Monthly Archives: February 2011

Charlotte’s Web (1973) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film

Charlotte’s Web (1973) Fea­ture Length The­atri­cal Ani­mated Film

Charlotte's Web

Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web: Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the sea­son, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the din­ner table. He hatches a plan with Char­lotte, a spi­der that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never hap­pen. And with the help of Tem­ple­ton the rat, Wilbur pro­tects Charlotte’s offspring.

Dragon” takes award for sound editing in feature

How To Train Your Dragon

How To Train Your Dragon

Dream­Works Animation’s “How To Train Your Dragon” picked up a tro­phy Sun­day night at the Motion Pic­ture Sound Edi­tors’ Golden Reel Awards, defeat­ing chal­lengers Leg­end of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Tan­gled,The Illu­sion­ist and Toy Story 3.

How To Train Your Dragon won in the cat­e­gory of Sound Effects, Foley, Dia­logue and ADR in an Ani­ma­tion Fea­ture Film.

The awards cer­e­mony was held at the Westin Bonaven­ture in down­town Los Angeles.

More at The Big Car­toon Forum

Toy Story 3,” “Alice” win awards for film editing

Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3″ was named best edited ani­mated fea­ture film — a cat­e­gory estab­lished just last year — at the 61st Annual ACE Eddie Awards.

Ken Schret­z­mann and direc­tor Lee Unkrich shared the honor Sat­ur­day at the Bev­erly Hilton.

Last year, another Pixar-Disney pro­duc­tion, Up, won the Eddie for best edited ani­mated film. It later won two Oscars, includ­ing best ani­mated fea­ture. Toy Story 3 is nom­i­nated for this year’s Acad­emy Awards for best pic­ture and best ani­mated fea­ture film.

Mean­while, Chris Leben­zon was sin­gled out for his work in Disney’s stop-action Alice in Won­der­land, named best edited com­edy or musical.

Other win­ners at the ACE Eddie Awards

Short made on $81 budget wins at Australian fest

Made in his mother’s spare room for the equiv­a­lent of $81 U.S., the stop-motion ani­mated film Ani­mal Beat­box won actor Damon Gar­neau the top prize Sat­ur­day at the world’s largest short film festival.

The film cost $80 — most of that was spent on cel­lo­phane for the [ani­mal] cos­tume,” Gar­neau said after receiv­ing the prize at Australia’s Tropfest. “It made me real­ize that fol­low­ing my heart is reward­ing, and I encour­age every­one else to do the same.”

I’m quite new to stop ani­ma­tion, but I find it a quick and ver­sa­tile way to express any idea that may be lurk­ing in my head.”

The humor­ous movie fea­tures funny lyrics and the sounds of wild animals.

For his efforts, Gar­neau won $5,000 in prize cash, a dig­i­tal cam­era and a return trip to Los Ange­les to see film executives.

Fox acquires Munro Leaf’s “Story of Ferdinand”

Ferdinand The Bull

Fer­di­nand The Bull

It’s no bull: Fox Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios has acquired the rights to the 1936 children’s book The Story of Fer­di­nand, by author Munro Leaf and illus­tra­tor Robert Law­son, with plans to make it a CGI fea­ture film.

Car­los Sal­danha, a direc­tor on all three Ice Age movies and the forth­com­ing Rio, appears to be devel­op­ing the project to direct, New York Mag­a­zine reported Friday.

This year marks the 75th anniver­sary of the book, which Dis­ney turned into the Oscar-winning short Fer­di­nand The Bull in 1938. For those who have for­got­ten, Fer­di­nand is a quiet, peace­ful young bull who only wants to stop and smell the flow­ers. But when he is stung by a bee, the towns­peo­ple believe he is fero­cious and take him to the bull­fight ring.

Two For The Zoo (1941) Gabby Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: The Fleischer’s had a very short lived series with Gabby, here’s one from 1941 called “Two For The Zoo”.

Two For The Zoo

Two For The Zoo

Two For The Zoo (1941) Gabby The­atri­cal Cartoon

Two For The Zoo: Gabby and the head zookeeper at the Lil­liput Zoo bring in a new kan­ga­roo to the zoo. A deliv­ery man pushes a crate down the street con­tain­ing a Rub­ber Necked Kango. Gabby bumps into the crate, and in his usual know-it-all fash­ion, offers to per­son­ally deliver the ani­mal, a baby. Gabby doesn’t know that the mother is also in the crate, and she catches up with them, drop­ping the baby into her pouch, caus­ing Gabby to think that the baby sud­denly grew. They end up get­ting trapped in the kangaroo’s cage and the Kan­ga­roo runs free.

Arrietty wins Japan Academy Prize for animation

"Karigurashi no Arietti" ("The Borrower Arrietty")

Karig­urashi no Ari­etti” (“The Bor­rower Arrietty”)

Stu­dio Ghibli’s “Karig­urashi no Ari­etti” (“The Bor­rower Arri­etty”) was named best ani­ma­tion Fri­day at the 34th Japan Acad­emy Prizes in Tokyo.

Directed by Hiro­masa Yonebayashi and writ­ten by Hayao Miyazaki, Karig­urashi No Ari­etti won over Kei­ichi Hara and Asention’s Col­or­ful, Kôzô Kuzuha and Shinei Animation’s Eiga Dorae­mon: Nobita no Ningyo Daikaisen, Yasuichiro Yamamoto and TMS Entertainment’s Detec­tive Conan: The Lost Ship in The Sky, and Mune­hisa Sakai and Toei Animation’s One Piece Film Strong World.

More on the Big Car­toon Forum here.

Get Real!”, “Dimanche” win kids’ honors in Berlin

Young juries sin­gled out the ani­mated “Get Real!” and “Dimanche” for spe­cial men­tion at the 61st Berlin Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, which ends Sunday.

Mem­bers of the Youth Jury Gen­er­a­tion 14plus gave spe­cial men­tion to Get Real!, by Evert de Beijer.

The 12-minute Dutch film focuses on a school­boy who finds him­self addicted to a com­puter game in which he acts as a body­guard to a super­star. Not only is the singer gor­geous to look at, she is also exposed to all kinds of deadly dan­gers. And the only one who can save her is her clever body­guard. The schoolboy’s home­work soon suf­fers on account of his dig­i­tal exploits, and before long, he begins to lose his grip on real­ity. But then a girl in his class decides to intervene.

Read More at The Big Car­toon Forum.

Puss Gets The Boot (1940) Tom & Jerry Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: Hanna and Bar­bera began their run as cre­ative direc­tors of innu­mer­able car­toon series with 1940’s “The Solid Tin Coy­ote”.

Puss Gets The Boot (1940)

Puss Gets The Boot (1940)

Puss Gets The Boot (1940) Tom & Jerry The­atri­cal Cartoon

Puss Gets The Boot: In close-up, Jerry the mouse runs from his oppo­nent. The cam­era cuts back, and we see that Tom the cat (called Jasper in this film only) has already caught the mouse, who is run­ning on the spot, his tail held by the cat’s claw. While Tom toys with his prey, Jerry gets away, lead­ing to a num­ber of gags which result in the break­ing of a vase. Mammy-Two-Shoes warns Tom that if he breaks one more thing, she’ll throw him out of the house.

The Solid Tin Coyote (1966) Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: 1966’s “The Solid Tin Coy­ote” was one of those shorts that make you sad when you remem­ber how good Road Run­ner Car­toons could be.

The Solid Tin Coy­ote: Wile E. Coy­ote cre­ates a robotic coy­ote to catch his foe.