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Dead Space Downfall: Widgets, Cheats and Pics.

Anchor Bay’s upcoming animated horror movie Dead Space: Downfall, the prequel to the videogame, is heading to DVD on October 28th and to celebrate the release we’ve got 12 new images, three widgets and a hint on how to find hidden cheats in the movie.

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‘Shaun the Sheep’ ready for DVD debut

Shaun the Sheep is heading to DVD for the first time on November 11th with the release of “Shaun the Sheep: Off the Baa!” This all-new disc includes eight episodes from the popular show, which airs on the Disney Channel in the US and is one of the top five shorts on the channel. DVD bonus features include: Meet the Animals and a sneak peak at the “Shaun the Sheep” and “Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures” videogames.

Shaun the Sheep: Off the Baa! contains these eight shorts: “Off the Baa,” “Timmy in a Tizzy” “Buzz Off Bees,” “Who is the Mummy,” “Mower Mouth,” “Fleeced,” “Shaun Shoots the Sheep” and “Mountains Out Of Molehills.”

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‘Oliver & Company’ 20th Anniversary Edition heads to DVD

Oliver & Company 20th Anniversary Edition is heading to DVD on February 3, 2009 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

Oliver, a stray kitten, wanders Manhattan when Dodger, a street-smart mutt with a weakness for mischief, befriends him. He introduces his new pal to his pack of pickpocket pooches, run by the evil Sykes, and just as Oliver is about to begin a life of crime, he is rescued by a rich girl named Jenny, who takes him home to live in luxury. But when Sykes finds out about Oliver’s new benefactor, he hatches a plot to abscond with the little girl and hold her for ransom. Now it’s up to Oliver and his pals to search the city and save Jenny.

Bonus features include:
Games & Activities
• All-New Game

Backstage Disney
• The Making of Oliver & Company
• Puss Café – A delightful animated short starring Disney favorite Pluto and friends
• The History of Animals in Disney Films – A Disney animated featurette
• Return of a Classic – A look at the 1996 theatrical re-release of Oliver & Company

Bonus Short
• Lend a Paw — Pluto rescues a kitten and saves the day in an Academy Award (1941 Short Subject -Cartoon) winning animated short.

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‘The Chestnut Tree’

In this beautiful, hand-drawn animation, director Hyun-Min Lee explores childhood memories of life with her mother in Korea. A heartwarming, autobiographical tribute, “The Chestnut Tree” was nominated for the 2008 Annie Award for Best Short Subject.

‘Family Guy’ Vol. 6 DVD in stores Oct 21st

Fox will release the Family Guy Volume Six DVD collection in stores tomorrow, October 21st. Family Guy Vol. 6 includes the show’s 100th episode and a total of 12 episodes from Seasons Five and Six. Episodes include Stewie’s not-so-successful attempt to kill Lois, Brian’s discovery that he is a father and patriarch Peter’s frequent visits to the Drunken Clam.

Check out some behind the scenes videos below:

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University Of Hertfordshire animations

The following seven animations were created by students at the University Of Hertfordshire.

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Four minute BOLT video

Check out this four minute clip of Disney’s Bolt, in theater November 21, 2008.

‘Pinocchio: 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition’ comes to DVD and Blu-ray

The Walt Disney original classic, Pinocchio, is heading to DVD and Blu-ray as “Pinocchio: 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition” on March 10, 2009. Available for the first time on Blu-ray and 2-Disc DVD, Pinocchio is restored with enhanced picture and sound. The movie will be available for a limited time only and comes loaded with bonus features.

The special 2-Disc Blu-ray release not only includes a bonus standard definition DVD of the film in the same package, but provides viewers accessibility to Disney’s popular BD-Live Network, which allows viewers to chat, video stream, participate in communal games and download exclusive content.

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Tim Burton speaks about ‘Alice in Wonderland’

The LA Times has an interview with Tim Burton in which he discusses his projects, including Alice in Wonderland — a retelling of the classic story as only Burton could.

It’s a funny project. The story is obviously a classic with iconic images and ideas and thoughts. But with all the movie versions, well, I’ve just never seen one that really had any impact to me. It’s always just a series of weird events. Every character is strange and she’s just kind of wandering through all of the encounters as just a sort of observer. The goal is to try to make it an engaging movie where you get some of the psychology and kind of bring a freshness but also keep the classic nature of ‘Alice.’ And, you know, getting to do it in 3-D fits the material quite well. So I’m excited about making it a new version but also have the elements that people expect when they think of the material.

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Nearly 8 million tune in for SpongeBob SquarePants special

Nearly 8 million total viewers tuned in to the premiere of SpongBob SquarePants’ “WhoBob What Pants?” television special. Ranking as the top entertainment show with total viewers and the number-one program on broadcast and cable television for the night with all kids and tweens, the half-hour TV event earned the network triple-digit gains over last year’s like time period among all demos.

Ratings highlights include:

– The special drew 7.7 million total viewers, a +225% increase over last year’s like time period.

– “WhoBob WhatPants?” was the number-one entertainment show with total viewers and the number-one telecast on all of broadcast and ad-supported cable television for the night (Oct. 13, 8 p.m.) with kid and tween demos.

– The special episode garnered triple-digit increases with all core kid and tween demos, averaging a 11.8/4.1 million kids 2-11 (up +189%); a 12.7/2.7 million kids 6-11 (up +152%), and a 10.8/2.3 million (up +168%) tweens 9-14.

– A new SPONGEBOB-themed Game of the Week, “WhoBob WhatPants?,” on www.nick.com generated 2.6 million game plays, ranking as the number-one game on the site since launch and the number-two Game of the Week for the entire year

– TurboNick, Nickelodeon’s broadband video player, also featured a special playlist of dedicated SpongeBob content, including a “WhoBob WhatPants?” video that generated 2.2 million streams since its Oct. 12 launch on Nick.com

– Leading up to the “WhoBob WhatPants?” premiere, the SpongeBob message board ranked as number-one for the week of Oct. 6, with 46,000 unique visitors.

Via AWN

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