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First Look At New "Toy Story" Short "Hawaiian Vaction"

This June, the first of two Toy Story shorts will be attached to the theatrical release of Cars 2. Still images and a teaser trailer as well as a press release for the new short entitled Hawaiian Vacation have recently made their way onto the Internet. UPDATED March 4, 2011: Disney has released the clip […]

Zynga Starts Week-Long "Rango" Promotion

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Zynga, the social gaming company behind such hits as FarmVille and Mafia Wars, has partnered up with Paramount/Nickelodeon to promote the theatrical release of Rango. The advertising integration, which started this afternoon, will allow FrontierVille users to play Rango themed quests and even win a Rango trophy inside the game […]

NY Times Interviews Gore Verbinski on "Rango"

The New York Times has interviewed director Gore Verbinski on his upcoming animated movie Rango, starring Johnny Depp as a chameleon who thinks he’s a Old West hero. Among other topics, Verbinski discusses why he went from the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy to a movie about a wild west lizard, why he didn’t […]

Producer Bonnie Arnold on Her Career Path in Animation Biz

The Los Angeles Times has profiled the career path of DreamWorks producer Bonnie Arnold as part of their coverage of the 83rd annual Academy Awards. Arnold has worked on four films that have been nominated or won Oscars: Dances With Wolves, The Last Station, the first Toy Story movie (which was nominated for multiple categories […]

"Megamind" Is a Mega-Disappointment

There are people who think they can harpoon the lunacies and ludicrousness of superhero stories just by pointing out Spider-Man should be shooting webs out of his butt. This is a joke that’s kind of funny when heard for the first time, but any humor value it has drops off dramatically upon repetition, and it […]

New Turnaround Videos and Stills for "Cars 2"

Walt Disney Studios has released the following new turnaround videos and stills for new characters from Cars 2. Click to play: Click on any of the screenshots below to view in full high-definition resolution: CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS: Miles Axlerod (voice of Eddie Izzard) Sir Miles Axlerod is a former oil baron who has sold off his […]

Intenational "Rio" Trailer Released

20th Century Fox has recently released the international trailer for the newest film from Blue Sky Animation, Rio. Rio premieres on April 8th, 2011.

DreamWorks Has Second Thoughts on Release Strategy

A recent article in The Hollywood Reporter states that Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg may be backtracking on the studio’s current output plan of three films a year on a biennial basis. While the plan remains in place through 2012, Katzenberg said that the company will play it by ear from that point on. The […]

"All-Star Superman": This Star Burns Twice as Bright

Conventional wisdom says that Superman isn’t as popular as Batman because he’s too powerful and too perfect, and thus audiences can’t sympathize or identify with him the same way they can identify with the definitively human Batman. I think this argument is a big steaming load. If one accepts the conventional criticism that superhero comics […]

"Timmy Time: Timmy Steals the Show" Is an All Ages Delight

Unfortunately, the Timmy Time DVD suffers from many of the same frustrations that made Lionsgate’s earlier releases of Shaun the Sheep so frustrating. This DVD contains only five episodes of the show, leading to a running time less than 45 minutes. Timmy Time is also a show that’s produced and broadcast in widescreen, but this […]

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