Plus news about 'Star Wars: Episode VII' and 'Frozen'
Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, revealed in a shareholders meeting today a whole bunch of exciting Disney/Pixar news which is of great interest to us fans. Firstly, sequel films to the Pixar films The Incredibles and Cars are on the way. Secondly, Frozen is very close to becoming the most successful animated film of all time. Thirdly, the events in Star Wars: Episode VII will take place many years after the end of Episode VI – Return of the Jedi — and it will feature “familiar faces” among its lead actors. Read on for all the deets. More »
Good News (or bad, I’m not sure), Peanuts fans … Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and the rest of the beloved gang will be making their theatrical debut in an animated movie slated for a late 2015 release. Unlike the traditional 2D animation that we all LOVE from the Peanuts TV specials A Charlie Brown Christmas, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, etc., this feature film will be computer animated in 3D. As I understand it, this CGI movie will remain “true” to the spirit of the original cartoons. The settings we know and love (Snoopy‘s dog house, the skating pond, Lucy‘s psychiatrist booth) will all feature in the film without change. Snoopy won’t speak and the “sweet optimism” of Charles Schultz will remain intact. To be honest, I’m surprised a Peanuts animated film hasn’t been made until now … so I guess it’s time. Click the embed above to get your first look at what the Peanuts characters will look like when their animated movie is released next year. Do you like what you see? Is this CGI update a welcome one or … does this feel like a blasphemy to your childhood memories? Thus far, I like what I see. Do you?
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Princesses as Princes/Princes as Princesses
All over Tumblr and DeviantArt, you can find really inventive original artwork where classic characters are reimagined in exciting new ways. Two artists, Sakimichan on DeviantArt and TT Bret on Tumblr, have reimagined what some of our favorite Disney Princesses might look like as Princes and what some Princes might look like as Princesses. More than just drawing these characters in drag, these artists have simply changed their genders to show what they would like like as members of the opposite sex. I’m really impressed with all of the reimagined characters presented in this gallery. Ariel as The Little Merman might be my favorite but I do love them all. I actually LOLed at the fact that Prince Adam from Beauty and the Beast looks very much the same as a man and as a woman. I love this kind of pop culture art, don’t you? Click thru the gallery and see which of these genderbent characters is your fave.
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"I miss her, too"
Last November we saw video of The Simpsons paying sweet homage to the late voice actress Marcia Wallace who passed away in October due to complications from pneumonia. Today we get to see video of The Simpsons saying farewell to the character Edna Krabappel, voiced by Wallace. As you Simpsons fans may know, Mrs. Krabappel was married to Ned Flanders … and it is Ned (and bully Nelson Muntz) who have the honor of saying the goodbye in this new clip. Watch the video below. More »
What is going on here?
The long-running animated series The Simpsons is known for its clever and sometimes odd couch gags which open each episode of the show. Today we get to check out the couch gag that will air on this weekend’s ep of the show. French film director Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville) is the man responsible for this SUPER FRENCH couch gag that you have to see to believe. It’s odd, yes, but it’s also kinda beautiful as well. Enjoy.
Coming In November
Everyone’s favorite British teddybear, Paddington, is finally making his feature film debut in a live-action/computer animated film scheduled to hit theaters in late November, just in time for the holidays. Colin Firth will voice the beloved character but we don’t get to hear Paddington speak in the just-released first teaser video for the film. Click the embed above to watch this new teaser to get your first peek at what Paddington will look like in this film. As much as I love the character, I’m not yet on board with the way he has been computer animated for this film. I think I’ll need to see more to make a better assessment. Have a look above and see what you think. Are you excited for this movie or are you bummed that another part of our collective childhood is being repackaged and resold for financial gain? Paddington will open in theaters on November 28.
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"A wider view"
So, remember that epic super celebrity selfie that Ellen DeGeneres snapped in the audience during the live telecast of the 2014 Academy Awards on Sunday night? Well, Simpsons animator Matt Groening decided to update the photo a bit and give us a wider view of that now famous photo. As you can see below, that selfie has been Simpsonized by Groening and we learn today that another celebrity tried to get in on the photo but just couldn’t squeeze in. Check out the full-size image below to get the full picture. More »
I have no idea what is happening here
Last week we got to check out a really cool photo of musician BFFs Brody Dalle and Shirley Manson of Garbage on the set of Brody‘s new music video Meet The Foetus / Oh The Joy, the first from her debut solo album Diploid Love. Today we get to see the finished music video … and it is awesome. It’s a totally insane video that is half animation and half rocker chicks kicking ass that you have to see for yourselves. Brody and Shirley make a kickass team, it’s great to see them together in this kickass video.
The Dressing Room Scene / Meet Kristoff
Pretty much every film that has ever been created ends up with a little extra footage that gets left on the cutting room floor. Usually, this extra footage is saved and then repackaged for release when said film gets re-released on DVD/Blue Ray. It turns out that animated films, much like their live-action counterparts, end up with extra deleted scenes that don’t make it into the final film (for whatever reason) and so today, we get to check out two deleted scenes from everyone’s favorite animated film of the moment — Disney‘s Frozen. In the video embedded above, we get to see a scene that takes place in the dressing room between sisters Anna and Elsa. In the clip featured below, we get to meet Kristoff for the first time in a scene that was later reworked for the final film. What I love most about both of these deleted scenes is how sparsely animated they are … in that, they aren’t really animated at all. Check out these clips and see if they make your love for Frozen grow stronger (hint: I think that they will). More »
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'Brick Like Me'
In the wake of the stunning success of The Lego Movie at the box office, we learn today that the long-running animated TV series The Simpsons will air a special Lego version of the series in May. Titled Brick Like Me, the Simpsons characters will find themselves in a world where they are made up of Lego pieces. Now, I’m not exactly sure what the means but it sounds to me like the ep will be computer animated in much the same way that The Lego Movie is animated … and I like the sound of that idea. Click below to learn more about this very special episode of The Simpsons. More »
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