Having won the Poster Wars, Mondo turns their talents to toys. First up, this STUNNING Iron Giant figure! For a photo of the full figure and lots and lots of product details, click through.
THR reports: “Disney Television Animation is celebrating the 45th anniversary of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion attraction in a big way. The studio is developing [an] animated special inspired by the ghoulishly fun popular theme park attraction. [...] The Haunted Mansion special will be animated by legendary horror genre artist and children’s book illustrator Gris Grimly (Gris Grimly’s Wicked Nursery Rhymes), who also will exec produce and art direct. Scott Peterson (Phineas and Ferb) will serve as writer, EP and story editor.”
To read the whole article, click here.
Chris Sanders, the super-silly cartoonist who made us all cry unexpectedly while watching Lilo & Stitch, How to Train Your Dragon and The Croods, is going to be manning a booth at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. What’s more, he’s made a whole mountain of merch to sell!
9 out of 10 cartoon-crazy Casanovas agree:
Nothing says sexy like SpongeBob Squarepants underpants.
Now available on Amazon!
The Japanese trailer for Big Hero 6 offers a more emotional opening, giving a li’l gravitas to what has — thus far — been marketed solely as an action/comedy. Nice!
First there was pet shaming. Now there’s Pokemon shaming.
(What’s next — Digi Pet shaming? No, that’ll never happen, cuz you went and killed your Digi Pet. Shame on YOU!)
Disney has just released TWO new trailers, SEVEN new pics, TEN new casting tid-bits, TWELVE new character descriptions and an updated plot summation for their upcoming animated superhero pic, Big Hero 6. Curious? Click through…
This deleted scene from Lilo & Stitch has always impressed me with its attempt to address the casual racism and rudeness often displayed by tourists to Hawaii. But it wasn’t until I was watching this scene again this morning that I noticed another amazing thing about it:
The film’s directors cast themselves as two of the rude racists! Continue reading
The Tracking Board is reporting that Gus Van Sant will direct Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Death Note, the starts amazing/ends atrocious manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata.
While Van Sant would NEVER have appeared on my mental list of directors a major studio would hire to direct a manga adaptation, I’m delighted by how potentially perfect this pairing is. Anyone who has seen Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy, My Own Private Idaho, To Die For, Elephant or Paranoid Park knows how skilled he is at bringing nuanced portrayals of the teen angst, anger and confusion to the silver screen. I’m really looking forward to this!
Disney is making a live-action Dumbo. Cuz, y’know, achieving ANIMATED PERFECTION with the original just wasn’t satisfying enough.
Sorry, but I won’t be posting today. My family is having a huge cookout. Aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews — everyone is coming!
Guess who gets to operate the grill?
Disney has hired J. David Stem and David N. Weiss to write a screenplay for Enchanted 2. Animation fans may know Stern and Weiss from their work on The Smurfs movie and Shrek 2. (Then again, maybe not.) Anne Fletcher (The Proposal) is set to direct.
Animation maestro James Baxter handled the hand-drawn cartooning in the first film, but Baxter now works for DreamWorks, so it’ll be interesting to see who they go with this time around…
Here’s the first trailer for Studio Ghibli’s next movie, When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marni). Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty) is co-writing and directing. The film opens in Japan on 7/19/14.
For lots (LOTS!) more about this elegant, elegiac film, click here.
Salta Burger is opening a real-life Krusty Krab restaurant in Palestine’s West Bank. Salta hopes to “create an experience for customers that could be mistaken for a trip to one of the top eateries in all of animated television.” For construction pics and info, click here.
The Atlantic‘s Sarah Boxer provides an interesting exploration of the age-old question…and a closer look at a more recent animation trend — the wacky, widower dad!
Click pics to enlarge. (Via: wifitrain)
Keane’s film starts at 54:00, but there’s some charming how-to/behind the scenes stuff before that.
Sadly, none of that makes the statement any less true.
R.I.P. Jeff Buckley!
A live-action adaptation of Attack on Titan is film currently in production in Japan, with a release scheduled for 2015. It is being directed by Shinji Higuchi, the special effects supervisor on the 90s Gamera reboot and a writer.storyboard artist on The End of Evangelion. The film was written by Yusuke Watanabe and Tomohiro Machiyama, with Hajime Isayama — the creator of Attack On Titan — acting as supervisor. For casting and shooting info, click here.
Related: WTF – Attack On Titan Merch
Disney and Pixar have announced their newest animated short, Lava. Directed by longtime Pixar animator James Ford Murphy, Lava is “a musical love story taking place over millions of years that is inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes.” Lava premiers June 19, 2015 in front of Pete Docter’s Inside Out. Click through for the full poster. Continue reading
(And most painful.)
The barefoot LEGO firewalk, via Bullmoose
I love it when crappy-looking cartoons suddenly wow you with a surprisingly sweet moment of animation. Example: This rollicking roundhouse kick comes courtesy of Filmation’s normally blah-looking She-Ra: Princess of Power. Who knew they had it in ‘em?
GIF via Forever Young.
Dynamite Entertainment and DC Comics are going to co-publish a comic where Django meets Zorro. The book will be co-plotted by Quentin Tarantino and Matt Wagner (Mage). Apparently, Tarantino considers this comic as an official sequel to Django Unchained. Via.
And…that’s it. For now. The above image is a concept painting by Richard Daskas. Tartakovsky’s CG take on E.C. Segar’s classic character is slated for release sometime in the vaguely worded future. In addition to pre-production on Popeye, Tartakovsky is currently directing Hotel Transylvania 2 and developing a brand new passion project, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine?
Kinda makes you feel lazy, don’t it?
Jordy288 has collected 73 screen-caps of the background paintings from Studio Ghibli’s films. The artwork is sumptuous. Careful, though. Stare too long, and you may never want to look away. The real world pales in comparison to the wondrous world of Ghibli!. Click here to view.
Thor, that’s who.
Image via: mischiefmanagedin
Danger Mouse will be returning to TV next year! The CBBC has officially green lit 52 new 11 minute episodes. The series is being rebooted by Ireland’s Boulder Media (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, El Tigre), with Horrible Histories‘ Ben Ward writing scripts.
Remember when the most controversial Spongebob news items were gigantic gravestones and a XXX parody? Ah, the good ol’ days. (Via.)
People Magazine has put together a list of 5 Real-Life Disney Castles That You Can Rent. While Isla Mujeres’ Casa Caracol/King Triton’s castle is undoubtedly off-model, it IS adorable. Plus, if you visit in August — hurricane season — your ‘castle’ may truly be ‘under the sea’!
Related: Take An Animation Vacation: Studio Ghibli
Director Pete Docter revealed quite a bit more about Pixar’s upcoming Inside Out at the Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival in France yesterday. The industry insiders at Variety brought back the best bits: Continue reading
Sony Pictures Animation has announced their intentions to make Medusa, an original animated comedy that will tell the secret story behind Greek mythology’s sinister, snake-headed seductress. Lauren Faust, the effervescent Emmy-winner responsible for the brilliant My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is attached to direct.
For more info, click here.
(For the adorable inspiration behind this post’s title, click here.)
DANGERDOOM’s 2005 album, The Mouse and the Mask, is an amazing example of advertising-as-art. Created by two of music’s more idiosyncratic artists — producer Dangermouse and rapper MF DOOM — it simultaneously served as an extended ad for Cartoon Network’s mid-2000s programming and a truly great rap record. Continue reading
Quick show of hands. Who here loves the ugly, off-model artwork Disney uses on their DVD and Blu-Ray releases? Anyone? Anyone?
That’s what I thought.
Artist Miguel Roselló is also not a fan. But instead of just sitting around typing rhetorical questions about it, he’s creating a series of sumptuous slipcovers for your Disney Blu-Rays — and they’re FREE! What’s more, he’s formatted them so that all you have to do is print, cut and insert. How cool is that? Click here to begin.
It took a while, but we’re finally looking at the entire team from Disney/Marvel’s upcoming animated film, Big Hero 6.
From left to right:
Wasabi: Wasabi is a trained chef who uses various swords to fight. He can also give form to his Qi-Energy, usually materializing it as throwing knives that can paralyze opponents.
Studio Ghibli’s next film will be Omoide no Marnie, an adaptation of Joan G. Robinson’s children’s novel, When Marnie Was There.
Cartoon Brew reports:
“Animation and visual effects studio Sony Pictures Imageworks has confirmed what many in the industry had suspected for a long while: the studio is moving its headquarters from Los Angeles to Vancouver, Canada to take advantage of generous tax credits provided by the Canadian government. This move, combined with Digital Domain’s jump to Vancouver and Rhythm & Hues’ bankruptcy, prompted Variety’s VFX chronicler David S. Cohen to say that the Los Angeles feature film visual effects industry is ‘in full collapse.’”
To read the full article, click here.
Here’s the first trailer for Jorge R. Gutierrez’ upcoming animated feature, Book Of Life. Cartoon fans will recognize Gutierrez as the creator of the Annie & Emmy award winning series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera. That show was cute. This flick looks phenomenal. Book Of Life open is the U.S. on October 17.
Way, way back in 2007, Secret Fun Blog posted fifty spooky screen-caps of Scooby-Doo‘s background paintings. Seven long years later, I finally found it. Click here to catch up/reminisce.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
“DreamWorks Dragons, the children’s television series based on the How to Train Your Dragon franchise will air its new seasons on Netflix Inc.’s streaming service starting in spring 2015. [...] Netflix has picked up the third and fourth seasons of the show. [...] Each new Dragon season will have about 26 episodes, released on a staggered schedule.”
To read the full article, click here.
A video game animator using the screen name ‘penciltest‘ just posted this super-cute GIF on his Tumblr. Cue: Feels.
The accompanying tag? “Short film work in progress.” Cue: Desperate impatience for more, more, MORE!
When one great cartoonist draws another great cartoonist, trees everywhere kill themselves in hopes of one day becoming paper.
Click through for the high res version. Continue reading
There is nothing I do not love about this costume.
Photo by Milhouse is a meme.
Navigate your way through Ghost Rider’s flaming skull while simultaneously using the experience as a four-color metaphor for the never-ending struggle to transcend the hell inside your own head. Great for long car trips!
Click through for the full maze. Continue reading
It’s a cute, mute, comedy of FAILs. Feel familiar? That’s cuz this is the EXACT same formula Disney used in the teaser trailer for Frozen!
Update: Over on Cartoon Brew, the commenters pointed out another reason for the aforementioned feeling of familiarity — the teaser trailer for The Incredibles.
Title via Superdames. Image via Wow Comics #48 by Otto & Jack Binder.
The infamous 1938 Snow White wrap party has been whispered about for years. Sex, booze, bacchanalia — you name it, it’s rumored to have happened. Rarely, though, has anyone who was actually there spoken publicly about it. Until now. Well, 1997. That’s when Jim Korkis got Disney animator Bill Justice to tell the whole sordid story. Click here to read.
Fox 411 reports: “It wasn’t that deliberate. It was an ad-lib that Craig Ferguson added,” [writer/director Dean] DeBlois told FOX411. (The talk show host is the voice of Gobber in the film). “I’d written the line ‘This is why I never married.’ And then he had tagged that on to it.” Continue reading
Kate Willeart has created an amazing, exhaustive chart chronicling the X-Men’s revolving roster. Got a day to kill? Grab your reading glasses and click through. (Via.) Continue reading
It’s a stop-motion music video…made with yarn…that’s also a tear-jerker.
Super-cool 8-bit-esque rendition of the song we all claim to never want to hear again, yet secretly sing in the shower every morning. Courtesy of the conductor, PieguyGames.
Related: Elsa’s Palace, Made in Minecraft
Xum Yukinori’s update of John Byrne and Terry Austin’s iconic cover for Uncanny X-Men # 141 does a pretty accurate job of explaining why your favorite superhero cartoons got cancelled. “Too Smart.” “Too fun.” Too true! For the full image, click through.
This FREE, downloadable Walt Disney Prod. stationary (circa 1938) not only makes the PERFECT PRESENT for that diehard Disney fan in your life, it’s also the ideal canvas upon which to role-play your favorite old-school animators!
Sketch a curvy nude à la Freddie Moore! Create a kooky Christmas card à la Ward Kimball! Write an angry letter to the unions à la Walt Disney!
The possibilities are LIMITLESS!
For the full size stationary, click through… Continue reading
“Cloudjumper was designed to be surprising. We knew that we would have scenes in which Toothless and he would fly together, so we were looking for a bold statement to help differentiate them, even at a distance. I liked the idea of two sets of wings that form an X in the sky. They could be stowed into one another so as to create a surprise reveal.
Fans of Who Framed Roger Rabbit will LOVE this 1940 Warner Bros. live-action/animation hybrid featuring Porky Pig and Daffy Duck. Like Roger Rabbit, You Ought to Be in Pictures revolves around classic cartoon characters and their (mis)adventures in Hollywood. Only, where Roger Rabbit kicks off with a murder, You Ought to Be in Pictures begins with an act of career suicide!
“My sister is giving birth to Mr. Burns.” – boabey
Graphic goodness by Khoa Ho.
What? You didn’t think Wardrobe was gonna let that gorgeous gold gown go to waste, now did you?
Photoshop by bambiix.
“The sexy bedroom eyes on this Aquaman action figure make me very uncomfortable.” – rawlingstones
Grab some pizza, pastries and Pepto-Bismol, then click through for a GIFset full of gorging.
I’m torn. I want one, but I don’t want one. I want one cuz it’s awesome. Every time I’d look at it I’d smile. But I don’t want one cuz I’m terrible with plants. What if I accidentally killed it? That’s Pokémonslaughter!
Top: Gulliver’s Travels (1939). Bottom: Attack on Titan (2012).
Same hair, same nose, same eyes and eyebrows… You see it, too, don’t you? Does anyone know if this was an intentional homage?
“Joy Batchelor (1914-1991) was one half of the animation team Halas & Batchelor, responsible for over 40 years of groundbreaking animated films. Despite being one of animation’s most important figures, today she is one of its unsung heroines. This film is a short introduction to her work.”
(Via: Cartoon Brew)
It’s funny cuz it’s cruel. I mean, TRUE. It’s funny cuz it’s true.
Super-deformed Cap via: ultraculture