LAIKA Brings "ParaNorman" to San Diego Comic Con International 2012

by Ed Liuon July 6, 2012
LAIKA Animation Studios will be coming to San Diego Comic Con International 2012 to show off their latest film ParaNorman, which is coming to theaters on August 17, 2012. On Friday the 13th of July, a panel dedicated to ParaNorman will be held in Hall H, featuring actors Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse; […]

LA Times on Direct-to-Video Knockoff Industry

by Ed Liuon June 25, 2012
The Los Angeles Times has examined the “drafting phenomenon” in the movie industry, where direct-to-video knockoffs of major studio films exploit the studios’ marketing campaigns. Animated family films are frequent subjects for knockoffs, with recent releases including Kiara the Brave and Life’s a Jungle: Africa’s Most Wanted, which are drafting off Pixar’s Brave and DreamWorks […]

"Brave" Leads Box Office in Debut Weekend with $66.7M in Ticket Sales; "Madagascar 3" at #2

by Ed Liuon June 25, 2012
Disney/Pixar’s Brave led the box office in its debut weekend with an estimated $66.7 million in ticket sales, bringing it on par with 2008’s WALL-E (which went on to a $521 million take worldwide). In second place was DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, with an estimated $20 million in ticket sales for a […]

"Brave" Scores a Near Bulls-Eye

by Ed Liuon June 22, 2012
Recently, Pixar President Ed Catmull was quoted as saying Disney Feature Animation would not be doing fairy-tale movies, to the outcry of many fans of Disney and animation everywhere. After watching Pixar’s Brave, I have to wonder whether Catmull’s directive was to avoid showing Disney up at their own game. Brave is a very well-done, […]

"Brave" News Roundup: Developing the Movie and More (UPDATED June 21, 2012)

by Ed Liuon June 21, 2012
Several articles are making the rounds now about Brave, the upcoming new release from Disney/Pixar coming to theaters this Friday, June 22, 2012: The Boston Globe covers the development of the movie overall, examining how the story was originally inspired by co-director Brenda Chapman’s relationship with her daughter and how the movie aspired to separate […]

World’s Finest Interviews Robert Kral on Scoring "Superman vs. the Elite"

by Ed Liuon June 21, 2012
The World’s Finest has interviewed composer Robert Kral on his work scoring the latest DC direct-to-video movie Superman vs. the Elite. Among other topics, Kral discusses how the music he composed for Superman Doomsday was used in the new movie, how story and tone affect his compositions, the differences between composing for feature-length movies vs. […]

"Monsters University" – Four Teaser Trailers and New Artwork Released

by Ed Liuon June 20, 2012
Disney/Pixar has released four different teaser trailers for Monsters University, the prequel to 2001’s Monsters Inc. that visits Sully and Mike Wazowski in college to learn how the two became best buddies. Click on any of the screenshots below to view full-size: OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (In Disney Digital 3D™) DISNEY•PIXAR Like us on Facebook: […]

"Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings" – New Trailer Released

by Ed Liuon June 19, 2012
Walt Disney Pictures has released a new trailer for Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings, the new direct-to-video animated feature film in the “Disney Fairies” series slated for release on October 23, 2012, on DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D. The new trailer also reveals the secret of the new fairy character Periwinkle (voiced by Lucy […]

"Bleach Movies 1, 2, and 3" Blu-Rays (UK Editions): Don’t Fear The Reaper

by Grant Whiteon June 18, 2012
I’ve never really been able to get into Bleach, though not for a lack of trying. Around the point I was getting tired of Naruto, a likeminded friend tried to get me into Bleach, which he was quite enjoying. I sampled the earlier parts of the story, but from that and a look around online […]

PR: Disney•Pixar’s "Brave" Targets U.S. Olympic Team for Archery; New Video Promos Released

by Ed Liuon June 15, 2012
Disney/Pixar has released two new promotional videos for Brave, the upcoming feature film coming to theaters June 22, 2012, and issued a press release of a special screening on June 17 for the athletes of Team USA, including members of the U.S. Olympic Team for Archery. The Brave Summer Games: Happy Father’s Day from Brave: […]