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TT has been with the BCDB for a long time, and is the resident Hanna-Barbera expert. Tammi loves the old show, and keeps up with the nes ones, too. You can reach her here.

Universal’s “The Lorax” makes $8.6 million abroad

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

With open­ing dates in 16 major coun­tries yet to be deter­mined, Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios’ 3D-animated Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax made $8.6 mil­lion at 3,753 venues in 51 over­seas coun­tries this past weekend.

That ups the eco­log­i­cal tale’s total for­eign gross to $74.3 million.

Mean­while, Aard­man Animations/Sony Pic­tures Animation’s The Pirates! Band of Mis­fits opened this past week­end in Venezuela and was in a strong fourth place in the United King­dom, where it made $2.5 mil­lion in 8,990 cin­e­mas for a cumu­la­tive national total of $20.7 mil­lion. Over the week­end, The Pirates! col­lected $8.4 mil­lion in booty from 4,200 screens in 34 coun­tries. Over­seas, it’s made a total of $44.4 mil­lion so far.

In France, Pathe’s partly ani­mated Sur la Piste du Mar­supil­ami (Houba! On The Trail Of The Mar­supil­ami) stayed at No. 1 in its sec­ond week­end, down only 15% from the first. This past week­end, it brought in an esti­mated $8.2 mil­lion from 805 venues. Cre­ated by Alain Cha­bet, the adven­ture has made a total of $21.8 mil­lion in France.

Reimage Disney Posters

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

British free­lance graphic artist Rowan Stocks-Moore likes to take well-known media and rework them in his min­i­mal­ist style. He has revi­sioned the major nom­i­nees fr this years Oscars, and many notable works of lit­er­a­ture. In his lat­est opus, he takes on the clas­sic films from Disney.

So what do you think of these new takes on the Dis­ney clas­sic ani­mated films? Let us know!

Lorax” statue goes missing from Dr. Seuss’ home

"Lorax" statue goes missing from Dr. Seuss' home

Lorax

From there to here, from here to there, things are stolen everywhere.

This time, it’s a 300-pound, three-foot-high bronze statue of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, star of the recent ani­mated film of the same name.

It’s been swiped from the late author’s hill­side estate over­look­ing the Pacific Ocean in San Diego, police said Tues­day. It was reported miss­ing Mon­day morn­ing, said Lt. Andra Brown.

Police are try­ing to ascer­tain if the theft was related to the movie — star­ring the voices of Zac Efron and Tay­lor Swift — that’s still play­ing in theaters.

We don’t know if it’s just a prank because of the recent release of the movie, or if some­one thinks it’s going to be worth a buck or two because it’s a lot of (metal),” Brown said.

We’re just hop­ing that the sus­pects return it,” she added. “The Geisel fam­ily is just ask­ing that it be returned, and they don’t want to pur­sue the mat­ter any fur­ther. Which is not to say the police won’t.”

The statue dis­played the Lorax stand­ing on a tree stump with his arms outstretched.

Prop­erty man­ager Carl Romero told the U-T San Diego news­pa­per Tues­day that he found foot­prints indi­cat­ing the thieves had dragged the statue to an access road and hoisted it over a fence. Although he had seen the statue Sat­ur­day after­noon, Audrey Geisel — Dr. Seuss’ widow — noticed that it was miss­ing Mon­day morning.

Audrey Geisel still lives on the estate in the San Diego com­mu­nity of La Jolla, Cal­i­for­nia. Theodor Geisel, author of The Lorax and other best-selling kids’ books as Dr. Seuss, died in 1991 at 87.

The statue was one of two cast by Geisel’s step­daugh­ter, Lark Grey Dimond-Cate, said Brown. The other was donated to the Dr. Seuss National Memo­r­ial in Spring­field, Mass­a­chu­setts, the author’s hometown.

Evi­dence at the scene indi­cates that the thieves may have rolled the statue down the hill to a neigh­bor­ing prop­erty, then loaded it onto a wait­ing vehi­cle, said Brown.

I want very badly to get our lit­tle Lorax back home where he belongs,” said Dimond-Cate. “Wher­ever he is, he’s scared, lonely and hun­gry. He’s not just a hunk of metal to us. He was a fam­ily pet.”

She hopes that the Lorax’s recently revived fame is the rea­son for the theft. Oth­er­wide, Dimond-Cate said, the Lorax may have been stolen for the bronze.

I hope he hasn’t been taken across the bor­der into Tijuana for scrap,” she said. “Worst-case sce­nario, I’ll get the foundry to cre­ate another one, but he won’t be the same.”

The statue was stolen just before secu­rity cam­eras were installed, and few knew of its loca­tion, said Romero.

Audrey Geisel just wants the Lorax returned and doesn’t feel like pun­ish­ing any­one, Romero added.

You can’t sell it on eBay.”

Madagascar 3″ making world premiere at Cannes

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” will have its world pre­miere at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val in May, mak­ing the Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion film the first major sum­mer release to be on the fest’s schedule.

As well, Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is just the sec­ond film announced to play Cannes. (Wes Anderson’s Moon­rise King­dom, the fes­ti­val opener, is the first.) Para­mount will release the 3D fea­ture in the United States on June 8.

Back in 2004, Dream­Works pre­miered Shrek 2 in com­pe­ti­tion at Cannes. Other Dream­Works films screened there were Shrek (2000), Over the Hedge (2006) and Kung Fu Panda (2008). Although not in the fes­ti­val itself, DWA held its inter­na­tional jun­ket for last year’s Kung Fu Panda 2 in Cannes.

The first two Mada­gas­car movies grossed a com­bined total of over $1.1 bil­lion world­wide. Mada­gas­car 3 is the first of the fran­chise to be filmed and released in 3D.

CG-animated Beasts of Burden hauled into theaters

Beasts of Burden

Beasts of Burden

Shrek” and “Chron­i­cles of Nar­nia” direc­tor Andrew Adam­son is lead­ing the team that will adapt Dark Horse Comics’ Beasts of Bur­den onto the big screen.

Adam­son is pro­duc­ing the planned CG-animated adap­ta­tion with his Strange Weather Films part­ner Aron Warner and Mike Richard­son of Dark Horse Enter­tain­ment. Adam­son and Warner pro­duced and directed sev­eral entries in Dream­Works’ suc­cess­ful Shrek fran­chise films before get­ting involved in movie ver­sions of The Chron­i­cles of Nar­nia.

Real FX is pro­duc­ing Beasts of Bur­den. Run by for­mer Indus­trial Light and Magic senior exec­u­tive Ed Jones and for­mer Walden Media CEO Cary Granat, the com­pany spe­cial­izes in CG and live-action hybrid projects.

Beasts of Bur­den is set in Bur­den Hill, a com­mu­nity where sev­eral super­nat­ural events occur, caus­ing a gang of dogs (along with a cat) to team up for the safety of their own­ers and the town’s residents.

The char­ac­ters first appeared in The Dark Horse Book of Haunt­ings, Witch­craft, the Dead and Mon­sters. Cre­ated by Evan Dorkin (Milk & Cheese) and Jill Thomp­son (Scary God­mother), they earned the pair Eis­ner Awards for best short story and best painter.

Keith Gold­berg of Dark Horse Enter­tain­ment is the exec­u­tive pro­ducer; Strange Weather’s Jeff Fier­son is the co-producer. Jared Mass, head of fea­ture devel­op­ment at Reel FX, will super­vise the project for the studio.

The Last Airbender” named “winner” of 5 Razzies

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Adapted from the Nick­toons Pro­duc­tions ani­mated series “Avatar: The Last Air­ben­der,” film­maker M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Air­ben­der received five Razzie awards — includ­ing Worst Pic­ture — on Sat­ur­day night, the now-traditional Night Before the Oscars.

The 31st Annual Razz­ies were announced in satir­i­cal cer­e­monies held at Hollywood’s Barns­dall Gallery Theatre.

The Last Air­ben­der was based on the TV show about a young hero who can reunite feud­ing nations of peo­ple who can con­trol air, water, fire and earth.

Not quite sweep­ing the cer­e­mony, but still hand­ily lead­ing the pack among this year’s Razzie choices, was Razzie repeat offender Shyamalan’s “reimag­in­ing” of the faux-anime TV series into a jum­bled, jump-cut mess of a movie that fans of the TV show hated even more than crit­ics did (if that’s even possible!).

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