Monthly Archives: December 2012

Cartoon of the Day: Winnie The Pooh And Tigger Too

Winnie The Pooh And Tigger Too

Winnie The Pooh And Tigger Too

Today is actually the anniversary of TWO Winnie the Pooh specials, the aforementioned Winnie The Pooh And Tigger Too and, well, I’ll let you figure out the other one. Tigger released in 1974, the other one in 1968.

The inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood have a problem. Tigger has been getting on everybody’s nerves, tearing about the Wood and then turning to mischief. Rabbit calls a protest meeting the group decide to lose Tigger in the woods. They become lost in the attempt, and it is up to Tigger to rescue them. In his excitement, Tigger bounces himself and Roo onto a high tree limb, and he must promise never tp bounce again to be rescued.

This Pooh short captured the kindly spirit of Milne’s original stories, adding some clever interaction between the characters and off-screen narrator Sebastian Cabot. Another voice artist, Sterling Holloway, became forever identified with his pitch-perfect Pooh, delivering an “Oh, bother!” like no one else could. The compilation feature proved to be as successful as its individual parts, and new Pooh shorts, shows and features continued to be produced through the ensuing decades.

Rise of the Guardians Wins at Satellite Awards

Rise Of The Guardians

Rise Of The Guardians

Dreamworks Animation’s “Rise Of The Guardians” was named Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media at the Satellite Awards, held Sunday night by the International Press Academy at the Intercontinental Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Other nominees in the category were DWA’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Brave (Disney*Pixar), Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (20th Century Fox Animation), Wreck-it Ralph (Walt Disney Studios) and Frankenweenie (Walt Disney Pictures).

Two tunes from animated films had been nominated for Best Original Song: “Learn Me Right,” performed by Birdy and written by Birdy & Mumford And Sons, from Brave, and “Love Always Comes As A Surprise,” performed by Peter Asher and written by Peter Asher and Dave Stewart, from Madagascar 3. However, they lost to “Suddenly,” performed by Hugh Jackman and written by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boubil and Herbert Kretzmer, from the live-action Les Misérables.

The David O. Russell comedy Silver Linings Playbook won five awards, including Best Motion Picture.

Cartoon of the Day: A Flintstone Family Christmas

A Flintstone Family Christmas

A Flintstone Family Christmas

Time for a little reminder that it’s Christmastime, even in the stone age. Fred, Barney, Wilma and Betty all hang out for A Flintstone Family Christmas in this 1993 special.

The older generation Flintstones and Rubbles get involved with Stoney, a “caveless kid from the wrong side of the tar pits”, while awaiting the arrival of the newest members of the clan who were snowed in at O’Harestone Airport.

DWA’s Rise of the Guardians Surpasses $100M Abroad

Rise Of The Guardians

Rise Of The Guardians

Rise of the Guardians” went past the $100 million benchmark at the foreign box office over the weekend.

A distant second at the movies, the DreamWorks Animation movie made $20.1 million in its fifth overseas weekend overseas from 7,400 venues in 59 countries. The total foreign gross now stands at $119.4 million.

Distributed by Paramount, Rise of the Guardians opened in second place in Australia, collecting $3.7 million from 259 locations.

Budgeted at $145 million, the animated fantasy features the voices of Alec Baldwin and Hugh Jackman. This week, it’s opening in India.

As in North America, the live-action The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey topped the foreign box office. It made $138.2 million at 18,200 screens in 56 countries.

Meanwhile, the Disney 3D family animated film Wreck-It Ralph brought in $4.7 million in its seventh week in 29 countries. It’s made $57.7 million in foreign countries so far. Strong North American results mean a worldwide total of $226.5 million.

Sony Animation’s horror comedy Hotel Transylvania, grossed $1.9 million at 1,755 screens in 50 overseas countries. Its total foreign gross has reached $162 million.

Hayao Miyazaki to Release First Animated Movie in 5 Years

Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises)

Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises)

Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki’s first film in five years will come out next year, distributor Toho announced Thursday.

Miyazaki will release wartime romance Kaze Tachinu, based on the novel of the same name, usually translated as The Wind Has Risen.

He created Spirited Away, which a 2003 Oscar for Best Animated Feature. His last movie was 2008’s Ponyo.

The protagonist of Kaze Tachinu is based on flight engineer Jiro Horikoshi, designer of the Zero fighter, Japan’s best known Second World War fighter aircraft.

Also next year, longtime Miyazaki collaborator Isao Takahata will release his first new film in over a decade. Kaguya Hime No Monogatari will be based on Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter). Japan’s oldest novel, Taketori Monogatari is thought to have been written over 1,000 years ago.

Cartoon of the Day: The Pink Phink

The Pink Phink

The Pink Phink

The first stand-alone theatrically release cartoon featuring the Pink Panther was The Pink Phink, released this day in 1964. Directed by Friz Freleng and co-directed by Hawley Pratt, this was a real one-of-as-kind cartoon.

When seeing a new house for sale, the Pink Panther sees Pale-Man- a caricature of Friz Freleng- painting the house blue. Through several antics, the Pink Panther eventually paints it pink. Pale-Man accidentally grows pink flora when burying tins of Pink paint. After seeing this, the Pink Panther eventually buys the house, painting Pale-Man pink to match.

We have all seen plenty of Pink Panther cartoons, what makes this one so unique? This was the first Pink Panther cartoon. But more unique than that this cartoon marks the first, and to date only  time a cartoon studio won an Oscar with its first cartoon release, and with a brand new character to boot.

Fox Animation Working On del Toro’s Book Of Life

Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro

Fox Animation Studios is joining producer Guillermo del Toro and Reel FX to work on the adventure movie Book of Life, to be released on October 10, 2014.

The movie was originally named Day of the Dead after the Mexican holiday. However, Pixar is working on a film by that title.

Mexican animator-director Jorge R. Guiterrez is directing Book of Life. He and Reel FX approached del Toro with the project.

Guiterrez’s works include Nickelodeon’s award-winning animated TV series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera.

Del Toro and Fox are not revealing the exact storyline of Book of Life.

Cartoon of the Day: Chicken Little

Chicken Little

Chicken Little

A couple days ago, I panned Chicken Little in CotD as the worst Disney feature animated film ever; this in NOT that Chicken Little. This one was directed by Clyde Geronimi, and produced in 1943. This one was a short.

The traditional story of the little chicken who believes that the sky is falling … but with a decidedly different ending. This adaptation of the tale points up the danger of believing and spreading rumors.

In the original version of this cartoon, Foxey Loxey reads the book ‘Mein Kampf.” In a re-released version, the title has been changed to read ‘Psychology.”

One of a series of four special animated films produced by the Disney Studios at the request of the U.S. government during World War II for the purpose of discrediting totalitarianism in general and Nazism in particular.

The Croods Coming Out of Cave at Berlin Festival

The Croods

The Croods

DreamWorks Animation’s prehistoric comedy-adventure movie The Croods will have its world premiere at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, it was revealed Thursday.

Directed by Kirk De Micco (Space Chimps) and Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon), and with the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds, the 3D movie will be screened out of competition.

Also known as the Berlinale, the festival runs from February 7 to 17 next year. The Croods is scheduled for general release March 22. Co-produced by Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures along with DWA, it will be distributed by 20th Century Fox.

The Croods takes us back to a previously undiscovered era in the history of our planet known as the Croodaceous, when nature was still a work-in-progress… full of never-before-seen creatures and landscapes.

An old school caveman must lead his family across a volatile prehistoric landscape in search of a new home. The outsized flora and fauna are challenge enough, but the real complication arises when the family is joined by an alarmingly modern caveman whose search for “tomorrow” is at odds with our hero’s reliance on the traditions of yesterday. The imaginative and resourceful newcomer helps the Croods navigate their way through the fantastic world beyond their cave.

This marks Sanders’ first work as a solo director for DreamWorks Animation. He had amassed a list of animation film credits for rival Disney.

DreamWorks first announced the movie — then titled Crood Awakening — in 2005 with British studio Aardman Animations, which had a five-picture agreement with DreamWorks at the time. Three films were made together. Financial results proved disappointing, so DreamWorks and Aardman parted ways in late January 2007.

Cartoon of the Day: Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Mickey's Christmas Carol

Mickey’s Christmas Carol

One of Disney’s very few holiday themed films, Mickey’s Christmas Carol was released on this date 29 years ago today. Animated by Glen Keane and Mark Henn among others, this featurette went on to get an Academy Award nomination in 1984.

A heartwarming Disney version of Dickens’ timeless classic. Mickey plays Bob Cratchit and Scrooge McDuck plays, of course, Scrooge.

The film was released with the 1983 re-release of Disney’s The Rescuers.