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Monthly Archives: August 2012
Upset with Disney for their continued lobbying efforts to secure copyright extensions for Mickey Mouse and other early characters, Los Angeles street artist Denmark has taken to the streets. Denmark has modified numerous stop signs in the Burbank area to resemble the classic Mickey Mouse profile, and including a message reading, “Copyright Extension needs to stop”.
Laika Entertainment’s “ParaNorman,” an animated comedy thriller starring a small-town boy who battles zombies, opened at third place in the North American box office this weekend with $14 million.
You’d think that a cartoon picture of Bobby Hill (of King of the Hill fame) on an ID card would raise booze salesmen’s eyebrows.
But in an undercover operation, a teenager used it successfully to buy alcohol six times in England’s Nottinghamshire county. Moreover, the age given on the card was 17 — under legal drinking age in Britain.
“The Last Belle,” by Neil Boyle of the United Kingdom, won the Grand award in Animation at FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival.
At this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival, China’s The Monkey King gets an eye-popping 3D restoration on its 50th anniversary; A Liar’s Autobiography (also in 3D) celebrates Graham Chapman’s inimitable work with Monty Python; and Persistence of Vision tells the story of what could have been the greatest animated feature of all time, The Thief and the Cobbler.
The Walt Disney Company is not proceeding with Henry Selick’s still-untitled stop-motion animated film, crew members on the project were told Tuesday afternoon.
Known only as “Untitled Henry Selick 3-D Project,” it was scheduled for release October 4, 2013. About 150 San Francisco-based artists were ready to complete work on the movie, which started shooting last summer.
Animation by the National Film Board of Canada will be showcased at the 36th Montreal World Film Festival, which runs from August 23 to September 3. The event will screen three NFB animated short films in their French versions, including MacPherson, by Martine Chartrand. Two more NFB animated shorts, The Banquet of the Concubine (Folimage/Foliascope/NFB/Nadasdy Film), by Hefang Wei, and It’s a Dog’s Life (Folimage/NFB), by Julie Rembauville and Nicolas Bianco-Levrin, have been selected.
“Asura,” by Keiichi Sato, and “A Letter to Momo,” by Hiroyuki Okiura, tied for the Audience Award for Best Animated Feature at the 16th Fantasia International Film Festival, which ended Thursday in Montreal.
Canadian-born essayist, journalist and actor David Rakoff, a writer for The New York Times Magazine and many other publications, died Thursday evening. He was 47.
Rakoff was in the voice cast of the 2009 Williams Street animated pilot Snake ‘n’ Bacon. Based on the creations of American cartoonist and illustrator Michael Kupperman, it aired on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim channel.
The Toronto International Film Festival is set to present 44 world-class Canadian short films, including four with animation, in this year’s Short Cuts Canada program.
With a lineup as diverse in themes and cultures as the country itself, six engaging programs will represent the styles of both accomplished and emerging directors from across Canada. From strong social statements to deadpan humor, Short Cuts Canada programmers Alex Rogalski and Magali Simard received nearly 700 entries — the most submissions to date for the program — indicating steady growth in film talent in Canada.
Strong ticket sales to such films as “Brave” helped third-quarter profit at Disney’s movie studio zoom to $313 million from $49 million a year ago.
The third installment of DreamWorks Animation’s Panda series, “Kung Fu Panda 3″ will be made in China as a co-production with DWA, a new Chinese joint venture announced Monday.
The Rhode Island International Film Festival hosts an unforgettable showcase from across the globe in “Where Dreams Are Born,” a two-hour collection of animated shorts from Britain, Spain, Australia, Germany and the United States.