray Disc set and final cover art for them all, can be seen here:

Tokyo Film Fest gets 30 minutes of Tron: Legacy

Looking to build anticipation in the same way the extended teaser for Avatar did last year, Disney is to screen some 30 minutes of its upcoming Tron: Legacy at the Tokyo International Film Festival, which runs October 23-31. The film is set to be released in Japan and the US on December 17. THR Asia […]