News Archive for Ben Simon

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 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 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 […]

Christmas goes Pink!

Rubicon Studios has announced that it will team with MGM to produce a new half-hour animated Christmas special featuring the original Pink Panther, set for distribution in time for the 2011 holiday period. Full details can be read here:

Disney teams with Sony again for home 3D

After arguably providing the strongest studio support for its fledgling Blu-ray format, Disney is again to team with electronics giant Sony, this time to provide “consumer and retail education, promotion and marketing support for in-home 3D devices and content”, according to The initiative is to kick off this holiday season with bundles of the […]

More Shrek and Panda from DreamWorks/NBC

The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reveals that DreamWorks will continue their small screen partnership with NBC to produce two new specials following success last year with Monsters Vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space and Merry Madagascar. The Halloween-themed Scared Shrekless will air on October 28, with a Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special being shown November […]

ASIFA-Hollywood calls for 2010 Annie entries

Despite Disney’s recent announcement that it would not be supporting the upcoming annual Annie Awards, the International Animated Film Society is progressing as normal with their call for entries for the 38th ceremony, to be held February 5, 2011, at UCLA’s Royce Hall in LA. Full details can be read here:

Aardman’s Timmy Time to premiere on Disney Channel

Aardman Animations’ new series Timmy Time, about Shaun The Sheep‘s little lamb pal, will make its North American debut on the Disney Channel’s Playhouse Disney on September 13, following a sneak peek on September 7. Full details can be read in this announcement:

LA/NY set for Superman/Batman’s Apocalypse

Warner Bros. has announced that the next entry in their popular series of DC Animated Universe movies, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, will receive the big screen premiere treatment in Los Angeles on September 21 and New York on September 23, ahead of the video disc release on September 28. Full details can be read here:

Pirates Of Dark Water on DVD now

Added to the exclusive line of Warner Archive Collection titles available directly from the studio, Hanna-Barbera’s Pirates Of Dark Water has just arrived on DVD this week, becoming one of the fastest selling titles in the collection. A review of the two-disc set will feature here shortly, in the meantime, cover art and a clip […]

Fantasia will amaze ya: full details

Walt Disney Home Entertainment has now released the full and final specifications for their upcoming release of the Fantasia: 2-Movie Collection set on November 30, 2010. The announcement, alongside updated final cover art, can be seen here: