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"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 […]

DVD Talk and Newsarama Interview "Ratatouille" Talent (UPDATED November 15, 2007)

DVD Talk has posted three articles covering the recent release of Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille on DVD: The Mouse and the Rat, which covers the appearance of Ratatouille director Brad Bird at the Blu-ray DVD release event. The article covers the difficulties in communicating the high-concept of the movie, what it was like to work with the […]

"Chowder" is Satisfying Comfort Food

2007 will be remembered as a vintage year for animation that centered on food. Ratatouille brought a French restaurant kitchen to vibrant life, celebrating the joys of great cuisine along with the usual mix of laughs and heart we’ve come to expect from Disney/Pixar. Now, Cartoon Network brings us C.H. Greenblatt’s Chowder, a charming new […]

Pixar's Jump to 2-D and Stop-Motion for Short Film on "Ratatouille" DVD

SciFi Wire takes a look at the new short film “Your Friend the Rat,” coming soon on the DVD for Pixar’s feature film Ratatouille. The short is notable for having the first hand-drawn animation from the Pixar studios, as well as brief stop-motion segments, to chronicle the behavior and history of rats. The 11-minute short […]

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