Month: January 2009 (Page 3 of 3)

‘WALL-E’ wins Critics’ Choice Award

There’s no stopping Pixar’s little robot as he receives another award. At the 14th Critics’ Choice Awards, WALL-E won the award for Best Animated Feature. Waltz with Bashir, which was competing against WALL-E in the animation category, won Best Foreign Language Film. The rest of the animation nominees were Bolt, Kung Fu Panda, and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

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Disney/Pixar Blu-ray Update

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) today announced its new Blu-ray + DVD Combo Packs, along with the release date for Snow White, A Bug’s Life and Monsters, Inc.

Upcoming Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack titles include Pinocchio: 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition on March 10, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in October.

Disney introduced the first Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack in 2008 with the release of Sleeping Beauty.

Monsters Inc. and A Bug’s Life will be released in 2009.

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Weekly ‘Wonder Woman’ Q&A: Actress Virginia Madsen

Academy Award nominee Virginia Madsen brings her voice to the role of Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, for “Wonder Woman,” the next entry in the series of DC Universe animated original PG-13 films. The all-new film will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, OnDemand, Pay-Per-View, and download on March 3, 2009.

Madsen has appeared in “Dune,” “Candyman,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” “Sideways” and done notable work in super hero animation. Madsen voiced Dr. Sarah Corwin and Roulette in four episodes of “Justice League” and Arella in an episode of “Teen Titans,” as well as a two-episode turn as Silver Sable in “Spider-Man.”

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Ed Catmull to receive Gordon E. Sawyer Award

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.

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3D ‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ ad to air during Super Bowl XLIII

DreamWorks Animation announced recently that it will debut a 90-second 3D ad for their upcoming “Monsters vs. Aliens” film during Super Bowl XLIII.

The commercial will be broadcast at the end of the 2nd quarter on NBC on Sunday, February 1, 2009. Viewers will also be treated to a 3D episode of CHUCK on Monday, February 2 at 9 p.m.

Intel has produced more than 125 million pairs of 3D glasses available at 25,000 SoBe Lifewater retail displays in participating stores. If you can’t find a pair, call 1-800-646-2904 to order a pair.

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