Disney Is Developing A ‘Haunted Mansion’ Animated Special

0THR 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.”

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Lilo & Stitch Vs. Racist Tourists

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

Gus Van Sant to Direct ‘Death Note’

0The 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 Prepping ‘Enchanted 2’

0Disney 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…

Coming Soon: Live-Action ‘Attack On Titan’

0A 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

Pixar Is Making A Musical Short

0Disney 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

First Look: Genndy Tartakovsky’s Popeye

popeye-image-600x362And…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?

My Little Medusa

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.)

Recommended Listening: DANGERDOOM

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

Print ‘N’ Cut Papercraft: Super Stylish Slipcovers For Your Disney Blu-Rays

1Quick 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.

Sony Animation Abandons U.S. For Canada

1Cartoon 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.

Netflix Announces Two New Seasons Of ‘DreamWorks Dragons’

How+To+Train+Your+Dragon+2+Movie+2014The 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.

Recommended Reading: The Totally True Tale Of ‘The Snow White Orgy’

0The 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.

A Printable Present For Animation Fans:
Official Walt Disney Prod. Stationary

000This 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!

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Dean DeBlois Discusses DreamWorks’ Newest Dragon, Cloudjumper

100“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.

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Recommended Viewing:
Friz Freleng’s ‘You Ought To Be In Pictures’

leon-and-porky-545Fans 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!

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