Monthly Archives: October 2011

Green Lantern: The Animated Series” arrives on CN

Green Lantern: The Animated Series

Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series

Green Lantern, a DC Comics main­stay for more than 70 years, will be seen in an entirely new way when Warner Bros. Animation’s Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series – from world-renowned pro­ducer, artist and ani­ma­tor Bruce Timm (Bat­man: The Ani­mated Series, Jus­tice League) — comes to Car­toon Net­work in a one-hour spe­cial event.

With stun­ning, styl­ized CG ani­ma­tion, Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series takes view­ers on a jour­ney of cos­mic pro­por­tions as Hal Jor­dan and his band of heroes fight to save the uni­verse. The spe­cial pre­mieres at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) on Fri­day, Novem­ber 11 as a pre­cur­sor to the series debut­ing on Car­toon Net­work next year as part of the new DC Nation pro­gram­ming block.

Fans in the United States can watch a sneak peek of the com­plete first scene from the series at the Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series web­page at BCDB .

As Earth’s Green Lantern, Hal Jor­dan is used to being in dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions — but he’s never faced any­thing like this!

Set at the far­thest reaches of deep space, Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series finds Hal on the Guardian Fron­tier, where he must face down an inva­sion by the Red Lantern Corps. Pow­ered by pure rage, the evil Red Lanterns have sworn to destroy the Green Lantern Corps and every­thing they stand for. Dis­patched on the exper­i­men­tal space­craft The Inter­cep­tor, Hal is soon joined by an all-new group of heroes on a mis­sion to pro­tect Guardian Space — and the Green Lantern Corps itself!

Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series is an epic space adven­ture that has some­thing for every­one, and we are delighted for fans to see it Novem­ber 11 on Car­toon Net­work. We can’t wait to show the world this fresh take on an iconic hero — one that rep­re­sents not only the first Bruce Timm series to be pro­duced in CG, but also the first time Green Lantern has been ren­dered in CG,” said Sam Reg­is­ter, exec­u­tive vice-president of cre­ative affairs for Warner Bros. Ani­ma­tion, who also serves as an exec­u­tive pro­ducer of the series. “Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series is inspired by cur­rent and clas­sic Green Lantern mythol­ogy, but it’s also an all-new story — one that is the per­fect vehi­cle for the great Bruce Timm’s take on the character.”

It’s excit­ing for me to see Hal Jor­dan reimag­ined in such a com­pelling way, with fan­tas­tic CG and visual effects that only enhance the story,” stated Geoff Johns, chief cre­ative offi­cer of DC Enter­tain­ment and long­time writer of the Green Lantern comic book series. “Work­ing with Warner Bros. Ani­ma­tion and Car­toon Net­work to cre­ate Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series has been a great expe­ri­ence, and most impor­tantly, we’ve cre­ated a show that I can’t wait for peo­ple to see.”

Based on the DC Comics super­hero, Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series is an all-new CG ani­mated action series from Warner Bros Ani­ma­tion. Timm and Reg­is­ter (Teen Titans, Ben 10, Bat­man: The Brave and the Bold) are the exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers. Gian­carlo Volpe (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Avatar: The Last Air­ben­der) is the pro­ducer, and Jim Krieg (Ben 10: Alien Swarm) is the producer/story editor.

The voice cast for Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series includes Josh Keaton (Trans­form­ers Prime) as Hal Jor­dan, Jason Spisak (Young Jus­tice) as Razer, Kevin Michael Richard­son (Young Jus­tice, Thun­der­Cats) as Kilo­wog and Grey DeLisle (Bat­man: The Brave and the Bold) as Aya.

DC Comics will release a Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series comic book as a com­pan­ion to the new series, and the first issue will be released to coin­cide with the Novem­ber spe­cial on Car­toon Network.

The Jungle Book (1967) — Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film

The Jungle Book (1967)

The Jun­gle Book (1967)

CotD: Dis­ney took on Rud­yard Kipling in “The Jun­gle Book”, the last fea­ture film Walt Dis­ney actively oversaw.

The Jun­gle Book (1967) — Fea­ture Length The­atri­cal Ani­mated Film

Young Mowgli is aban­doned in the jun­gle and raised by wolves, never know­ing other humans. When the tiger, Shere Kahn, men­aces the jun­gle, Bagheera, the pan­ther, con­vinces Mowgli to find a man-village for pro­tec­tion. Along the way, Mowgli befriends Baloo, the bear, and Colonel Haithi, the ele­phant; and is men­aced by King Louie, the ape, and Kaa, the snake, as well as a quar­tet of vul­tures. Mowgli ulti­mately out­wits Shere Kahn and decides to remain in the jun­gle, until a pretty female man-cub turns his head-and Mowgli pro­ceeds directly to the man-village.

Watch “The Jun­gle Book” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Rio, Yogi Bear vie for Environmental Media Award

Rio

Rio

The ani­mated “Rio” and partly ani­mated “Yogi Bear” are among the three nom­i­nees for this year’s Envi­ron­men­tal Media Award in the Fea­ture Film category.

The 21st annual EMAs will be held Sat­ur­day in Los Angeles.

Also nom­i­nated in the Fea­ture Film cat­e­gory is Sony Pic­tures’ live-action The Other Guys.

For Tele­vi­sion Episodic Com­edy, the three nom­i­nees include last November’s Futu­rama episode The Futu­rama Hol­i­day Spec­tac­u­lar.

In the Children’s Tele­vi­sion cat­e­gory, nom­i­nees include the April 22 Bub­ble Gup­pies episode Boy Meets Squir­rel (in which the Bub­ble Gup­pies learn about trees) and Leg­end Of The Earth Troll, an April 8 episode of Disney’s Fish Hooks in which Oscar tries to get Milo involved in recycling.

The Envi­ron­men­tal Media Asso­ci­a­tion is a non-profit orga­ni­za­tion. Its mis­sion is to mobi­lize the enter­tain­ment indus­try in a global effort to edu­cate peo­ple about envi­ron­men­tal issues and inspire them into action.

Watch the Envi­ron­men­tal Media Awards live at 6 p.m. this Sat­ur­day at www.Facebook.com/EMAOnline.

A Tiki Scare Is No Fair (1970) — Scooby Doo, Where Are You! Episode Guide

A Tiki Scare Is No Fair (1970) - Scooby Doo, Where Are You!

A Tiki Scare Is No Fair (1970) — Scooby Doo, Where Are You!

CotD: Those med­dling kids head to the islands in “A Tiki Scare Is No Fair”; So did Freddy drive the whole way?

A Tiki Scare Is No Fair (1970) — Scooby Doo, Where Are You! Episode Guide

The teen sleuths’ vaca­tion on the Hawai­ian islands results in a busman’s hol­i­day after Shag and Scooby, hav­ing attended their 47th luau, are threat­ened by a ghoul­ish witch doc­tor to leave imme­di­ately or face the vengeance of Mano Tiki Tia, a ghostly leg­end come to life. Although the two bon vivants are pre­pared to fol­low the warn­ing, the kids inves­ti­gate the haunt­ing leg­end of the Tiki god after dis­cov­er­ing that Mr. John Simms, their tour guide has mys­te­ri­ously vanished.

Watch “A Tiki Scare Is No Fair” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Feature film rights to “Hank the Cowdog” acquired

Hank The Cowdog

Hank The Cowdog

Dallas-based media and enter­tain­ment com­pany Odyssey Pic­tures Cor­po­ra­tion has acquired the screen­play and fea­ture film rights of the children’s lit­er­ary fran­chise Hank the Cow­dog from Ris­ing Star Studios.

Odyssey plans to pro­duce the prop­erty as an ani­mated fea­ture film.

Hank the Cow­dog, writ­ten by John R. Erick­son, is a highly suc­cess­ful series of 58 humor­ous children’s mys­tery nov­els and audios based on the adven­tures of Hank, the smelly, smart-aleck canine Head of Ranch Secu­rity on a Texas Pan­han­dle cat­tle ranch. The series has sold more than 7.5 mil­lion copies, is a Book-of-the-Month selec­tion, and is the win­ner of a 1993 Audie for Out­stand­ing Children’s Series from the Audio Pub­lish­ers Association.

In fact, the fran­chise is the longest run­ning pop­u­lar children’s audio book series to date, and is espe­cially pop­u­lar with schools and libraries. Pub­lish­ers Weekly has called the series a “grass­roots pub­lish­ing phe­nom­ena,” and USA Today referred to it as “the best fam­ily enter­tain­ment in years.”

We are proud to be asso­ci­ated with such a hugely suc­cess­ful prop­erty,” remarked Odyssey CEO John Fos­ter. “We’re con­fi­dent that the ani­mated fea­ture ver­sion of Hank the Cow­dog will be a nat­ural exten­sion of the fran­chise and a big win­ner at the box office.”

It’s an excit­ing time for us to see the begin­ning of Hank finally mak­ing his appear­ance on the big screen,” said Erick­son. “We’ve been approached by pro­duc­ers before, but Odyssey impressed us with their under­stand­ing of the genre and their solid sales and mar­ket­ing strategy.”

From A To Z-Z-Z-Z (1954) — Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

From A To Z-Z-Z-Z (1954) - Looney Tunes

From A To Z-Z-Z-Z (1954) — Looney Tunes

CotD: Poor Ralph Phillips from “From A To Z-Z-Z-Z” is still day­dream­ing his life away, 57 years later

From A To Z-Z-Z-Z (1954) — Looney Tunes The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Ralph is a day­dreamer… and he is quick to adapt his cur­rent sur­round­ings into new, adven­tur­ous dreams.

Watch “From A To Z-Z-Z-Z” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Lady of Names” named best feature at Philly fest

The Lady of Names,” a family-friendly film directed by Adam Ciolfi of the Toronto sub­urb of North York, Ontario, was named Best Fea­ture: Ani­ma­tion at the Philadel­phia Film & Ani­ma­tion Festival.

The 85-minute stop-motion ani­ma­tion film was made by No Gaso­line Pro­duc­tions. In it, a beau­ti­ful librar­ian dis­cov­ers the power of magic when an ill-conceived wish cat­a­pults her into the world of fairy tales. She falls into the clutches of the Troll King, a mon­ster obsessed with impris­on­ing all the fairy tale folk.

Her only hope for res­cue is Zack Driscoll, a young handy­man in love with her. Kid­napped by a pompous mush­room and an elfin crea­ture, Zack braves gob­lin magic and the icy domain of the Mem­ine in his quest towards the final show­down with the Troll King himself.

Mean­while, Worlds Apart — cre­ated in a unique class called Project X at Sun­ny­vale, California’s Cogswell Col­lege — received the Best Short: Ani­ma­tion award at the festival.

Film direc­tor Michael Zachary Huber and Cogswell chan­cel­lor Chuck House attended the cer­e­mony at the Inter­na­tional House Ibrahim The­ater to accept the award.

Part sci­ence fic­tion and part cau­tion­ary fairy­tale, Worlds Apart explores the uni­ver­sal themes of stew­ard­ship of nature and the fate of human­ity. Worlds Apart asks the ques­tion, “Can human­ity change its ways and save itself?”

The short was also nom­i­nated for Best Mar­ket­ing “for an excep­tional online trailer and proac­tive atti­tude of Cogswell Col­lege for sub­mit­ting their stu­dents’ films to fes­ti­vals, help­ing them get to their pre­mieres, and pro­mot­ing their work online.”

One of the rea­sons for the suc­cess of Project X is the fact that it oper­ates on a deep-running ide­o­log­i­cal premise,” said Huber. “That premise is that beauty in crafts­man­ship tran­scends time and space. Any­one from any­where in the world can look at a beau­ti­ful piece of art or archi­tec­ture and be inspired by it. There is an inher­ent truth in beauty and that fact can be appre­ci­ated from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion. Project X strives to uphold these prin­ci­pals through the mod­ern mix of art and tech­nol­ogy that is dig­i­tal animation.”

San Jose-area audi­ences will have the chance to see Worlds Apart at the upcom­ing San Jose Short Film Fes­ti­val (sjshortfest.com), set for Octo­ber 20 to 23, where the film is an “Offi­cial Selection.”

Said Stephanie Yuhas, the co-founder of Project Twenty1 and the Philadel­phia Film and Ani­ma­tion Fes­ti­val: “I’m blown away by the level of work com­ing from Cogswell Col­lege and greatly admire the mis­sion of Project X. We’ve been run­ning this fes­ti­val since 2006, and I’ve never seen a film or ani­ma­tion come through our juries or screen­ing pan­els of dozens of peo­ple with a “per­fect 10″ in every category.

In other words, in our total library of about 650 films, some of which are fea­tures that have now received world­wide the­atri­cal dis­tri­b­u­tion, the stu­dent short Worlds Apart has received the high­est scores. What­ever you’re doing over there in Sun­ny­vale, Cal­i­for­nia — keep doing it; our audi­ences want more!”

Project X is a one-of-a-kind, project-based class at Cogswell Col­lege that is run like a pro­fes­sional ani­ma­tion pro­duc­tion stu­dio using teams of skilled artists and sound design­ers. Stu­dents work tire­lessly for three semes­ters to pro­duce a studio-quality short film. Dur­ing pro­duc­tion, they are sup­ported by a mas­sive col­lab­o­ra­tive effort from fac­ulty, staff, vis­it­ing artists, indus­try pro­fes­sion­als and alumni.

Also in the Best Short: Ani­ma­tion cat­e­gory, Gilded Age Glad­i­a­tor and VICENTA tied for hon­or­able men­tion. The Light­house also was nominated.

In the sep­a­rate 21-Day Film­mak­ing Com­pe­ti­tion, Team Dragon Crest Pro­duc­tions won in the Best Ani­ma­tion cat­e­gory for Lit­tle Dudes. Other nom­i­nees were Fried­man Equa­tion, Squawks of Fury!, Fam­ily Tree and Go West.

Clock Cleaners (1937) — Mickey Mouse Theatrical Cartoon Series

Clock Cleaners (1937) - Mickey Mouse

Clock Clean­ers (1937) — Mickey Mouse

CotD: For what it’s worth, “Clock Clean­ers” is my per­sonal all-time favorite Mickey Mouse car­toon. Have you seen this one?

Clock Clean­ers (1937) — Mickey Mouse The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Para­noid and stressed from a life of ghost hunt­ing, Scooby decides to book a vaca­tion on an ocean liner. The prob­lem is, that the ship is headed for the Bermuda Tri­an­gle. All the other pas­sen­gers are also ghosts.

Watch “Clock Clean­ers” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Top Cat” film purrs to record in Mexican theaters

Don Gato y Su Pandilla (Top Cat)

Don Gato y Su Pandilla (Top Cat)

A fea­ture ver­sion of Hanna-Barbera’s “Top Cat” series has bro­ken the open­ing week­end record for a Mex­i­can film at that country’s box office.

Don Gato y Su Pandilla grossed almost $3.2 mil­lion in Mex­ico. Dis­trib­uted by Warner Bros., it was shown in 2D and 3D on over 1,000 screens.

Rev­enues exceeded those for all Hol­ly­wood movies, includ­ing Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Friends with Ben­e­fits.

The movie was expected to debut well in Mex­ico, where Top Cat has always been popular.

Two of Latin America’s lead­ing ani­ma­tion firms, Mexico’s Anima Estu­dios and Argentina’s Illu­sion Stu­dios, pro­duced Don Gato y Su Pandilla.

Three ani­mated pic­tures are among the most suc­cess­ful open­ing films of all time in Mexico.

Cre­ative con­sul­tant Colin Brady — char­ac­ter designer for Toy Story– and screen­writ­ers Kevin Sec­cia and Tim Mck­eon worked with Mex­i­can direc­tor Alberto Mar on the feature.

The Top Cat movie will open Octo­ber 13 in Argentina and Peru, said Anima Estu­dios pro­ducer Jose Car­los Gar­cia de Let­ona. Sales are in “advanced nego­ti­a­tions” for six other South Amer­i­can coun­tries, he added.

Nemo, Little Mermaid swimming to theaters in 3D

Finding Nemo (2003) - PIXAR

Find­ing Nemo (2003) — PIXAR

Find­ing Nemo,” “The Lit­tle Mer­maid,” “Beauty And The Beast” and “Mon­sters, Inc.” will make their 3D the­atri­cal debuts in 2012 and 2013, The Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios announced Tuesday.

Great sto­ries and great char­ac­ters are time­less, and at Dis­ney, we’re for­tu­nate to have a trea­sure trove of both,” said Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios pres­i­dent Alan Bergman.

On the heels of the phe­nom­e­nal suc­cess of The Lion King 3D — which was set to cross the $80 mil­lion mark at the domes­tic box office Tues­day — The Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios announced lim­ited the­atri­cal engage­ments for four of its clas­sic films for the first time in 3D.

The fol­low­ing titles from Walt Dis­ney and Pixar Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios will be released in 2012 and 2013:

Beauty And The Beast – Jan­u­ary 13, 2012
Disney-Pixar’s Find­ing Nemo – Sep­tem­ber 14, 2012
Disney-Pixar’s Mon­sters, Inc. – Jan­u­ary 18, 2013 (Mon­sters Uni­ver­sity, a pre­quel to the orig­i­nal film, arrives in the­aters in Dis­ney Dig­i­tal 3D on June 21, 2013)
The Lit­tle Mer­maid – Sep­tem­ber 13, 2013

We’re thrilled to give audi­ences of all ages the chance to expe­ri­ence these beloved tales in an excit­ing new way with 3D — and in the case of younger gen­er­a­tions, for the first time on the big screen,” said Bergman.

Orig­i­nally released in 1991, Beauty And The Beast is a clas­sic “tale as old as time” that fol­lows the adven­tures of Belle, a bright young woman impris­oned in the cas­tle of a mys­te­ri­ous beast and his enchanted staff, who must learn the most impor­tant les­son of all — that true beauty comes from within. Beauty and the Beast was the first ani­mated film ever nom­i­nated for an Acad­emy Award for Best Pic­ture, earn­ing an addi­tional five Oscar nom­i­na­tions and win­ning two. It has grossed $380.4 mil­lion worldwide.

First released in 2003, Disney-Pixar’s Find­ing Nemo takes audi­ences into a whole new world in this under­sea adven­ture about fam­ily, courage and chal­lenges. When Mar­lin, an overly cau­tious clown­fish liv­ing in the Great Bar­rier Reef, help­lessly watches his son get scooped up by a diver, he must put aside his fears of the ocean and leave the safety of his coral enclave to find Nemo. Buoyed by the com­pan­ion­ship of Dory, a for­get­ful but relent­lessly opti­mistic fish, Mar­lin finds him­self the unlikely hero in a seem­ingly impos­si­ble land-and-sea res­cue. Find­ing Nemo won an Acad­emy Award for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture and was nom­i­nated for three oth­ers. With a total of $867.6 mil­lion world­wide, it was the sec­ond highest-grossing film of 2003.

In 2001, Disney-Pixar released Mon­sters, Inc. Lov­able Sul­ley and his wise­crack­ing side­kick Mike Wazowski are the top scare team at Mon­sters, Inc., the scream-processing fac­tory in Mon­s­trop­o­lis. But when a lit­tle girl named Boo wan­ders into their world, it’s up to Sul­ley and Mike to keep her out of sight and get her back home. Mon­sters, Inc. shat­tered every DVD-era home enter­tain­ment sales record when 11 mil­lion DVD/VHS copies were sold dur­ing its first week of release. It won an Acad­emy Award for Best Song and has grossed $526.9 mil­lion worldwide.

Released in 1989, The Lit­tle Mer­maid stars Ariel, a fun-loving and mis­chie­vous mer­maid, off on the adven­ture of a life­time with her best friend, the adorable Floun­der, and the reggae-singing Caribbean crab Sebas­t­ian. But it will take all of her courage and deter­mi­na­tion to make her dreams come true and save her father’s beloved king­dom from the sneaky sea witch Ursula. One of the most cel­e­brated ani­mated films of all time, The Lit­tle Mer­maid was nom­i­nated for three Acad­emy Awards, win­ning two. It has grossed $228.9 mil­lion worldwide.