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To celebrate the recent June 7th premiere of the new animated series, Neighbors from Hell, we have partnered with TBS to provide our readers with the opportunity to win a Neighbors From Hell branded Webber Grill and a Devil Oven Mitt (both pictured after the break).
The giveaway is open to U.S. readers only. All you have to do is email theanimationblog at gmail.com with the subject “Neighbors from Hell on TBS” and you’ll be automatically entered. A random winner will be chosen Friday, July 2nd and the prize will be shipped directly from the Neighbors from Hell team at TBS. Good luck!
Check out the following video, with more after the break.
“The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie!” DVD will be released by Comedy Central and Paramount on Tuesday, April 20. It will be also available on download-to-own platforms in HD and SD including iTunes (pre-order 4/5), Xbox LIVE Marketplace, Zune, Sony PlayStation Store, and Amazon Video on Demand. Also, Comedy Central Records will release the “Drawn Together: The Soundtrack” CD on Tuesday, April 20.
To celebrate the release, TheAnimationBlog.com (that’s us!) will be giving away a copy of the DVD to a random reader. All you have to do is email theanimationblog at gmail.com with the subject heading “Drawn Together DVD Entry.” Entries must be submitted by 12:00PM on Monday, April 19, 2009 at which point a random winner will be chosen. The winner will then have 48 hours to respond with a mailing address. Should the person not respond in a timely manner, another random person will be chosen.
The LA Times reports:
Roy Edward Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney whose commitment to his uncle’s creative spirit prompted him to mount revolts that led to the unseating of two of the company’s chief executives and a revival of the studio’s legendary animation unit, died today. He was 79.
Disney, who had been battling stomach cancer, died at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, according to Clifford A. Miller, a spokesman for Disney’s company Shamrock Holdings.
Read the entire article, which chronicles Mr. Roy Disney’s career, at LATimes.com
Tinker Bell is best known as Peter Pan’s fairy friend, but before her 1953 film debut in the classic animated film, she went through dozens of incarnations in the animation studios at Disney.
So how did she go from her mid 1930s look to 2009′s Tinker Bell? Head on over to Moviefone to find out.
Tinker Bell sports her new look in the upcoming “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure,” scheduled for release on DVD & Blu-ray Oct. 27.
LIFE has published a great photo-essay of the world that Walt Disney created. It is titled “Walt Disney: The Man and His World” and is an interesting view of a man who changed entertainment forever. Check it out by clicking the image below:
Boog and Elliot are back for more adventures in Open Season 2, available on DVD and Blu-ray January 27, 2009. After falling in love with Giselle, Elliot’s road to the altar takes a slight detour when Mr. Weenie is kidnapped by a group of pampered pets determined to return him to his owners. Boog, Elliot, McSquizzy, Buddy and the rest of the woodland creatures launch a full-scale rescue mission for their sausage-shaped friend and soon find themselves in enemy camp: the world of the pets. Led by a toy poodle named Fifi, the pets do not plan to let Mr. Weenie go without a fight.
Prizes: To celebrate the release of Open Season 2, The Animation Blog is giving away a copy of the movie (DVD) and The Art of Open Season 2 book.
How to Win: All you have to do is email theanimationblog at gmail dot com with the subject heading “Wiener Takes All!” and in the body of the email, write “This Time It’s Pets Against Wilds!” — Failure to do as instructed will result in a disqualified email.
The winner will be chosen at random and will be contacted by The Animation Blog, requesting a name and mailing address. The winner will then have 48 hours to reply. If the first winner does not do so, a second winner will be chosen at random.
Contest ends January 27, 2009, 11:59 PM.
Oscars.org reports that the Academy’s Board of Governors voted the Gordon E. Sawyer Award to Ed Catmull, a computer scientist, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, and president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, for his lifetime of technical contributions and leadership in the field of computer graphics for the motion picture industry.
Catmull founded three of the leading centers of computer graphics research – the computer graphics laboratory at the New York Institute of Technology, the computer division of Lucasfilm Ltd., and Pixar Animation Studios.
Catmull previously received two Scientific and Engineering Awards: in 1992 as part of a team for the development of “RenderMan” software, and in 1995 as part of a team responsible for pioneering inventions in Digital Image Compositing. He also shared a Technical Achievement Award in 2005.
Established in 1981, the Sawyer Award is presented to “an individual in the motion picture industry whose technological contributions have brought credit to the industry.” Catmull is the 22nd recipient of the award.
UPDATE: THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.
The Tale of Despereaux tells the story of four unlikely heroes: Despereaux, a brave mouse banished to the dungeon for speaking with a human; Roscuro, a good-hearted rat who loves light and soup, but is exiled to darkness; Pea, a Princess in a gloomy castle who is prisoner to her father’s grief; and Mig, a servant girl who longs to be a Princess, but is forced to serve the jailer.
After Pea is kidnapped, Despereaux discovers he is the only one who can rescue her… and that even the tiniest mouse can find the courage of a knight in shining armor. In this tale of bravery, forgiveness and redemption, one small creature will teach a kingdom that it takes only a little light to show the truth: what you look like doesn’t equal what you are.
What You Win:
Picture frame magnet
Croc shoe decoration
Full sized poster
How to Win:
Email theanimationblog at gmail dot com with “I’m Desperate for Despereaux!” in the subject line. In the email body you will have to write the following message: “What you look like doesn’t equal what you are.” — Follow these rules or your entry will not count.
Legal stuff: You must be 18 years or older and live in the USA to participate. Sorry, rest of the world.
Last Day to Enter: We’ll accept entries until December 26, 2008. A winner will then be chosen randomly, at which point we will email the winner, asking for their name and mailing address.
Release date: December 19, 2008
The Mass Animation project, presented by Intel, is set to launch Nov. 17 and is scheduled to run through Jan. 30, 2009. This collaboration is an effort to bring together the worlds of computer graphics, Hollywood and Facebook.
Participating animators will have the opportunity to animate individual shots from a 5-minute, professional-quality short film, and the Facebook community will view and vote on their favorite shots. Generally, the animation will be broken out in 3-7 second “shots.” Each shot will be labeled as easy, medium or hard depending on the complexity of the animation within it. Autodesk is providing a trial version of its industry-leading Maya 3-D modeling and animation software for participating animators, and Maya tutorials are available through the Facebook page.
Some key dates to keep in mind: participants can download files on Nov. 17 and begin to upload animations on Nov. 24; deadlines for submitting easy, medium and hard animations will be Dec. 8, Dec. 26 and Jan. 16, respectively; and competition ends on January 30, 2009.
If their shots make the final cut, animators will receive compensation, a portion of the film’s potential earnings and credit in the film. Based on the community’s votes, Mass Animation will award computer systems based on Intel processors to select contributors.
You can stay up-to-date on this project by becoming a fan at www.facebook.com/massanimation
Morris Sullivan, co-founder of the animation studio responsible for such classics as ‘An American Tail,’ ‘All Dogs Go to Heaven’ and ‘The Land Before Time’, has passed away in California at the age of 91.
Morris Sullivan co-founded Sullivan Bluth Studios in 1985 with Don Bluth and other ex-Disney animators.
Morris Sullivan is survived by nine children; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
I’d like to offer my condolences to Mr. Sullivan’s family. May he rest in peace.