Archive for 2011

AMPAS Disqualifies "The Smurfs" for Best Animated Feature Oscar, Approves Three Mocap CGI Films

by Ed Liuon December 22, 2011
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has disqualified The Smurfs for the Best Animated Feature Oscar, even though it approved the similar live-action/CGI hybrid Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. The Academy also approved all three motion-captured CGI films under review (The Adventures of Tintin, Mars Needs Moms, and Happy Feet Two), despite some […]

"Arthur Christmas" Behind-the-Scenes Clips Released

by Ed Liuon December 22, 2011
Sony Pictures Animation has released five behind-the-scenes clips documenting the construction of several scenes from Arthur Christmas: UNWRAPPED Narrated by Doug Ikeler, this video provides an overview of the making of the entire movie. ARTHUR’S OFFICE A closer look at Arthur’s office, which helps establish Arthur in the movie and his firm belief that every […]

"Babar and Father Christmas": Good Christmas Gifts Come In Elephant-Sized Packages

by Christopher Glennonon December 22, 2011
Babar the Elephant is a children’s literary character who has seen a couple of adaptations, including a charming, fairly-long running series from the late 80s by Nelvana. Now, in the age of digitally restored and remastered theme-based single disc DVD releases, the 80’s Babar cartoon (or The Classic Series as the case calls it) returns […]

PR: VIZ Media Wraps Up 2011 With a Second Digital Manga Update For December

by Grant Whiteon December 21, 2011
VIZ MEDIA WRAPS UP 2011 WITH A SECOND DIGITAL MANGA UPDATE FOR DECEMBER Highlights Include New NARUTO and ONE PIECE Digital First Editions, Debut Of WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP ALPHA Pre-Order & Gift Subscriptions, And An Extended Holiday Manga Sale Offering 20% Off All Titles VIZ Media concludes the year with a second digital update for […]

PR: Marvel Comics – First Look at Fantastic Four #602

by Grant Whiteon December 21, 2011
Johnny Storm has returned and he’s brought along some new friends to save the world in your first look at Fantastic Four #602! From the creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Barry Kitson, the Fantastic Four have their hands full as an intergalactic war threatens the well-being of Earth. It’s up to the combined might […]

PR: Image Comics – Top Cow’s The Darkness Concludes Phil Hester’s Run With Issue 100 in 2012

by Grant Whiteon December 21, 2011
HESTER BEGINS THE COUNTDOWN TO DARKNESS 100! Top Cow’s The Darkness Concludes Phil Hester’s Run With Issue 100 in 2012 Berkeley, CA – 21 December 2011 – Writer Phil Hester has taken the Darkness bearer, Jackie Estacado, from the height of power and influence to the pits of despair and everywhere in between in his […]

PR: Marvel Comics App – Avengers Vs X-Men: Major Players Sale

by Grant Whiteon December 21, 2011
New York, NY—December 21, 2011—Not only is everyone talking about Avengers VS X-Men, the comic book event of 2012, but it’s also the holiday season—and that means it’s the perfect time for the most exciting digital comics sale ever! From December 21st (at 12:01am EST) to December 30th (at 11:00PM EST), experience the AVENGERS VS […]

PR: "Justice League: Doom" World Premiere on February 13, 2012, at Paley Center for Media, NY

by Ed Liuon December 21, 2011
Warner Home Video & MTV Geek Present the World Premiere of JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM February 13, 2012 in New York at The Paley Center for Media Media Invited to Red Carpet Interviews & Screening; Limited Free Tickets Available to Fans on First Come, First Served Basis Warner Home Video, MTV Geek and The Paley Center […]

PR: Production Begins on "The Happy Hugglemonsters" for Disney Junior Channels, Premiering in 2012

by Ed Liuon December 21, 2011
PRODUCTION HAS BEGUN ON NEW ANIMATED SERIES “THE HAPPY HUGGLEMONSTERS” TO DEBUT ON DISNEY JUNIOR CHANNELS AND PROGRAMMING BLOCKS AROUND THE WORLD Produced in Dublin, Ireland, by Brown Bag Films Production has begun in Dublin, Ireland, on “The Happy Hugglemonsters,” an animated series to premiere on Disney Junior channels and programming blocks in more than […]

“GREAT SNAKES!” Steven Spielberg Returns to His Roots with “The Adventures of Tintin"

by Jeffrey Harrison December 21, 2011
Visually, the world of the movie is striking and impressive, including the 3D presentation, and it starts strong with an ingenious animated opening credit montage sequence. However, the animation style comes off as jarring and odd. The film aims to make the characters photo-realistic with some exaggerated, caricatured features similar to their graphic depictions from […]