Archives for March, 2009

Mamoru Oshii’s “The Sky Crawlers” coming to DVD, Blu-ray

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release The Sky Crawlers on Blu-ray Disc and DVD May 26, 2009. From Mamoru Oshii, the world-acclaimed director of Ghost in the Shell, comes the story of an endless war with heroes too young to understand the meaning of their battles.

This anime adventure brings to life dogfights from the epic air battles described in Hiroshi Mori’s best-selling novel in Japan. Special features include featurettes on animation and sound design, and the research behind bringing real sights and sounds to life in anime. Exclusively available on the Blu-ray version is an interview with director Oshii.

The Blu-ray Disc version of The Sky Crawlers is BD-Live enabled, allowing users to get connected and use the disc as a key to unlock exclusive content and features via an Internet-connected Blu-ray player.

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03/16/2009 | DVD/Blu-ray | Comments Off on Mamoru Oshii’s “The Sky Crawlers” coming to DVD, Blu-ray

‘The Zeta Project Season 1’ DVD clip

Available on DVD March 17.

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‘A Pup Named Scooby Doo Seasons 2-4’ DVD clip

Available on DVD March 17.

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Death Cab for Cutie’s “Grapevine Fires”

Check out this amazing animated video for Death Cab for Cutie’s latest single, Grapevine Fires. The music video was created by the amazingly talented duo of Bill Barminski and Christopher Louie, who are known collectively as Walter Robot.

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03/13/2009 | Music Video Spotlight | Comments Off on Death Cab for Cutie’s “Grapevine Fires”

‘The Princess and the Frog’ release date pushed up

Variety is reporting that Disney’s The Princess and the Frog’s original Christmas Day release date has been pushed up to December 11, avoiding direct competition with Fox’s Alvin and the Chipmunks sequel.

The film will now go up against Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones, which shouldn’t affect Frog’s numbers seeing as one is an animated fairytale, while the other is about a young girl who has been murdered.

As if a December 11 release date wasn’t enough, New York and Los Angeles residents will be able to watch The Princess and the Frog beginning November 25. It’s not too late to pack your suitcases and move cities. I recommend Los Angeles. The weather’s nice.

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03/12/2009 | Films | Comments Off on ‘The Princess and the Frog’ release date pushed up

First ‘Alice in Wonderland’ images

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland is a mix of live-action and animation, scheduled for release March 5, 2010.

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Pixar’s ‘Partly Cloudy’ short film

Synopsis: Everyone knows that the stork delivers babies, but where do the storks get the babies from? The answer lies up in the stratosphere, where cloud people sculpt babies from clouds and bring them to life. Gus, a lonely and insecure grey cloud, is a master at creating ‘dangerous’ babies. Crocodiles, porcupines, rams and more—Gus’s beloved creations are works of art, but more than a handful for his loyal delivery stork partner, Peck. As Gus’s creations become more and more rambunctious, Peck’s job gets harder and harder. How will Peck manage to handle both his hazardous cargo and his friend’s fiery temperament?

Release date: May 29, 2009 – Will play before Pixar’s UP.

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“Gulliver’s Travels” now available on DVD and Blu-ray

In 1939, animation pioneers Max and Dave Fleischer made history when Paramount Pictures released Gulliver’s Travels, the second feature-length animated film produced by a U.S. studio. This aptation of Jonathan Swift’s novel went on to earn two Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song (“Faithful Forever”) and Best Score, and is considered one of the greatest achievements in animation history.

Seventy years later, E1 Entertainment proudly presents a digitally restored, re-mastered and enhanced Max Fleischer’s Gulliver’s Travels on DVD and Blu-ray. This edition includes the complete 77 minute feature plus two fully restored “Gabby” cartoons and the Fleischer Studios documentary short “The Making of a Cartoon.”

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03/10/2009 | DVD/Blu-ray | Comments Off on “Gulliver’s Travels” now available on DVD and Blu-ray

Animated ‘Mad Max’ film under development

Word has spread quickly on the internet that confirms a new film in the Mad Max series in under development. Why is this newsworthy? Because it will be an animated film! In fact, the news was confirmed by George Miller, the writer/director of the previous three films.

The film will be an R-rated, stereoscopic anime with a planned theatrical release. While speaking with MTV News, Miller said “I’ve always loved anime, in particular the Japanese sensibility. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”

Miller continued, explaining how he hopes to draw in a western audience that isn’t usually an anime fan: “The anime is an opportunity for me to shift a little bit about what anime is doing because anime is ripe for an adjustment or sea change. It’s coming in games and I believe it’s the same in anime. There’s going to be a hybrid anime where it shifts more towards Western sensibilities.”

And if that wasn’t enough, Miller also confirmed that a Mad Max videogame is also under development, with ‘God of War II’ designer Cory Barlog at the helm of the project.

The only downside to this great piece of news is that Mel Gibson will not be involved in either project.

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03/09/2009 | Films | Comments Off on Animated ‘Mad Max’ film under development

‘Monsters, Inc.’ Blu-ray promo

Blu-ray Release Date: May 19, 2009

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Pixar’s UP – Extended Trailer

Release date: May 29, 2009

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New ‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ clip

In theaters March 27, 2009

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