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Daffy’s Rhapsody” debuts in theaters February 10

Daffy's Rhapsody still

Daffy’s Rhap­sody still

Movie­go­ers see­ing the 3D fam­ily adven­ture “Jour­ney 2: The Mys­te­ri­ous Island” are in for a bonus reel of laughs and action with Daffy’s Rhap­sody.

The orig­i­nal Looney Tunes car­toon short makes its the­atri­cal debut in tan­dem with the fea­ture film release from New Line Cin­ema and Warner Bros. Pic­tures, open­ing across the United States on Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 10.

Three new images from this pic­ture have been released, and are nopw on the BCDB site. Click through the Car­toon Pic­tures From Daffy’s Rhap­sody link to see the newest images.

In Daffy’s Rhap­sody, a brand-new escapade star­ring Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck, a relax­ing evening at the the­ater turns into hunt­ing sea­son when Fudd is sur­prised by the unex­pected appear­ance of his per­pet­ual and ever-elusive tar­get, Daffy. As Elmer gives chase, Daffy clev­erly evades him while regal­ing the audi­ence with a song that illus­trates his plight — how hunters never leave him alone.

Fea­tur­ing an orig­i­nal story and all-new ani­ma­tion, the short stars the voice of the late, leg­endary Mel Blanc in Daffy’s song, recorded in the 1950s, along­side acclaimed voice actor Billy West’s cur­rent char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of Elmer Fudd. Directed by Matthew O’Callaghan, it is the sec­ond in a new series of three orig­i­nal 3D car­toon shorts cre­ated for the­atri­cal release, in keep­ing with Warner Bros. Animation’s com­mit­ment to present the Looney Tunes on the big screen as they were first enjoyed and embraced by audi­ences around the world.

Sam Reg­is­ter, exec­u­tive vice-president for cre­ative affairs of Warner Bros. Ani­ma­tion, served as exec­u­tive pro­ducer on Daffy’s Rhap­sody, as well as the first short of the series, last year’s I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat. He says, “Every­one grew up lov­ing the Looney Tunes char­ac­ters, and it has been both a great honor and an enor­mous chal­lenge to con­tinue the legacy of these ani­ma­tion icons and intro­duce them to a new gen­er­a­tion of fans. To hear the incom­pa­ra­ble Mel Blanc voic­ing these char­ac­ters once more is noth­ing short of a dream come true.”

As with Jour­ney 2: The Mys­te­ri­ous IslandDaffy’s Rhap­sody will screen in both 2D and 3D, and in IMAX where avail­able, in the­aters across the U.S.

Oscar-nominated “Rango” set for limited re-release

Rango

Rango

The now Acad­emy Award-nominated “Rango,” from direc­tor Gore Verbin­ski and star­ring the voice of Johnny Depp, sad­dles up for a one-week lim­ited engage­ment at the ArcLight Hol­ly­wood begin­ning this Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 27.

The orig­i­nal ani­mated comedy-adventure from Para­mount Pic­tures and Nick­elodeon Movies, which takes movie­go­ers for a walk in the Wild West, was nom­i­nated Tues­day morn­ing for an Oscar for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture Film.

Rango is the win­ner of the National Board of Review and Crit­ics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture, while top crit­ics’ groups around the United States — includ­ing Boston, Chicago, Los Ange­les, San Fran­cisco and Wash­ing­ton, D.C. — have declared it the best ani­mated film of 2011.

A chameleon liv­ing as an ordi­nary fam­ily pet, Rango dreams of being a fear­less hero and is chal­lenged to become just that when he inad­ver­tently becomes the sher­iff of a law­less desert town called Dirt.

Writ­ten by John Logan and directed by Gore Verbin­ski, Rango earned more than $230 mil­lion world­wide. The film also fea­tures the voices of Isla Fisher, Abi­gail Bres­lin, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Ned Beatty, Harry Dean Stan­ton, Ray Win­stone and Tim­o­thy Olyphant.

Feature “Back to the Sea” opens Friday in Canada

Back to the Sea

Back to the Sea

The ani­mated fea­ture film “Back to the Sea” will open in the­aters across Canada in both 2D and 3D on Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 27, Indus­try­Works Pic­tures announced.

Back to the Sea is a tale of adven­ture that fol­lows Kevin, a young fly­ing fish, who lives in New York Har­bor. He dreams of lead­ing his fam­ily back to Bar­ba­dos — the myth­i­cal king­dom of the fly­ing fish.

One fate­ful day, his adven­tur­ous nature finds him cap­tured by a fish­ing ship and deliv­ered to the fish tank of a Chi­nese restau­rant in New York City’s Chi­na­town, where he meets a quiet young boy who also longs for excite­ment and adven­ture. The two become friends and begin a dar­ing quest to get Kevin back to the sea. Bat­tling furi­ous chefs, evil thieves and hun­gry din­ers, the two heroes dis­cover the true mean­ing of friend­ship, fam­ily, and the impor­tance of fol­low­ing your dreams.

Directed by Thom Lu, the film is voiced by, among oth­ers, Chris­t­ian Slater (Break­ing In, Inter­view with the Vam­pire, Pump Up the Vol­ume, Robot Chicken) as Jack, the bad guy and rob­ber. Tim Curry (Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Show, The Wild Thorn­ber­rys) lends his voice to play Eric, Kevin’s father. Mark Hamill, best known for his lead­ing role as Luke Sky­walker in Star Wars, plays Bunker the wise old octo­pus, while Tom Kenny (Sponge­bob SquarePants) pro­vides the hilar­i­ous voice of Ben the Life Coach.

This is Indus­try­Works Pic­tures’ first the­atri­cal ani­ma­tion film, as well as its first co-production with China.

This is an impor­tant step for Canada, and a huge feat for the Vancouver-based inde­pen­dent film com­pany to enter into a part­ner­ship with a stu­dio like Glory & Dream Dig­i­tal Ani­ma­tion. They are one of the top com­pa­nies in ani­mated films in China, as is The Jiangsu Broad­cast Com­pany, the second-largest broad­cast com­pany in China. The expe­ri­ence has been some­thing quite incred­i­ble,” the com­pany said.

The 96-minute film is pro­duced by Calvin Yao; Ming Sun, Kathryn Grif­fiths, Evan Tylor and Tom Ray­cove are the exe­cu­tuve pro­duc­ers. Music is by Gor­don McGhie.

LA film critics give kudos to Verbinski’s “Rango”

Rango

Rango

Echo­ing its Washington-area coun­ter­part, the Los Ange­les Film Crit­ics Asso­ci­a­tion has given Gore Verbinski’s Rangoits award for Best Animation.

The Adven­tures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Uni­corn, directed by Steven Spiel­berg, was named runner-up in the cat­e­gory for the 37th annual Los Ange­les Film Crit­ics Asso­ci­a­tion Awards.

The Descen­dants was named Best Pic­ture, with The Tree of Life the runner-up. For their work on The Descen­dants, Alexan­der Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash were named runners-up for Best Screenplay.

Ter­rence Mal­ick won Best Direc­tor hon­ors for The Tree of Life. The pic­ture also won Emmanuel Lubezki a Best Cin­e­matog­ra­phy award.

Mar­tin Scors­ese was runner-up in the Best Direc­tor cat­e­gory for Hugo. Dante Fer­retti won Best Pro­duc­tion Design for the picture.

Michael Fass­ben­der won Best Actor hon­ors for his roles in A Dan­ger­ous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame and X-Men: First Class. Michael Shan­non was runner-up for Take Shel­ter.

Best Actress hon­ors went to Yin Jung-hee for Poetry, while Kirsten Dunst was declared runner-up for Melan­cho­lia.

Christo­pher Plum­mer was named Best Sup­port­ing Actor for his role in Begin­ners. Pat­ton Oswalt was runner-up for Young Adult.

Jes­sica Chas­tain was named Best Sup­port­ing Actress for her work in Cori­olanus, The Debt, The Help, Take Shel­ter, Texas Killing Fields and Tree of Life. The runner-up was Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs.

Best Screen­play went to direc­tor Asghar Farhadi for A Sep­a­ra­tion, which was declared runner-up for Best Foreign-Language Film.

City of Life and Death, directed by Chuan Lu, was named Best Foreign-Language Film. Cao Yu was runner-up in Best Cin­e­matog­ra­phy for the movie.

Best Pro­duc­tion Design runner-up went to Maria Djurkovic for Tin­ker Tai­lor Sol­dier Spy.

The Chem­i­cal Broth­ers were hon­ored for Best Music Score for Hanna; Cliff Mar­tinez was the runner-up for Drive.

For Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film, Werner Herzog’s Cave of For­got­ten Dreams was the win­ner; Clio Barnard’s The Arbor was the runner-up.

Founded in 1975, the Los Ange­les Film Crit­ics Asso­ci­a­tion is com­prised of Los Angeles-based pro­fes­sional film crit­ics work­ing in the Los Ange­les print and elec­tronic media.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series” arrives on CN

Green Lantern: The Animated Series

Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series

Green Lantern, a DC Comics main­stay for more than 70 years, will be seen in an entirely new way when Warner Bros. Animation’s Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series – from world-renowned pro­ducer, artist and ani­ma­tor Bruce Timm (Bat­man: The Ani­mated Series, Jus­tice League) — comes to Car­toon Net­work in a one-hour spe­cial event.

With stun­ning, styl­ized CG ani­ma­tion, Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series takes view­ers on a jour­ney of cos­mic pro­por­tions as Hal Jor­dan and his band of heroes fight to save the uni­verse. The spe­cial pre­mieres at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) on Fri­day, Novem­ber 11 as a pre­cur­sor to the series debut­ing on Car­toon Net­work next year as part of the new DC Nation pro­gram­ming block.

Fans in the United States can watch a sneak peek of the com­plete first scene from the series at the Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series web­page at BCDB .

As Earth’s Green Lantern, Hal Jor­dan is used to being in dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions — but he’s never faced any­thing like this!

Set at the far­thest reaches of deep space, Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series finds Hal on the Guardian Fron­tier, where he must face down an inva­sion by the Red Lantern Corps. Pow­ered by pure rage, the evil Red Lanterns have sworn to destroy the Green Lantern Corps and every­thing they stand for. Dis­patched on the exper­i­men­tal space­craft The Inter­cep­tor, Hal is soon joined by an all-new group of heroes on a mis­sion to pro­tect Guardian Space — and the Green Lantern Corps itself!

Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series is an epic space adven­ture that has some­thing for every­one, and we are delighted for fans to see it Novem­ber 11 on Car­toon Net­work. We can’t wait to show the world this fresh take on an iconic hero — one that rep­re­sents not only the first Bruce Timm series to be pro­duced in CG, but also the first time Green Lantern has been ren­dered in CG,” said Sam Reg­is­ter, exec­u­tive vice-president of cre­ative affairs for Warner Bros. Ani­ma­tion, who also serves as an exec­u­tive pro­ducer of the series. “Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series is inspired by cur­rent and clas­sic Green Lantern mythol­ogy, but it’s also an all-new story — one that is the per­fect vehi­cle for the great Bruce Timm’s take on the character.”

It’s excit­ing for me to see Hal Jor­dan reimag­ined in such a com­pelling way, with fan­tas­tic CG and visual effects that only enhance the story,” stated Geoff Johns, chief cre­ative offi­cer of DC Enter­tain­ment and long­time writer of the Green Lantern comic book series. “Work­ing with Warner Bros. Ani­ma­tion and Car­toon Net­work to cre­ate Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series has been a great expe­ri­ence, and most impor­tantly, we’ve cre­ated a show that I can’t wait for peo­ple to see.”

Based on the DC Comics super­hero, Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series is an all-new CG ani­mated action series from Warner Bros Ani­ma­tion. Timm and Reg­is­ter (Teen Titans, Ben 10, Bat­man: The Brave and the Bold) are the exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers. Gian­carlo Volpe (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Avatar: The Last Air­ben­der) is the pro­ducer, and Jim Krieg (Ben 10: Alien Swarm) is the producer/story editor.

The voice cast for Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series includes Josh Keaton (Trans­form­ers Prime) as Hal Jor­dan, Jason Spisak (Young Jus­tice) as Razer, Kevin Michael Richard­son (Young Jus­tice, Thun­der­Cats) as Kilo­wog and Grey DeLisle (Bat­man: The Brave and the Bold) as Aya.

DC Comics will release a Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series comic book as a com­pan­ion to the new series, and the first issue will be released to coin­cide with the Novem­ber spe­cial on Car­toon Network.

Nemo, Little Mermaid swimming to theaters in 3D

Finding Nemo (2003) - PIXAR

Find­ing Nemo (2003) — PIXAR

Find­ing Nemo,” “The Lit­tle Mer­maid,” “Beauty And The Beast” and “Mon­sters, Inc.” will make their 3D the­atri­cal debuts in 2012 and 2013, The Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios announced Tuesday.

Great sto­ries and great char­ac­ters are time­less, and at Dis­ney, we’re for­tu­nate to have a trea­sure trove of both,” said Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios pres­i­dent Alan Bergman.

On the heels of the phe­nom­e­nal suc­cess of The Lion King 3D — which was set to cross the $80 mil­lion mark at the domes­tic box office Tues­day — The Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios announced lim­ited the­atri­cal engage­ments for four of its clas­sic films for the first time in 3D.

The fol­low­ing titles from Walt Dis­ney and Pixar Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios will be released in 2012 and 2013:

Beauty And The Beast – Jan­u­ary 13, 2012
Disney-Pixar’s Find­ing Nemo – Sep­tem­ber 14, 2012
Disney-Pixar’s Mon­sters, Inc. – Jan­u­ary 18, 2013 (Mon­sters Uni­ver­sity, a pre­quel to the orig­i­nal film, arrives in the­aters in Dis­ney Dig­i­tal 3D on June 21, 2013)
The Lit­tle Mer­maid – Sep­tem­ber 13, 2013

We’re thrilled to give audi­ences of all ages the chance to expe­ri­ence these beloved tales in an excit­ing new way with 3D — and in the case of younger gen­er­a­tions, for the first time on the big screen,” said Bergman.

Orig­i­nally released in 1991, Beauty And The Beast is a clas­sic “tale as old as time” that fol­lows the adven­tures of Belle, a bright young woman impris­oned in the cas­tle of a mys­te­ri­ous beast and his enchanted staff, who must learn the most impor­tant les­son of all — that true beauty comes from within. Beauty and the Beast was the first ani­mated film ever nom­i­nated for an Acad­emy Award for Best Pic­ture, earn­ing an addi­tional five Oscar nom­i­na­tions and win­ning two. It has grossed $380.4 mil­lion worldwide.

First released in 2003, Disney-Pixar’s Find­ing Nemo takes audi­ences into a whole new world in this under­sea adven­ture about fam­ily, courage and chal­lenges. When Mar­lin, an overly cau­tious clown­fish liv­ing in the Great Bar­rier Reef, help­lessly watches his son get scooped up by a diver, he must put aside his fears of the ocean and leave the safety of his coral enclave to find Nemo. Buoyed by the com­pan­ion­ship of Dory, a for­get­ful but relent­lessly opti­mistic fish, Mar­lin finds him­self the unlikely hero in a seem­ingly impos­si­ble land-and-sea res­cue. Find­ing Nemo won an Acad­emy Award for Best Ani­mated Fea­ture and was nom­i­nated for three oth­ers. With a total of $867.6 mil­lion world­wide, it was the sec­ond highest-grossing film of 2003.

In 2001, Disney-Pixar released Mon­sters, Inc. Lov­able Sul­ley and his wise­crack­ing side­kick Mike Wazowski are the top scare team at Mon­sters, Inc., the scream-processing fac­tory in Mon­s­trop­o­lis. But when a lit­tle girl named Boo wan­ders into their world, it’s up to Sul­ley and Mike to keep her out of sight and get her back home. Mon­sters, Inc. shat­tered every DVD-era home enter­tain­ment sales record when 11 mil­lion DVD/VHS copies were sold dur­ing its first week of release. It won an Acad­emy Award for Best Song and has grossed $526.9 mil­lion worldwide.

Released in 1989, The Lit­tle Mer­maid stars Ariel, a fun-loving and mis­chie­vous mer­maid, off on the adven­ture of a life­time with her best friend, the adorable Floun­der, and the reggae-singing Caribbean crab Sebas­t­ian. But it will take all of her courage and deter­mi­na­tion to make her dreams come true and save her father’s beloved king­dom from the sneaky sea witch Ursula. One of the most cel­e­brated ani­mated films of all time, The Lit­tle Mer­maid was nom­i­nated for three Acad­emy Awards, win­ning two. It has grossed $228.9 mil­lion worldwide.

Pokemon: White–Victini and Zekrom comes to U.S.

Pokemon: White--Victini and Zekrom

Poke­mon: White–Victini and Zekrom

Poke­mon fans across Amer­ica will be mark­ing their cal­en­dars for a spe­cial lim­ited engage­ment the­atri­cal event this hol­i­day season.

The newest full-length Poké­mon fea­ture film, Poké­mon the Movie: White–Victini and Zekrom, is com­ing to movie the­ater screens across the United States for one week­end only: Decem­ber 3 and 4. As a spe­cial treat, fans can catch the debut of the movie’s trailer this week­end — Sat­ur­day and Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber 17 and 18th — on www.Pokemon.com imme­di­ately fol­low­ing an on-demand, online screen­ing of the most recent feature-length movie, Pokémon–Zoroark: Mas­ter of Illu­sions.

The Poké­mon Com­pany Inter­na­tional has part­nered with inno­v­a­tive dig­i­tal the­atri­cal dis­tri­b­u­tion com­pany Cinedigm to share Poké­mon the Movie: White–Victini and Zekrom with its devoted fans for this lim­ited, one-weekend-only screen­ing event in more than 300 dig­i­tal the­aters across the U.S. Poké­mon fans will catch all the action and find out whether Ash can awaken the Leg­endary Poké­mon Zekrom to help him stop the mis­guided Damon and save the Vic­tory Poké­mon Vic­tini! A com­plete list of par­tic­i­pat­ing the­aters will be announced shortly.

We are thrilled to pro­vide fans an oppor­tu­nity to see this excit­ing new Poké­mon fea­ture film on the big screen,” said Jill New­house Cal­caterra, chief mar­ket­ing offi­cer at Cinedigm. “Poké­mon fans are a pas­sion­ate group and will truly rel­ish see­ing this film together.”

It’s going to be a lot of fun for the entire Poké­mon com­mu­nity to get together and watch Poké­mon the Movie: White–Victini and Zekrom,” said J.C. Smith, direc­tor of con­sumer mar­ket­ing for The Poké­mon Com­pany Inter­na­tional. “We’re excited to be work­ing with Cinedigm to make this spe­cial engage­ment pos­si­ble across the country.”

As part of a Poké­mon first, Poké­mon the Movie: White–Victini and Zekrom is one of two feature-length films debut­ing in Decem­ber. Launch details about the sec­ond movie, Poké­mon the Movie: Black–Victini and Reshi­ram, will be com­ing soon.

For more infor­ma­tion about Poké­mon the Movie: White–Victini and Zekrom, visit www.Pokemon.com/MovieWhite.

VeggieTales Live! Sing Yourself Silly Released

Veggie Tales: Live! Sing Yourself Silly

Veg­gie Tales: Live! Sing Your­self Silly

Veg­gi­eTales Live! Sing Your­self Silly is now avail­able on DVD today from Big Idea Enter­tain­ment! Fol­low Bob, Larry and the whole crew as they take to the stage the sil­li­est Silly Song Count­down ever.

Veg­gi­eTales Live! Sing Your­self Silly cap­tures all the fun of the live tour with ener­getic dancers, loads of bub­bles, con­fetti, clas­sic and pop­u­lar Veg­gi­eTales silly songs and much more! Join the Veg­gi­eTales crew as they sing through 18 of the top Veg­gi­eTales silly songs and learn the impor­tance of shar­ing while they take silli­ness to a whole new level.