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.

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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.

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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.

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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.