Monthly Archives: June 2013

Go planet! Sony negotiates for Captain Planet film rights

Any child of the nineties probably ran around in their backyard yelling, “By your powers combined, I am Captain Planet!” more than once. If all the “i’s” are dotted and “t’s” crossed, an entirely new generation will be shouting the eco-friendly catchphrase. Spinoff Online reports that “Sony Pictures is in final negotiations for the rights […]

Chris Sasaki Shares Development Art from “Monsters University”

Pixar vizdev artist Chris Sasaki posted a generous heap of his Monsters University development art on his blog. One can’t help but think that the clarity of his design approach, with the simple funny shapes and candy colors, might also lend itself well to a hand-drawn animated version of Pixar’s Monsters universe. Of course, there’s […]

Lilo And Stitch: 2-Movie Collection

Walt Disney Feature Animation (2002), Walt Disney Home Entertainment (June 11 2013), Blu-ray plus two DVD set, 85 mins plus supplements, 1080p high-definition 1.66:1 widescreen, 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Rated PG, Retail: $29.99 Storyboard: A genetically engineered experimental species of alien life crash-lands in the Hawaiian Islands, where it befriends a little girl who takes […]

Artist of the Day: Calvin Wong

Calvin Wong is an artist who lived in the Bay Area working in programming before relocating to the Los Angeles area where he works on Regular Show. Cal has been active in the art and comics zine world and has sold his books at independent comics-friendly shows such as the Toronto Comics Arts Festival. You […]

Disney is the world’s biggest media company

The year is halfway over and Hollywood has seen tremendous gains in profit. The Hollywood Reporter tracks the top earners, noting that DreamWorks is doing better despite a slow start. Even slow Sony has seen its stock grow. What does not come as a surprise, however, is the findings show that Disney is the top […]

Where Pixar Artists Get Wasted in Emeryville

It’s hardly a secret that artists who work in animation love to drown their sorrows in alcohol. Some like it so much that they drink themselves to death. While we’re not aware of any Pixar artists having done so, they certainly have enough alcohol at the studio should somebody decide to pursue that path. Here’s […]

In-depth features on MU sound design, last minute character changes, and The Blue Umbrella

If you’ve just got back from the theatre after seeing Pixar’s latest we’ve got some special features for you. SoundWorks Collection profiles Monsters University sound designer Tom Myers of Skywalker Sound in an entertaining and informative 10 minute video. BuzzFeed has a feature on how and why a major character in the film completely changed […]

Frankenweenie wins at Saturn Awards

Frankenweenie picked up two trophies at the 39th Annual Saturn Awards this week. Given by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films , they’re billed as “the top honors for genre entertainment”. Frankenweenie beat out Brave, ParaNorman, and Wreck-It Ralph for Best Animated Film, while Danny Elfman won Best Music for the score. […]

“Sarah and Duck”: TV Review

Pre-school animation appears to have something of a stigma in the United States. Cartoons targeted at children aged 6-11, such as SpongeBob SquarePants, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic and Adventure Time, have picked up adult followings of varying sizes; however, there seems to be an assumption that anything aimed at the 5-and-under crowd will […]

Blu-Ray dates for Robot Chicken and South Park

Release dates for two popular cartoon shows “for big kids” were announced today, and has the news on both. First up is Robot Chicken: Season 6, which will give fans a ton of special features, including commentary tracks on all 20 episodes, more than 50 deleted animatics and seven fully animated deleted scenes. Next […]