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How to Train Your Dragon to watch a trailer

Over at Yahoo Movies, the 2nd trailer for Dreamworks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon has just been released. The film, which will be shown in Digital 3D, is scheduled to be released on March 26, 2010.

New posters for Space Chimps & Clone Wars

As part of their Showest 2008 preview, Latino Review showcases a bunch of new filmposters including ones for Vanguard Animation’s Space Chimps , slated for a May 2nd release, and LucasFilm’s Star Wars – The Clone Wars, set to premiere in theaters on August 15th, followed by its TV premiere later on.

Space Ace coming to Blu-ray, Artwork revealed

DVDactive reveals the cover artwork for the upcoming Blu-ray release of Space Ace, the classic 1984 lasergame directed by Don Bluth and successor to Dragon’s Lair. The game has been digitally remastered in 1080p with a new 5.1 audiotrack. Bonus features will include a picture-in-picture video commentary from the creators, Interviews with Don Bluth, Gary […]

Arthur and the Vengeance of Maltazard poster

Movie Poster Addict premieres the teaser poster for Luc Besson’s Arthur and the Vengeance of Maltazard, the sequel to Arthur and the Invisibles and the second film in the planned Arthur-trilogy. The film will hit US theaters in 2009 with the third film, Arthur and the War of Two Worlds currently planned for a 2010 […]

Biel, Johnson, Long and Scott travel to Planet 51

According to Variety, Jessica Biel has joined Dwayne Johnson, Justin Long and Seann William Scott as the lead voices in Planet 51, New Line Cinema’s first venture into the world of CGI-animated films. Written by Joe Stillman and directed by Jorge Blanco, Planet 51 tells the story of a planet whose inhabitants live in fear […]

Batman: Gotham Knight inside peek

A 10-minute behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming anime, Batman: Gotham Knight, has reached its way online and can currently be viewed on YouTube. The inside peek elaborates on the inspiration for the stories, its visual style as well as revealing some the numerous villains featured in the shorts such as Killer Croc, Scarecrow and Man-Bat. […]

Gorillaz goes Bananaz

Joblo shares some info on Bananaz, a new documentary that follows the world’s most successful “virtual band”, Gorillaz. Created by film-maker Ceri Levy, the documentary features a behind-the-scenes look over a period of 6 years focusing on Gorillaz’ development from drawings to animation and from music to the musicians. Bananaz had its world-premiere today at […]

Interview: Kyle MacLachlan on voicing Superman

Animation Magazine has published an interview with actor Kyle MacLachlan regarding his recent work as a voice-artist in the upcoming Warner Bros/ DC Universe animated feature Justice League: The New Frontier. MacLachlan, who lends his voice to Superman, discusses his debut in animation, his overall expierence on providing the voice for one of the most […]

Mike Judge creates new series for ABC

Variety reports that after having created Beavis and Butt-Head for MTV and King of the Hill for FOX, Mike Judge is working on a new animated series for ABC, The Goode Family. The network has ordered 13 episodes of The Goode Family, with King of the Hill exec producers John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky already […]

RIP, John Alvin

Renowned movie poster artist, John Alvin, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 6th at the age of 59. Most will not know John Alvin by name but his work as a poster artist contains some of the most iconic poster work of the last 30 years and has left left behind a legacy of art […]

Brad Bird radio interviews

Cartoon Brew points to a pair of recent radio interviews with writer-director Brad Bird which are worth a listen. The first interview elaborates on what he thinks is wrong with Hollywood filmmaking and about how animation is treated at the Academy Awards. The second interview gets off to quite a bad start when the host […]

MyToons Animation site inks deal with YouTube Channel

A press release published by Business Wire reveals that MyToons Animation, an online animation community, has made a deal with video site YouTube to showcase the creative work of thousands of animators on the new MyToons branded YouTube channel. provides a global platform for animators to design and share their original animated videos, cartoons, […]

UPDATED: Full WALL•E trailer premieres online

After a series of teaser trailers, Empire Online now premieres the exclusive first full trailer for Disney/Pixar’s WALL•E in a streaming flash format. What if mankind had to leave Earth, and somebody forgot to turn the last robot off? WALL•E, a robot, spends every day doing what he was made for. But soon, he will […]

Besson has Heart for Animation

According to Variety, Filmmaker Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has picked up rights to Mathias Malzieu’s sci-fi novel La Mecanique du Coeur (The Mechanics of the Heart) and is planning to turn it into an animated film. La Mecanique du Coeur takes place in 1874 and involves a young man who must avoid strong emotions, especially love, […]

TV to DVD: Garfield and Friends, Drawn Together

TV Shows on DVD provides a full list of the mini-episodes featured on Garfield and Friends: A Cat and his Nerd. The best-of disc features 15 shorts that focuse on Garfield’s “pet human”, Jon. This compilation-DVD is scheduled for a May 13th release. The site also shares the cover artwork for Drawn Together – Season […]

Disney TV Animation welcome Eric Coleman on board

Animation Insider shares some insight regarding Disney TV Animation’s hiring of Eric Coleman, previously a series developer and producer for Nickelodeon for almost 15 years. Coleman comes aboard Want Disney Television Animation as the new Senior Vice President of Development. Coleman, who oversaw Nickelodeon-hits like Avatar: The Last Airbender, will be responsible in leading Disney’s […]

Chimpunks cover artwork

DVDactive reveals the cover artwork for the standard DVD, the special edition DVD and the Blu-ray release of 20th Century Fox’s Alvin and the Chimpunks while also providing the technical specifications and a detailed list of bonus features for each individual release. All three versions of this recent rodent-feature will hit US stores on April […]

Jim Henson Biopic in the making

Coming Soon reports on Empire Film Group’s recent acquisition of the motion picture and distribution rights for Henson, an original screenplay by Robert D. Slane that chronicles the life and achievements of Muppets creator, Jim Henson. The film will focus on Jim Henson’s life from his early fascination with television as a teenager, through his […]

Interview: Marjane Satrapi

Ain’t it Cool News recently had a chance to chat with Marjane Satrapi and present us with an in-depth interview with the author of the controversial graphic novel Persepolis and co-director of the animated feature of the same name. The interview elaborates, among other things, on the films’ Oscar-nomination, its upcoming English translation as well […]

Why Ratatouille could have been nominated for Best Picture

CNN Money elaborates on the interesting notion that Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille could very well have been nominated for best picture at this year’s Academy Awards if it wasn’t for its “animated” nature. Even though it was ranked by many critics as one of the year’s best, it was never a serious contender for best picture. Instead, […]

TV to DVD: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Woody Woodpecker

TV Shows on DVD reveals the cover artwork for the sixth season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, set for an April 8th release date. The site also presents us with an update on The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection: Volume 2, including a detailed list of the 75 cartoons featured on the 3-disc […]

Web Toons You Need to See 2008

AWN has published a list of 10 of their favorite Web Toons from 2007 that they feel needs to be seen. The animated shorts chosen by the site represent trends, as well as the growing talent of animators working on the Net. Some were chosen for their aesthetic qualities, others were chosen for their storytelling […]

The Muppets launch new Disney XD site

The Muppets Newsflash points to the Muppets‘ official website, wich has undergone a major restyling and has now become part of the Disney XD network. The new site showcases an array of unseen Muppet-material with already more than 15-minutes of brand-new video content, while you can also enjoy classic clips from the Muppet Show DVDs, […]

WALL•E site updated, new character revealed

The official website of Disney/Pixar’s WALL•E has received an update and now features (outside of the charming animated intro) an about the film section, a gallery, downloads and videos. Sections still under construction include Build-A-Bot, Mash Up and Games. In other WALL•E-related news, Upcoming Pixar points to the films’ IMDb page wich now lists a […]

Video: THX – The audience hears a Who

To spread the word of their upcoming animated feature, Horton Hears A Who, 20th Century Fox has teamed up with THX to create a special Horton-variant of the famous THX announcement logo featuring the films’ main stars, Jim Carry and Steve Carrell as Horton and the major of Who-ville respectively. The video is currently shown […]

Star Wars: Clone Wars to get theatrical release in UK

Ain’t it Cool News reports that the first 3 episodes of Lucasfilm’s upcoming animated Clone Wars might get a theatrical distribution in the UK in form of a 90 minute film. The rest of the episodes will then come out on a yet undecided TV channel. This news has been confirmed by a number of […]

French Horton Hears a Who poster

Animatie Blog showcases the french teaser poster for 20th Century Fox/Blue Sky’s upcoming Horton Hears a Who. The computer-animated film, based on the 1954 childrens book by Dr. Seuss, will stomp its way to US theaters on March 14th, 2008.

First image of The Princess and the Frog revealed

Hidden inside the Walt Disney Company’s annual investors report lies the first “real” image of the studios’ 2009 animated feature, The Princess and the Frog, showcasing the film’s main character, Tiana. Meanwhile, David Gilson’s blog presents us with a high resolution, cleaned up version of the image. The Princess and the Frog will be the […]

Meet the cast of Igor, Behind-the-scenes footage

Exodus Films’ official site presents us with a detailed look at the characters from their upcoming animated flick, Igor. The animated comedy centers on an evil scientist’s hunch-backed lab assistant who has big dreams of becoming a mad scientist himself and winning the annual evil science Fair. The stellar voice cast includes Steve Buscemi, John […]

Batman: Gotham Knight details

Joblo has published some new details concerning the upcoming Batman: Gotham Knight, a collection of six animated shorts set in Chris Nolans’ Batman-universe. Although each short will be penned by a different writer, they will all be directed by Bruce Timm, already a familiar face in the animated world of Batman. The new stories, done […]