Brad Bird hand-drawn animation

With The Iron Giant: Signature Edition returning to theaters soon, director Brad Bird has been making the rounds talking about the 1999 animated favorite that found a much bigger audience in the years since the film hit theaters the first time. And he has some hopeful, good news for fans of hand-drawn animation.

While the director has been busy in computer animation with films like The Incredibles (and a forthcoming sequel) and Ratatouille, and his live-action features Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Tomorrowland, he hopes to direct a new hand-drawn animation feature sometime down the road. In addition, he wishes that hand-drawn animation would be used to its full potential, perhaps even venturing into the horror genre.

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JC Richard Cinderella print

Cyclops Print Works is quickly becoming one of the best pop culture screen print companies out there. Not only do they have the Disney license, but they have contracted a ton of awesome and popular artists to create some great limited edition screenprints. We’ve written about their prints a few times in the past (D23 Expo, Inside Out, Feast).

Cyclops Print Works’ next release is by one of my favorite artists JC Richard (who we’ve definitely written about many times in the past). The print celebrated the 65th anniversary of the classic Disney animated film Cinderella. Hit the jump to see the JC Richard Cinderella print in full and learn how you can buy it.

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Charlie Kaufman’s ‘Anomalisa’ Set for Winter Release


Your holiday season just got a little bit weirder. Paramount Pictures has set Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson‘s stop-motion feature Anomalisa for a winter release, following a buzzy world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival. Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Thewlis, and Tom Noonan provide voices. Get the Anomalisa release date details after the jump. Read More »

Justin Timberlake Joining Trolls

Pitch Perfect leading lady Anna Kendrick has been situated to lead DreamWorks Animation’s musical adaptation of the Danish toy known as Troll dolls for over a year now. The project is simply called Trolls, and sees the Oscar nominee playing a relentlessly upbeat character named Princess Poppy.

Now Kendrick finally has some company on the animated adventure as recording star turned actor Justin Timberlake (The Social Network, Runner Runner) has just signed on to voice a lead character. And since this is a musical, it’s likely safe to assume that he’ll be doing some singing as well. Read More »

Nickelodeon 90s Shows

Nickelodeon clearly knows that there’s money to be made from the nostalgia of their beloved programming from the 90s when the kids-geared network was just taking off. The channel has been said to be thinking of ways to revive certain popular 90s cartoons such as Rugrats and Hey Arnold! and Paramount Pictures is supposedly developing some kind of live-action/animated hybrid movie that could bring a bunch of Nicktoons together.

And now news has surfaced that there will be a new programming block of Nickelodeon 90s shows called The Splat coming to the channel in October, bringing back tons of the shows that children of the 90s fell in love with and still treasure to this day. Read More »

Brad Bird Gives an ‘Incredibles 2′ Status Update

Incredibles 2

We didn’t see anything real from The Incredibles 2 at Disney’s D23 confab aside from a new teaser poster. (The most relevant part of that poster is above.) We don’t know when the film will be released, or what the story will be. But writer/director Brad Bird is making The Incredibles 2 his next film, and on the occasion of the re-release of his first movie, The Iron Giant, Bird is talking in very guarded terms about his upcoming sequel. Read More »

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Guardians Of The Galaxy: Cosmic Mix Vol. 1

The soundtrack for Guardians Of The Galaxy has been extremely popular. Featuring the songs present on Peter Quill’s mixtape in the film, the album was the second best-selling soundtrack album of 2014 (behind only Disney’s Frozen) topping the Billboard 200 chart for 11 consecutive week and 16 weeks in total. We’ve been promised a follow-up in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but it looks like we might be getting a sequel even sooner than that. Marvel has announced the release of Guardians Of The Galaxy: Cosmic Mix Vol. 1, the soundtrack for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy the animated television series. The new soundtrack features a compilation of songs from the 1970’s and 1980’s, just like the Awesome Mix from the 2014 live-action film. Hit the jump to find out more.
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disneyland frozen musical

Good and bad news for Disneyland fans:

  • We’ll start off with the good news — a new stage production based on the hit Walt Disney Animation Studios film Frozen will be coming to Disney California Adventure in Disneyland Resort. Fans of Frozen have proven they can’t get enough of Anna, Elsa and the whole gang, so Disney is giving fans something bigger and better than the other Frozen park offerings.
  • The bad news is that it will be replacing the wonderful Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular stage show which has been playing in the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure park since 2003.

Find out more details about the Disneyland Frozen musical after the jump.

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Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa reviews

You probably know Charlie Kaufman from his screenplay contributions to Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry’s filmography, which includes Being John Malkovich, Adaptation. and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Or you might even have even seen his 2008 directorial debut Synecdoche New York, which we’ve analyzed on the podcast and in a series of videos.

Kaufman’s newest film Anomalisa made its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival over the weekend, and we have rounded up the early buzz. The film is notable not only because Kaufman’s involvement but it is the auteur’s first stop-motion film. The story is about “a man crippled by the mundanity of his life” and $406,237 of the project’s projected $8 million budget was funded on kickstarter. Hit the jump to find out the early reactions in the first Anomalisa reviews.

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