Archives for December, 2008

Interview with Mel Blanc

If you don’t know who Mel Blanc is, then you are not a real fan of animation.
Go read up on your history.

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12/31/2008 | Interviews | Comments Off on Interview with Mel Blanc

Weekly ‘Wonder Woman’ Q&A: Screenwriter Michael Jelenic

Writer Michael Jelenic makes the leap from animated television to feature-length films with his script for “Wonder Woman,” the next entry in the series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 films. The all-new film will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, OnDemand, Pay-Per-View, and download on March 3, 2009.

Jelenic is well-known for his work at Warner Bros. Animation, providing the words to series like “The Batman,” “Legion of Super Heroes” and the newest Dark Knight animated series, “Batman: The Brave and the Bold.”

Jelenic stepped away from his laptop to answer a few questions about the thoughts behind the words and story of “Wonder Woman,” the challenges of pleasing every fan, and the un-coolness of working in the comics realm.

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12/30/2008 | DVD/Blu-ray, Interviews | Comments Off on Weekly ‘Wonder Woman’ Q&A: Screenwriter Michael Jelenic

Coraline: official site launch, featurettes and more!

From Henry Selick, director of “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” and based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling book, comes Coraline – the first stop-motion animated feature filmed in 3D! Coraline arrives in theaters nationwide on Februray 6, 2009.

In anticipation of the upcoming release, Focus Features recently launched the official website for Coraline which includes tons of places to explore, including the Other Mother’s Workshop where you can upload your picture to see what you look like in Coraline’s world. If you click around, you’ll uncover hidden behind-the scenes videos and goodies to download. Visit the official site here.

Below are six new Coraline featurettes along with new images. In viewing these videos you can meet the cast, see how the puppets were made and hear from the crew first hand what it was like to work on the set of the film.

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12/29/2008 | Films, Trailers/Videos | Comments Off on Coraline: official site launch, featurettes and more!

Debut trailer for “9”

Based on Shane Acker’s short film, 9 takes place in a world parallel to our own, in which the very legacy of humanity is threatened. A community of fully mobile rag dolls living a post-apocalyptic existence find one of their own, 9, displaying leadership qualities that may help them to survive. The conflicted but resilient community includes 1, a domineering war veteran; 2, an aged inventor; 5, a stalwart mechanic; 6, a visionary and artist; and 7, a brave warrior.

Release date: September 9, 2009

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12/24/2008 | Films, Trailers/Videos | Comments Off on Debut trailer for “9”

Our Wonderful Nature

Finalist and Jury Pick in the 2008 AniBoom Awards.

Wait until 1:40 when the action starts. Trust me.

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12/19/2008 | 3D Animation Spotlight | Comments Off on Our Wonderful Nature

Bang, Bang You’re Bread

2008 AniBoom Awards finalist. Voted #3 by the community.

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12/19/2008 | 3D Animation Spotlight | Comments Off on Bang, Bang You’re Bread

Sebastian’s Voodoo

Winner of the 2008 AniBoom Awards.

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12/19/2008 | 3D Animation Spotlight | Comments Off on Sebastian’s Voodoo

Peanuts: Snoopy’s Reunion comes to DVD

Warner Home Video announced today a remastered deluxe edition of Peanuts: Snoopy’s Reunion scheduled for release on April 7, 2009. Retail will be $19.98. The release will also include a bonus Peanuts TV special, and a Together Again: The Peanuts Voice-Cast Reunion featurette.

Synopsis: Snoopy is homesick for his puppyhood at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm, so he and Charlie Brown organize a reunion of his siblings Spike, Andy, Olaf, Marbles, Belle, Molly and Rover. However, when they arrive at the puppy farm, Charlie Brown is aghast to find that urban sprawl has replaced it with a parking garage. Snoopy and his family however, calmly begin to play musical instruments they’ve each bought, thoroughly satisfied that they are together on the sidewalk in front.

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12/17/2008 | DVD/Blu-ray | Comments Off on Peanuts: Snoopy’s Reunion comes to DVD

Weekly ‘Wonder Woman’ Q&A: Actors David McCallum and Marg Helgenberger

Criminal investigation meets Greek mythology when current primetime television stars David McCallum and Marg Helgenberger assume the voices of Zeus and Hera, respectively, for “Wonder Woman,” the all-new animated movie scheduled for release on March 3, 2009; available on DVD, Blu-ray, OnDemand, Pay-Per-View, and Download.

McCallum, known to current TV audiences as Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard in the hit CBS series “NCIS” adds “Wonder Woman” to an animation resume that already includes the DC Universe movie “Batman Gotham Knight” and TV series “Ben 10” and “The Replacements.”

Helgenberger is best known for her role in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” where she is approaching her 200th episode as Catherine Willows, the series’ female lead.

The two actors took some time to answer a few brief questions during their recording sessions for “Wonder Woman.” Here’s what they had to say:

QUESTION: You’ve played a number of interesting roles, but what’s your take on voicing a god?

MARG HELGENBERGER: Well, as the saying goes, behind every great man is an even greater woman. I guess playing Hera means that I’m, well, not only Queen of the Gods, I’m better than he is! [she laughs]

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12/17/2008 | DVD/Blu-ray, Interviews | Comments Off on Weekly ‘Wonder Woman’ Q&A: Actors David McCallum and Marg Helgenberger

New clip from Pixar’s “Up”

“Up” is a Pixar comedy adventure about 78-year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America. But he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an overly optimistic 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell.

Up arrives in theaters on May 29th 2009.

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12/16/2008 | Films, Trailers/Videos | Comments Off on New clip from Pixar’s “Up”

Animated movie ‘Delgo’ has worst opening ever

Freestyle Releasing’s DELGO premiered this past Friday but chances are you didn’t watch it. Chances are no one you know watched it. In fact, barely anyone in America went to theaters to watch DELGO. Released in 2,160 theaters, DELGO only managed to bring in $511,920, gaining the title as the worst release ever for a film released in the 2000-2500 theater range.

My condolences to everyone involved with the film. I know that years go into making an animated movie, and to have your hard work not seen really hurts. Here’s hoping the DVD release does better — which, in my opinion, is where the movie should have premiered. It’s pretty hard to succeed as an animated movie without the names “Pixar” or “DreamWorks Animation” on your poster.

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12/16/2008 | Films | Comments Off on Animated movie ‘Delgo’ has worst opening ever

South Park coming to Blu-ray

Comedy Central today announced that South Park will make its Blu-ray debut when the 12th season arrives in store on March 10, 2009, day-and-date with the DVD release. The 12th season Blu-ray set will include all 14 episodes on 3 discs. The set will also include the following bonus content:

– Six Days to South Park – A Day-by-Day Making of South Park
– Six Days to South Park — The Sixth Day
– The Making of the “Major Boobage” episode

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12/15/2008 | DVD/Blu-ray, Television | Comments Off on South Park coming to Blu-ray