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.