Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Returns of the Marvel zombie-verse

The Marvel Zombies limited series that Marvel Comics released last year turned out really well for the company. Sells have been so good with the series that new projects are in the works.
Expect to see another limited series called "Marvel Zombies Vs. The Army of Darkness", a prequel one-shot called "Marvel Zombies: Dead Days", and a second installment of the original series, "Marvel Zombies 2", is due out later this year!
For more info, follow the link:
http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=89492

Underdog Images

There's been a release of Underdog pics on the Web recently. Here's a few to look at.
Ugh. Why would the people responsible use a "real" dog? Sure the movie is live action, ("why" is beyond me), but couldn't they have used some CG to create a better looking character? Perhaps a 3D version of the actual cartoon character?
That would at least look somewhat better. Oh well, maybe they'll learn from their mistakes. (probably not though, who here remembers the live action Inspector Gadget movie?)

Matt Groening Speaks

About the Simpsons Movie that is!
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/news/comments/?entryid=398025
The creator of the characters seems to be excited about the film's quality. I know I'm looking forward to it!

Move Over Flintstones....

Introducing Simpsons Vitamins!
http://mmdnewswire.com/content/view/1208/5/

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Ultimate Civil War: Spider-Ham

The new one-shot book from Marvel Comics hits stands tomorrow! Jan.31st, that is!
Check out full art and get more info on the release here:
http://www.wizarduniverse.com/magazine/wizard/003032275.cfm
My only question is why are all the other characters "pig-related"? In the original series, all the characters were based on other animals. Other heroes consisted of "The Fantastic Fur", "Captain Ameri-Cat", "The Hulk-Bunny", "Iron Mouse", "The X-Bugs" and such 'n such.
I may pick this up strictly for the absurdness of it all.

Acme Arsenal Development Work

Here are some screen shots of early development work on Looney Tunes :Acme Arsenal.
http://www.xboxic.com/news/2309
Looks pretty cool in the early stages anyway.
Nothing like seeing Bugs Bunny with a big-ass ray gun!
Expect to see the game released this fall.

The Chipmunks Return

In an upcoming CGI/live action movie! (Insert groan here...)
http://www.moviehole.net/news/20070125_computerized_chipmunks.html

Monday, January 29, 2007

Family Guy "Tribute (?)" to Anchors Away

I missed it, but apparently there was a scene on last night's episode of Family Guy where Stewie dances with Gene Kelly a'la Jerry Mouse in MGM's Anchors Away.
Not too sure if this was a tribute to the early effort of combining animation with live action or if the Family Guy writers were simply "borrowing" the scene from the movie. You can be the judge.
The Family Guy Scene:

The Original Scene from Anchors Away:(5 min. into this clip)

Muppets to Return to TV?

There is a rumor that The Muppets may be returning to television in a brand new mini-series.
http://www.tvseriesfinale.com/2007/01/muppets
The series would be a "mock-umentary" style like The Office where Kermit tries to gather all the original Muppets from the original television series to create a new Muppet Show. If the min-series takes off, a new Muppet Show may be produced in the future.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Futurama Update

An update on my past post of an upcoming Futurama feature:
http://jedaniels-adventures.blogspot.com/2007/01/futurama-features.html

I just found conformation that the new episodes of Futurama being produced for Comedy Central are going to be taken from scripts for 4 previous straight-to-DVD movies. The stories are going to be broken up and reworked into single episodes! Read the news here:
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/news/comments/?entryid=397361
Hope this formula works for them!
Maybe "Bender's Big Score" still has a release date?

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie...

...Film for Theatres movie trailer!
(whew! That's a long title....)

Big thanks to Dr.Gonzo for this link!

Simpsons Movie Images Popping Up

There is a slew of Simpson Movie images appearing online and here they are!
I first read about this news here: http://www.cinemablend.com

Friday, January 26, 2007

Grinch Toys by McFarlane

Just announced today by McFarlane Toys, "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" figures!
Expect to see a new line of action figures based on the christmas classic this fall!
Read about the 5 fan-favorite scenes being produced and more news here:
http://spawn.com/news/news3.aspx?id=13039

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Simpson Movie News

Here are a few links to articles talking about the current state of the upcoming Simpsons Movie!
The articles listed here talk to the team behind the movie and also reveal that there was a sneak peek of the film in Italy!
http://www.zap2it.com/movies/news/
http://www.filmstew.com/showArticle.aspx?ContentID=15392
http://www.functionpix.com/index.php/article/The_Simpsons_Movie

Robosapien: Spidey/Homer Style

Being released in time for their movies, introducing:
"Spidersapien" and "Homersapien"!
(Just when you thought merchandising couldn't go any lower...)

Read more here:
http://www.pocket-lint.co.uk/news/news.phtml/6377/7401/robosapien-spidersapien-homersapien-robot-toy.phtml

A Pup, Cat & Mouse Coming to DVD

Warner Home Video has released information and box art for 2 upcoming DVD releases.
A Pup Named Scooby Doo: Volume 6...
http://tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=6846
and Tom & Jerry Tales: Volume 2!
http://tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=6845
Expect these titles to be released on May 15th, 2007!

New Looney Tunes Console Games

According to Variety, Warner Bros is planning to release new games for next-gen consoles starring the Looney Tunes characters.
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117957950.html?categoryid=1009&cs=1
"Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal" (no image available) is expected to be available in the fall for Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii.

Wait Till Your Father Gets Home - on DVD

Warner Home Video is releasing the Hanna Barbera classic primetime series "Wait Till Your Father Gets Home". Starring the voice of Tom Bosley, this series originally ran in 1972.
You can expect this to hit shelves in June 2007.
Read more about the release here:
http://tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=6844

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Hare-less Wolf

This is one of my favorite Bugs Bunny gags. Directed by Friz Freleng in 1958, Charles M. Wolf is trying to catch Bugs and gets set up for this funny bit. Mel Blanc's delivery as he reads the instructions is hilarious.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Marvel Presents Teen Avengers

The slew of animated DVD movies that Marvel has been producing seems to be doing well for them.
Marvel has announced that they are going to produce a new idea for an animated feature, The Teen Avengers!
Teen Avengers should not be considered to be based on the Young Avengers, Marvel is trying a fresh idea with this new DVD to aim at a younger audience.
Read more about it here:
http://news.awn.com/index.php?ltype=top&newsitem_no=18902

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Zombie Orville

Behold the creepiness that is "Zombie Orville"!
Orville Redenbacher passed away in 1995, but that doesn't slow him down one bit. He's been ressurected in a new commercial spot where he enjoys his MP3 player and sells his microwave popcorn that sports his moniker.
You can follow a link to see a hi-res version of the spot here:
http://www.cartoonbrew.com/archives/2007_01.html#002662

Friday, January 19, 2007

Lollipop Animation

I stumbled upon this animation art website, Lollipop Animation.
http://www.lollipopanimation.com/index.php
They have a lot of great art from many different animation studios.
Personally, I find their collection of Warner Bros. art great! The pieces even have a small write-up description and explaination of the process of classic animation. Here are a few that stood out to me:
"Hand Painted Limited Edition is adapted from the famous opening used in the Bugs Bunny Road Runner Hour when the Looney Tunes led a procession across the stage. "On with the Show" was originally drawn by Warner Brothers artist Kirk Mueller and because of that, this piece has been signed by Kirk."
"This magnificent Hand-Painted Production Cel, features Foghorn Leghorn and Pete Puma, from the short 'Pullet Surprise'. This cel is hand signed by Chuck Jones and Director of 'Pullet Surprise', Darrell Van Citters. In this great short, Foghorn Leghorn catches Pete Puma trying to steal a chicken, and convinces Pete that he doesn't want THESE chickens. What he REALLY wants are all sorts of strange breeds of imaginary chickens instead, such as the Mongolian Disappearing Chicken and the Irish Wrestling Chicken. Classic Foghorn!"
"This piece is a companion to Invaders from Mars!, designed and rendered by Juan Ortiz, a piece which also spoofs the 1950s B-horror movie posters."
"HUGE close-up of our two heroes, Bugs and Daffy. Such great expressions! A truly beautiful piece of animation art taken from the animation short "The Bunny Snatchers"." (I'm going to have to disagree with their description, this shot does not happen in "The Bunny Snatchers". It actually looks like another angle from "Rabbit Fire". But it's new animation. Could it be a deleted scene from "Back in Action"? Does anyone have any idea?)
"Art directed and illustrated by Warner Bros. Artist Michael Fontanelli. Featuring 40 characters, Unsung Tunes celebrates the sidekicks and secondary characters from the Looney Tunes cartoons. Each piece is accompanied by a key sheet, which identifies the characters by name."

You can see these and much more animation art at the Lollipop Animation website!

Droopy on DVD in May

Warner Home Video has announced that "Tex Avery's Droopy: The Complete Theatrical Edition" will be released onto DVD May.15th!
http://www.thedigitalbits.com/mytwocentsa132.html#psez
It must be WHV's test to see if other MGM cartoons will sell that aren't Tom & Jerry.
"You know what? I'm happy."

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Cinderella III Preview

With the upcoming release of Cinderella III on Feb.6th 2007,
The Official Disney DVD Website has a 8 minute preview of the "what-if" storyline. http://disney.go.com/disneyvideos/animatedfilms/cinderella3/
The animation actually looks like the original film and the story seems like something the whole family will enjoy.
In the preview, it reminds me of The Little Mermaid a little.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Futurama Feature?

I just discovered an article about Katey Sagal (The voice of Futurama's Leela) having a brand new child. Congrats to her!
http://www.eonline.com/news/article/index.jsp?uuid=a50e3c86-5103-42a3-b2aa-55b3385977fd
The final part of the article interested me though:
"She also reprised her voice role of Leela for the big-screen adaptation of the Fox 'toon Futurama.
Futurama: Bender's Big Score
is due out this December."
What is "Bender's Big Score"?
Does anyone have answers to this question?
Updated!
Thanks to Shane for the link:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0471711/

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Eat at Joe's

A classic Cartoon Network promo...

Monday, January 15, 2007

Bugs Bunny Almost Promotes Coke in 1986

I came across this by accident.
Fab4art.com has posted drawings and the script to a proposed 1986 commercial for New Coke featuring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd.
Apparently, the new commercial would have had Bugs at the beginning of his cartoon career starring as an extra in a cutesy, Disney-esque forest animal chorus.
Check out the link for more images and more about the script...
http://www.fab4art.com/Production%20Drawings_page_02.htm

Animation Scene: 1994

I would like to share this "Animation Scene" article I found in a late 1994 issue of Comics Scene.
Bob Miller goes on to list the upcoming projects from different studios.
Hanna Barbera releases "A Flintstones Christmas Carol", The upcoming "World Premiere Toons" and more "Space Ghost Coast to Coast".
"The 50 Greatest Cartoons" by Jerry Beck is released by Turner Publishing.
Film Roman announces "The Mask" animated series.
Warner Bros Television Animation announces "The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries", "Freakazoid!" and more "Animaniacs".
Disney Animation announces "The Goofy Movie", "The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show", "Gargoyles" and "Timon and Pumbaa".

Ah, re-reading this news takes me back to a better time when studios were constantly releasing "quality" cartoon shows.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Shnookums & Meat: 1993

Walt Disney Television Animation released this wild cartoony pair back in 1993. Shnookums and Meat first started out only having 1 short released a week, sandwiched between 2 Marsupilami shorts.
Much of the crew behind the shorts were responsible for Ren and Stimpy at Spumco, so you can tell that these cartoons didn't hold back on humor and action. It wasn't until 1995 that The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show would premire.

I found this intro article in a 1993 issue of Wild Cartoon Kingdom.