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Monthly Archives: February 2011
“Stand back, musketeers!” swordsman Daffy cries, surrounded by Dumasian scenery, credits and music. “They shall sample my blade!” But within a few thrusts and touches, Daffy notices that the background behind him has ended: “Hey, psst, whoever’s in charge here, the scenery, where’s the scenery?” A paintbrush comes across the screen and puts down a farmyard setting. Daffy leaps back in his musketeer garb, realizes it’s inappropriate, and returns with overalls and hoe, then notices that the scenery has changed into a North Pole setting: “Would it be to much to ask if we could make up our minds, hmmm?“
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.
“Fear-based filmmaking” led to making the third installment of the Toy Story franchise, director Lee Unkrich said Sunday night after getting Toy Story 3 the Academy Award for best animated feature.
The threequel won a second Oscar for best original song (Randy Newman’s “We Belong Together”).
Though losing to The King’s Speech to best picture, Toy Story 3 was the third animated movie ever to be nominated in the top Academy Award category. Continue reading
No Barking: A homeless cat (Claude) searching for food is harassed by the playful antics and barking of an energetic pup (Frisky). Frisky repeatedly sneaks up behind the poor tabby cat (who hates the dog) and scares it into jumping vertically when it barks. After Claude finally silences the pup, he encounters a larger dog, whose bark has a disastrous effect. Tweety Bird has two lines. Can you guess what they are?… (more)
The Zoot Cat: Shedding his “square” image, Tom becomes “cool” and wins the affection of a black kitten by wearing a makeshift green and orange zoot suit (made from a lampshade… (more)
A 21-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison after admitting to posting threats against the creators of South Park.
Court documents said that Zachary Adam Chesser made posts that included the writers’ home addresses and urged readers to “pay them a visit.”
DVD sales of “How to Train Your Dragon” and a tax benefit helped double DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.‘s fourth-quarter profit, the studio behind the Shrek movies announced Thursday.
Net income rose to $85.2 million (99 cents a share) from $43.6 million (50 cents) the previous year. With the exception of some items, analysts had expected profit of 73 cents a share, the average of 12 estimates compiled by Bloomberg.
Betty Boop merchandising, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
The court ruled in a 2–1 decision that the chain of title had been broken after the original sale of the rights to Betty over 70 years ago. In essence, it said, Fleischer’s family lacks a valid copyright or trademark for Betty.
Author, playwright and screenwriter Max Wilk, co-writer of the screenplay for the 1977 Fox-distributed animated feature film Raggedy Ann And Andy, died Saturday at his Saugatuck Shores home in Westport, Connecticut. He was 90.
During several years living in London in the 1960s, he became involved with the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine project and was commissioned to write the novelization of the film.
Make Mine Freedom: John Q. Public gives us a historical and educational outlook on the Capitalism and Freedom of the United States of America.… (more)
Jessica Rabbit and Sharon Stone have at least one thing in common: their apparent, if momentary, lack of underwear.
That’s probably why Jessica’s risque scene in the partly animated Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) is the fifth most-paused “blink and you’ll miss it” moment in movies, according to Lovefilm, a British DVD rental and streaming service.
First, as if you hadn’t guessed, is Stone’s iconic leg-crossing scene in 1992’s Basic Instinct.
Inker and painter Colene Gonzales, who worked on several Peanuts film and TV productions, died January 14. She was 82.
From 1946 until her retirement in 1989, she worked for Disney, MGM, Sutherland, Claire Ishkanian, Betty Brenon, Universal, Celine Miles, DePatie-Freleng, Bakshi-Krantz, Murakami-Wolf, Animation Camera Service, Lisberger, and Kurtz And Friends.
Sara Seaberry, who painted cels and did mark-up for Filmation from 1973 until 1989, died January 10. She was 73.
Assistant head of ink and paint mark-up for the 1987 movie Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, Seaberry was assistant head of mark-up on BraveStarr: The Legend, released the following year. She was a mark-up assistant on Happily Ever After (1993).
No one knows who’s the culprit behind the disappearance of a five-foot plastic statue of Simon the Chipmunk. But the Rockland, Massachusetts family who owns it is glad that the Alvin And The Chipmunks star is back home.
Even if his glasses are missing.
Rockland police are probing the theft.
Layout artist and animator Judith M. “Judy” Niver, an assistant animator on the “Taarna” segment of the 1981 movie Heavy Metal, died December 14. She was 71.
From 1965 until 1994, she worked for DePatie-Freleng, Filmation, Hanna-Barbera, UPA, Ed Love, Ruby-Spears, Encore, Hyperion, Cool Productions, DreamQuest and Rich Animation.
Niver was a key assistant animator on the 1987 Filmation theatrical feature Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night. In addition, she was an assistant animator on 1991’s Rover Dangerfield.
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