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When it comes to a "Roger Rabbit" sequel, Robert Zemeckis has been sending some very mixed signals
On the heels of last week's release of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" on Blu-ray , the internet has been buzzing like Marvin Acme's hand buzzer with rumors that Robert Zemeckis may be making plans to return to Toontown. To be specific, that this Academy Award-winning director is finally...
19 Mar 2013
"Pixar: 25 Years of Animation" reveals the art at the heart of all those hits
In 1979 George Lucas decided to create the Graphics Group as part of the computer division within Lucasfilm . In 1986, Steve Jobs paid Lucas $5 million and renamed the newly independent company Pixar . Twenty-five years have passed, and as of last Friday, " Toy Story 3 " has earned $920 million...
16 Aug 2010
Disney animation fans rejoice, now that there’s more Moore on the market
He’s the Disney Legend who’s credited with changing the look of Mickey Mouse. The self-taught artist who took that rubber armed, pie-eyed rodent from the late 1920s / early 1930s and then turned him into the corporate symbol that we know & love today. He’s the man gave the Seven Dwarfs their appeal...
25 May 2010
"Halo Legends" is an entertaining way to waste a few hours
Ever since the release of " Halo 3 " in 2007, Microsoft ’s hugely successful video game franchise has been spinning its wheels with no real progress. The two Xbox 360 titles which have followed "Halo 3" — " Halo Wars " and " Halo 3: ODST " were amusing but lackluster; and since both games were prequels...
20 Mar 2010
“Waking Sleeping Beauty” celebrates the Second Golden Age of Disney Feature Animation
Given this documentary’s title, it’s kind of ironic that “ Waking Sleeping Beauty ” got its start the way most of us do when we’re just trying to wake up. Which is with a good, strong cup of coffee. As director Don Hahn recalls, it was November of 2006. Peter Schneider’s latest project – a stage musical...
9 Mar 2010
“Phineas & Ferb” creators say that creativity holds the key to making the most of your summer vacation
Are you looking to get the most out of the upcoming Fourth of July weekend? Well, then maybe it’s time that you heeded the advice of those two great Americans, Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh . (L to R) Jeff “Swampy” Marsh and Dan Povenmire. Photo by Claudio Asquini. Copyright 2009 Disney Channel...
3 Jul 2009
Toon Thursday : Tickets for Lasseter / Miyazaki event go on sale today at 9:01 a.m.
If you’re an animation fan – a SERIOUS animation fan – you’re going to want to be in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, July 28 th . Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki Why For? Because on that night – and for that night only – two animation legends will be sharing a stage. John Lasseter will be hosting...
25 Jun 2009
Monday Mouse Watch : “Rapunzel” revealed; a “G-Force” sequel?
How many of you remember what happened back in March? When the premiere issue of Disney twenty-three hit newsstands and then all the Internet movie news sites went crazy because that magazine featured an article on Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" ? Scans of the pictures that accompanied that piece...
22 Jun 2009
With “Toy Story 3,” “Cars 2” and “Monsters, Inc. 2” now in the works, why no “Incredibles 2” ?
Earlier this week, it was kind of ironic that – in a headline that talked up how well “Up” was doing at the domestic box office – Variety mentioned “ The Incredibles .” Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc and Pixar Animation Studios. All Rights Reserved “Ironic how?,” you ask. Well, in a time where this...
17 Jun 2009
“Milt Kahl : Animation’s Michelangelo” paid tribute to a true Disney Legend
Todd James Pierce
Known for both his temper and his stunning draftsmanship, Milt Kahl has been described as Disney’s “Jekyll and Hyde” figure, a man who defined animation and defied his fellow animators. More than any other artists, Freddy Moore and Milt Kahl defined the Disney style. Freddy Moore designed the studio...
30 Apr 2009
CalArts celebrates the 100th birthday of animation pioneer Jules Engel
Todd James Pierce
This past Saturday, film directors and animators gathered to pay tribute to Hungarian-born artist Jules Engel , a man whose work combined a modernist orientation of serious art with the commercial leanings of animated films. This year marks the 100-year anniversary of his birth. A small man, usually...
20 Apr 2009
Toon Tuesday : A tribute to Ollie Johnston
Todd James Pierce
Last Tuesday night, I traveled down to one of the cities I most dislike in all of Southern California: I went to Hollywood . Good ol’ Tinsel Town, with its sidewalk hucksters wearing eBay costumes of Bugs Bunny and SpongeBob , with its endless food courts and faux-trendy boutiques. Hollywood, that theme...
26 Aug 2008
Gargoyles: Stone by Day, DVD Review
From the start, "Gargoyles" was something different. In the wake of the success of "Batman: The Animated Series", Disney was looking try doing an action-adventure series with a somewhat darker look and feel. What they got was "Gargoyles", a story of legendary creatures who sleep in stone by day and glide...
28 Dec 2004
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