Monthly Archives: February 2011

Keitel, Giamatti joining Folman’s “The Congress”

Keitel, Giamatti joining Folman's "The Congress"

Kei­tel, Gia­matti join­ing Folman’s “The Congress”

Actors Har­vey Kei­tel, Danny Hus­ton and Paul Gia­matti have offi­cially joined the cast of Ari Folman’s The Con­gress, his science-fiction follow-up to Waltz With Bashir.

Their names had appeared on a now-defunct Face­book page for the pic­ture, which com­bines ani­ma­tion with live action. Their roles in the movie have not been announced.

Robin Wright has been long attached to star in the pic­ture. Last month, Kodi Smit-McPhee announced that he had joined the movie.

Early last year, Fol­man screened some early footage at the Car­toon Movie Sym­po­sium in Lyons, France.

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Kung Fu Panda” lawsuit strikes out at DreamWorks

"Kung Fu Panda" lawsuit strikes out at DreamWorks

Kung Fu Panda” law­suit strikes out at DreamWorks

Another law­suit again has been filed against Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion over the 2008 hit flick Kung Fu Panda, this time by a Boston illustrator.

Jayme Gor­don filed a fed­eral copy­right infringe­ment law­suit Wednes­day against DWA, charg­ing that the pudgy panda and his group of fight­ers were taken from “Kung Fu Panda Power,” a series of sketches and draw­ings that he cre­ated in the late 1980s and 1990s.

Gor­don demands unspec­i­fied prof­its and statu­tory dam­ages, along with an acknowl­edg­ment of author­ship on both Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2 , slated for release May 26.

Char­ac­ters fea­tured in the Kung Fu Panda film and Secrets of the Furi­ous Five [a spin­off direct-to-video short) are unlaw­ful copies of, deriv­a­tive works of, and sub­stan­tially sim­i­lar, even strik­ingly sim­i­lar to, the char­ac­ters in Gordon’s ‘Kung Fu Panda Power Work,’” said the law­suit, which was filed in United States Dis­trict Court in Massachusetts.

Gor­don, who is rep­re­sented by Fish & Richard­son and Duane Mor­ris, named dis­trib­u­tor Para­mount and Glen­dale, California-based DWA in his 28-page com­plaint. He said that his illus­tra­tions — some of which appeared in his claim — were reg­is­tered with the United States Copy­right Office in 2000.

He charged that in the late 1980s or early 1990s, he sub­mit­ted mul­ti­ple pack­ages to The Walt Dis­ney Com­pany con­tain­ing orig­i­nal illus­tra­tions and sto­ries, includ­ing parts of “Kung Fu Panda Power.”

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Actor Kenneth Mars, 75, played King Triton, Nazi in “Producers”

Ken Mars

Ken Mars

Char­ac­ter actor Ken­neth “Ken” Mars, whose German-type accents helped him land the role of nut­bar Nazi play­wright Franz Liebkind in Mel Brooks’ 1968 movie The Pro­duc­ers, died Sat­ur­day of pan­cre­atic can­cer at his Granada Hills, Cal­i­for­nia home. He was 75.

Mars had a long­time career as a voice actor dur­ing his four-decade-long career. He voiced Grandpa Long­neck in many install­ments of The Land Before Time series, which ran the­atri­cally and on tele­vi­sion as well as on video.

Born in Chicago on April 14, 1936, Mars voiced King Tri­ton in Disney’s 1989 film The Lit­tle Mer­maid and its 2000 direct-to-video sequel, The Lit­tle Mer­maid II: Return to the Sea. Also in ani­mated films, he was Pro­fes­sor Screweyes in We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993) and King Col­bert in Thum­be­lina (1994).

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Chico y Rita” named best animated film at Goyas

"Chico y Rita" named best animated film at Goyas

Chico y Rita” named best ani­mated film at Goyas

Partly set in Cuba, the Spanish-British co-production “Chico y Rita” was named best ani­mated film late Sun­day at the Goya Awards, Spain’s ver­sion of the Oscars.

In Chico y Rita (Chico & Rita), Oscar-winning direc­tor Fer­nando Trueba and famed designer Javier Mariscal teamed up to cre­ate an epic ani­mated love story that occurs around the time of the Cuban Rev­o­lu­tion. High­light­ing a piv­otal moment in the evo­lu­tion of jazz and trav­el­ing from Havana to New York, Chico y Rita is a trib­ute to the music, cul­ture and peo­ple of Cuba.

The film was a col­lab­o­ra­tion between stu­dios Fer­nando Trueba PC SA, Estu­dio Mariscal SA, Magic Light Pic­tures and IOM Ltd.

For best ani­mated short film, the Goya win­ner was La bruxa, directed by Nico­lais Matji of La Fiesta PC.

Win­ning nine tro­phies at the Goya Awards was the Catalan-language Pa Negre (Black Bread), about a fam­ily drama in post-Civil War Spain.

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Disney’s Tangled (Review)

I went out to Have­lock North to see this film. I could have seen it in Napier but I wanted to see the film that fol­lowed this one so it made sense to see both at the same theater.

I went to the 5.30 p.m ses­sion on Jan­u­ary 2nd. There were four chil­dren who went ahead of me. The woman on the counter called me ‘a big kid’ for see­ing Tan­gled.

Her com­ment again high­lights so much adult prej­u­dice with ani­ma­tion. It is just not the sole domain of chil­dren. In the film Rapun­zel is almost eigh­teen. The kids watch­ing it with me were no older then ten. What do they know about being a teenager? I, as an, adult had more under­stand­ing of the char­ac­ters than a child could.

I really can’t fig­ure this men­tally out. There is just a raft of good qual­ity ani­ma­tion com­ing out and most adults don’t really real­ize what they are miss­ing. As I’ve said pre­vi­ously I love ani­ma­tion. It, like hor­rors, west­erns, dra­mas, etc, are a genre, and like all gen­res there is the good, the aver­age, and the awful.

Tan­gle is in the good cat­e­gory . In my opin­ion it is one of the best ani­mated Dis­ney films in some years. The ani­ma­tion is just bril­liant, the songs are snappy, and the humor is of a very high stan­dard. I just can’t fault any­thing in this film. I truly loved it. In fact so much so I have since seen it again here in Napier! My two nephews raved about it and I have found the chil­dren I’ve spo­ken to have been pos­i­tive towards it. The few adults who have seen it have been full of praise.

It really is the Dis­ney stu­dio at their very best. Rapun­zel is a lovely char­ac­ter with an unbe­liev­ably neat lit­tle fig­ure!! But my favorite char­ac­ter was Max­imus the horse. I find that no other stu­dio human­izes ani­mals and makes them a stand alone char­ac­ter like Dis­ney. Max­imus is a great exam­ple of this. He starts out being tough and staunch but as the rela­tion­ship between Flynn Rider and Rapun­zel deep­ens his heart soft­ens. At first he and Rider hate each other and con­stantly fight, which brings some of the fun­ni­est moments of the film.

Like all ani­ma­tion it has the moral tone. It is very sub­tle and in my expe­ri­ence most kids never pick it up. They like ani­ma­tion for the humor, and I have always found that is what kids talk about after a film. But I aren’t say­ing it shouldn’t be there. It adds to a sto­ry­line and kids shouldn’t be sub­jected to the com­pli­ca­tions of the adult world. So the moral­ity is a good thing.

It is in a nut shell a film every­one can watch. It is aimed as a fam­ily film but any­one of any age will enjoy it. It is an ani­mated film of the high­est qual­ity, in fact I don’t think they come much better!

See it and enjoy, as it will not disappoint!!!

Wham And Eggs (1973) Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: One of DePatie-Freleng’s more obscure cre­ations, the Blue Racer in “Wham And Eggs

Wham And Eggs: Blue Racer sneaks inside to the Colonel Kiochi’s Chicken Farm to get a hand on eggs for a meal. When he sneaks in, the chicken laid an egg and asks a rooster to guard it.

Is My Palm Read (1933) — Betty Boop Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: Everybody’s favorite bimbo Betty Boop appeared in “Is My Palm Read” in 1933 
Is My Palm Read (1933) - Betty Boop Theatrical Cartoon Series

Is My Palm Read (1933) — Betty Boop The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Is My Palm Read (1933) — from the Betty Boop The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Is My Palm Read: Bimbo the fortune-teller tries to score with Betty Boop. As she enters the house, the lights are changed so as to see Betty’s sil­hou­ette through her dress, upon which Bimbo and Koko remark Hi-dee-ho.

The Duck Doctor (1952) — Tom and Jerry Cartoon Series

CotD: Today we shall defer to 1952’s “The Duck Doc­tor”, one of only 5 car­toons in which Tom dies ~

The Duck Doc­tor: Tom is duck hunt­ing, and he wings a lit­tle duck­ling that can’t quite keep up with the flock.

Cinderella (1950) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film

CotD: Today we have Walt Disney’s 1950 fea­ture film clas­sic “Cin­derella”, which coin­ci­den­tally is the bal­let I am cur­rently appear­ing in, too (yes, real men can do bal­let!) ~

Cin­derella: Beau­ti­ful Cin­derella has been forced by her jeal­ous step­mother and ugly step­sis­ters to become a ser­vant in her own home, though she keeps a pos­i­tive out­look with the help of her fairy godmother.

Bugs Bunny’s Valentine (1979) Cartoon Special

CotD: Today being Valen­tines Day and all, we need lit­tle bit of lov­ing from the ani­mated side with “Bugs Bunny’s Valen­tine” (1979)

Bugs Bunny's Valentine

Bugs Bunny’s Valentine

Bugs Bunny’s Valen­tine (Bugs Bunny’s Cupid Capers) (1979) Car­toon Special

Elmer Fudd is a “stu­pid cupid” who zaps the wab­bit with the love bug.