I was prepared to see Spongebob, Snoopy and various animated stars in today’s telecast of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, but was stunned to see Popeye in this commercial from General Motors. It’s a classy spot from GM, thanking us – the American people – for the loan that got them out of a financial hole and allowed them to report a record breaking $1.2 billion dollar profit this past week. I’m pleased they spent some of that money to give thanks – and to license a clip from Max Fleischer’s Axe Me Another (1934).
Glitch is a Flash-based massively-multiplayer online game launching in early 2011. The creators explain that, “It takes place inside the minds of eleven peculiarly imaginative Giants. You choose how to grow and shape the world: building and developing, learning new skills, collaborating or competing with everyone else in one enormous, ever-changing, persistent world.”
The game, which sports some distinctive graphics, is developed by Vancouver and San Francisco-based Tiny Speck, which is run by Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield. The NY Times published an article earlier this week about Butterfield, and reports that his fledgling company has raised $6.5 million to create on-line games.
There are some genuinely laugh out loud moments in the Nostalgia Critic’s NSFW review of Richard William’s The Thief and the Cobbler.
Disney considers Tangled its 50th animated feature (not counting The Reluctant Dragon, but including Dinosaur and The Three Caballeros, but not Victory Through Air Power or… oh, you get the idea). The other day we posted a goof on this list by The Fine Brothers, but today Disney released its own viral tribute (nicely synched to the song Dreams by Brandi Carlile). Worth a look:
A blind person could tell the difference between the forged animation artwork being sold by Pittsburgh-area Gallery on Baum and the genuine article. Some of the forgeries on eBay, however, are more carefully produced and thus more difficult to distinguish from the original artwork. One seller on eBay, Hkleiman, has been selling what appear to be forged pieces of animation art for at least the past year. [UPDATE – Sept. 29, 2011 : Since I originally wrote this post, I have spoken to both HKleiman and multiple other reputable people in the animation art community who know Hkleiman. It turns out that he has a long history in animation art and is a well respected seller. He has since amended some of his eBay descriptions and stopped selling these particular pieces in question. Although there are countless disreputable sellers on eBay, HKleiman is not among them and one of the good guys.]
Now it’s your turn. I urge our readers to see Tangled, directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, this weekend and return here with your thoughts. If you don’t agree with my opinion, let me know why. Only comments by those who have seen the film will be approved below.
“I believe we’ll outperform The Princess and the Frog,” says Disney worldwide theatrical distribution chief Chuck Viane. “The question is, are we Bolt? Are we Enchanted? Or are we something bigger?”
Tangled opens today in a crowded holiday frame led by the latest Harry Potter film. The Wrap wrote about the film’s box office prospects and says earning projections are in the $40 million range for the five-day Thanksgiving holiday. Share your predictions in the comments below for the FIVE-DAY holiday gross. The person who comes closest to the final total will win something courtesy of Cartoon Brew. Don’t guess the same number as somebody else otherwise the first person who guessed the number will win. (NOTE: We’re locking the predictions on Thursday night.)
UPDATE: Many Brew readers are predicting $60 million and above. You may be right. According to Deadline, anonymous sources are saying that Tangled is opening “much bigger than expected. Double the 5-day estimates of $35M to $40M.”
You know what would be interesting. If someone took ALL of the legitimate estimates in our comments and found the average. How closely would the collective response of Brew readers match the final box office total. If anybody wants to do this after we close the poll tomorrow night, let me know.
(November 23rd, 2010) BFI Southbank and The Walt Disney Company have launched a season offering audiences a very rare opportunity to enjoy the magic of Disney’s entire collection of animation feature films on the big screen.
Every weekend throughout 2011, the Disney heritage will be showcased, spanning seventy years of films that combine beautiful artistry, masterful storytelling and ground-breaking technology.
The season will launch with the UK premiere of Disney’s fiftieth animated feature film Tangled, a comedic re-imagining of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale, Rapunzel. Tangled will screen in 3D on 16 January and will be followed by a special on-stage Q&A with the film’s directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard.
The remaining 49 films will be shown in chronological order at BFI Southbank every weekend for the rest of the year, starting with Disney’s first animation feature, and the first ever animation feature in technicolour, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). BFI Southbank will also host a range of on-stage events with Disney artists and directors past and present throughout the year.
The Disney 50:
1 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
2 Pinocchio (1940)
3 Fantasia (1940)
4 Dumbo (1941)
5 Bambi (1942)
6 Saludos Amigos (1942)
7 The Three Caballeros (1944)
8 Make Mine Music (1946)
9 Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
10 Melody Time (1948)
11 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
12 Cinderella (1950)
13 Alice in Wonderland (1951)
14 Peter Pan (1953)
15 Lady and the Tramp (1955)
16 Sleeping Beauty (1959)
17 One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
18 The Sword in the Stone (1963)
19 The Jungle Book (1967)
20 The Aristocats (1970)
21 Robin Hood (1973)
22 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
23 The Rescuers (1977)
24 The Fox and the Hound (1981)
25 The Black Cauldron (1985)
26 The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
27 Oliver & Company (1988)
28 The Little Mermaid (1989)
29 The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
30 Beauty and the Beast (1991)
31 Aladdin (1992)
32 The Lion King (1994)
33 Pocahontas (1995)
34 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
35 Hercules (1997)
36 Mulan (1998)
37 Tarzan (1999)
38 Fantasia (2000 (1999)
39 Dinosaur (2000)
40 The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
41 Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
42 Lilo & Stitch (2002)
43 Treasure Planet (2002)
44 Brother Bear (2003)
45 Home on the Range (2004)
46 Chicken Little (2005)
47 Meet the Robinsons (2007)
48 Bolt (2008)
49 The Princess and the Frog (2009)
50 Tangled (2010)
NBC’s Joe McHale/Chevy Chase sitcom Community is doing a holiday themed show in faux-Rankin-Bass style stop-motion. Here’s a 13-second preview snippet from the upcoming December 9th episode:
If you are in Southern California this holiday weekend weekend, this might be of interest: The Art Institute of California is holding a free visual storytelling workshop featuring:
Floyd Norman…….. Disney Legend, Writer, Storyboard Artist/Diney/Pixar
Ernesto Nemesio…..Background Painter/ Pixar
Carole Holliday…….Director, Character Desinger /formerly Disney
This is a rare opportunity into the minds of three professional animation story tellers as they design and shape an organic story through audience participation and demonstrations of both traditional and digital designs. In this four hour workshop a story will crafted, characters and backgrounds will be drafted with the help of you and the participating guest speakers.
You must RSVP to attend, and arrive early as seating is limited. The workshop will take place Saturday November 27th from 12 noon to 4pm at:
The Art Institute of California Inland Empire
674 E Brier Dr
San Bernardino, CA
For more information, click here.
James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, and Ashley Jensen, have joined the voice cast of the 3D, CG-animated family comedy, Arthur Christmas. The highly anticipated film, produced by Aardman Animations for Sony Pictures Animation, is slated for release November 23, 2011.
Set on Christmas night, the story of Arthur Christmas at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child’s question: ‘So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?’ The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic — a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.
McAvoy leads the cast as Arthur, the good-natured but clumsy younger son of Santa. Arthur LOVES everything to do with Christmas; indeed, he is the only one in his family still captivated by the magic of the holiday. Laurie will play Arthur’s older brother Steve, heir to the reins, a cool, incredibly capable guy who has given the North Pole high-tech efficiency, military-style precision. Broadbent plays Santa, who pictures himself as the guy in charge at the North Pole, but is now more of a figurehead as the operation has outgrown him. Nighy plays Santa’s 136-year-old father, Grandsanta, a cranky old codger who hates the modern world, is always grumbling that Christmas ‘was better when I was Santa’ and has a tense relationship with Steve, who he calls ‘A postman with a spaceship.’ Jensen will play Bryony, a lowly elf from the Giftwrap Battalion, with an eager-to-please attitude and an obsession with wrapping and bows. Imelda Staunton rounds out the cast as Mrs. Santa, dedicated wife and mother to her husband and sons.
The director of Arthur Christmas is Sarah Smith. The screenplay is by Peter Baynham and Sarah Smith. Barry Cook is Co-Director. Producer is Steve Pegram. Production Designer is Evgeni Tomov. Executive Producers are Carla Shelley, Peter Lord and David Sproxton. Michael Giacchino and Adam Cohen are the composers.
Commenting on the announcement, Smith said, “We are thrilled to have assembled such a phenomenal group of actors for Arthur Christmas. Not only are they all terrifically funny, charming and characterful but they have also brought an emotional subtlety and depth that gives the film great heart.”
JAMES McAVOY played the iconic role of Mr. Tumnus the Faun in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which became a global phenomenon, making over $700 million worldwide and helping him win the Rising Star Award at the 2006 BAFTAs. He then played the lead in the award-winningThe Last King of Scotland alongside Forest Whitaker, and was nominated for a BAFTA, a BIFA (British Independent Film Award), a European Film Award and a London Critics Circle Award. He next starred inAtonement, which earned him Golden Globe and BAFTA Best Actor nominations and won him Best Actor awards at the London Film Critics Circle Awards and the Empire Awards. He went on to play the lead role in the global smash hit Wanted, alongside Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie and directed by Timur Bekmambetov, and most recently starred opposite Helen Mirren and Christopher Plumber in The Last Station, based on the life of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy. His many other film and television credits include “Regeneration,” “Band of Brothers,” “Children of Dune,” “State of Play,” Bright Young Things, “Shameless,” Starter for Ten, Becoming Jane, and Rory O’Shea Was Here, for which he was nominated in the British Actor of the Year category at the 2005 London Critics Circle Awards. He will soon appear in Robert Redford’s The Conspirator and in Wanted 2, and his voice will be heard in the animated featureGnomeo and Juliet. McAvoy is currently filming the role of Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class. Directed by Matthew Vaughn, filming began in the UK in September 2010 and the film is slated for a summer 2011 release.
HUGH LAURIE currently stars in FOX’s hit medical drama “House,” for which he has won two Golden Globe Awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards and been nominated for five Emmy Awards. The seventh season of the hit show will debut this fall. Laurie previously starred in a number of groundbreaking British television comedy series, including four seasons of “A Bit of Fry and Laurie,” which he co-wrote for the BBC with Stephen Fry; three seasons of “Blackadder,” written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton; and three seasons of “Saturday Live.” In addition, four seasons of “Jeeves and Wooster,” based on the novels of P.G. Wodehouse, aired on PBS’s “Masterpiece Theatre” from 1990-1995. On the big screen, Laurie was most recently seen in Flight of the Phoenix and Street Kings. His voice was heard in the animated hitMonsters vs. Aliens. Other film credits include Peter’s Friends, Sense and Sensibility, Cousin Bette, The Man in the Iron Mask, 101 Dalmatians, Stuart Little, and Stuart Little 2.
On American television, Laurie portrayed Vincente Minnelli opposite Judy Davis in the network telefilm “Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.” He also appeared in “Tracy Takes On” and “Friends.”
JIM BROADBENT’s touching performance as Iris Murdoch’s patient and long-suffering husband John Bayley in Iris earned him the Academy AwardÂ® and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. His many other feature film credits include Little Voice, Topsy Turvy, Moulin Rouge!, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Gangs of New York, The Gathering Storm, Nicholas Nickleby, Bright Young Things, Vanity Fair, Vera Drake, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Hot Fuzz,Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Inkheart, The Young Victoria, Harry Potter and theHalf-Blood Prince, and The Damned United. For television, he starred in “Longford,” which earned him the TV BAFTA for Best Actor. His extensive theatre and television work includes National Theatre productions of Martin McDonagh’s “The Pillowman” and the stage adaptation of “Theatre of Blood,” Jimmy McGovern’s “The Street” for ITV, and the BBC’s “Einstein and Eddington.”
BILL NIGHY’S many film credits include The Boat that Rocked, Glorious 39, Wild Target, G-Force,Valkyrie, Underworld, Love Actually, The Girl in the Cafe, Notes on a Scandal, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Constant Gardener, and Chalet Girl. Television credits include “Absolute Hell,” “The Men’s Room,” “State of Play,” “The lost Prince,” and “Gideon’s Daughter.” Theatre credits include “Map of the World,” “Pravda,” “King Lear,” “Skylight,” “Arcadia,” “Blue/Orange,” “Betrayal,” “A Kind of Alaska,” and “The Vertical Hour.”
IMELDA STAUNTON as an Academy AwardÂ® and Golden Globe Award nominee for her performance in the title role of Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake, which also earned her a BAFTA Award, among other honors. Her many film credits include Alice in Wonderland, Taking Woodstock, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Shakespeare in Love, Nanny McPhee, Much Ado About Nothing, Peter’s Friends, Twelfth Night,Freedom Writers, Crush, Bright Young Things, and Antonia and Jane. Her voice was heard in Chicken Run.
Her television credits include starring in the series “Up the Garden Path,” “Little Britain” (during the third season), and “Big and Small.” She was a member of the repertory cast of the television series “Thompson,” with Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, and Robbie Coltrane; and has starred in such notable miniseries and telefilms as “The Singing Detective” (written by Dennis Potter), “David Copperfield,” “The Wind in the Willows,” “Fingersmith,” and, most recently, “Cranford.” On stage, she has won two Olivier Awards, for Alan Ayckbourn’s National Theatre staging of his play “A Chorus of Disapproval,” and for Richard Jones’ staging of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Into the Woods.” Ms Staunton was also an Olivier Award nominee for her performance in Richard Eyre’s Royal National Theatre staging of “Guys and Dolls.”
ASHLEY JENSEN’s breakout performance came as the loveable loser Maggie Jacobs on the BBC/HBO series, “Extras,” in which she stars opposite Ricky Gervais. For her work in “Extras,” she has received two British Comedy Awards (Best Actress, Best Newcomer), the Golden Rose of Montreaux award, Best Actress at the Monte Carlo International Television Festival, Glamour Magazine’s Comedy Woman of the Year award and she was nominated for a BAFTA and Emmy award. Other notable television work includes ABC hit drama “Ugly Betty” and the new CBS comedy series, “Accidentally on Purpose.”
Jensen’s film credits include Topsy Turvy for director Mike Leigh and Tristram Shandy, opposite Steve Coogan, for director Michael Winterbottom. She recently completed production on television drama “The Reckoning” will next begin production opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal in new feature film Hysteria. Her voice will be heard in Gnomeo and Juliet and in Aardman Animations’/Sony Pictures Animation’s The Pirates!
A nice little teaser trailer as cute as the poster:
Simon Wells directs this Image Movers Digital (re: Zemeckis) production. Disney is releasing it in March. Mo-cap or Mo-crap? You decide:
(Thanks, Ben Price)
Still from “Why Can’t We Walk Straight
In terms of opportunities and amount of work available, there is no better time to be working as an animator than today. More new avenues for animated content are springing up than ever before. For decades, the choices were straightforward: TV, features, commercials, music videos, and shorts. Today those limited number of options have been upended as every form of media and creative practice is somehow incorporating animation into its sphere, from news programs to architecture.
Sascha Ciezata (When Herzog Rescued Phoenix, When Lynch Met Lucas) animated this holiday special, featuring Sarah Silverman recalling a pivotal thanksgiving in her childhood.
A message from the employees of Pixar:
This comment by CLaarkamp1287 on YouTube sums it up better than I could:
“For Pixar to do this kind of video takes major balls on their part. As a film company thatï»¿ is associated with being family-friendly, it is so often construed that homosexuality is a threat to family values, and here comes Pixar to completely dismiss that ridiculous myth. Awesome job, Pixar. Clearly, movies aren’t the only thing you excel at.”
Microsoft’s new controller-free gaming environment called Kinect for XBox 360 also doubles as a powerful digital toy for hackers. The open source drivers on the Kinect allow users to hook it up to PCs and push it in different directions like this:
The above was created by manipulating Kinect data in realtime through a C++ coding platform called Cinder. The end result makes live-action footage look like it’s gone through a Michelin Man toon shader.
Here is another person who is using the Kinect to create 3-D space:
Dorse A. Lanpher is one of a handful of artists who can say he worked on Disney classics like Sleeping Beauty and 101 Dalmatians as well as contemporary features like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Tarzan. Lanpher recently self-published a memoir called Flyin’ Chunks and Other Things to Duck: Memoirs of a Life Spent Doodling for Dollars. His 48-year-career as an effects animator also included an extended stint with Don Bluth on projects like The Secret of NIMH, Dragon’s Lair and An American Tail, which is why Don Bluth penned the book’s foreword. The book sells for a modest $18 on Amazon, and judging from the preview pages on that website, it’s filled with a lifetime’s worth of important and untold stories about working in feature animation.
Lose yourself in a Winter Wonderland! with workshops, screenings
and FREE digital viewing (Dec. 27 to Jan. 2)
Toronto, Ontario, November 22, 2010 — The National Film Board of Canada is offering fun, creative and wallet-friendly daily activities for families at its downtown Toronto Mediatheque this holiday season. The young and young at heart are welcome to come in from the cold and produce their own themed animation, enjoy a delightful line-up of short films in the NFB Cinema and take in titles from the NFB’s 71-year history for free on exclusive digital viewing stations.
Winter Wonderland! animation workshops — ages 6 to 13
Twice daily, Dec. 27—31 and Jan. 2
12 p.m. — 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. — 5 p.m.
$5/child, supervising adults free
Each day features a different theme and animation technique, so a brand new experience is guaranteed every time! From 3D clay to painting on cel and paper cut-out, there’s always something to discover in these hands-on sessions.
Monday, December 27 — Wintry Windows (2D paper)
What’s that image forming in the frost? Your own original creation!
Tuesday, December 28 — Hockey Fever (3D clay)
Play Canada’s favourite sport in a whole new way!
Wednesday, December 29 — Mush! Mush! (3D clay)
Today, we’ve gone to the dogs. Join us for an animated sled race!
Thursday, December 30 — Snowy Treetops (Painting on cel)
Watch out for falling snow in our animated forest!
Friday, December 31 — Fluffy Snowflakes (2D paper)
They say no two snowflakes are exactly alike… animate your very own!
Sunday, January 2 — Holiday Baking (3D clay)
Make your own tantalizing treats in our creative kitchen… no cooking experience required!
Winter Wonderland! screening program — ages 3 and up
Once daily, Dec. 27—31 and Jan. 2
2 p.m. — 3 p.m.
$2/child or free with workshop registration, supervising adults free
An hour-long program of family-friendly, animated holiday films at the NFB Cinema featuring a selection of the following titles:
Christmas Cracker — 1963 (8 min)
Three segments of movie magic by Oscar-winning animation pioneer Norman McLaren.
HA’Aki — 2008 (4 min)
A lyrical and wonderfully unorthodox interpretation of hockey as played in the mind of lyrical and wonderfully unorthodox animation artist Iriz Pääbo.
Léon in Wintertime — 2007 (27 min)
This delightful puppet animation portrays the adventures of a distraught bear cub who runs away from home.
Lights for Gita — 2001 (7 min)
The traditional Hindu festival of lights, Divali, comes alive in a sparkling new way for eight-year-old Gita.
Molly in Springtime — 2009 (26 min)
In this sequel to Léon in Wintertime, it’s carnival in Balthasarville, and the scoundrel Bonifacio is scheming to overthrow Léon and become King Quack.
The Sweater — 1980 (10 min)
Bestselling author Roch Carrier narrates a mortifying boyhood experience in this animated adaptation of his beloved story “The Hockey Sweater.”
UPDATE (No. 27, 2010): We are no longer accepting applications. Thank you to everybody who took the time to apply. We will be contacting everybody soon.
Cartoon Brew is growing. We’re currently looking to hire a News Editor for our expanding industry news section CB Biz. Candidates should have basic fluency with HTML. Experience with editing a website is helpful. This job is not full-time. In fact, it’s not even part-time. It will be approximately an hour’s worth of work daily. Duties may expand in the future.
Here’s the man himself, Jean “Mobius” Giraud, drawing amidst the exhibit hall at the CTN Animation Expo in Burbank yesterday. I was there and had a blast. Like the San Diego Comic Con (but much, much smaller and devoted solely to animation) there was so many things happening at the same time, so many people to meet, so many panels to attend. Congratulations to Tina Price and her crew for putting on a second event that was bigger and better than the first. A true success and a much needed venue for inspiration and networking. Can’t wait for next year!
I caught up with so many friends, spoke to so many acquaintances, colleagues, artists, creators and met so many Brew readers, my voice imploded. So while I’m resting up and drinking hot tea with honey today, I thought I’d open it up to those who attended. What did you think? Have a good time? Let us know in the Comments below.
Naz Ghodrati-Azadi is a 2009 Graduate of Sheridan’s Bachelor program in Classical Animation. She’s since moved to Burbank and is currently working as a freelance Animator/Character Layout artist at Warner Bros. Naz finally finished the hand drawn animated film she started years ago at Sheridan and has graciously posted it online for us to enjoy — just in time for Thanksgiving:
The LA Times had a front page story yesterday reporting Disney Animation is closing the book on fairy tales, saying:
…the curtain is falling on “princess movies,” which have been a part of Disney Animation’s heritage since the 1937 debut of its first feature film, “Snow White.” The studio’s Wednesday release of “Tangled,” a contemporary retelling of the Rapunzel story, will be the last fairy tale produced by Disney’s animation group for the foreseeable future.
“Films and genres do run a course,” said Pixar Animation Studios chief Ed Catmull, who along with director John Lasseter oversees Disney Animation. “They may come back later because someone has a fresh take on it â€¦ but we don’t have any other musicals or fairy tales lined up.” Indeed, Catmull and Lasseter killed two other fairy tale movies that had been in development, “The Snow Queen” and “Jack and the Beanstalk.”
Other notable quotes from the piece:
Catmull said he and Lasseter have been encouraging filmmakers to break with safe and predictable formulas and push creative boundaries.
“If you say to somebody, ‘You should be doing fairy tales,’ it’s like saying, ‘Don’t be risky,’” Catmull said. “We’re saying, ‘Tell us what’s driving you.’”
Bonnie Arnold, an animation veteran who most recently produced DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon,” said animated films must vie in the cineplex with effects-laden action films that a generation ago might have been considered more mature fare.
“You see elementary school kids standing in line to see ‘Iron Man’ or ‘Transformers,’ ” Arnold said. “To be honest, that’s who we’re all competing with on some level.”
It was a curious piece to see prominently displayed on page-one of Hollywood’s major newspaper. It was almost as if Disney was hedging its bet against possible low box office expectations. Ed Catmull seemed to back peddle yesterday afternoon, responding to the article on his Facebook page with this:
A headline in today’s LA Times erroneously reported that the Disney fairy tale is a thing of the past, but I feel it is important to set the record straight that they are alive and well at Disney and continue this week with Tangled, a contemporary retelling of a much loved story. We have a number of projects in development with new twists that audiences will be able to enjoy for many years to come. – Ed Catmull
That was certainly a carefully worded statement. I’m glad that fairy tales are alive and well “this week”. Personally, I hope the quote in the article — the one about encouraging filmmakers to break with safe and predictable formulas and to push creative boundaries — is true. There’s nothing wrong with re-telling a great fairy tale, but to truly live up to Walt Disney’s vision the studio needs to move beyond tired public domain fables and push itself in new directions. I sincerely wish them luck with that.
Join us tonight at 8pm as we celebrate Thanksgiving at Cartoon Dump with special guest comedians Dana Gould (from The Simpsons) and April Hava Shenkman (as Princess Sacajawhooza), plus the “Birds of Prey” (Lizzy Cooperman, Emily Maya Mills and Susan Burke). I’ll be there too, with Frank Conniff (“TV’s Frank”), Erica Doering, J. Elvis Weinsten, and Mighty Mr. Titan (to whom I always give thanks), tonight at the Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd. â€¢ Free Parking! â€¢ Advanced Tickets here â€¢ RSVP Here â€¢ Phone: (323) 666-9797 â€¢ Map & Directions â€¢ And friend us on Facebook.
Universal and Illumination (Despicable Me) will open the Easter-themed Hop on April 1st. Tim Hill (Alvin and the Chipmunks) directed this hybrid live action-animation feature starring Russell Brand (as the Easter Bunny). The teaser poster came out this weekend, and it looks pretty cute: