Steve Fritz’s “Animated Shorts” column at Newsarama.com talks to Over the Hedge creators Mike Fry and T. Lewis about the upcoming CGI animated film coming from DreamWorks on May 19. Other topics in the column include the Nickelodeon Fairly OddParents special debuting on May 19 and the addition of teen music stars on the Friday’s […]
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Disney and McDonald’s are not renewing their cross-promotional pact (free registration required). The upcoming Cars and Pirates of the Caribbean 2 will be the last two Disney films to be promoted by the fast food chain. Sources in Disney have stated that concerns over McDonald’s culpability in the […]
In a sudden reversal of company policy, Warner Brothers’ video unit announced plans to release television shows and movies officially through the BitTorrent file-sharing service. In the past, Warner Brothers and most other studios considered such services to be liabilities, resulting in lost revenue due to piracy. The new service is scheduled to start this […]
Newsarama.com has posted an interview with Christian Smith, who founded Superherostation and Prima Showcase to construct elaborate superhero costumes to model at comic book conventions nationwide. Smith discusses the challenges and rewards of his hobby/job, recommendations for other cosplayers, and the hardest costume he has made so far. Several photos of his handiwork are included […]
Devil’s Due Publishing has released a preview of Family Guy Vol. 1: 100 Ways to Kill Lois by Stewie Griffin, their new comic book based on the Fox animated TV series. The 48 page comic will be released later this month. In a related story, Devil’s Due has announced a “Rip Off” promotion, which lets […]
The Walt Disney Company has reported a 3 million profit for the second quarter of 2006, largely due to increased ratings on ABC and cable networks and increased attendance at their theme parks. The profit represents a 19% increase from the same period a year ago. Despite the growth on television and theme parks, the […]
An article from the University of Southern California about Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus covers the contribution of veteran animator Tom Sito to the film. Sito’s resume includes classic films ranging from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? to The Little Mermaid to Shrek; Sito is currently an adjunct faculty instructor at USC. Sito and […]
The New York Times details the path taken from newspaper comics section to silver screen for the upcoming Over the Hedge feature film (registration required). The movie from DreamWorks Animation is scheduled for release on May 19.
The first half of a rare 1st edition of Preston Blair’s Animation textbook is available at the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive Project weblog. Originally published in 1947, the book used several characters from MGM without permission, which resulted in the book being pulled and replaced with a new version that is still in print. The second […]
Pixar shareholders approved the takeover of the company by the Walt Disney Company in a special shareholders meeting held on Friday, May 5. The all-stock deal is valued at more than $7.4 billion.