Monthly Archives: June 2012

Big Mouse Take (1965) – Loopy de Loop Episode Guide

Big Mouse Take

Big Mouse Take

#CotD: From Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera first theatrical series on their own, “Big Mouse Take” was also their only theatrical series.

Big Mouse Take (1965) – Loopy de Loop Episode Guide

Loopy steps in for a cat to catch Bigelow the mouse.

You can watch “Big Mouse Take” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Lilo & Stitch (2002) – Disney Theatrical Film

Lilo & Stitch

Lilo & Stitch

#CotD: Disney’s second most commercially successful animated film of it’s time, “Lilo & Stitch” was unique in it’s throw-back watercolor backgrounds.

Lilo & Stitch (2002) – Disney Theatrical Film

Lilo is a five-year-old Hawaiian girl. She loves taking care of wild animals. Meanwhile, in space, alien authorities have captured the most dangerous of all criminals, Stitch. They are intent on sending him to a prison planet. Stitch does not agree with their plans, and steals a rocket and makes his escape.

The rocket crash-lands on earth, and Stitch- who looks a bit like a six-legged dog- escapes and ends up in an animal shelter. Of course, Lilo sees him and, since he’s obviously the most unusual and needy of all the dogs, she takes him home.

You can watch “Lilo & Stitch” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

The Lion King (1994) – Disney Theatrical Film

The Lion King

The Lion King

#CotD: The most commercially successful animated film of it’s time, “The Lion King” was criticized by as being little more than an animated Hamlet.

The Lion King (1994) – Disney Theatrical Film

A young lion cub, Simba, struggles to follow in the regal paw prints of his father, King Mufasa, after Mufasa is killed through the treachery of his uncle Scar. Simba is convinced that he is actually responsible for his father’s death, and Scar urges him to run away from the Pride lands and never return.

Frightened and guilt-stricken, Simba flees into exile where he is befriended by Pumbaa, a warmhearted warthog, and Timon, his freewheeling Meerkat companion. Simba adopts their attitude of “Hakuna Matata” (no worries), until he matures into an adult lion.

When his childhood friend, Nala, arrives on the scene, Simba is persuaded to take his rightful place as king, returning to the Pride lands which have suffered under Scar’s reign.

You can watch “The Lion King” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Hercules (1997) – Disney Theatrical Film

Hercules

Hercules

#CotD: From Zero to Hero, “Hercules ” flip-flopped the traditional roles of Hera and Hades.

Hercules (1997) – Disney Theatrical Film

A Disney update of classic mythology. Hercules, the son of the Greek Gods Zeus and Hera, is abducted from his Mount Olympus home and taken to Earth by Pain and Panic- the sidekicks of Hades, the God of the Underworld. The fiery figure sees Zeus’s son and an obstacle to his plans to take over Olympus. Pain and Panic bungle their mission by not administering the whole bottle of poison, which leaves the infant with god-like strength but human mortality.

As Hercules grows up, he discovers the truth of his origins, and sets out to prove himself a true hero (with the help of veteran hero-trainer Philoctetes) so he can return to his home on Olympus. Hades tries to kill him with a variety of calamities including a multi-headed Hydra, a Minotaur, a Cyclops and an army to Titans. Along the way, Herc meets and falls in love with Megara, not knowing she is another of Hades pawns. Only after saving her from the Underworld does Hercules discover what it really is to be a hero.

You can watch “Hercules ” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Fox and Blue Sky Studios announce “Epic” casting

Blue Sky Studios

Blue Sky Studios

Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios announced Thursday the voice cast for Epic, a 3D CG action-adventure comedy that reveals a hidden world unlike any other.

From the creators of Ice Ageand Rio, Epic tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and the forces of evil. When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters in order to save their world… and ours.

Beyonce Knowles, one of the most widely recognized and highly respected women in pop culture and star of the upcoming A Star Is Born, voices Queen Tara; Colin Farrell (Total Recall) is Ronin; Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) is Nod; Amanda Seyfried (Dear John) portrays Mary Katherine; and Johnny Knoxville (Jackass) voices Mandrake.

Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) portrays Mub, and rapper Pitbull voices Bufo. Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses and the upcoming The Campaign) portrays Bomba, and rock legend and American Idol judge Steven Tyler is Nim Galuu.

Co-starring are Blake Anderson (Workaholics) as Dagda, and Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) as Larry.

Epic charges into theaters everywhere May 24, 2013. The film is directed by Academy Award-winner Chris Wedge, and produced by Lori Forte (Ice Age: Continental Drift) and Jerry Davis (Robots).

Alan Horn named chairman of Walt Disney Studios

Alan Horn

Alan Horn

Former Warner Bros. Entertainment president Alan Horn has been named chairman of the Walt Disney Studios effective June 11, Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced Thursday.

The move is an attempt to reverse the missteps that led to partly animated movie disaster John Carter. Horn begins slightly less than former chairman Rich Ross resigned — a move widely seen as serving as the fall guy for sci-fi bomb John Carter, a $200 million money-loser.

Horn, 69, will oversee worldwide operations for The Walt Disney Studios, including production, distribution and marketing for animated and live-action and films from Disney, Pixar and Marvel, as well as marketing and distribution for DreamWorks Studios films released under the Touchstone Pictures banner. As well, Disney’s music and theatrical divisions will report to Horn.

Horn has been a prominent figure in the film and TV industry, overseeing creative executive teams responsible for some of the world’s most successful entertainment properties, including the Harry Potter film franchise and the hit series Seinfeld.

“Alan not only has an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience in the business, he has a true appreciation of movie making as both an art and a business,” said Iger. “He’s earned the respect of the industry for driving tremendous, sustained creative and financial success, and is also known and admired for his impeccable taste and integrity. He brings all of this to his new role leading our studio group, and I truly look forward to working with him.”

“I’m incredibly excited about joining The Walt Disney Company, one of the most iconic and beloved entertainment companies in the world,” said Horn. “I love the motion picture business and look forward to making a contribution as part of Bob Iger’s team working closely with the dedicated and talented group at the studio.”

“To me, he seems like the best of both worlds,” said UCLA screenwriting professor Richard Walter. “People who want successful franchises can say, ‘Look, we’ve got Alan Horn.’ People who want riskier productions can say, ‘Hey, we’ve got Alan Horn.'”

A day before the announcement, Iger told an analysts’ conference that he was looking for someone who could give consistency. “We’ve got a business that has done well on the animated front and on the Marvel front, but our results on the live-action front have been inconsistent this year in particular,” Iger said. “The goal is to find a management team that is capable of creating higher-quality films under the Disney live-action banner on a more consistent basis.”

Disney hopes to produce two animated movies per year under the Disney or Pixar banners.

Horn was most recently president and chief operating officer of Warner Bros. Entertainment, where he had oversight of the studios’ theatrical and home entertainment operations, including the Warner Bros. Pictures Group, Warner Premiere (direct-to-platform production), Warner Bros. Theatrical Ventures (live stage) and Warner Home Video. During his 12-year tenure, Warner Bros. Studios was the global box office leader seven times.

Among the numerous critically acclaimed films and box office hits released during his tenure is Happy Feet.

Before joining Warner Bros., Horn co-founded Castle Rock Entertainment, where he served as chairman and CEO. He oversaw the creation of many critically acclaimed and beloved films, including Best Picture Oscar nominees A Few Good Men, The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, as well as When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers, In the Line of Fire and the most successful show in television history, Seinfeld. Horn has also served as president and chief operating officer of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, and was chairman and CEO of Embassy Communications.

He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the American Film Institute and the Museum of Broadcasting. He serves on the board of directors of the American Film Institute, as a vice-chairman of the Natural Resources Defense Council, is a co-founder of the Environmental Media Association, is on the board of trustees for the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, and is on the board of Harvard-Westlake School.

Colbert, Janney join “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” cast

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Stephen Colbert (“The Colbert Report”), Emmy winner Allison Janney (The Help, The West Wing), Ellie Kemper (Bridesmaids, The Office), Ariel Winter (Modern Family) and Stephen Tobolowsky (Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Californication) have joined DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which is now scheduled to be released on November 8, 2013, the studio announced Tuesday.

They join previously announced cast members Ty Burrell (Modern Family) and Max Charles (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Three Stooges).

The film had previously been slated for March 14, 2014, a release date now planned for the studio’s Me and My Shadow.

“These incredible casting additions have elevated Mr. Peabody & Sherman to a new level of excitement, and we are truly fortunate to work with so many talented actors,” said DreamWorks Animation chief creative officer Bill Damaschke. “I’m certain that their collective passion and enthusiasm for the film will bring the classic characters of Mr. Peabody & Sherman to new life and thrill audiences of all ages when we open in November of next year.”

Mr. Peabody & Sherman is directed by Rob Minkoff (The Lion King, Stuart Little) and produced by Alex Schwartz (Journey to the Center of the Earth, Bridge to Terabithia) and Denise Cascino (Megamind, Shrek The Third). It is being written by Craig Wright (United States of Tara, Six Feet Under), with revisions by Michael McCullers (Baby Mama, Austin Powers in Goldmember). Bullwinkle Studios’ Tiffany Ward and Classic Media’s Eric Ellenbogen are serving as executive producers on the film, along with Jason Clark (Monster House, Stuart Little).

Based on Jay Ward’s classic cartoon, Mr. Peabody is the world’s smartest person who happens to be a dog. When his “pet” boy Sherman uses their time-traveling WABAC machine without permission, events in history spiral out of control to disastrous and comical results. It’s up to this most unexpected of father-son teams to somehow put things back on track before the space-time continuum is irreparably destroyed.

Grease (1978) – Paramount Pictures Theatrical Film

Grease

Grease

#CotD: A live-action film with an animated opening sequence, “Grease” was based in a Broadway play.

Grease (1978) – Paramount Pictures Theatrical Film

John Travolta solidified his position as the most versatile and magnetic screen presence of the decade in this film version of the smash hit play Grease. Recording star Olivia Newton-John made her American film debut as Sandy, Travolta’s naive love interest. The impressive supporting cast reads like a “who’s who” in this quintessential musical about the fabulous ’50s. Grease is not just a nostalgic look at a simpler decade- it’s an energetic and exciting musical homage to the age of rock ‘n’ roll.

You can watch “Grease” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Kurenai No Buta (Porco Rosso) (1992) – Studio Ghibli Theatrical Film

Kurenai No Buta (Porco Rosso)

Kurenai No Buta (Porco Rosso)

#CotD: Originally conceived as a 45-minute in-flight feature for Japan Air Lines, “Kurenai No Buta (Porco Rosso)” became the fourth-largest animated box-office draw in Japanese history.

Kurenai No Buta (Porco Rosso) (1992) – Studio Ghibli Theatrical Film

The adventures of a 1930s bush pilot who just happens to have the head of a pig. In 1930s Balkans, only one pilot rules the skies: Porco Rosso, a talented pilot who, due to a magic spell, has been transformed into a pig. Porco lives a happy life as a pilot for hire protecting airships from marauding pilots, resting on his private island and visiting his friend, beautiful hotel-owner Gina. But when a hot-headed American pilot arrives looking to make a name for himself by shooting down The Crimson Pig, Porco gets his battered plane back into shape with the help of a feisty teenage engineer called Fio.

You can watch “Kurenai No Buta (Porco Rosso)” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Madagascar 3 rules box office with $60.4M opening

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Leading a hugely successful North American box office, DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted opened with $60.4 million over the weekend.

Not far behind was Ridley Scott’s live-action alien tale Prometheus, which debuted at $50 million.

Madagascar 3 led among family audiences. Voice actors Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith and David Schwimmer were heard again as zoo animals who join a circus, continuing their travels.

Prometheus, from 20th Century Fox, overcame its R rating, which can cut into business. Moviegoers under 17 must see it with an adult.

In Prometheus, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron star in a remake of Scott’s 1979 science-fiction horror story Alien.