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Monthly Archives: April 2012
Combining live action with animation, Pathe’s release of the adventure story Houba! Sur la Piste du Marsupilami stayed at No. 1 spot in France for the third weekend in a row.
Tight security marked Thursday’s resumption in the trial of a Tunisian TV station director charged with violating sacred values and disturbing public order for having screened the Franco-Iranian animated feature film Persepolis.
Blame it all on an embarrassment of Rich’s. After less than three years in the job, Rich Ross has quit as chairman of the Walt Disney Company’s movie studio.
Under his watch, the Mouse House released this spring’s partly animated John Carter, one of Hollywood’s biggest bombs in recent years. The big-budget science-fiction saga had been years in the development, with costs zooming to over $250 million.
CotD: Despite the strong racial overtones of the film, “Bugs Bunny Nips The Nips” has been released to home video, and was not even included in WB’s “Censored Eleven” cartoons.
CotD: Over a dozen studio pooled their biggest stars in “Goldilocks And The Three Bears”, the Bear Family faces “Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue” to help show kids the evils of taking drugs.
Sony Pictures Animation troubled production of the 3D animated Hotel Transylvania has something to show for the nearly 10 years in production it has seen. A first trailer. A first look at Adam Sandler’s Dracula as he parades around his stylish resort for overworked monsters.
The House of Mouse plans to adapt “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride,” a theme park ride that started when Disneyland opened in 1955, into a live-action/CGI hybrid feature film.
CotD: Reprising their first appearance in “Goldilocks And The Three Bears”, the Bear Family faces “A Rainy Day” and some incredible animation of the roof shingles turning into big waves.
Stop-motion animation studio Laika Entertainment has put the grabs on Philip Reeve’s book Goblins for a possible new film. The British novel has yet to be released in the United States. Reeve also wrote the award-winning book Mortal Engine.
DreamWorks Animation is partnering with Wal-Mart in rolling out a new disc-to-digital cloud movie service for consumers.
Dreamworks is now the sixth Hollywood studio to join with Wal-Mart, which will charge $2 to make a copy of a movie in the “cloud” that can be accessed from any compatible digital device ($5 to convert the movie to high-definition). The Glendale studio will make all of its previously released DVDs, including the “Shrek” and “Madagascar” series and “How to Train Your Dragon,” available for consumers to convert into digital copies stored on Wal-Mart’s Vudu service. The service launched Monday in about 3,500 Wal-Mart stores across the U.S.
The body of Men at Work flautist Greg Ham was found shortly after midday Thursday (local time) at a house in Melbourne, Australia’s inner north. Ham was 58.
CotD: The very first Warner Brothers theatrical cartoon, “Sinkin’ In The Bathtub” also saw the screen appearance of Bosko and Honey.
Storyboard artist Jose “Zaldy” Silverio, who worked for Nickelodeon since 2002, died March 13.
His age was not immediately available.