Monthly Archives: January 2013

American Dad gets new showrunner

Family Guy vet Steve Callaghan is taking over Fox’s well-reviewed American Dad!, Deadline is reporting. This marks the first time in the show’s eight year history that such a change has been made in the series’ production. Until now, Dad was managed by series creators Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman, who will remain involved as executive producers. The […]

“Space Pirate Captain Harlock” teaser

This could be good… or not. Leiji Matsumoto’s manga (and anime) character is being brought to CGI life in a new theatrical movie from Toei Animation. Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) is directing from a budget of over 30 million in U.S. dollars. The film will open in Japan this fall. Here’s a peak:

Did “Frankenweenie” Kill Guillermo del Toro’s Stop-Mo “Pinocchio” Project?

Last May, it was announced that Guillermo del Toro and animation veteran Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox, The PJs) would co-direct a stop motion adaptation of Pinocchio for the Jim Henson Company. The film was based on a version of the story illustrated by Gris Grimly. According to Bleeding Cool, Grimly posted a couple of […]

“Cattle Call” by Matt Rankin and Mike Maryniuk

Cattle Call (2008) offers a fascinating glimpse into a world that is completely foreign to me. It made a strong impression when I saw it a few years back in Ottawa and I’m delighted to report that it’s every bit as exhilarating to watch again now that it’s been posted online. Directed by Matt Rankin […]

Cartoon Modern Inspiration

Courtesy of animation director Michael Sporn, here are some gems of “cartoon modern” design from the collection of legendary NY animator Vincent Cafarelli, who passed away in 2011. If you like these, there’s more graphite goodies HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Seven posters Escape from Planet Earth

Seven new characer posters (and some plot details) from the upcoming Escape from Planet Earth are online. To see them all head to Entertainment Weekly for the first three and Moviefone for the last four. Starring Brendan Fraser, Jessica Alba, Rob Corddry, James Gandolfini, and Sarah Jessica Parker the film opens on February 14th.

Iron Man 3 poster and more comic book movie news

Like the films themselves, the news on the latest comic book related movie projects in the pipeline never stops! Marvel shows off a dramatic new Iron Man 3 poster (see the full size version below) and a Super Bowl ad. From Screen Crush: new images from Thor: The Dark World are online and you could […]

Disney, Google help you Find Your Way To Oz

Deadline reports that Disney and Google have teamed up to create Find Your Way To Oz, a plugin-free, in-browser experience using the very latest web technology. Look for it online February 5th and the film itself in theatres March 8th.

Disney posts Paperman online

Disney Animation’s YouTube channel has posted the full Oscar nomianted short Paperman. “Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction”. You can view the short in full here:

“A Gum Boy” by Masaki Okuda

A Gum Boy (Kuchao) by Masaki Okuda is a 2010 student film produced at the Tokyo University of the Arts. The film addresses difficult subject matter—adolescent ostracism—through a creative and non-literal use of animation that marries the fluid grace of a watercolor style with frenzied use of camera and cutting. Okuda’s mastery of film technique, […]