Monthly Archives: March 2009

The Secret of Kells

The Secret of Kells is a largely hand-drawn 2-D animated feature that is garnering a lot of good buzz from people who have seen it, such as this Variety review that calls it “absolutely luscious to behold…UPA-studio-meets-the-Dark-Ages characters with intricate, Celtic design-inspired detailing.” The 6 million Euro feature originated out of the studio Cartoon Saloon […]

Animated (Inter)Views, plus win Pinocchio on Blu-ray Disc!

Over at Animated Views, Jeremie Noyer has been keeping us up to date with all the theatrical and DVD releases by interviewing the key players behind a whole host of last week’s big titles: • Azur & Asmar: Michel Ocelot’s Quest For Tolerance – the director speaks about his latest feature and the first of […]

Monsters Vs Aliens weekend intake

According to Box Office Mojo, Monsters Vs Aliens made a total of $58,200,000 over the course of it’s opening weekend, putting it at number 1 in the box office charts. This is a higher number than was predicted for the animated comedy, as past speculations guessed the film’s cume would be around $50 to $55 […]

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs poster

Internet Movie Poster Awards currently hosts a new one-sheet for Sony’s next animated flick, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. The movie, which is based on the children’s novel of the same name, opens in theaters on September 18, 2009.

Crumley Cogwheel (1962)

Another week, another oddball adult-skewing Paramount cartoon from the 1960s. Unlike previous films I’ve posted recently, this one was indeed shown on theaters and on Saturday morning TV (hence the The New Casper Cartoon Show titles), but was left off the recent Complete Harveytoons dvd set. Written by Irv Spector, Crumley Cogwheel features Paramount’s usual […]

Monsters vs. Aliens: The Twitter Reviews

I’m still on the fence about whether I’ll subject myself to Monsters vs. Aliens, but I’ve been getting a kick from reading other people’s thoughts about the film on Twitter. The usefulness of a service like Twitter is in its aggregation of opinions, while its 140-character limit forces users to boil down their thoughts into […]

Bob Arbogast (1927-2009)

The L.A. Times is reporting the passing of cartoon voice actor Bob Arbogast. Not exactly a household name, Arbogast nonetheless entertained me greatly as General Brassbottom on Roger Ramjet and as various characters on numerous Saturday morning cartoons. He was also a well known radio personality and one of the writers behind Jay Ward’s ill-fated […]

Early Terrytoons: Fried Chicken and Chop Suey

During the golden age of animation Disney was the top – and Terrytoons were the bottom. Cartoonist Paul Terry started making cartoons at the birth of the medium in the mid-teens, and established his long running Terrytoons studio in 1930. My fascination with this studio never ends. Michael Sporn reprinted several interesting Terrytoons newspaper clippings […]

Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

This is Nic Cage as the Sorcerer in Jerry Bruckheimer’s live-action version of Disney’s “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” More photos of Cage as the Sorcerer at This news has inspired me to start a new tag category on Cartoon Brew, and yes, I plan on using this tag often. (via Topless Robot)

Tatia Rosenthal’s $9.99 Debuts in New York

Can’t wait to check this one out! Tatia Rosenthal’s stop-motion drama $9.99 has its New York premiere this weekend. It’s playing at 7pm on Sunday, March 29, at the MoMA, followed by a screening next Wednesday, April 1, at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center. For additional info, including online ticket purchases for either […]