Disney Logo evolution

Ethan Jones has created a series of compilation videos showing how various animated logo openings have changed and evolved over the years. Most recently Jones has released videos of the Walt Disney Pictures and DreamWorks logo openings.
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Mr Peabody and Sherman 5

It’s probably just a matter of time before someone gets the idea to make an NBC sitcom based on Dos Equis’ The Most Interesting Man in the World, but until then we’ll have Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Sherman (voiced by Max Charles), the human half of the classic cartoon duo, is an ordinary kid, but Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell) has a list of accomplishments that’d make Mr. Dos Equis himself raise a perfectly groomed eyebrow.

The newest trailer explains that this is a dog who earned a Ph.D and invented the fist bump, Autotune, and the time machine. The latest clip adds that he’s also a musical genius and a license chiropractor. The only thing he can’t do, apparently, is keep Sherman from traveling back in time and creating a rift in the space-time continuum. Which turns out to be kind of a problem. Watch the videos after the jump.

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Mr Peabody and Sherman

Roles are reversed in the upcoming Rocky and Bullwinkle spinoff, Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Mr. Peabody is the world’s smartest dog and Sherman is his adopted human boy. Together they’ll get into time traveling adventures, with characters voiced by the likes of Ty Burrell, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Warburton, Lake Bell and Dennis Haysbert.

The 3D animated film, set for release March 7, is directed by Rob Minkoff (The Lion King) and the first trailer has just been released. Check it out below. Read More »

Mr Peabody and Sherman 2

If each human year is equivalent to seven dog years, that makes Mr. Peabody, who first appeared in the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show around the late ’50s, nearly 400 years old. Given that, he looks pretty damn great in these new stills from DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody & Sherman. There’s nothing like a shiny CG makeover to make one feel young again, apparently.

The film sees the brilliant canine (voiced by Ty Burrell) and his kid companion (voiced by Max Charles) traveling through time in their WABAC (pronounced “way-back”) machine. Along for the ride is Penny (voiced by Burrell’s Modern Family co-star Ariel Winter), a classmate of Sherman’s who gets under his skin. Check out the first-look images after the jump.

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It’s going to be an arthouse-friendly summer. Following yesterday’s announcement that Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight would land in theaters Memorial Day weekend, Sony Classics has just set June and July openings for two more upcoming auteur releases, Pedro Almodovar‘s I’m So Excited and Woody Allen‘s Blue Jasmine.

The news is less positive for DreamWorks’ animation slate, as Mr. Peabody & Sherman has been pushed from late 2013 to early 2014, knocking Me and My Shadow off the schedule altogether. And finally, rounding out this batch of release date updates is Last Vegas, which is moving up to avoid the crowded Christmas slate. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Most movie studios release information about their upcoming slates a year or two at a time. But today DreamWorks Animation released a four-year slate, driven in part by the new distribution deal the company has with Fox, as well as the long lead time needed to make animated films, and also perhaps by the not-so-hot view of the publicly-traded company on Wall Street.

We’ve known that DA has a mind towards heavy sequel production, and that is reflected in this slate, with dates for two more How to Train Your Dragon films, another Kung Fu Panda sequel, and another Madagascar spinoff. But, in addition to films we know about (The Croods, Turbo) there are some other new projects that adapt kids books, and more details on the previously-announced animated Bollywood-style musical. Read More »