Monthly Archives: November 2009

A Year with Three Stop-Motion Oscar Noms?

After I did this interview with Canada’s National Post about trends in feature animation, I got to thinking about whether there might be the potential for three stop-motion Oscar nominations this year. That scenario is beginning to look like a distinct possibility with three top-notch contenders: The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Mary and Max and Coraline. […]

Idiots at the Helm

Fox has announced that they are developing a primetime animated series with actor Matthew McConaughey based on his brother’s life. The show, Rooster Tales, is about “a beer-swilling, redneck sheriff who marries a much younger woman from Mexico.” According to McConaughey, “My brother’s life is so unbelievable, we had to animate it.” If this show […]

Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office Report

An impressive three animated films reached the top ten at the North American box office last weekend. Robert Zemeckis’s A Christmas Carol held steady in the number five spot with $15.8 million. Its total after four weeks stands at nearly $105M. In its second weekend, Planet 51 dropped to 7th place with $10.2M and a […]

The Princess And The Frog: A Return To The Animated Musical (featurette)

[See post to watch Flash video] Walt Disney Animation Studios presents The Princess And The Frog, an animated musical comedy set in the great city of New Orleans that provides modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana, a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful […]

The Princess And The Frog: Almost There (feature film song clip)

[See post to watch Flash video] Walt Disney Animation Studios presents The Princess And The Frog, an animated musical comedy set in the great city of New Orleans that provides modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana, a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful […]

Princess winners, and a Curious new contest!

November 30, 2009 — The Princess And The Frog book winners, and a new Curious George Christmas contest! I’ve just a short post for you today, while I beaver away at two pending reviews, for Plastic Man: The Complete Collection and the Disney Treasures release of Zorro, for which my first season review and Rand’s […]

Win a Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas Prize Pack!

Courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, we have a festive themed Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas Prize Pack to give away to one lucky reader to mark the occasion of the little monkey’s latest animated adventure on DVD! All you need to do is enter your details in the form below to be in […]

1939 article on Disney’s Ugly Duckling

Last night a friend gave me an early Christmas gift of an old issue of Street & Smith’s PIC magazine, cover dated April 4th, 1939. PIC is an odd, oversized LIFE magazine knock-off, with plenty of articles covering Hollywood and Broadway. This issue featured a 3-page spread on the current (and last) Silly Symphony short, […]

Rare Footage of Bakshi working on Fritz the Cat

This 1970 German documentary on Robert Crumb contains rare footage of Ralph Bakshi in his studio during the making of Fritz the Cat. Young Ralph is shown in the studio, walking through New York and looking at one of his animators flip through drawings. The documentary was loaded onto YouTube in three parts (embeded below) […]

Prep and Landing pushed back

Disney’s Prep and Landing, originally set to air on Tuesday, has been pushed back an entire week. The move was made by ABC because President Obama’s press conference is scheduled for that evening. Prep and Landing will now air on December 8th. Thanks to ‘estefan’ at the Animated Views forum for the heads up!