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Sony Pictures began streaming four film clips, three behind-the-scenes clips, and two trailers on Tuesday for MADHOUSE's Marvel's Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and Punisher anime film. Sony Pictures will ship the film on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on March 25, but the film is available now on iTunes.
Sony Pictures Animation announced today that Genndy Tartakovsky will direct Hotel Transylvania 2, scheduled for September 2015. Tartakovsky will co-write the pic with Robert Smigel (TV Funhouse, Saturday Night Live).
Sony also says that while Genndy is “busy working an all-new CG take on the comic strip hero, Popeye,” he is developing an original idea, which currently has the working title Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine? It is being described as “a fantastic journey through one boy’s imagination.”
Last week, Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group released the second animated short, Buggy Night, in its Spotlight Stories, a series of interactive mobile-specific animated films available on Moto X phones. Like the first film in the series, Windy Day, which debuted last October, the new short relies on spatial awareness and the sensory inputs of a mobile device to create a distinctive storytelling experience.
Before we imagine the possibilities, let’s look at the pathbreaking animated shorts that exist before us today. The stories of both Windy Day and Buggy Night are simple but effective ideas designed to explore the interactive concept: in one, a mouse loses his hat on a windy day, and in the other, a group of bugs attempt to hide from a hungry frog. Since most readers of this site will not have a Moto X readily available to experience these shorts, simply imagine that you are standing in the middle of an animated scene. The action takes place all around you in a 360 degree space. Anywhere you turn your phone—left, right, up or down—could potentially reveal something happening. The film’s running time depends entirely on how often you, the viewer, chooses to move your camera—the more you move it, the longer it takes to finish the story. This video gives a sense of the physicality of the viewing experience:
.DreamWorks and Netflix have crafted a deal which will bring three new animated series to the online network as well as five more episodes of the speedy snail series “TURBO Fast”. The three newbies will be series based on King Julien, the lemur from “Madagascar”, Puss, the lead feline character in “Puss ‘n Boots” and the “Veggie Tales in the House”
A new six-minute short starring the cast of “Cars” – Pixar Studio’s megahit franchise from last decade – is revving up. The short, titled “Radiator Springs 500 ½” will hat a horde of Baja 1000 off-road racers descending upon the town of Radiator Springs and challenging Lightning McQueen to a race while Mater takes a tour to honor the late Stanley.
“Radiator Springs 500 ½” will debut on Disney’s digital service,
A first look at 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios' upcoming Peanuts feature film is now online! USA Today has debuted two stills from the upcoming big screen adaptation of the classic Charles Schulz comic strip. Be sure to check back tomorrow morning as well for the film's teaser trailer, which is slated to debut on "Good Morning America" tomorrow morning, March 18.
Comedian T.J. Miller has become the first voice cast member announced for the upcoming Disney animated adaptation of Marvel's Japanese X-Men spin-off, Big Hero 6.
Miller is slated to voice Fredzilla, a transforming Godzilla-like kaiju of Ainu origin.
This weekend, Disney’s Frozen became the highest grossing animated film of all time. Its $1.072 billion worldwide gross has surpassed the $1.063 billion of Toy Story 3, which was the previous record-holder for biggest animated feature. Frozen now ranks number 10 on the all-time list of highest-grossing films.
“Pixels” – the upcoming feature film based on the Patrick Jean short about characters and icons from 1980s video games attacking New York City and being fended off by video game experts – has finally been granted a release date season [next summer] in lieu of a specific date.
Here's what's happening: later this month is "WonderCon Anaheim 2014," an annual get-together in California from the folks behind Comic-Con San Diego. On Sunday, April 20th, the Warner Archive is holding a panel at the con, called "GoBots, Warner Archive Collection and Beyond!" It will be held from 3PM to 4PM local time, there at the Anaheim Convention Center, and the focus is on the show with the morphing robots. To make it as exciting as possible, you can look for guests to include Lou Richards (the voice of "Leader1" himself!), Alan Burnett (the show writer and story editor), Kelly Ward (who wrote 22 of the episodes), and Warner Archive podcast hosts Matthew Patterson and D.W. Ferranti...among others!
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