Madhouse has officially announced two new projects based on the works of Japanese novelist Tsutsui Yasutaka to be directed by Satoshi Kon (Millennium Actress, Paranoia Agent) and Mamoru Hosoda (Digimon: The Movie). The project to be directed by Kon is entitled Paprika and is set for a 2007 release. The book’s protagonist is a genius […]
An article in The New York Times notes the use of a zoetrope-like device in the “Pixar: 20 Years of Animation” exhibit opening this week at the Museum of Modern Art (registration required). The device — inspired by a similar installation at the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo — combines a strobe light and 3-D […]
The 48th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been released, and two animated feature films have picked up nominations in the Film/TV/Visual Media category. The Incredibles picked up a nomination for Best Score Soundtrack Album and “Believe” by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri from The Polar Express picked up a nomination for Best Song.
Twentieth Century Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios have begun prepping the 3D-animated Horton Hears A Who, with Robots story consultant and former Pixar animator Jimmy Hayward CO-directing with Robots art director Steve Martino, AWN reports, citing Variety. A spring 2008 release is currently scheduled.
Last Fall there was much talk of how Pixar’s superb The Incredibles was a perfectly imagined take on Marvel Comics’ First Family of superheroes: the Fantastic Four. Oddly there was no talk of lawsuits. Maybe that was for fear of bad publicity, as this year Fox brought the four to the big screen for their […]
An Associated Press article profiles several small animation studios seeking to challenge the market dominance of animation frontrunners Pixar Animation Studios and Dreamworks Animation SKG. The studios mentioned include Orphanage Animation Studios (who recently hired Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory creator Genndy Tartakovsky), Wild Brain, and CritterPix.
A letter from 1959 posted by the website nthposition.com reveals that C.S. Lewis was opposed to a live-action adaptation of his Narnia works, stating that “Anthropomorphic animals, when taken out of narrative into actual visibility, always turn into buffoonery or nightmare.” A brief follow-up comment notes that, “Cartoons (if only Disney did not combine so […]
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 […]