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'Battle for Terra' Director Interviewed

Sanluisobispo.com interviews Aristomenis Tsirbas, director of the 3D animated sci-fi/action-adventure feature film Battle for Terra which opened in theaters this weekend. Tsirbas discusses how the script changed over the last 15 years, why he wanted to make the movie in 3D from day one, and how he managed to cast Brian Cox and Evan Rachel […]

Washington Post on Disney's "The Princess and the Frog"

The Washington Post has taken a look at The Princess and the Frog, the upcoming animated feature film from Disney that will be the studio’s return to hand-drawn animated movies and the first to feature a black princess character. The article examines the potential cultural impact of the movie, speaking to a professor at Brown, […]

"Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland": Nonsense of the Worst Kind

What are the great works of “nonsense”? Any connoisseur of the form, if asked to provide a list, would surely populate it heavily with cartoons. “Duck Amuck,” “The Great Piggybank Robbery,” the Betty Boop adaptation of “Snow White,” the Mickey Mouse cartoon “Thru the Mirror”: these are all brilliant works of animation whose brilliance has […]

"G.I. Joe: Resolute" to Premiere on Adult Swim on April 25, 2009 (UPDATED 04/17)

Hasbro has announced that the new micro-series G.I. Joe: Resolute will premiere on April 25, 2009, at midnight on Adult Swim and on-line. The 60 minutes of content will be broken up into 10 5-minute installments and one 10-minute finale. The series was written by Warren Ellis, animated by Titmouse Studios, and directed by Joaquim […]

Michael Chabon Working on "John Carter of Mars" Screenplay

Writer Michael Chabon has confirmed that he is working on the screenplay to John Carter of Mars, the feature film based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels that will be directed by Pixar’s Andrew Stanton. Chabon stated that, “”I’ve been hired to do some revisions to an already strong script by Andrew Stanton and Mark […]

"Green Lantern: First Flight" Trailer Available

Warner Home Video has made the trailer for Green Lantern: First Flight available for viewing on YouTube: Green Lantern: First Flight stars Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU) as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, and is directed by Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman). Note that the trailer above only states a “Summer 2009″ release date; the new direct-to-video […]

"Gulliver's Travels" Blu-ray, or How Not to Do Animation Squash and Stretch

In the 1930’s, the big animation rivalry was between the West Coast’s Walt Disney and the East Coast’s Max and Dave Fleischer. The Fleischers were probably even more popular than Disney at the time, with their Betty Boop and Popeye shorts making both characters into pop culture icons with their witty and subversive style and […]

NY Times: Pixar's "Up" Has Wall Street and Toy Retailers Nervous

The New York Times is noting that Disney/Pixar’s Up is receiving a lukewarm reception from Wall Street analysts and toy retailers (free registration required), leading to fears that the movie will be a disappointment at the box office. Many analysts are concerned that each of Pixar’s movies seem less commercial than the last, and has […]

3-D Roundup: LA Times on Future of 3-D; BBC on "Monsters vs. Aliens" & "Coraline"

The Los Angeles Times has taken a long, hard look at the future of 3-D movies in theaters (free registration required), stating that the success of the 3-D version of DreamWorks Animation’s Monsters vs. Aliens “has directors and studio executives quickly reconsidering which, and how many, of their future film projects can be reworked into […]

"Coraline"'s Henry Selick Gets Tex Avery Animation Award from AFI

The American Film Institute has awarded its Tex Avery Animation Award to Henry Selick, director of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline, at the AFI’s Dallas International Film Festival. Local station WXII spoke with Selick briefly about the award and the legacy of Tex Avery, the labor of love in making Coraline, and the challenges […]

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