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Disneyland Paris staff who dress up as such characters as Mickey, Donald Duck and Goofy have withdrawn from “Meet and Greet” events to protest the return of a senior colleague who was accused of sexually harassing women.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

Enjoy.



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

Brave

Brave

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.