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PR: Explore the East at MCM London Comic Con; JapanEx expands and rebrands as PopAsia

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MCM LONDON COMIC CON – EXCEL LONDON – 23-25 MAY Explore the East at MCM London Comic Con; JapanEx expands and rebrands as PopAsia MCM London Comic Con’s popular ‘JapanEx’ area will be rebranding as ‘PopAsia’ from next month’s show, focusing not only on Japan but expanding to include the whole of Asia. While the […]

Inugami-san To Nekoyama-san Gets DVD Release…In Japan

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It was recently announced that the short-form anime show “Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san” will be coming to Blu-ray and DVD this summer. The single-disc release covers all 12 episodes [just under five minutes each] and will include an unaired bonus episode, a clean ending sequence and promo videos. The catch? It will only be released in […]

Laika Helps Jose Cuervo Celebrate Cinco de Mayo And History

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Jose Cuervo Tequila will be celebrating their 219th birthday this year and to help commemorate the occasion – as well as the upcoming Cinco de Mayo holiday – they brought in animation studio Laika ["Coraline", "Para-Norman" and the upcoming "The Box Trolls"] to provide a little history lesson to go along with the margaritas…

Review: "Noah's Ark" Floats, "Birds of Paradise" Sinks

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The phenomenon of direct-to-video films with a suspicious resemblance to other popular movies in theaters isn’t new, and the results are not known for high quality. Shout! Factory’s Noah’s Ark and Lionsgate’s Birds of Paradise are both foreign imports, released direct-to-DVD at or close to big, similar theatrical releases, but only one of them manages […]

2014 REDCAT Children’s Film Festival Ready To Roll

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You’ve watched “Frozen”, “Despicable Me 2” and the rest of last year’s animation blockbusters a million times, so now maybe you might want to see some of the animated offerings from other parts of the world and that’s where the 2014 REDCAT Children’s Film Festival comes in. REDCAT [Roy and Edna Disney along with CalArts […]

Russia's Soyuzmultfilm Animation Studio to Target Chinese and Indian Markets

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The Hollywood Reporter notes efforts by Russia’s Soyuzmultfilm animation studio to dub its library of cartoons into foreign languages for sale abroad, specifically targeting the Chinese and Indian markets as the most promising prospects. The studio was founded in 1936 and was the Soviet Union’s main cartoon studio until the fall of the Soviet empire, […]

It’s A Small World But Big Enough For A Feature Film

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One of Disneyland’s most iconic rides – It’s A Small World – is set to become the basis for a feature film with Jon Turteltaub [“National Treasure”] set to direct. The family ride that features a slow passage through various cultures accompanied by the eternally catchy tune written by Disney’s Sherman brothers will also have […]

Ferdinand The Bull Coming To Big Screen

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The classic children’s book, “The Story of Ferdinand” is heading to the big screen in animated form with Carlos Saldanha at the helm. Saldanha, the director of films in the “Ice Age” and Rio” franchises has expressed his desire to direct the film based on the one of his childhood favorites. The book by Munro […]

PR: Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre’s "Jutra" Selected for Directors' Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival

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Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre’s Jutra selected for Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes The prestigious Cannes International Film Festival has announced that Jutra, a short film directed and produced by Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre (MJSTP Films) in co-production with the NFB (Marc Bertrand), will feature on the lineup of the 46th Directors’ Fortnight. An international showcase organized by the Film Directors’ […]

The Hive Gets New Life

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Disney has purchased the short-lived UK animated children’s television series, “The Hive” and will revive it for a subsequent triumphant return to the airwaves on its Disney Junior channel in the UK and France. “The Hive”, about a bee family led by BuzzBee and the Bee family’s adventures while living together in The Hive. The […]

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