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.