John Lasseter to Receive Venice Lion for Lifetime Achievement

by Ed Liuon January 27, 2009
Variety is reporting that Disney and Pixar’s chief creative officer John Lasseter will be receiving a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the 66th Venice Film Festival, which will run from September 2-12, 2009. The festival will also be celebrating the achievements of the Pixar creative team, with Brad Bird, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich, and […]

Briefly: Hatcher on "Coraline;" WALL-E Award; "Raven" Update; 3-D Eye Diagnosis

by Ed Liuon January 27, 2009
* Teri Hatcher has discussed her role as the Other Mother in Coraline, noting that most of her other work is “inappropriate” for her 11-year old, and joked that several parents she knew declared ‘No more sleepovers at Hatchers’ house’ after watching a screening of the movie. [Women’s Wear Daily] * The Producers Guild of […]

Cartoon Brew TV Offers 11-Minute Clip of "Sita Sings the Blues"

by Ed Liuon January 27, 2009
Cartoon Brew TV is hosting the first 11-minutes of Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues in place of its usual short film presentation for the week. The movie combines the Indian epic The Ramayana with Paley’s own experiences during a painful breakup with her husband, all to the soundtrack of 1920’s singer Annette Hanshaw. The […]

Imagi Temporarily Halts Production on "Astro Boy"

by Ed Liuon January 27, 2009
Imagi Animation Studios has confirmed to Anime News Network that they have temporarily halted production on the Astro Boy CGI animated movie. President Erin Corbett stated that animators at Imagi’s Los Angeles office were instructed not to come to work on Monday, while animators at the Hong Kong office were already planning to take the […]

"Mary Poppins": Practically Perfect in Every Way

by JerryvonKrameron January 26, 2009
Mary Poppins simply needs no introduction. It is arguably Walt Disney’s single biggest achievement in motion pictures; it features one of the all-time great screen performances (and debuts) by Julie Andrews; it is one of the few films that practically everybody has seen; it is universally loved and yet has a literate intelligence rare in […]

Andrew Stanton on "WALL-E" and the Glass Ceiling of the Oscars

by Ed Liuon January 25, 2009
Sarah Ball of Newsweek‘s Pop Vox weblog has interviewed WALL-E director Andrew Stanton in the wake of the six Oscar nominations the movie racked up. Stanton talks about how WALL-E isn’t really any different in its underlying moviemaking philosophy than the other Pixar movies, why he’s OK with not landing a Best Picture nomination for […]

PR: Vicki Lewis Returns to DC Universe as Persephone in "Wonder Woman"

by Ed Liuon January 25, 2009
VERSATILE ACTRESS VICKI LEWIS RETURNS TO DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED ORIGINAL MOVIES AS AMAZON WARRIOR PERSEPHONE IN “WONDER WOMAN” (click on any image to enlarge) Versatile actress Vicki Lewis makes her second foray into the world of super heroes as Persephone, a key character among the Amazons in “Wonder Woman,” the next entry in the popular […]

BOOM!'s Paul Morrissey on Pixar/Disney Comics

by Ed Liuon January 23, 2009
Comic Book Resources has spoken with Paul Morrissey, editor of BOOM! Studio’s licensed Pixar comic books, which include The Incredibles: Family Matters and Cars: The Rookie. Morrissey discusses how he deals with the weight of expectations in working with the Disney/Pixar properties, how he selects writers and artists for the comics, what it’s been like […]

"Variety" on New CGI "Tom & Jerry" Feature

by Ed Liuon January 23, 2009
Variety reports on Warner Brothers’ attempt to turn Tom & Jerry into a CGI/live-action hybrid franchise to clone the success of 20th Century Fox’s Alvin and the Chipmunks and Garfield. The movie script is being written now, and supposedly tells the story of how Tom and Jerry met and formed their rivalry. (Read Toon Zone […]

AWN on Israel's Animation Industry after "Waltz with Bashir"

by Ed Liuon January 23, 2009
AWN has taken a look at the nascent Israeli animation industry, which has gotten a very high-profile boost from the animated documentary Waltz with Bashir, as well as the stop-motion movie $9.99 by Tatia Rosenthal which adapts the stories of Israeli writer Etgar Keret. Both discuss how the Israeli animation industry was essentially non-existent when […]