Archives for November, 2008

‘Futurama: Into The Wild Green Yonder’ announced

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents the fourth and final feature-length “Futurama” movie, “Futurama: Into The Wild Green Yonder,” arriving in stores February 24, 2009 on DVD and Blu-ray. Guest stars include Penn Jillette, Snoop Dogg, Phil Hendrie, and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. In addition, fans of the series will finally discover the truth about “Number 9 Man,” a mysterious character from the earliest days of the series.

Synopsis:
In this all-new Futurama movie, mankind stands on the brink of a new Green Age. But ancient forces of darkness, three years older than time itself, have returned to wreak destruction. Even more shocking: Bender’s in love with a married fembot, and Leela’s on the run from the law – Zapp Brannigan’s law! Fry is the last hope of the universe… Could this be the end of the Planet Express crew forever?

Futurama: Into The Wild Green Yonder is packed with bonus features, including audio commentary from Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, writers and animators, a making-of mockumentary, deleted scenes, How to Draw Futurama, “Bender’s Movie Theater Etiquette,” “Zapp Brannigan’s Guide to Making Love at a Woman” and much more.

The Futurama: Into The Wild Green Yonder Blu-ray Disc will include all of the special features of the standard def version in high definition (except the Storyboard Animatic: Into the Wild Green Yonder, Part 1 and Matt Groening and David X. Cohen in Space! which are presented in standard def) as well as:

Video Picture–In–Picture commentary by Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, Michael Rowe, Lee Supercinski, Patric M. Verrone and Peter Avanzino.

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Unstable Fables: Goldilocks and the 3 Bears

The classic “Goldilocks” fairytale gets a modern makeover in the upcoming release of the computer animated movie, GOLDILOCKS AND THE 3 BEARS. Once again, the Jim Henson Company, Prana Animation Studios and Flame Ventures produce another addition for the “Unstable Fables” collection. Brought to you by Genius Products and The Weinstein Company, this revamped children’s classic will be debuting on DVD December 16th.

UNSTABLE FABLES: GOLDILOCKS AND THE 3 BEARS meets up with the famous porridge-lover as a spoiled television star. In order to bump up her career, she and the Bears agree to star in a reality television show which puts them live in front of the world 24/7 as they live in a house together. The house faces struggles as they have to find a way to peacefully co-exist in order to boost ratings and get Goldilocks’ career back on track.

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Weekly ‘Wonder Woman’ Q&A: Director Lauren Montgomery

After her successful co-directorial debut on “Superman Doomsday,” Lauren Montgomery takes helm of “Wonder Woman,” the next entry in the series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 films. Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation are set to release the all-new film on March 3, 2009, distributed by Warner Home Video. It will be available on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, OnDemand and Pay-Per-View.

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Montgomery has directed an origin story for “Wonder Woman” that remains true to the title character’s various incarnations while setting the tale in more modern times to allow greater accessibility for a wider audience. Working alongside producer Bruce Timm, Montgomery has brought to life Michael Jelenic’s entertaining script with an impressive balance of explosive action and well-timed humor. A talented artist with a lifetime of experience devoted to drawing and animation, Montgomery is proud to give Wonder Woman her first feature film treatment.

Montgomery, who is already involved in other super hero films, took a few minutes to discuss the upcoming “Wonder Woman” movie, her love of drawing, artistic influences on her style, lessons from Bruce Timm, and Cheetara’s lonely place among female heroes.

Without further do, the Q&A with “Wonder Woman” director Lauren Montgomery …

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‘Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs’ trailer

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‘IGOR’ heads to DVD & Blu-ray

In a land of mad scientists and diabolical inventions, one lowly lab assistant has a chance to achieve his dreams in IGOR, debuting on DVD and Blu-ray Disc January 20th from MGM Home Entertainment. IGOR features an ensemble voice cast including John Cusack, John Cleese, Steve Buscemi, Jay Leno, Jennifer Coolidge, Christian Slater, Molly Shannon, Eddie Izzard and Arsenio Hall.

Synopsis: Determined to prove he can create his own diabolical invention, a mad scientist’s nice-guy assistant, Igor, creates a female Franken-monster. But his creation, Eva, is sweet and sings show tunes! That is, until she falls into the clutches of Dr. Schadenfreude and his shape-shifting girlfriend. Now it’s up to Igor and his sidekicks to save Eva – and their country – from real evildoers, including sneaky Prince Malpert.

The IGOR Blu-ray Disc is presented in widescreen and features an alternate opening scene and commentary by Director Tony Leondis, writer Chris McKenna and producer Max Howard.

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ set for 3D debut in 2010

Walt Disney Studios is hard at work on re-rendering their classic “Beauty and the Beast” for a Disney Digital 3D theatrical release in 2010. The announcement was made at 3DX: 3D Film and Entertainment Technology Festival by Mark Zoradi, president, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group.

The creation of a 3D version of will be handled entirely in-house at Walt Disney Animation Studios, and will utilize proprietary software, along with the latest techniques and advances in 3D technology. Overseeing the project will be the film’s original team of filmmakers — producer Don Hahn, and directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale. The re-rendering is expected to take about nine months to complete, and will require a frame-by-frame analysis of the film’s original computer files in order to create new images for each eye.

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Travolta, Cyrus & Walton talk “Bolt”

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New ‘Coraline’ trailer

Release date: February 6, 2009

From Henry Selick, director of ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas,’ and based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling book, comes the first stop-motion animated feature filmed in 3D.

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‘Mary and Max’ claymation film to open 2009 Sundance Film Festival

According to the Salt Lake City Tribune, MARY AND MAX, a claymation film, is set to open the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The film, from Australian animator Adam Elliot, will play January 15 at Park City, Utah’s Eccles Center Theatre.

Mary and Max is a tale of a pen-pal friendship between two very different people: Mary Dinkle is a chubby, lonely 8 year old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max Horovitz is a 44 year old, severely obese Jewish man with Asperger’s Syndrome living in the chaos of New York.

The film will be narrated by Australian actor Barry Humphries, who previously voiced Bruce the Shark in Pixar’s Finding Nemo.

Elliot’s HARVIE KRUMPET played at Sundance in 2004 and won the Oscar that year for Best Animated Short. MARY AND MAX is based on Elliot’s real-life pen-pal relationship over the last 20 years.

Mary and Max is set for a theatrical release in April 2009.

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‘Astro Boy’ teaser trailer

Release date: October 23, 2009

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‘Wonder Woman’ DVD info and artwork

Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation are set to release the all-new animated original movie Wonder Woman on March 3, 2009, distributed by Warner Home Video. Wonder Woman will be available as a Single Disc DVD, 2 Disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The animated original movie will also be available OnDemand and Pay-Per-View as well as available for download day and date, March 3, 2009.

Produced by the multiple Emmy Award winning animation legend Bruce Timm, Wonder Woman is an origin story and features a celebrity voice cast including Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Alfred Molina, Virginia Madsen, Rosario Dawson, Oliver Platt and David McCallum.

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‘Happy Feet 2’ to be made in new Sydney facility

Australian newspaper The Age reports that ‘Happy Feet 2’ will be made entirely in Sydney, Australia in a new digital production facility that will employ an average of 438 people over three years, including some 230 computer-generated imaging artists.

The new digital production facility is expected to boost to the local movie industry, which has been criticised for a lack of investment in recent years.

Director George Miller praised the government’s assistance package and the Dr D facility, which has already attracted a number of big budget film projects in the pre-production stage.

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