Monthly Archives: May 2011

Warners hires writers for “Yogi Bear” movie sequel

Yogi Bear

Yogi Bear

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into Jellystone Park, Warner Bros. has signed the team of Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia to write a sequel to last December’s live-action/CG animated movie Yogi Bear.

The two previously collaborated on the script for Fox’s Rio and DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody & Sherman — the latter set for release in 2004.

Once again, the Yogi opus will be produced by Donald De Line and Karen Rosenfelt. Andrew Haas is the executive producer, while Jon Berg is the supervisor for WB.

More successful than first predicted, the initial Yogi hybrid film opened in mid-December with just $16.4 million at the North American box office. It then showed its claws and made over $100 million in the United States — and another $100 million in other countries.

In that film, Brad Copeland joined Sternin and Ventimilia as the scriptwriters.

[Via Variety -- http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118037674]

Kung Fu Panda 2 comes second in battle of sequels

Kung Fu Panda 2

Kung Fu Panda 2

True to its numeral, DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 2” came in a solid second at the North American box office over the Memorial Day weekend.

Between Friday and Sunday, Kung Fu Panda 2 made $48 million at its opening weekend, although that’s considerably below the $60.2 million collected by 2008’s Kung Fu Panda when it first reached movie houses.

Since its Thursday opening, Kung Fu Panda 2 has drawn $53.8 million. Its distributor, Paramount, estimates that the continuing adventures of Po and pals will gather $68.2 million by the time the holiday weekend ends Monday night.

As well, Kung Fu Panda 2 garnered $57 million in 11 overseas countries, including $18.5 million in China.

The DWA sequel fared much below another sequel — the live-action The Hangover Part II, which opened at $86.5 million.

According to studio estimates Sunday, Hollywood should be setting a new revenue record for the long Memorial Day weekend.

Domestic grosses from Friday to Sunday totaled about $220 million. Monday’s results should mean that the four-day weekend will end with about $270 million, compared with the previous $254.6 million Memorial Day record set in 2007, said Hollywood.com box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian.

[Via Associated Press -- http://news.yahoo.com/..._en_ot/us_box_office]

Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty (2008) – Theatrical Animated Film

CotD: Today we have “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” from Ireland; give it a watch and tell us what you think! ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/113898-Granny_OGrimms_Sleeping_Beauty.html

Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty (2008)

Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty (2008)

Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty (2008) – Theatrical Animated Film

Granny O’Grimm, a seemingly sweet old lady, loses the plot as she tells her version of Sleeping Beauty to her terrified granddaughter.

Watch Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty at Big Cartoon DataBase

Finding Nemo (2003) – PIXAR Theatrical Animated Film

CotD: PIXAR went underwater for “Finding Nemo” the box office champion of 2003 ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/23325-Finding_Nemo.html

Finding Nemo (2003) - PIXAR

Finding Nemo (2003) - PIXAR

Finding Nemo (2003) – PIXAR Theatrical Animated Film

The film follows the comedic and eventful journeys of two fish- Marlin and his son Nemo- who become separated in the Great Barrier Reef when Nemo is unexpectedly taken far from home and thrust into a fish tank in a dentist’s office overlooking Sydney harbor. Buoyed by the companionship of a friendly-but-forgetful fish named Dory, the overly cautious father embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic journey to rescue his son- who hatches a few daring plans of his own to return safely home.

Watch Finding Nemo at Big Cartoon DataBase

Melody (Adventures In Music) (1933) – Disney Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: Disney claimed “Melody (Adventures In Music)” was the first 3D animated cartoon; it was just Disney’s first animated 3D film ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/6321-Melody_%28Adventures_In_Music%29.html

Melody (Adventures In Music) (1933) - Disney

Melody (Adventures In Music) (1933) - Disney

Melody (Adventures In Music) (1933) – Disney Theatrical Cartoon

Professor Owl teaches his music class (full of birds) about melody and its importance to the world of music. It’s all around in nature. Only birds and man can sing; man “sings” even when he speaks. We see a quick survey of the stages of life, as captured by songs: the Alphabet Song for primary school, “Here Comes the Bride,” “The Old Gray Mare,” etc.

Some inspirations for song are outlined in song (such as love, sailing, trains, the West and motherhood), but “we never sing about brains.” Finally, an example is shown of how a simple melody can be expanded into a symphony: an elaborate version of the simple tune which opened the lesson.

Watch Melody (Adventures In Music) at Big Cartoon DataBase

CN bringing more “Johnny Test” this summer

Johnny Test

Johnny Test

Returning with all-new episodes, Johnny Test features the intrepid Johnny, his genetically altered super-dog Dukey and his super genius twin sisters. Whether it’s a questionable science experiment or things blowing up, as long as Dukey can come along, Johnny gives it a go.

New episodes begin at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Monday, June 13 and join the Monday night animated comedy lineup of network hits including The Amazing World Of Gumball, Adventure Time With Finn & Jake, MAD and Regular Show.

Johnny Test chronicles the adventures of a fearless 11-year-old boy, his genetically engineered super dog Dukey, and his 13-year-old super genius brainiac twin sisters who use Johnny as their guinea pig for their out-of-this-world scientific experiments. Johnny is the ultimate test pilot where no mission is too unbelievable, no challenge is too great, no villain is too menacing — and no sister-created concoction is too wild.

Johnny Test is created and produced by Cookie Jar Entertainment.

Three Little Pigs (1933) – Silly Symphonies Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: The first of four in the series, “Three Little Pigs” wasa hit and Oscar winner in 1933 ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/3887-Three_Little_Pigs.html

Three Little Pigs (1933) - Silly Symphonies

Three Little Pigs (1933) - Silly Symphonies

Three Little Pigs (1933) – Silly Symphonies Theatrical Cartoon Series

Three little pigs set off to the great wide world; their first step, to build a house. They each have their own life philosophies, which govern their lives, and they types of houses they make.

Watch Three Little Pigs at Big Cartoon DataBase

TV’s “The Governator” terminated following scandal

The Governator

The Governator

All work is off on “The Governator,” the would-be animated series starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a superhero.

The companies behind the TV show said Friday that they have stopped working on the franchise, which had shown signs of growth.

“In light of recent events, A Squared Entertainment, POW Entertainment, Stan Lee Comics, and Archie Comics, have halted production” on the project, the firms said in a written statement.

Those “recent events” include revelations that the former California governor that he had an affair and child with a housekeeper who worked for his family for 20 years.

Schwarzenegger announced the series among much publicity last month in Cannes, France. The MIPTV (International Television Programme Market) was being held in the southern French resort city, where the actor received the insignia of Chevalier in the Order of the Legion of Honor on April 4.

The Governator was to feature Schwarzenegger as a superhero in the double role of a family man and ex-governor who fights global villains and modern-day disasters secretly alongside a team of hip teens.

No announcement has been made on when — or even if — production on the planned TV series, comic book, movie and video game will resume.

Schwarzenegger said Thursday that he was postponing his movie projects. Earlier last week, he confessed to fathering a child out of wedlock over a decade ago, and to not telling wife Maria Shriver until this year.

Two weeks ago, the couple announced their separation.

Tarts And Flowers (1950) – Noveltoons Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: One of the later Noveltoons from Famous Studios, well after the Fleischers hasd left “Tarts And Flowers” in 1950 ~

Tarts And Flowers (1950) - Noveltoons

Tarts And Flowers (1950) - Noveltoons

Tarts And Flowers (1950) – Noveltoons Theatrical Cartoon Series

Little Audrey bakes a gingerbread man while listening to a radio cooking show. When the dough is in the oven, she falls asleep. The gingerbread man comes to life and takes her to Cakeland, a colorful musical land of candy canes and ice cream cones. There is a big celebration because the Gingerbread Man is taking Miss Angel Cake as his wife.

There is a song, “Gay Holiday,” with dancing and singing confections, including a drunken rum cake and a caricature of Maurice Chevalier as Mr. Eclair Debonair. This sends the Devil’s Food Cake into an jealous rage. Interrupting the wedding, he kidnaps Miss Angel Cake and paddles her up the old milk stream.

It’s Audrey to the rescue. When Audrey wakes up, she opens the oven to discover in her baking pan not only a gingerbread man, but Miss Angel Cake and a couple of kids. Audrey laughs through the closing as she learns something about life.

Watch Tarts And Flowers at Big Cartoon DataBase

New Animated Series, “Voltron Force,” Premieres on Nicktoons

NickToons

NickToons

Nicktoons brings the iconic franchise Voltron to a new generation with the brand new animated series, Voltron Force. The series will launch as a commercial-free presentation of the 90-minute movie, “Voltron Force: New Defenders Trilogy,” Thursday, June 16, at 8:30 p.m. (ET).

The half-hour series, which features an all-new theme song produced and recorded by Grammy Award-winning producer and artist Swizz Beatz, follows the adventures of a new class of recruits as they join forces with the original team to fight evil by forming Voltron, the legendary super robot. The first original Voltron content in 10 years, this new iteration from World Events Productions in association with Classic Media and Kickstart Productions will feature never-before-seen Voltron configurations when the team’s Lions unite. The series will regularly air Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. (ET) on Nicktoons.

“Voltron Force stays true to the concepts that made the original such a success, but also takes the action, adventure and fantastical robotic creations to the next level,” said Keith Dawkins, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Nicktoons and TeenNick. “As a fan myself, it’s exciting to see the saga continue and for our network to be part of the brand’s legacy.”
“I’m truly excited to be involved in the re-emergence of this classic cartoon,” said Swizz Beatz. “I enjoyed watching Voltron as a child and now can enjoy it with my own kids.”

The original robot-action show, Voltron: Defender of the Universe, has become a massive pop-culture success since its launch in 1984. The series’ signature maneuver of combining forces to attain a common goal has resonated with many, earning references on television shows (such as South Park, The Fairly OddParents and Lost), by hip-hop artists (Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes, Eminem, Wu Tang Clan, among others) and by athletes (like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Amar’e Stoudemire, Laurence Maroney and Chris Paul). The series also has a loyal Hollywood following of celebrities such as Jonah Hill, Megan Fox, Seth Green and Zach Galifianakis, to name a few.

Set five years after Voltron: Defender of the Universe, Voltron Force follows three new recruits – Daniel, Vince and Larmina – as they get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to train alongside their heroes – Keith, Lance, Hunk, Pidge and Allura – and learn to fly incredible robot lions. The series will journey to new planets, discover new powers and unearth ancient secrets. Voltron will be needed once again to combat a rising evil in the galaxy and a tyrant from within. Bonds will be formed, friendships will be tested and plenty of laughs will be had as the Voltron Force gels together as a team in an epic battle of good versus evil.

In the 90-minute movie premiere, “Voltron Force: New Defenders Trilogy,” Daniel and Vince are recruited into an underground resistance movement led by former members of the Voltron Force to recover the keys to the lions. They soon meet fellow classmate Larmina, and the three cadets are introduced to their Voltcoms, an advanced wrist device that acts as an activation key to the lions. Their Voltcoms are also capable of generating unique weapons and powers based on personality and fighting styles. As the new cadets explore the Castle of Lions and uncover clues to Voltron’s origins, the original Force gets their groove back to form Voltron once more, determined to take on the duel-threat of King Lotor’s Robeast and Sky Marshal Wade’s war machine.

On Nicktoons.com, a dedicated Voltron Force show page will feature video clips, full episodes, flipbooks, characters profiles, a dedicated message board and exclusive weekly printables. A new printable, featuring exclusive character art, will become available every Thursday during premiere episodes. Additionally, on May 27, Nicktoons.com will launch a new game, “Voltron Force: Ultimate Victory,” which will allow users to play as all five Lions and transform into Voltron. During the on-air premiere of Voltron Force on June 16, the network will also offer a Game Code that unlocks the bonus and unlimited “blazing sword” in the game.