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NY Times on "Ratatouille" Oscar Dilemma

The New York Times covers the dilemma facing Disney/Pixar over Ratatouille over Academy Award nominations for 2007 (free registration required): whether to lobby for a Best Picture award or for the Best Animated Film award. While the Best Picture is considered a more prestigious award, the Best Animated Film award is an easier one to […]

"Justice League: The New Frontier" DVD Release Date and Specs Announced

Warner Brothers Home Video has announced the full release information about the direct-to-video animated movie Justice League: The New Frontier. The movie will be released on February 26, 2008, in a single-disc standard edition and a two-disc special edition. The movie will be anamorphic widescreen on both editions, with a 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack, two […]

Kansas City Star on Animated References in "Enchanted"

The Kansas City Star has published a complete list of all the references to Disney’s animated film library that appear in Enchanted, the partially animated movie that opened last weekend. The list includes obvious homages, such as the visual references to Cinderella and Snow White early in the film, and less-obvious ones, such as the […]

"Beowulf" Presents Beautiful Solutions to Non-Existent Problems

I must confess that I walked into Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf with several pre-conceptions and biases. On the one hand, I have never been too impressed with Zemeckis’ baby technology of motion-captured animation. The Polar Express plummeted straight down the “Uncanny Valley” with its creepy mannequins, and Monster House was solid entertainment with animation that was […]

Disney Pushes Princesses to Newborns; Hints to Upcoming Disney Projects

The Los Angeles Times reports on an expansion of the Disney Princesses merchandising phenomenon, stating that a new line of consumer goods will be aimed at mothers with newborns (free registration required). It will include Disney Princess-branded cribs, infant changing mats, and other infant goods, even while the Princess line continues to draw criticism for […]

"Beowulf," "Bee Movie" Take Top 2 Spots for Weekend Box Office

Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf has won the top box office spot for the weekend with an estimated gross of $28.1 million. The motion-captured CGI animated movie usurped DreamWorks Animation Studio’s Bee Movie, which landed in second place with a gross of $14.3 million for a running domestic box office total of $93.9 million.

"Ratatoing": How Low Can You Go? A Lot Lower Than You Want to Know

You’ll see them in supermarkets and toy stores everywhere: the inexpensive DVDs that are clear ripoffs of whatever animated movie has just hit the theaters. You may have even wondered to yourself, “How bad can they really be?” Unsurprisingly, the answer is “pretty damn bad.” With nothing better to do with $8.00, I decided to […]

Sniffing Out the Rat Patootie in "Ratatouille"

It seems churlish to criticize a movie like Ratatouille, which is so ardent for the culinary arts and so tremblingly tender over the creative ones. It and its creators speak so feelingly of the joy of creating and consuming fine things—which, in this age of McDonalds and rap music, is a rare thing. The movie […]

"Pixar Short Films Collection" Vol. 1: Fun, But Worth the Price?

They’re the appetizers before the main course or the desserts for the home-video audience. They’re trials for new techniques, new technology, and new filmmakers to stretch their muscles. They’re the often-imitated but never quite duplicated short films of Pixar Animation Studios, and now Walt Disney Home Entertainment has released their first collection of all of […]

"Astro Boy" Director Colin Brady Interviewed; New Movie Poster Released

FirstShowing.net has interviewed Colin Brady, the director of Imagi Animation Studios’ Astro Boy feature film. Based on the manga and anime series created by Osamu Tezuka, the new CGI animated Astro Boy movie is currently scheduled for a 2009 release. Brady discusses why he took on the project, how closely he is working with Tezuka […]

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