Brand New Puss in Boots Trailer!

Wow… Dreamworks Animation is going nuts today with trailer releases, and I assume these will play before “Rango” in theaters.

As with the last post, just click the poster if you want to watch it.

Meow!

Brand New Kung Fu Panda 2 Trailer!

The folks at Apple just posted the brand new trailer and poster for “Kung Fu Panda 2”!

Click said poster to see said trailer and make this said moron shut up.

Rango In Theaters Today!

The goofy little lizard named, Rango, comes riding into town today!

The much-hyped film starring Johnny Depp and directed by Gore Verbinski is currently sitting at an 86% Fresh Rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and has an audience rating of 81%.

I’ll be taking it in tonight, and will try to post my thoughts early next week. I’m also going to try and post my thoughts on Charlie Sheen, and maybe I’ll just combine the two…

Weinsteins Sued Over Animated Film

March 3, 2011 1 comment

Cartoon Brew has a really interesting article today about the Weinstein Company being sued to the tune of $50 million dollars for a number of things related to the unfinished “Escape from Planet Earth” film.

From Cartoon Brew:

Yesterday, a $50 million-plus lawsuit was filed in the New York State Supreme Court against The Weinstein Company and Vancouver-based animation studio Rainmaker Entertainment. The plaintiffs, Tony Leech (co-director and co-writer of Hoodwinked!) and Brian Inerfeld, allege that they were removed from the production of their animated feature Escape from Planet Earth and that the Weinsteins, through gross incompetence, ruined the production of their film, which has yet to be finished. They also claim the Weinsteins gave them $500,000 in hush money until after the Oscars were over.

I’m as shocked as anyone that the Weinsteins didn’t just release the film half-finished. In fact, I’m often surprised that they don’t just take a dump on a reel and put that in the box to send to theaters, based on some of their films.

Read the entire article, complete with an awesome Production Log PDF, and an animation test video that I actually kind of enjoyed at Cartoon Brew.

Dreamworks Animation Bringing “Rumblewick” to the Big Screen

Boy oh boy has Dreamworks Animation been announcing a lot of films lately. First we had “Rise of the Guardians,” then “Flawed Dogs,” and now “Rumblewick.”

From the Press Release:

GLENDALE, Calif., March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) today announced that it will bring Rumblewick to the big screen. Director Tim Johnson (Over The Hedge, Antz) and writer Jim Herzfeld (Meet the Fockers, Meet the Parents) are collaborating on the feature project, which is inspired by the children’s book, “My Unwilling Witch (The Rumblewick Letters)” by Hiawyn Oram and Sarah Warburton. DreamWorks Animation development executives Chris Kuser and Gregg Taylor are overseeing the project at the studio.

“The fascinating world of witches and witches’ familiars is perfectly suited for the medium of animation, where anything goes,” said DreamWorks Animation’s Chief Creative Officer, Bill Damaschke. “Combined with the magically creative and comedic sensibilities of Tim Johnson and Jim Herzfeld, we look forward to bringing the world of Rumblewick to life.”

“The odds are stacked against our main character, a hard-working rabbit. Telling the story of his struggle and triumph is a fantastic journey. I know audiences are going to fall in love with Rumblewick,” added Tim Johnson.

Rumblewick will follow the adventures of a magician’s rabbit for whom the invitation to learn real magic and train as a witch’s familiar seems like a dream come true! But the dream becomes a nightmare when he discovers he’s really a pawn in a game between rival witches. Having learned the hard way that when something seems too good to be true it probably is, he must outsmart them both to save his fuzzy little hide.

I really need to help the folks at Dreamworks with their Press Releases, because this sucker could have easily been summed up as follows:

“The guy who Directed “Antz” and the guy who wrote “Meet the Parents” are making a sweet movie about witches and bunnies.”

Dreamworks, the offer to write these babies for you still stands. You have my number…

Toy Story’s Hawaiian Vacation Snipet

Okay this made me laugh…

And notice the nice little subtle double grab he has to do to get his sunglasses off at the end.

Those Pixar people know their stuff!

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While We Were Out

Here is a quick rundown of things we missed while out:

Pixar’s “Toy Story” won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, but lost out to “The King’s Speech” for Best Picture. In any case, a huge congratulations goes out to the gang at Pixar for their accomplishments, and here is to many more!

– And speaking of Pixar; the film that John Lasseter apparently tried to have cancelled, “Gnomeo and Juliet”¬†was the #1 film at the Box Office this past weekend, and now sits at around $75 million in domestic sales. Even with this figure in place, I’m still not so sure I don’t agree with Mr. Lasseter.

– You know what else happened? Not much really. I guess I picked a good week to be out.

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