Monthly Archives: April 2013

Latest on Egill from Legends of Vahalla: Thor creators

Animated Views has a new screenshot from CAOZ’s Egill, a computer animated feature integrating hand drawn elements. Egill is the second CGI film from the Reykjavík-based studio, whose first feature, Legends of Vahalla: Thor, hit U.S. stores last March as Thor: Legend of the Magical Hammer. CAOZ is co-producing Egill with the Hungarian production company […]

Minions gets a slice of Hamm

Deadline reports that Mad Men star Jon Hamm will voice Herb Overkill in Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me prequel, Minions. He joins the already-announced Sandra Bullock, who voices Overkill’s wife and aspiring super-villain Scarlet. According to Deadline, Minions is set in the 1960s – before the title henchmen met Gru – and focuses on the Minions’ […]

DreamWorks posts solid earnings for first quarter

For this year’s first quarter, DreamWorks Animation reported $134.6 million in revenue and $5.6 million in net income, partially thanks to The Croods in theaters and several titles on home video. Thus far, The Croods has collected almost $480 million worldwide, well on its way to beating Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful as the […]

Reel FX aims for quality film slate with no “turkeys”

D Magazine has an in-depth profile on the Dallas-based animation studio Reel FX and its CEO Steve O’Brien. In 20 years, the studio has grown from animating direct-to-video films like Hasbro’s G.I. Joe titles and the Open Season sequels to producing its first theatrical feature, Free Birds. With voice acting by Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson […]

“The Customized Play” Is An Intriguing Indie Feature From South Korea

South Korean director Jin Sung Choi (Tom N Jerry, Entering the Mind Through the Mouth) is well into production of his first feature film, The Customized Play, which has a quirky storyline: Chun Jaeyoung and Chun Yusun visit the unusual drama company, which produces the customized play for each client. They ask the boss of […]

“Oh Willy…” Wins Top Prize at Stuttgart

The Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film announced their winners last Sunday. The grand prize, which included a 15,000 Euro award (approx. $19,500), was awarded to Oh Willy… by Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels. The film’s continuing success on the international festival circuit means little for its Oscar hopes since it was already […]

Monsters University director explains “fourth grade” controversy

Among marketing materials for Monsters University, one of the most frequently shown scenes involves a college-aged James P. Sullivan introducing himself to roommate Mike Wazowski. Monsters, Inc. fans have taken issue with this footage, since the 2001 hit has Mike joking to Sulley, “You’ve been jealous of my good looks since the fourth grade, pal!” […]

Monsters University festivities at Disney World

Theme park enthusiast Jeff Lange is keeping viewers updated on the festivities at Walt Disney World to promote Monsters University. On YouTube, he shows Mike Wazowski and Sulley projected onto Epcot’s Spaceship Earth as part of the park’s Monstrous Summer All-Nighter. In another vid, Lange walks viewers through the Monsters University display at Hollywood Studios, […]

Toy Story, Spongebob freebies on iTunes

ITunes is offering some noteworthy freebies for families and animation enthusiasts. Toy Story: Smash It! has unveiled a free Lost Episode version, sure to please fans of the similar block-breaking game Angry Birds. Meanwhile, Surf’s Up, Spongebob! is iTunes’ free book of the week. The book’s synopsis reads, “SpongeBob eagerly accepts Sandy’s invitation to go […]

Smurfs 2 enlists Mario Lopez as Social Smurf

With the summer movie season kicking off this weekend, Sony Pictures is starting to put their marketing muscle behind The Smurfs 2. Of course, no good movie campaign nowadays would be complete without social media integration. Hence, the studio has enlisted the newest member of the original “blue man group”: Social Smurf, voiced by Extra […]