Monthly Archives: August 2013

“The Last Flight of the Champion” Will Open in US Theaters on Friday

The Last Flight of the Champion hasn’t been on my radar at all, but it would appear to be an independent Amercian CGI theatrical feature. The film will debut this Friday in fifteen theaters around the United States. Champion was directed by E. Thomas Ewing and produced by Houston, Texas-based Omnipulse Entertainment. The synopsis: Neddie […]

Animation Addicts Podcast #44: Interviews with Alan Menken & Richard Sherman

Learn more about The Rotoscopers! A conference call with Disney songwriters and legends Alan Menken and Richard Sherman, where they talk about their upcoming concert where they’ll sing from “The Disney Songbook.” This is a great interview with many of the writers from major Disney fan outlets. The first 15 minuets are questions just for […]

Disney to bring Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises Stateside

Disney has acquired the North American theatrical distribution rights to Hayao Miyazaki’s newest feature film, The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu), reports Blu-ray. The film follows the life of Jiro Horikoshi, from his ambitious childhood to adulthood as he creates an elegant, flight worthy plane that eventually is used for something quite different than he expected- […]

Book Review: “The Noble Approach: Maurice Noble and the Zen of Animation Design”

The Noble Approach: Maurice Noble andThe Zen of Animation Design By Tod Polson, based on the notes of Maurice Noble (Chronicle Books, 176 pages, $40, pre-order for $26.50 on Amazon) By the modest standards of celebrity in the animation world, Maurice Noble is a rockstar. Few Golden Age layout artists or production designers, with the […]

Artist of the Day: Philip Vose

Philip Vose is a graduate of the CalArts animation program and lives in the Bay Area working as a freelance animation artist. Philip has recently worked as a freelance location designer and background painter for the Disney Channel series Gravity Falls. In the personal work that he posts on his blog, Philip is able to […]

Disney Will Release Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises”

UPDATED (2:35PM ET) Disney announced this afternoon that they will handle North American theatrical distribution for Studio Ghibli/Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film, Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises), which was produced at Studio Ghibli. An official release date will be announced at a later time. While Kaze Tachinu won’t be released in American theaters for a while, […]

Marvel Comics to release Muppets Omnibus

USA Today reports that Marvel Comics will publish The Muppets Omnibus, a hardcover collection of four series – originally released by Boom! Studios – by cartoonist Roger Langridge. The featured series include The Muppet Show, The Muppet Show Comic Book: The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson, The Muppet Show Comic Book and The Muppets. The Muppets […]

Planes Blu-ray artwork unveiled has the artwork for the standard and 3D Blu-ray packages for DisneyToons’ Planes. The covers are similar to the film’s theatrical posters, although the character Rochelle is no longer shown. Bonus features for the sets have yet to be announced. With a domestic gross of $59.6 million thus far, Planes will arrive in stores […]

See A 26-Page Preview of “VIP: The Mad World of Virgil Partch”

Fantagraphics has made available a 26-page PDF preview (download here) of their forthcoming Virgil ‘VIP’ Partch retrospective book that confirms this will be one of the must-have cartoon-related books of 2013. The preview will be of particular interest to readers of this site as it contains gag cartoons and other assorted drawings from Partch’s Disney […]

Robotech 2-Movie Collection

Harmony Gold (animation by Tatsunoko and DR Movie) (1985-2013, 2006), A&E Home Video/Lionsgate (July 23, 2013), 2 Discs, 178 mins, 4:3 and 16:9 ratios, Dolby Digital 5.1, Rated PG, Retail: $19.98 Storyboard: A former soldier reflects on the events in his life during a war with an alien race. Then, a new invasion threat looms, […]