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Monthly Archives: April 2011
In its second weekend in North America and its third overseas, animated family adventure Rio remained the No. 1 movie at the box office in both domestic and foreign receipts.
Starring the voices of Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg, Twentieth Century Fox’s talking-bird romance collected $26.8 million in the United States and Canada.
In this surreal animated saga, we get to know the tale of Princess Dawn, who must find the Whispering Orchid’s cave (and the Crystal Key hidden therein) in order to save her kingdom from the Curse of Gloom, which has been placed by the evil Grump.
Laying the dead to rest has never been so much trouble. Two undertakers battle a series of misadventures while trying to deliver a coffin to the graveyard.
Russian actor-director Mikhail Kozakov, the voice of the Little Elephant in the 1976–91 Soyuzmultfilm cartoon series 38 Popugaev (38 Parrots), has died after a long illness, the Ekho Moskvy Oleg Basilashvili radio station reported. He was 76.
Actress Tanaka Yoshiko, a former member of the Japanese pop idol group Candies, died Thursday night at a Tokyo hospital of breast cancer. She was 55.
Tanaka provided the voice of Kuniko Mitsuya in the 2006 anime feature film Brave Story, an adventure-mystery.
Hobo mice Hubie and Bertie are about to enter a nice new home. The only problem is that the house already is inhabited by Claude Cat, a champion mouser. They use various techniques to drive Claude crazy.
The prosecution is making its case under the influence of Wile E. Coyote’s cartoon physics, a defense attorney claimed Wednesday at a first-degree murder trial in Massachusetts.
Attorney John Amabile delivered his closing argument in the trial of Jabrai Jordan Copney. He spoke to a Middlesex Superior Court jury in Woburn.
In spite of Japan’s recent earthquake and tsunami disaster, there’s no need to change Studio Ghibli Inc.‘s upcoming movie Kokurikozaka Kara (From the Kokuriko Hill), animator Hayao Miyazaki said.
According to Miyzazaki, the major concern about the animated film, to be released July 16 across Japan, was whether the movie could hold its own against changes to the world as time progresses.
Somewhere in the South Pacific, Bugs, floating in a crate, lands on an island filled with Japanese soldiers. His peace and quiet come to a halt when bombs start hitting the island. Bugs tangles with an angry soldier, then a sumo wrestler, and finally, hundreds more Japanese, whom he outwits in disguise as the “Good Rumor Man.”
Aardman Animations and Sony Pictures Imageworks have teamed up for a holiday 3D film at the end of the year, Arthur Christmas.
Geoff Marslett’s 2010 animated comedy feature film “Mars” will be screened at this year’s Atlanta Film Festival, which runs from April 28 to May 7.
Birdboy (Pedro Rivero; 13 min., Spain, 2010)
Chief Serenbe (Evan Curtis; 5 min.)
Denmark (Daniel Fickle; 6 min.)
Eye of the Storm (Christopher Alender; 5 min., U.S.A., 2011)
Grandpa Looked Like William Powell (David Levy; 4 min., U.S.A., 2010)
Paths of Hate (Damian Nenow; 10 min., Poland)
Polo’s Robot (Peter Lowey; 9 min.)
Sketchi (Lily Sun; 3 min., Canada)
The Man Who Shot The Man Who Shot Lincoln (Drew Christie; 5 min., U.S.A., 2010)
The Renter (Jason Carpenter; 10 min., U.S.A., 2011)
The Wonder Hospital (Beomsik Shimbe Shim; 8 min.)
Animation Block Party, the largest animation festival on the East Coast, is open for submissions until May 27.
The eighth annual Animation Block Party will run from July 29 to 31 at Rooftop Films and Bam Cinematek, only in Brooklyn, New York. Animation Block Party is dedicated to screening the world’s best professional, student and independent work of all genres.
In this made-for-TV movie, many well-known cartoon characters of past and present teach a young boy how wrong it is to take drugs. They show him the bad side effects and how it hurts his family and friends.
School of Visual Arts alumnus and animator Aaron Augenblick (“Daria,” “Ugly Americans,” “Superjail”) will present the Animation Awards at the 22nd Annual Dusty Film and Animation Festival, organizers announced Tuesday.
The festival — taking place from May 6 to 10 — culminates with an awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 at New York’s SVA Theatre. It features a full roster of names from the world of animation and film.