Monthly Archives: May 2012

Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie voicing animated film

The Canterville Ghost

The Can­ter­ville Ghost

Long­time friends Stephen Fry and Hugh Lau­rie are reunit­ing for an ani­mated film to be released on Christ­mas Day 2014.

Fry told Twit­ter fans that he and the House actor are “cook­ing up a project together.”

Later, he announced: “M’coll Hugh & I will be work­ing together to voice the new ani­mated fea­ture of Oscar Wilde’s The Can­ter­ville Ghost.”

Fry is one of the film’s exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers. Being made by France’s Mel­moth Films, Britain’s Sprout Pic­tures and Canada’s Arc Pro­duc­tions, the fea­ture film is now in pre-production.

He tweeted a poster for The Can­ter­ville Ghost, based on Wilde’s clas­sic story. Fry’s and Laurie’s names receive top billing.

Friends in uni­ver­sity, the pair gained fame in Britain as com­edy duo Fry and Lau­rie. After meet­ing at Cam­bridge, they joined forces on sev­eral TV shows, includ­ing Jeeves and Wooster. Lau­rie played Bertie Wooster, while Fry por­tayed valet Jeeves.

They also received crit­i­cal plau­dits for their BBC sketch show A Bit of Fry & Lau­rie.

Hair-Raising Hare (1946) — Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Hair-Raising Hare

Hair-Raising Hare

#CotD: The orange, sneaker-wearing mon­ster first appeared in “Hair-Raising Hare” but he was not yet called Gossamer.

Hair-Raising Hare (1946) — Mer­rie Melodies Car­toon Series

A mad sci­en­tist needs spec­i­mens for his exper­i­ments. Lured to the scientist’s lair in a cas­tle by a sexy mechan­i­cal rab­bit, Bugs is hunted down through the dun­geon by the big orange mon­ster (so scary that it fright­ens its own mir­ror image away) who wants the bunny for dinner.

You can watch “Hair-Raising Hare” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Mickey and Donald Strike at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

Dis­ney­land Paris

Dis­ney­land Paris staff who dress up as such char­ac­ters as Mickey, Don­ald Duck and Goofy have with­drawn from “Meet and Greet” events to protest the return of a senior col­league who was accused of sex­u­ally harass­ing women.

They are angry that the alleged offender was allowed to work due to “lack of evidence.”

We are all hugely pro­fes­sional, but have every right to go on strike if we believe that some­one who should not be here is work­ing along­side us. We also object to low pay,” an unnamed insider from the depart­ment was quoted as say­ing by the Daily Mail.

The Dis­ney board in Paris coun­tered that there was insuf­fi­cient evi­dence to have the alleged harass­ment offender charged. It denied that staff have the right to “opt out” of their duties, and has vowed to impose strong finan­cial penal­ties on strikers.

As well, strikes are being orga­nized as part of a union drive for pay raises.

Last week, besides the can­cel­la­tions of “Meet and Greet” ses­sions in Cafe Mickey, such hugely pop­u­lar events as Magic on Parade event and the Cow­boy Cook­out Bar­beque have been pulled.

All of the char­ac­ters involved come from Disneyland’s enter­tain­ment department.

Hun­dreds of mem­bers of four pow­er­ful unions have been demon­strat­ing out­side the theme park on the out­skirts of Paris.

It’s unfor­tu­nate, but we have to defend our rights as wage earn­ings. We have offered a com­pro­mise to man­age­ment, and it’s up to them to respond,” said David Char­p­en­tier, of the FO trade union.

A “gen­eral increase of 1.5 per cent” was being offered, said Daniel Dreux, Disneyland’s human resources man­ager. He called for “real­ism and com­mon sense” from strikers.

Super Mario Bros. creator wins major Spanish prize

Shigeru Miyamoto

Shigeru Miyamoto

Shigeru Miyamoto, cre­ator of such hit video games as Super Mario Bros. and Don­key Kong — both adapted into car­toon series — won a $64,000 award Wednes­day for “rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing” the industry.

The Nin­tendo game designer received an award for com­mu­ni­ca­tions and human­i­ties from the jury of Spain’s pres­ti­gious Prince of Asturias Prize.

The prize is given to an indi­vid­ual or insti­tu­tion whose work “rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to uni­ver­sal culture.”

DiC Entertainment’s 1989 The Super Mario Broth­ers Super Show included the 104-episode The Super Mario Broth­ers and the 13-episode The Leg­end of Zelda. Miyamoto, now 59, cre­ated the lat­ter in 1986. The res­cue game was inspired by the lakes, caves and forests around his house where Miyamoto would spend hours playing.

Also from DiC came The Adven­tures of Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990) and the brief 1991 series Super Mario World.

Don­key Kong inspired the 1983 Ruby-Spears Pro­duc­tions series Don­key Kong and Don­key Kong Jr., both seg­ments of Sat­ur­day Super­cade, in addi­tion to Nel­vana Limited’s Don­key Kong Coun­try (1998–2000).

Prince of Asturias Prize jurors praised Miyamoto for “exclud­ing vio­lence from his cre­ations” and mak­ing video games “a medium capa­ble of bring­ing peo­ple together regard­less of sex, age or social or cul­tural status.”

Miyamoto said he was “very hon­ored” and “hum­bled” to receive the award. The cre­ator of over 100 games added in a state­ment: “I will con­tinue my efforts so that video games will con­tin­u­ously be able to offer fun and joy to peo­ple of all gen­er­a­tions all around the world.”

The com­mu­ni­ca­tions and human­i­ties award is one of eight given annu­ally in var­i­ous fields by the Asturias Foun­da­tion. Beyond the cash prize, win­ners receive a sculp­ture designed by late Cata­lan artist Joan Miro.

Miyamoto was born in Sonobe in Kyoto, He joined Nin­tendo in 1977 after study­ing indus­trial design. His love of design and music as first par­layed into suc­cess in 1981 with the launch of Don­key Kong.

Pre­vi­ous Prince of Asturias Prize win­ners include Google, the National Geo­graphic Soci­ety and CNN. Britain’s centuries-old sci­ence insti­tute The Royal Soci­ety received the award last year.

Mike’s New Car (2002) — Theatrical Short

Mike's New Car

Mike’s New Car

#CotD: The the­atri­cally released short from Mon­sters, Inc. “Mike’s New Car” won an Acad­emy Award for short film.

Mike’s New Car (2002) — The­atri­cal Short

Based on the char­ac­ters from Mon­sters, Inc., Mike get’s a new car, and wants to show it off to his pal Sully.

You can watch “Mike’s New Car” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Redux Riding Hood Redux

Redux Riding Hood

Redux Rid­ing Hood

In the mid-1990’s, Dis­ney ani­ma­tion was on a high– The Lion King and Toy Story were excit­ing audi­ences and dri­ving peo­ple in to the­aters and back to ani­ma­tion. In those heady days, Dis­ney was want­ing to try new things in the short depart­ment, too: Run­away Brain was the first new Mickey Mouse short in over 40 years. And then there was Redux Rid­ing Hood

Dur­ing these times, a whole new series was con­tem­plated. To be titled Totally Twisted Fairy Tales, the series would be a the­atri­cal Dis­ney ver­sion of Frac­tured Fairy Tales. Ini­tially, four shorts were planned. Three were even started… the other two being “Jack in the Beanstalk” and “The Three Lit­tle Pigs.” Only the one was ever made– pro­duced in New Zealand and directed by Steve Moore. Unfor­tu­nately, the pow­ers that be had taken a dif­fer­ent tack, and the series was quashed. And that one film– despite being nom­i­nated for an Acad­emy Award– was rel­e­gated for a lim­ited release in the art film cir­cuit. Until now. Direc­tor Steve Moore has uploaded a ver­sion to Youtube so that this very rare and funny short can be seen and enjoyed again.

Direc­tor Moore gives a great account of the pro­duc­tion of the fea­turette on his ani­ma­tion Flip Blog. He recouts that Redux Rid­ing Hood “would take me to the sixth row at the Oscars. Dan O’Shannon, one of the top sit-com writ­ers around, had writ­ten a script about a wolf who, obsessed with his fail­ure to catch Red Rid­ing Hood, builds a time machine to go back and do it right. It was Dan’s con­cept, and the script was hilarious.”

He goes on to dis­cuss his choices in pro­duc­tion design, cast­ing and the jazz sound­track. But most impor­tantly, he brings the film back out for peo­ple to enjoy once again. The film is view­able on the video page from our Redux Rid­ing Hood page.


Ice Age Experience at San Diego Zoo

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift

Over the week­end, The San Diego Zoo, in con­junc­tion with Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox Con­sumer Prod­ucts and SimeEx-Iwerks,unveiled the new Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs — The 4-D Expe­ri­ence. The com­pletely immer­sive attrac­tion takes the Ice Age action from the big screen and brings it directly to the viewer by com­bin­ing 3-D film ele­ments from the third film in the fran­chise with an exhil­a­rat­ing array of syn­chro­nized phys­i­cal effects.

Keke Palmer, who voices Peaches, a young wooly mam­moth, in the upcom­ing fea­ture film Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift was on hand for the opening.

Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift opens in the­aters every­where on July 13th 2012.

Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer


The Karnival Kid (1929) — Mickey Mouse Theatrical Cartoon Series

The Karnival Kid

The Kar­ni­val Kid

#CotD: The ninth released Mickey Mouse film„ “The Kar­ni­val Kid” was the first in which the rodent speaks.

The Kar­ni­val Kid (1929) — Mickey Mouse The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

When Mickey starts sell­ing hot dogs at the fair, he nat­u­rally has a rivalry with Kat Nipp. Later, he ser­e­nades “shimmy dancer” Min­nie with the help of two rowdy cat pals.

Come see “The Kar­ni­val Kid” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Disney’s Golden Anniversary Of Snow White (1955) — Disney Special

Disney's Golden Anniversary Of Snow White

Disney’s Golden Anniver­sary Of Snow White

#CotD: Fifty years after Walt Disney’s first fea­ture length ani­mated film hit the­aters, “Disney’s Golden Anniver­sary Of Snow White” looks at the legacy of the film.

Disney’s Golden Anniver­sary Of Snow White (1955) — Dis­ney Special

Host Dick Van Dyke takes a look back at Walt Disney’s sem­i­nal motion pic­ture Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs in this TV spe­cial mark­ing the fifti­eth anniver­sary of the films released. The spe­cial induced the first air­ing of the Dwarves infa­mous “Soup Scene” which was ani­mated but never made it into the final film.

Come see “Disney’s Golden Anniver­sary Of Snow White” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Brave To Open June 18 at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre



Disney-Pixar’s “Brave” extends its pio­neer­ing spirit to its world pre­miere on June 18, mark­ing the grand open­ing of Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.

The red-carpet event is a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion for Film Independent’s 2012 Los Ange­les Film Festival.

Pre­mier­ing in Dolby 3D, a state-of-the-art imag­ing solu­tion pro­vid­ing audi­ences with a supe­rior 3D expe­ri­ence, Brave is an epic tale set in the mys­ti­cal Scot­tish High­lands where the film’s head­strong pro­tag­o­nist, Merida, is forced to dis­cover the mean­ing of true brav­ery. The film hits the­atres across North Amer­ica on June 22.

With a spir­ited hero­ine and enchant­ing set­ting in the ancient Scot­tish High­lands, Brave rep­re­sents some excit­ing firsts for Pixar,” said Ricky Strauss, pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing at the Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios. “We are proud that the world pre­miere of Brave will serve as the inau­gural pre­miere at the new Dolby The­atre as part of the LA Film Fes­ti­val, a fit­ting way to launch Merida’s extra­or­di­nary adventure.”

Accord­ing to Ramzi Haidamus, exec­u­tive vice-president of sales and mar­ket­ing at Dolby Lab­o­ra­to­ries, the 180,000-square-foot, 3,400-seat Dolby The­atre will be a world stage for enter­tain­ment and a top venue to host world pre­mieres and launch events.

The world pre­miere of Disney-Pixar’s Brave in con­junc­tion with the LA Film Fes­ti­val is per­fect for kick­ing off the next era for Dolby,” said Haidamus. “We are com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing the best enter­tain­ment expe­ri­ences, and now with the grand open­ing of the Dolby The­atre, we are hon­ored to host the best as well. This is the first of many exclu­sive and excit­ing events — from movie pre­mieres to awards cer­e­monies — in which Dolby and our tech­nolo­gies will play a fea­tured role.”

Cel­e­brat­ing 18 years, the Los Ange­les Film Fes­ti­val will make the spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion avail­able to fes­ti­val atten­dees with plat­inum all-access or gold passes. An addi­tional gala screen­ing of the film will be held the next day at Regal Cin­e­mas at L.A. LIVE for pass and ticket holders.

We are thrilled to present the world pre­miere of Brave, a beau­ti­ful adven­ture story, to our LA Film Fest audi­ence,” said fes­ti­val direc­tor Stephanie Allain. “As Disney-Pixar’s first film with a female pro­tag­o­nist, it fits per­fectly with our cel­e­bra­tion of Women in Ani­ma­tion pro­gram­ming we’ll be hold­ing dur­ing the Festival.”

The Brave world pre­miere is spon­sored by VisitScotland.