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Family Guy creator working on web series

Google has teamed up with the creator of Family Guy to create two minute episodes of a new cartoon called “Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy”, an animation series which will appear exclusively on the Internet.

Using AdSense advertising system, Google plans to syndicate the program to thousands of Web sites in September.

Advertising will be integrated in various ways including preroll ads, brought to you by links and bottom third ads. According to the New York Times, this deal between Google and MacFarlane is one of the largest ever for AdSense.


New Batman: Gotham Knight video

Batman: Gotham Knight is a new entry into the Batman mythos, spinning out of a 40-year history in animation including the Emmy-winning Batman: The Animated Series, widely considered a pivotal moment in American animation.

A cross section of distinguished creators, award winning producers, and acclaimed writers weave six interlocking stories that reveal Bruce Wayne’s journey to Dark Knight, each with stylish art from some of the world’s most revered animation visionaries

Batman: Gotham Knight will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on July 8th, 2008.

WALL-E debuts at No. 1

WALL-E, Pixar’s ninth movie, debuted at No. 1 with $63,087,526 in ticket sales! Congrats to everyone at Pixar on a job well done! Below are the opening weekend numbers for all of Pixar’s movies.

In order of release:
Toy Story – $29,140,617
A Bug’s Life – $33,258,052
Toy Story 2 – $57,388,839
Monsters Inc. – $62,577,067
Finding Nemo – $70,251,710
The Incredibles – $70,467,623
Cars – $60,119,509
Ratatouille – $47,027,395
WALL-E – $63,087,526


Ratatouille composer signs on to score Pixar’s “Up”

Disney has confirmed to Upcoming Film Scores that Michael Giacchino, who scored The Incredibles and Ratatouille, has signed on compose the score for Up, their tenth animated film scheduled for theatrical release on May 29, 2008.

Up, directed by Pete Docter (director of Monsters Inc.) and Bob Peterson (Pixar writer), tells the story of a man in his seventies who travels the world fighting off villains and still makes it home for dinner.

Let the hype begin!


The Tale of Despereaux production stills

The Tale of Despereaux comes to theaters December 19, 2008.

Check out these nine production stills below and also, don’t forget to check out the trailer!


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Disney’s BOLT trailer

The Tale of Despereaux debut trailer

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.

Tiny and graced with oversized ears, Despereaux was born too big for his little world. Refusing to live his life cowering, he befriends a Princess named Pea and learns to read (rather than eat) books—reveling in stories of knights, dragons and fair maidens. Banished from Mouseworld for being more man than mouse, Despereaux is rescued by another outcast, Roscuro, who also wants to hear the tales. But when the Princess dismisses Roscuro’s friendship, he becomes the ultimate rat and plots revenge with fellow outsider Mig.

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.

Release date: December 19, 2008

Behind the scenes of WALL-E

The Making of WALL-E

New Toy Story 3 details

MTV has some new info on Pixar’s 2010 movie Toy Story 3, the last in the series.

John Ratzenberger, voice of Hamm the Piggy Bank says: “Hammy is a villain in the beginning of the movie, [but then] Hammy becomes a superhero. You’ll see.”

Another character who will play a larger role in Toy Story 3 is Mrs. Potato Head. “[It’s] wonderful!” said Estelle Harris, who voices the character. “I have a much bigger part. ‘Toy Story 2’ was my entrance, and I was a newlywed. But now, I’m still very much in love with Mr. Potato Head.”

Estelle Harris continued: “You know the wonderful thing about Disney/Pixar movies I think is they believe in this above all, to thine own self be true. And they are.”


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