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"Green Lantern: First Flight" Trailer Available

by Ed Liuon April 10, 2009
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

by Ed Liuon April 7, 2009
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

by Ed Liuon April 6, 2009
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"

by Ed Liuon April 6, 2009
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

by Ed Liuon April 2, 2009
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 […]

A "Bolt" Out of the Blu(-ray) Is a Surprising Delight

by Ed Liuon April 2, 2009
Disney’s Bolt feels like a mish-mash of several other movies, lifting bits and pieces from spy thrillers, superhero comic book action epics, road-trip buddy flicks, and funny talking animal comedies. While it may not really add much new or original to those genres, or even combine them in a terribly creative fashion, it is still […]

EA and Starz Go to Hell for Animated "Dante's Inferno"

by Ed Liuon March 31, 2009
Electronic Arts and Starz Media’s Film Roman announced production of an animated movie based on Dante’s Inferno, expanding on the previously announced video games for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. To retell the epic poem’s journey through the nine circles of Hell, the producers will commission “unique visions from multiple studios with experience creating […]

"Penguins of Madagascar": Black and White and Blushing With Shame All Over

by Maxie Zeuson March 27, 2009
The Penguins of Madagascar, DreamWorks Animation’s new CG-animated series for Nickelodeon, is like half of one of their animated features: a conventional, “irreverent” knockabout comedy that’s been shorn of the pathos and “character arcs” that usually burden their movies. In this regard, at least, you can say that it is only half as repulsive as […]

'Where The Wild Things Are' Trailer Debuts

by Craig Crumptonon March 26, 2009
The trailer for the Warner Bros. live-action/CGI/puppetry fantasy adventure Where The Wild Things Are is now available at Apple.com. Based on the classic children’s book by Maurice Sendak, the film is directed by Spike Jonze and opens in theaters October 16th. Jonze has stated in several interviews that he has gone to great lengths to […]

Disney Interactive Announces 'Toy Story Mania!' for Wii

by Craig Crumptonon March 26, 2009
PR-Inside.com reports: Disney Interactive Studios [has] announced Toy Story Mania!, inspired by the Disney/Pixar animated feature “Toy Story,” will be released exclusively for the Wii™ home video game console this fall. Toy Story Mania! showcases an array of entertaining games based on the new Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort attractions, while featuring the […]