Sunday, July 30, 2006
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It gives a hint to which cartoons are included on the set! Yay!
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Disney gives traditional animation another shot
By Sheigh Crabtree
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Walt Disney Studios has reunited with the directors of its box office disaster "Treasure Planet" as part of a plan to get back into the decidedly unfashionable business of traditional animation.
The new project, "Frog Princess," will put a female spin on the classic fairy tale, according to sources.
It will be overseen by John Musker and Ron Clements, who left the studio shortly after "Treasure Planet" bombed at the end of 2002, grossing just $38 million domestically.
In their heyday at Disney, they demonstrated their ability to spin a popular tale around a female protagonist with 1989's "The Little Mermaid." They also worked on such traditionally animated Disney musicals as "Aladdin" and "Hercules."
But traditional animation no longer draws the crowd, thanks in part the innovative computer-animation purveyed by Pixar Animation Studios, which Disney now owns. Pixar principals Ed Catmull and John Lasseter, who now run Disney's feature animation operations, are interested in exploring Disney's pioneering 2-D tradition.
One of Lasseter's first initiatives following Disney's acquisition of Pixar this year was to woo Musker and Clements back into the fold.
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Wednesday, July 26, 2006
The adult cartoons featured are the brainchild of SNL's Emmy Award winning writer Robert Smigel. These animated segments introduced some of the show's most memorable sketches and characters.
Expect this to released on Oct.24!
See TVshowsonDVD.com for more info on this release, including special features!
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
The two lab mice first showed up on the Animaniacs television show (also on DVD now!) and proved to be popular enough to have a spin-off show of their own!
The first 22 episodes of the series are highlighted here and are they good ones.
The Brain finds his parents and brings them home to visit. The mice duo try to take over the world Christmas Eve. Snowball, The Brain's archenemy is introduced. Pinky discovers a new phrase. Many more hilarious plots for global domination are unleashed.
And no DVD release is complete without a special feature.
"Are You Pondering What I Am Pondering?" is a featurette that stars the creators and voice artists that worked on the show!
If you are a fan of animation, you will love this set! I haven't been able to enjoy all the episodes yet, but I'm sure they are all great! Narf! Zort! Troz! Egad!
Monday, July 24, 2006
Sunday, July 23, 2006
From USA TODAY (July 14, 2006) - COMING ATTRACTIONS DVD: 'Transformers'-mania poised to unfold?
Interest in Transformers is about to be, well, transformed into full-fledged mania.
A new DVD, The Transformers: The Movie 20th Anniversary Special Edition (Sony, due Nov.7), not only celebrates the original 1986 animated film based on the Hasbro toy line, but also gives a sneak look at the Michael Bay-directed Transformers film due next summer (trailer at transformersmovie.com
"They are doing something huge, and certainly we are here to help," says Jim Wilson of Sony BMG Home Entertainment.
The DVD will have remastered full-screen and widescreen editions of the film, which includes Orson Welles' final performance. Extras include commentary, deleted footage and interviews. And there's a viewing mode in which Transformer pop culture references pop up throughout. Plus: Hasbro has an action figure line due in November.
- Mike SniderSee the article at: http://www.usatoday.com/
And that actor is........ Peter Cullen!
The original voice of the Autobot leader from the original show!
The following is not actual footage, just some cool CGI created by a fan of the series:
Freakin' hilarious picture everyone! It was the funniest movie I've seen in a long time.
Dante & Randal return and end up working at a local Mooby's fast food joint. Jay & Silent Bob return as well, making Mooby's their new territory. The tale of Pillow Pants is revealed.
If you are a fan of the original movie from 10 years ago, you will love the sequel!
I give it "****". Two pickles up!
Saturday, July 22, 2006
A Smurfin' Movie Deal
Tuesday July 19 6:13 PM ET
Fans of a certain animated tribe of small, blue woodland creatures haven't gotten a lot of love lately: No new TV episodes, no old TV episodes on DVD (outside of a couple of import releases), no real news on a long-rumored movie.
Now, finally, things are looking rather smurfin'.
A 3-D, CGI-animated Smurfs feature film will bow in theaters in 2008, Daily Variety reported Tuesday. The extravaganza from Paramount's Nickelodeon Movies will be the first in a planned trilogy, it said. According to Newsweek, the project has been trying to get off the ground since at least 2003.
Word of the done deal comes a week after DreamWorks and Paramount set a July 4, 2007, release date for The Transformers, another animated TV series due for a big-screen makeover. But while Transformers fandom has thrived, fueled by new series and product, the smaller legions of Smurf faithful have waited.
"Dude, a Smurf movie?" went a message-board post on TheMovieBlog.com last month after Newsweek noted a film was nigh. "That's the smurfing best thing I've heard in smurfing forever."
Like the Transformers, the Smurfs were a phenomenon of the 1980s, unless one lived in Europe, where the characters have been mainstays since 1958, when Belgian artist Pierre Culliford, better known as Peyo, introduced them in the comic pages. The new movie's planned release date supposedly is tied to Smurfdom's upcoming 50th birthday.
Peyo's creations--the aforementioned small, blue woodland creatures who lived in homes shaped like mushrooms, whistled happy tunes, conjugated the word "smurf" in any way they saw fit, and named themselves Ramones-style (Papa Smurf, Brainy Smurf, Grouchy Smurf, etc.)--blew up as big as any Transformer robot in 1981 when The Smurfs debuted on NBC. The Hanna-Barbera-produced series won two Daytime Emmys, moved much merchandise, from Smurf-Berry Crunch cereal to countless figurines, and dominated Saturday morning TV until 1990. A 1983 big-screen adventure, The Smurfs and the Magic Flute, grossed $11 million, per the box-office site The-Numbers.com, even though it was nothing more than a retitled, redubbed version of a 1976 Belgian-produced movie.
There was no word on voice actors for the new film. The Smurfs' family recently lost Gargamel, the bad, and Baby Smurf, the good, in the death of performer Paul Winchell. Don Messick, who voiced Papa Smurf and others, died in 1997. Smurfette, meanwhile, lives. Lucille Bliss, who gave high-pitched voice to the tribe's lone female member, is 76, and still working.
As for Peyo, he died in 1992. His progeny, however, has kept right on their merry way.
Bringing Sony Pictures Animation's first computer-generated movie "Open Season" to life in "Warner Bros. style" wasn't easy, said Animation Mentor artist Chris Williams. It meant making characters like the domesticated grizzly bear Boog, the mule-deer Elliot an the rabbits move, squat and stretch in cartoon-ish "Warner Bros. style,"
One of the more challenging shots for Williams focused on a scene where Elliot stands outside Boog's home and throws rabbits, instead of rocks to get his attention, at the bear's bedroom window. The rabbits needed to squash up against the glass, rather than break it.
Williams said anchor points in the animation software let him flatten and reshape the rabbits to make them look believable. Sony plans to release the animated feature, also in 3D, in September.
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The U.S. Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday a list of Emmy winners for categories that are decided by jury.
Grammer has won an Emmy — his fifth — in the category of outstanding voice-over performance for his recurring role as the urbane but evil criminal Sideshow Bob on the animated series The Simpsons.
Sideshow Bob, the former sidekick to the character Krusty the Clown, is always foiled in his nefarious plots by Bart and Lisa Simpson.
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But there was a tele-film produced for Cartoon Network back in 2001 called "The Flintstones on the Rocks". That should be available on DVD as soon as possible.
Here is a little bit of information I found on the feature at http://www.topthat.net/webrock/specials/OnTheRocks.htm :
The first animated Flintstones incarnation done in several years, this tele-film actually captures the essence and flavor of the original series. The animation is raw and expressive -- patterned after early episodes of the The Flintstones, and the voice actors pull off an amazing job. The decision to bring in new actors was wise; listening to Jeff Bergman and Kevin Michael Richardson, you'd almost swear the banter was between Alan Reed and Mel Blanc returned to life. The same can be said for Grey Delisle, who actually comes closer to the original giggly Betty than we've seen so far, and Tress MacNeille sounds strikingly like the nasally Wilma of yesteryear.
The simplicity of the series is back, with even the Flintstone home returning to its original shapeless rock cave, and the streets and background cleaned up.
And probably most important here, The Flintstones On the Rocks is written in a way that adults would again appreciate it, with dialogue that is humorous and appealing -- and even suggestive!
This would be a great addition to the Flintstones DVD library! Come on Warners, what do you say?