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D23 2009: John Lasseter Talks Up the Future of Disney and Pixar Animation

Early on Sunday, the final day of the D23 2009 Convention, Disney and Pixar Animation Chief Creative Officer, John Lasseter, hosted an event to talk about the future of Disney Animation and Pixar Animation and their upcoming slates. He reinforced Disney’s current and positive vision of moving forward with both traditional and computer animated features. […]

"Scooby-Doo, Where Are You" Vol. 3: The Dane's Still Got It

Scooby-Doo has graduated to one of Hanna-Barbera’s most enduring cultural icons, so there is really very little that one can say about the show that started it all: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? The four episodes on Warner Home Video’s latest single-disc release of the series (Volume 3, “Hello Mummy”) follow the same formula that drove […]

Disney Releases New Trailer for "The Princess and the Frog"

Disney has released a new trailer for The Princess and the Frog, the new animated musical comedy that will mark the studio’s return to hand-drawn animated feature films and also star Disney’s first black princess character. The Princess and the Frog will open in New York City and Los Angeles on November 25, 2009, and […]

Robert Zemeckis Just Sees What He Wants to See

Robert Zemeckis is going to remake the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine using his “performance capture” CGI animation techniques, and the news is being received with a number of catcalls and jeers from animation fans and traditional animators. Most of the complaints from animation circles center on the motion-capture technique itself, which converts a filmed actor into […]

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Season 8 is Shell-Shockingly Mediocre

I was enough of a comic book fan at the time to get the joke when the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comics by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird hit the scene, but even then I was never sure if the joke could sustain itself. I was definitely a little bit too old to have […]

LA Times Interviews Shane Acker on "9" and Potential Sequel

Director Shane Acker discusses his movie 9 with The Los Angeles Times, addressing how it went from an acclaimed short film to a feature film, thanks to the attentions of producers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov. Acker also discusses the more adult themes to the movie and the possibility of a sequel. 9 premieres today, […]

Cool Stuff: Mario Tells You To Just Say No

I have a tape collection larger than that of many television stations. I don’t believe in editing commercials out, and often I revisit these tapes just to rewatch the ads and promos. This results in such gems as this, which came from my collection: That’s Captain Lou, who played and voiced Mario in the Super […]

"Ben 10: Alien Force" Vol. 4 is Familiar but Fun

I must confess that I was never much of a fan of the original Ben 10 series, thinking that it skewed a bit too young for my tastes. This probably drove my apathetic reaction to the follow-up series, Ben 10: Alien Force, even considering the involvement of Glen Murakami and Dwayne McDuffie, two big reasons […]

Cool Stuff: A Record of Life

I enjoyed this short because it allowed me to zone out and simply absorb the imagery. Sometimes, that’s just what you’re in the mood for. This tasty bit of animation loosely follows the evolution of life on our tiny blue planet and was created by Owen Gately & Luke Jinks. A Record Of Life from […]

Cool Stuff: The Cat Piano

You’ll find some great use of color in this somewhat dark short from the People’s Republic of Animation. In The Cat Piano, we follow our feline protagonist as he attempts to find the source behind a string of kidnappings. This short was directed by Eddie White & Ari Gibson and produced by Jessica Brentnall. The […]

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