Monday, January 25, 2010

Spidey Reboots ....Again

Columbia Pictures has picked up Marc Webb to direct the next Spider-Man film since Sam Raimi has left the franchise. The new film will be a "reboot", having Peter Parker back in high school.
http://www.animationmagazine.net/article/11074
How many times has Marvel re-invented Spider-Man now? Don't get me wrong, I have respect for the character - I think he's great, but this is getting a bit out of hand. I have a feeling that this new movie is going to adapt tales from the "Ultimate Spider-Man" comic series which updated the character 10 years ago and put Peter back to his hero origins while he was still in school.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Warner Bros Animation Hits Home

YES!!! The touring art exhibition "The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons" will be available for viewing at The Winnipeg Art Gallery starting this March.
http://wag.ca/art/upcoming-exhibitions/667/60/the-art-of-warner-bros-cartoons
The show will be displaying production artwork created and used by Warner Bros. Pictures' Termite Terrace artists from the 30's through to the 60's. Complete with a chronological history, evolution of famous cartoon stars, a breakdown of how classic animation was created and an in-depth look at Bugs Bunny, this is a show not to be missed!
(a great big thanks to Doug for this information!)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

More Looney DVDs in April

Warner Home Video is finally releasing more from the classic Looney Tunes library this spring.
"Looney Tunes Super Stars" kicks off with Bugs Bunny: Hare Extraordinaire & Daffy Duck: Frustrated Fowl with more releases to follow.Each disc will contain 15 restored and uncut shorts that haven't been available on DVD.
http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Bugs-Bunny-Looney-Tunes-Comedy-Hour-Looney-Tunes-Future-Plans/13214
Jerry Beck has even hinted that Warners may have a Blu-Ray release planned for the Tunes in the future as well. Be sure to add these new collections to your library when they become available April 27th!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Bat-Bat By Marvel

In celebration of the long-awaited DVD release of "Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures" complete series, may I present a story from the only issue of "Mighty Mouse" I own from Marvel Comics. Bat-Bat may very well be my favorite secondary character on the show after watching only a few of the episodes so far.
I remember grabbing this issue because it featured a hilarious character with great cartoon artwork. Little did I know that the artist Mike Kazaleh worked on the short-lived animated series which explained a lot about the excellent illustrations. I would go on to enjoy more of his art in "Ren & Stimpy", another Marvel Comics' cartoon adaptation.

Monday, January 04, 2010

New Looney Tunes Text in April

For all you Warner Bros. Classic Animation fans out there, Jerry Beck's next book, "The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons" will be hitting shelves this spring.
http://www.amazon.ca/100-Greatest-Looney-Tunes-Cartoons/dp/1608870030/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260726141&sr=1-1
This should be a great addition to any animation lover's library since it will be a great hardcover, 256 page book that covers the best Warner's cartoons, I'm sure complete with write-ups, screen grabs, animation art and hopefully never-before-seen production artwork.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Toy Story 3 Sneek Peek

Toonzone has an exclusive 2-minute sneek peek at Pixar's next feature: Toy Story 3 with an introduction by director Lee Unkrich.
http://news.toonzone.net/articles/32224/toonzone-presents-2-minute-toy-story-3-sneak-peek-video-clip
In the clip, Andy is heading to college and needs to decide what to do with his old toys, put in storage or throw out with garbage?