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What's Wrong with Disney Feature Animation? - Part 1

“There is always an easy solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.” – H.L. Mencken What’s wrong with Walt Disney Feature Animation? The Princess and the Frog‘s $24.2 million opening weekend and $104 million total box office take (which comes $1 million short of covering its production costs) was a major box-office […]

Cool Stuff: Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty

Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty from Darragh O’Connell on Vimeo. One of the nominees for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Based on a character from Kathleen O’Rourke’s comedy show. Center on Granny O’Rourke’s very self-centered and funny take of the “Sleeping Beauty” story as she reads it to her granddaughter. Produced by […]

Disney Releases Bonus Video Clips from "Princess and the Frog" DVD/Blu-ray

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released several clips and videos from the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of The Princess and the Frog. PRINCESS KISS MONTAGE MUSIC OF NEW ORLEANS (Bonus Feature) FEATURETTE: THE RETURN TO THE ANIMATED MUSICAL (Bonus Feature) WDSHE has also released the following “Fun Facts” about the movie: FUN FACTS […]

Cool Stuff: Alarm

In Alarm, a man’s alarm clock wakes him every time he dozes off. He, much to my delight, inflicts violence upon the source of the ringing. This is a cute short, directed by Moo-hyun Jang of Team Mesai. The animation is pretty smooth. I enjoyed the character design. There’s not really all that much of a point […]

"My Neighbor Totoro" - A True Masterpiece from a True Master

The real problem in attempting to write a review of Hayao Miayzaki’s My Neighbor Totoro is the nagging fear that the English language doesn’t contain enough superlatives to properly convey how truly wonderful the movie is. I do not exaggerate when I say that I believe My Neighbor Totoro is one of the best movies […]

"Castle In The Sky": Lofty Goals?

Legends speak of a castle, sailing high through the air, known as Laputa. One man has seen the island and lived to tell about it, but his crazy stories have left him an outcast. His son means to find this island in order to prove his father right, and he may get his wish after […]

"Adventure Time with Finn & Jake" Premieres on April 5, 2010

Cartoon Network has announced that Adventure Time with Finn & Jake will get its premiere on Monday, April 5, 2010, at 8:00 PM (Eastern/Pacific). The show centers on the two unlikely heroes of the title, traveling the mystical land of Ooo lending assistance to an array of bizarre characters. The series was created by Pendleton […]

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor to Guest Star on "Phineas & Ferb" on March 8, 2010

Disney XD has announced that Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor will guest star in a new episode of Phineas and Ferb slated to premiere on Disney XD on March 8, 2010, with a re-broadcast on March 12, 2010, on the Disney Channel. The husband-and-wife duo, who are parents to Phineas and Ferb fans, will play […]

LA Times on Turning "Dante's Inferno" from Epic Poem to Video Game and DTV Movie

The Los Angeles Times has taken a look at Dante’s Inferno, the new video game and direct-to-video animated movie, both of which are based on the classic epic poem by Dante Alighieri (free registration required). The article covers the departures from the source material, the anthology approach to the film, and the connections between the […]

Miyazaki Week: "My Neighbor Totoro" as a Reverse Coming-of-Age Story

The coming of age story is a common plot in cinema, and in the works of Hayao Miyazaki in particular. The coming of age can be literal, as in Kiki’s Delivery Service, where the plot revolves around the title character reaching the age when she must strike out into the world and find her own […]

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