With the arrival of Kung Fu Panda 3, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has re-released DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2, in what they’re calling “Ultimate Edition of Awesomeness.” But just how awesome are these re-releases? The answer: A skadoosh amount! Read the entire review after the page break.
THQ and DreamWorks Animation today announced that they have entered into multi-year, multi-property licensing agreements granting THQ the exclusive worldwide rights to develop and publish video games based on DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming animated feature films, Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom and Puss In Boots, as well as the CG animated television show, The Penguins of Madagascar.
The new agreements grant THQ exclusive worldwide rights to publish interactive games based on these DreamWorks Animation properties for all console and handheld systems, including Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and Nintendo Wii Virtual Console, and wireless devices.
THQ plans to release videogames in conjunction with DreamWorks Animation’s theatrical releases, as follows:
– Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom, the sequel to Kung Fu Panda, is scheduled to be released on June 3, 2011.
– Puss In Boots, based on one of the characters in the Shrek universe, is scheduled to be released on November 4, 2011.
– Also, THQ previously announced the rights to publish videogames based on MegaMind (previously known as Oobermind), which is scheduled to be released on November 5, 2010.
The morning it was announced that Pixar’s WALL-E had been nominated for six Academy Awards, including best Animated Feature. Competing against WALL-E are Disney’s Bolt and DreamWorks Animations’ Kung Fu Panda.
The other awards WALL-E was nominated for are:
Song (Down to Earth)
WALL-E tied Beauty Beast as the animated movie with the most Oscar nominations. Rounding out the animated movie nominees were Waltz With Bashir for Foreign Language Film and La Maison de Petits Cubes, Lavatory – Lovestory, Oktapodi, Presto, and This Way Up for Animated Short Film.
The 66th Annual Golden Globe nominees have been announced and Kung Fu Panda, WALL-E and Bolt were nominated for Best Animated Film. Both WALL-E and Bolt were also nominated for Best Original Song. The nominated WALL-E song was co-written by Peter Gabriel and the “Bolt” song was co-written by Miley Cyrus.
The Golden Globes ceremony will be broadcast on Sunday, January 11th, 2009 at 8 PM EST on NBC.
The 36th annual Annie Awards nominations have been announced. Leading the pack is Kung Fu Panda with 17 nominations, followed by Bolt with 9 and Wall-e with 8.
Best Animated Feature Bolt – Walt Disney Animation Studios Kung Fu Panda – DreamWorks Animation $9.99 – Sherman Pictures/Lama Films WALL-E – Pixar Animation Studios Waltz With Bashir – Sony Pictures Classics/Bridgit Folman, Les Films
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Fourteen features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 81st Academy Awards.
The 14 submitted features are:
â€œDr. Seussâ€™ Horton Hears a Who!â€
â€œFly Me to the Moonâ€
â€œKung Fu Pandaâ€
â€œMadagascar: Escape 2 Africaâ€
â€œThe Sky Crawlersâ€
â€œSword of the Strangerâ€
â€œThe Tale of Despereauxâ€
â€œWaltz with Bashirâ€
â€œBolt,â€ â€œDelgo,â€ â€œDragon Hunters,â€ â€œ$9.99,â€ â€œThe Sky Crawlers,â€ â€œThe Tale of Despereauxâ€ and â€œWaltz with Bashirâ€ have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and meet all of the categoryâ€™s other qualifying rules before they can advance in the voting process.
Under the rules for this category, a maximum of 3 films can be nominated in a year in which the field of eligible entries numbers at least 8 but fewer than 16.
Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.
The 81st Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 22, 2009, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academyâ€™s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
DreamWorks Animation today announced that the sequel to “Kung Fu Panda” is expected scheduled for theatrical release on June 3, 2011. DreamWorks Animation also hopes to release the movie in IMAX theaters worldwide.
The sequel will star Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and other original cast members. Running the show will be director ennifer Yuh Nelson, head of story “Kung Fu Panda.” Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, writers and co-producers of the original film, will also return.
DreamWorks Animation’s CEO, Jeffrey Katzenberg, said, “We are thrilled to reunite the creative team that made ‘Kung Fu Panda’ such a global success. Because of their imaginative work, Po’s path to heroism proved popular with moviegoers of all ages around the world.”
“Kung Fu Panda,” which has raked in over $625MM worldwide will be release on on two-disc DVD and Blu-ray on November 9, 2008 alongside a brand new companion story, “Secrets of the Furious Five.”