Archives for April, 2009

Inside Pixar’s “Up” – Unlikely Heroes

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04/17/2009 | Films, Trailers/Videos | Comments Off on Inside Pixar’s “Up” – Unlikely Heroes

Photo of Pixar’s “Partly Cloudy”

Synopsis: Everyone knows that the stork delivers babies, but where do the storks get the babies from? Gus, a lonely and insecure grey cloud, is a master at creating ‘dangerous’ babies such as 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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04/17/2009 | Films | 1 Comment

Hulu and Joost add English dubbed ‘Naruto’ to lineup

VIZ Media has announced the availability of English dubbed uncut episodes of NARUTO anime on Joost.com and Hulu.com beginning on April 15th. Joost and Hulu are both online video services that offer TV shows, movies and clips — all for free. The first five episodes of NARUTO (English dubbed) will launch on April 15 with a new English dubbed episode launching every Wednesday thereafter. Each episode will stream on both Joost (US and Canada) and Hulu (US) for approximately 5 weeks then rotate off the site making room for the next new episodes.

The launch of the NARUTO English dubbed episodes is the latest expansion of VIZ Media’s ongoing plan to make available a variety of animated series through web-based, video streaming outlets. Joost and Hulu both provide 24/7 accessibility and offer users the freedom to legally share full-length episodes or clips via e-mail or embed them on other web sites, blogs and social networking pages.

“We’re very excited to launch uncut dubbed NARUTO episodes on both Joost and Hulu and offer fans the opportunity to watch their favorite ninja online for free anytime,” says Ken Sasaki, Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, VIZ Media. “The availability of these episodes, uncut and featuring a very talented English voice cast, will undoubtedly help grow the online audience for NARUTO and also attract many new viewers. Joost and Hulu both offer dedicated anime channels with a variety of VIZ Media offerings, and we invite fans to visit each Wednesday for a fun new adventure featuring the world’s most popular ninja!”

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04/13/2009 | Music Video Spotlight | Comments Off on Hulu and Joost add English dubbed ‘Naruto’ to lineup

1980s ‘Transformers’ and ‘G.I. Joe’ DVDs announced

AWN reports that Shout! Factory and Hasbro will be bringing the classic 1980s ‘Transformers’ and ‘G.I. Joe’ series to DVD this summer.

Originally released by Rhino, the Transformers DVDs suffered from bad video and audio quality. This will not be the case with the Shout! Factory releases, as all episodes have been remastered. “THE TRANSFORMERS: The Complete First Season — 25th Anniversary Edition” will include all 16 episodes in story order from the series’ 1984 debut season. Bonus features will include “Triplechanger: From Toy to Comic to Screen: The Origins of the Transformers,” printable script, toy commercials, concept art and more.

As far as “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero” is concerned, the Shout! Factory releases will include the debut of some episodes never before available on DVD due to the fact that Rhino lost the rights before they could release the entire series.

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04/13/2009 | DVD/Blu-ray | Comments Off on 1980s ‘Transformers’ and ‘G.I. Joe’ DVDs announced

‘The Simpsons’ USPS stamps revealed

Here are the Simpsons stamps you’ll soon be able to purchase at your local post office.

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04/10/2009 | Television | Comments Off on ‘The Simpsons’ USPS stamps revealed

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 7’ DVDs announced

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Lionsgate Home Entertainment is presenting all 27 episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 7, available for the first-time ever on DVD.

Fans can collect the commemorative set that will be sold as four separate DVDs, each featuring different episodes from Season 7 and a Mini-Classic Turtles Action Figure. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 7 DVDs will be available on May 12th, with an MSRP of $14.98 each.

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04/09/2009 | DVD/Blu-ray | Comments Off on ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 7’ DVDs announced

‘Snoopy’s Reunion: Deluxe Edition’ out now on DVD

Snoopy’s Reunion: Deluxe Edition
Release date: April 7, 2009
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‘Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword’ now available on DVD

Check out these clips from the newly released “Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword.”

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Walter Robot’s Subatomic Nixons music video

The following music video was created by Walter Robot (Bill Barminski and Christopher Louie) for Bill’s band, Subatomic Nixons. Walter Robot is the same team behind the amazing Death Cab for Cutie video.

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Instant Netflix nabs South Park and Nickelodeon content

Big news for South Park and Nickelodeon fans as Netflix today added hundreds of new animated episodes to their Instant Streaming service.

Users now have access for the first nine seasons of South Park, which consists of a total of 139 episodes. Also available now are Blues Clues, Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob Squarepants and others.

Available Blues Clues and Dora the Explorer episodes include the complete first and second seasons, while SpongeBob Squarepants fans can check out the third season.

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04/06/2009 | Music Video Spotlight, Television | Comments Off on Instant Netflix nabs South Park and Nickelodeon content

‘The Goode Family’ premieres May 27 on ABC

According to a supposedly leaked schedule, ABC will debut Mike Judge’s newest animated show, The Goode Family on May 27, airing two episodes from 9-10pm, after the season premiere of the game show, Wipeout.

The Goode Family is the latest from the creator of Beavis and Butt-Head and King of the Hill and tells the story of a family obsessed with doing good.

ABC is expected to confirm the schedule this week.

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04/06/2009 | Television | Comments Off on ‘The Goode Family’ premieres May 27 on ABC

Pixar’s “Up” not commercial enough, claim experts.

As usual, the “experts” are predicting that Pixar’s upcoming masterpiece Up will not be a big merchandising hit due to the film’s protagonists: a chubby boy scout and a 78-year-old cranky man. According to Richard Greenfield of Pali Research, “We doubt younger boys will be that excited by the main character,” while also complaining about the lack of a female lead.

Thankfully, Robert A. Iger, Disney’s chief executive, came to the aid of his company’s product. “We seek to make great films first. If a great film gives birth to a franchise, we are the first company to leverage such success. A check-the-boxes approach to creativity is more likely to result in blandness and failure.”

This feeling is mutual among Pixar’s Pete Docter, director of Up and Monsters Inc., who has been quoted as saying: “We make these films for ourselves,” he said. “We’re kind of selfish that way.”

The quality of the film is so impressive that it will have the incredible honor of opening the the Cannes Film Festival this year.

Unfortunately all the early praise and Pixar’s prestige aren’t enough to convince retailers and toy manufacturers to support Up. According to reports, Target and Wal-Mart will stock little Up merchandise because there was not much interest from manufacturers; mainly Thinkway Toys, Pixar supporter since Toy Story, which will not produce any Up products.

Fortunately for all those money hungry execs who want tie-in merchandise, Pixar will deliver Toy Story 3 in 2010 and Cars 2 in 2011 — both of which will provide thousands of product opportunities ranging from childrens’ toys to shampoo. So relax, Wall Street.

Via NY Times

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