Christian Ziebarth Author Archive
Reviews | Interviews | Features | Blogs | News

Please welcome Glago's Guest

Follow the ‘More’ link to read the official synopsis of Glago’s Guest, the new CGI short which will show in theaters with Disney’s Bolt for the Thanksgiving 2008 season, and to view three screenshots from this film.

iTunes hooked up with How to Hook Up

Thanks to ‘harkin’ in the Animated News & Views forum for the notice that Goofy’s latest short How To Hook Up Your Home Theater is now available for download from Apple’s popular iTunes service for $1.99. Be sure to look for some cameos and Disney in-jokes while enjoying the short. For more about the short […]

Eric Goldberg book signing

If you’re on the fence about whether you should attend next month’s San Diego Comic-Con or not then vacillate no longer as we have just learned that master animator Eric Goldberg will be signing copies of his upcoming book Character Animation Crash Course! at the Stuart Ng Books booth on Friday July 25th from 2 […]

WALL•E the webmaster

o-meon has a sneak peek at what will look like beginning June 24 when Pixar’s Wall-E attempts to run the huge corporate website. “With the approach of one of this year’s most eagerly anticipated films, the Disney/Pixar release of WALL•E, the designers and engineers began to wonder what, besides linking to the film’s web […]

Wall-E at the Needle

An image of Wall-E checking out “the Seattle sights, developing a special – though not surprising interest in the city’s landmark Space Needle” has just been released by the Walt Disney Studios and can be viewed here:

Wall-E set to clean up at the El Capitan

From June 27 to August 27 the Disney/Pixar sure-to-be-hit Wall-E will be screening at Disney’s own El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. An all new live stage show “Flights of Fantasy” featuring Disney characters past and present (most who have the ability to fly in one way or another) will precede each screening of the […]

Voice acting workshops at Anime Expo

This year, Anime Expo® has teamed with Bang Zoom!® Entertainment to offer free voice acting workshops at Anime Expo 2008. In celebration of Bang Zoom! Entertainment’s new DVD release of ADVENTURES IN VOICE ACTING™-Volume One there are scheduled one hour free classes that will give participants a taste of voice acting with insiders’ tips, general […]

Dumbo Cel Release and Artist Signing

On Saturday, June 21, 2008, The Disney Studios Animation Gallery in Disney’s Hollywood Studios™ will be holding a Dumbo Cel Release and Artist Signing. “Share in the love of Mrs. Jumbo’s, sweet, little, “Baby Mine” with the newest edition to the Ink and Paint collection from the Studios Animation Gallery at the Walt Disney World […]

Your own private Panda

The San Diego Zoo website points to a contest allowing you to win a private screening of DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda for you and up to 299 of your closest friends. Entries must be received by end of day June 6, 2008.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa rundown

A summary glimpse of the story for Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa can be read at the DreamWorks Animation website by clicking on the penguin image, rolling over “More Info,” and then clicking on “Story.” The followup to the hit 2005 CG-animated film Madagascar escapes to theaters, including IMAX, on November 7, 2008.

Animated Beetlejuice coming to DVD

Coming for the first time to DVD are three episodes of the Beetlejuice animated television series, which ran from 1989 to 1991, as extra features on the 20th Anniversary Beetlejuice DVD and Blu-Ray disc due out September 16, 2008 (via ToonZone). According to the Beetlejuice animated series fansite, The Neitherworld, “In the cartoon, Beetlejuice rents […]

Indiana Jones Summer of Hidden Mysteries

As a tie-in to the new Indiana Jones movie opening today the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, CA, will soup up its Indiana Jones offerings by holding the “Summer of Hidden Mysteries,” featuring appearances by the archaeologist/adventurer himself, an “Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Stone Tiger” show, an Indiana Jones theme added to […]

Persepolis takes top award at AniFest

According to Animation World Network, Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical animated film Persepolis has won the Grand Prix Award at the seventh AniFest, International Festival of Animated Films. “Stark graphic design and the real-life personal story evokes a powerful visceral reaction. The political situation is innocently judged from a child’s perspective as she matures into adulthood. Persepolis […]

It's a great DVD, Charlie Brown

TV Shows on DVD has posted the new cover art for the September 2nd release of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Remastered Deluxe Edition. This DVD will include a bonus Peanuts TV special which is expected to be You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown. Updated information on the extras can be found here.

Disney Book Signing May 17th at Van Eaton Galleries

On Saturday, May 17th, from 1:00pm-6:00pm Van Eaton Galleries and Creative Talent Network are presenting the 2nd Annual Animation “Book Look” Festival! Among the many talented artists and authors participating are Toby Bluth, Willie Ito, Rik Maki, Chris Buck, Ron Lukas, and Don Peri. Best of all, you don’t have to live in Los Angeles […]

Kung Fu Panda not all 3D

From over at the Animation Guild Blog comes word that DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda will open with a traditionally animated, hand-drawn scene, “and the DVD is going to have a bunch more of that older animation style that Jeffrey Katzenberg describes as being similar to a “‘nice, hand-written letter.’” For another example of hand-drawn […]

Wall•E's going to Disneyland . . . and Walt Disney World

According to Screamscape, “The Ultimate Guide to Disney Theme Parks,” a three-foot high Wall•E audioanimatronic may be roaming the streets of Disney theme parks in Anaheim, CA, and Orlando, FL, soon. No word yet on if he will be helping out with park janitorial duties.

Wolverine and the X-Men trailer

Up now at is a trailer for the newupcoming animated series Wolverine and the X-Men, which will debut in 2009 on the Nicktoons Network. Wolverine and the X-Men begins as an explosive event shatters the lives of the X-Men and takes away their mentor, Professor X. The beaten heroes, including Beast, Storm, Cyclops and […]

Roy Disney Presents At The Newport Film Festival 2008

Over at our sister site Animated Views, we share photos and coverage from the recent Roy Disney Presents event which helped to wind up this year’s Newport Beach Film Festival. Roy, accompanied by Don Hahn and Dave Bossert, presented a wide variety of rare Disney shorts, some of which have seldom seen the light of […]

Roy Disney Presents At The Newport Film Festival 2008

Animated News & Views heads down to Los Angeles’ Newport Beach to catch some rarely screened animated shorts from the Disney vaults!

Online tribute to Nine Old Men

Prompted by the recent passing of Ollie Johnston, the Disney Insider online has posted a remembrance of Walt Disney’s famous Nine Old Men, with birth dates and passing dates for each. “Each of these men had unique talents and a distinctive style, but the films they created are seamless works of art — a triumph […]

NBFF: Roy Disney Presents last call

Jim Hill Media gives a rundown on the rare shorts that will be screened tonight and presented by Roy Disney and Don Hahn at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Some of the presentations include three of the shorts that were to be part of Fantasia 2006, as well as the most recent Goofy How To… […]

Disneyland expansion plans

According to The Orange County Register Disneyland has announced new expansion plans for the entire resort. Mention was made again of the pending Little Mermaid, Cars and Toy Story Mania! rides plus an announcement of a Tinker Bell attraction, due to the character’s enduring popularity. Perhaps the biggest news, however, was the hint at a […]

New Prince Caspian Trailer

A new, more action-packed trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, the second film by Disney/Walden Media based on the C.S. Lewis series of books, has hit the Internet. View it now at the MySpace Trailer Park. The film hits theaters on May 16.

Newport Beach Film Festival 2008 Animation

The Newport Beach Film Festival has just released its film schedule for its 2008 run including many animated pieces. A highlight of their animated offerings will be their Roy Disney Presents evening at the Regency Lido Theatre on Wednesday, April 30. “Join noted filmmaker and Disney animation authority Roy E. Disney and noted film producer […]

Starz to broadcast The Pixar Story

On April 22nd at 10pm the Starz network will present the television broadcast premiere of The Pixar Story: A Leslie Iwerks Film. Immediately following will be a presentation of Starz Inside: The Pixar Story Continues, with scenes from Ratatouille and WALL•E. Official Site

Disney's Enchanted Easter Experience

This Saturday, March 22, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will be present an Enchanted afternoon for families at The Grove of LA to celebrate the release of its animated/live action fairy tale to DVD and Blu-Ray. More information follows:

Toy Story Mania loads up its interactive ammo

The Orange County Register today showcases the new Toy Story Mania ride coming this May to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fl, and in June to Disney’s California Adventure theme park in Anaheim, CA. The 5½ minute ride is divided into several 31-second interactive carnival style games such as “an egg toss called Hamm ‘N’ […]

Clone Wars gets theatrical release

According to Ain’t It Cool News the US will get a theatrical release of Star Wars: Clone Wars on August 15 to kick off the CGI animated television series. The Clone Wars storyline takes place between Episodes II and III in George Lucas’ Star Wars film saga.

Shrek the Musical opens Sunday 12/14/08 at Broadway Theatre

“DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions, Ltd. are pleased to announce that Shrek the Musical will open at the Broadway Theatre on Sunday, December 14, 2008. Preview performances begin on November 8, 2008 following a pre-Broadway run at Seattle’s The 5th Avenue Theatre, August 14 to September 21.” The full press release follows: