“Frozen” Composers on Internationalizing Music; Idina Menzel Profiled by NY Times

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter has spoken with Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, composers for Disney’s Frozen, about the challenges of internationalizing the score for the film. The pair discuss working with Disney Character Voices International senior vp creative Rick Dempsey, noting specific linguistic usages that were avoided to make translation easier, and details other instances where […]

“The Croods” Directors on Exploring Family Dynamics and the Sequel

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter has spoken with Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders, co-directors of DreamWorks Animation Studios SKG’s The Croods, which is one of five films contending for the Best Animated Feature Academy Award this weekend. Among other topics, the two discuss how they approached family dynamics as the central hinge point for the entire […]


Thor Battles Loki Again In The Dark World Released On Blu-ray And DVD

by Alex Beanon February 24, 2014
Thor and Loki are at it again as “Thor: The Dark World” is set to be released for Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and DVD. Special features include a Marvel-produced short – “All Hail The King” – a gag reel and deleted scenes on the Blu-ray edition. “Thor: A Dark World” is currently scheduled to be released […]


Seyfried Steps In For Kunis In Ted 2

by Alex Beanon February 24, 2014
Mila Kunis played the girlfriend-turned-wife of Mark Wahlberg in the live action/CGI hit “Ted” but film creator Seth MacFarlane has other plans this time around as Amanda Seyfried has been announced as the lead for the sequel “Ted 2”, with Kunis – who provides the voice for Meg on MacFarlane’s “Family Guy” television hit show […]

Disney Adds Pair Of Channels Down Under

by Alex Beanon February 24, 2014
Australian television viewers will get more opportunities to watch Disney-affiliated cartoonery and content with the addition of two cable network channels – Disney XD and Movies Disney – to their cable lineup. The XD channel is geared toward boys ages 6-14 and will feature currently popular programming such as “Phineas and Ferb”, “Gravity Falls” and […]


She’s A Brick House: Lego 2 On The Way

by Alex Beanon February 21, 2014
As is the movie studio modus operandi these days, your sequel must be announced either before the first movie has been released or shortly afterward and “The Lego Movie” is no different as Warner Bros waited all of two weeks after the release of “The Lego Movie” to announce that a sequel is now on […]

Hollywood Reporter on Developing the Cast of Oscar-Nominated Animated Films

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter has spoken to different crew members of the five films nominated for this year’s Best Animated Feature Film Academy Awards, digging into ideas that defined characters in the films, or were changed or deleted during development. Included are tidbits like a different background for Grug in DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods; some ideas […]


Peanuts, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Steve Jobs Planned as U.S. Postage Stamps

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2014
The Washington Post has uncovered a list of planned designs for upcoming U.S. postage stamps for 2014-2015, which includes Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Apple co-founder and seminal Pixar figure Steve Jobs. Rudolph is listed as “Design Approved” for release in 2014 (alongside stamps commemorating events of the Civil War, the War […]

Fantastic Four Cast Announced

by Alex Beanon February 20, 2014
The upcoming feature film from Fox, “Fantastic Four”, based on the popular comic book series, has its cast with the announcement of Kate Mara [“House of Cards”] as the Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan [“Fruitvale Station”] as the Human Torch, Miles Teller [“The Spectacular Now”] as Mr. Fantastic and Jamie Bell [“The Adventures of TinTin”] […]