Walt Disney Pictures has announced that Meet the Robinsons will have a digital 3-D version when it is released to theatres in December 2006. The studio’s 3-D version of Chicken Little has done better than expected in its release, garnering $26,000 per screen vs. $10,961 per screen for the regular version.
Viz Media has selected Mattel as their master toy licensee for Naruto. Mattel also owns the toy license for Zatch Bell!, and many in the industry believe that these two manga licenses will aid the toymaker as it loses Barbie marketshare to Bratz.
Zoom Suit, an animated short film by former Marvel Entertainment Brand Manager John Taddeo, has won the Grand Festival Award of the 2005 Berkeley Video & Film Festival. Apparently, the short may also lead to a live-action feature film version of Zoom Suit. The short film may be seen on-line at Taddeo’s website at www.superverse.com.
An op-ed article in the St. Petersburg Times suggests that its elected officials ask, “What would Batman Do?” when confronted with seemingly intractible problems of public policy. Times columnist Ernest Hooper suggests, not entirely facetiously, that Cartoon Network’s Justice League presents a model of how disparate minds can “pull together for a common cause, even […]
America Online and Warner Brothers have announced a joint service to launch next year that will provide on-line video on demand via the Internet. Called In2TV, the service will form an on-line TV network backed by a large library of Time-Warner programming. Programming will be available in a standard quality streaming video format and a […]
Artist Tad Stones has launched a weblog dedicated to the production of the new Hellboy animated projects. Stones’ current posts include his history trying to get Hellboy into animated form, the guiding principles of the current show, and the level of involvement of Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. (via Comic Book Resources The Comic Reel)
Ollie Johnston received the National Medal of Arts last Friday in a ceremony held at the White House. Johnston is the last remaining member of the “Nine Old Men,” who were responsible for many of Disney’s best known and most beloved films. The press release from the National Endowment of the Arts states that his […]
An article in the Los Angeles Times states that Chicken Little‘s digital 3-D version has been a real winner at the box-office (free registration required). The 3-D version of the movie earned more than double the amount of the normal version per screen on its opening weekend despite (or perhaps because of) an additional cost […]
The following comic book previews are available around the Internet: – Newsarama.com has Aron Lusen’s Dead Samurai, available on comic book stands now. The issue is by Jim Kuhoric, Nick Bradshaw, and Scott Kester. – Fou pages of The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist #8 accompany an article about Brian K. Vaughan (Runaways, Ultimate X-Men), […]
An article in The Hollywood Reporter covers this year’s leading contenders for the Best Animated Feature Academy Award, speculating that Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and Corpse Bride are the leading favorites for the Oscar. Other films mentioned as serious contention for the award include Madagascar, Chicken Little, and Howl’s Moving Castle. […]