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SDCC2012: A Roundtable Interview with "ParaNorman" Writer/Director Chris Butler, Director Sam Fell, and Producer/Lead Animator Travis Knight

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Chris Butler, who did storyboard and design work on The Tale of Despereaux and Corpse Bride, received an Annie Award nomination for his previous work at LAIKA as head of story and storyboard supervisor on Coraline. He makes his directorial debut in ParaNorman, which he also wrote. Sam Fell wrote and directed Flushed Away, which […]

SDCC2012: A Roundtable Interview with "ParaNorman" Star Christopher Mintz-Plasse

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Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who plays Alvin in ParaNorman, made his film debut as Fogell, better known as “McLovin” in 2007′s Superbad, which earned him a nomination for the MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Performance.  He also performed in Role Models, Year One, Fright Night, and Kick-Ass, which earned him a Teen Choice Award nomination.  He provided […]

SDCC2012: A Roundtable Interview with "ParaNorman" Star Anna Kendrick

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Anna Kendrick, who has earned Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics’ Choice Movie, and Academy Award nominations for her role in 2009′s Up in the Air, lends her voice to Courtney in LAIKA’s upcoming film ParaNorman.  Kendrick also performed in the first four Twilight Saga movies, 50/50, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and […]

Review: "Babar: The Classic Series" The Complete First Season: Babar Begins

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Let’s face it, talking animals are bizarre. The idea is fun and entertaining, but sometimes the execution can be shaky, especially when talking animals are placed side-by-side with talking humans with no language barrier, and especially when said talking animals are completely naked and prance around in the jungle with a human civilization right down […]

SDCC2012: The "Hotel Transylvania" Panel Report

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On Thursday, July 12, at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2012, Sony Pictures Animation hosted a panel to discuss its new animated movie, Hotel Transylvania, hosted by producer Michelle Murdocca and director Genndy Tartakovsky, who reecently signed an overall agreement with the studio. Murdocca explained that the pitch for Hotel Transylvania was brought to Sony […]

"The Wild Thornberrys Season 2 Part 2": Nature Bites (In a Good Way)

The Wild Thornberrys doesn’t mess around with its premise. In the very opening theme we get it. There’s a family that travels the world in a vehicle called a CommVee, filming nature documentaries, and the girl talks to animals and has her own adventures. It’s a strong set-up, and while it could get formulaic, the […]

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

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 […]

"Green Lantern: The Animated Series" Shines

I’m not completely sold on the animation yet. CG animation can be a mixed bag, and when it comes to facial expressions and depicting various emotions, that’s where it falls on shaky ground. Luckily, the series is content to spend a lot of time on alien worlds where most characters on the show aren’t human, […]

"Voltron: The Final Battle": Form Season One Finale!

Nostalgia is a funny thing. You look back on something you vaguely remember enjoying years ago, and it makes you smile because you vaguely remember enjoying it. Nostalgia is also a fragile thing because when you go back and take a real look at the thing you like when you’re old and have taste, it […]

"Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D." Picks Up the Wrong End of the Blade

Taking a comic book and putting it up on the TV screen where the pictures can move is kind of a no-brainer. Heck, they’ve been doing that since the Marvel cartoons of the 1960s. It worked then, and now Marvel Knights Animation is busting out with DVDs that transform recent comic books into motion comics. […]

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