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Random Movie News

PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:45 am
by stereosforgeeks
Variety reports a 4th Shrek film 2010. A fifth one following.

Can't we just end this franchise yet. Damn.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:51 am
by tapehead
stereosforgeeks wrote:Variety reports a 4th Shrek film 2010. A fifth one following.

Can't we just end this franchise yet. Damn.


It's a shame, because he has done some good work, but at this point, we have to kill Mike Myers.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:53 am
by stereosforgeeks
tapehead wrote:
stereosforgeeks wrote:Var iety reports a 4th Shrek film 2010. A fifth one following.

Can't we just end this franchise yet. Damn.


It's a shame, because he has done some good work, but at this point, we have to kill Mike Myers.


I wonder if it's him or Dreamworks that want these franchise additions.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:11 am
by tapehead
stereosforgeeks wrote:
tapehead wrote:
stereosforgeeks wrote:Var iety reports a 4th Shrek film 2010. A fifth one following.

Can't we just end this franchise yet. Damn.


It's a shame, because he has done some good work, but at this point, we have to kill Mike Myers.


I wonder if it's him or Dreamworks that want these franchise additions.


If I could go into a room and read from a piece of paper for a day or two, and make millions of dollars from it, the temptation to do it again would be pretty strong.

clearly it's a profitable franchise for the studio.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:31 am
by stereosforgeeks
tapehead wrote:
stereosforgeeks wrote:
tapehead wrote:
stereosforgeeks wrote:Variety reports a 4th Shrek film 2010. A fifth one following.

Can't we just end this franchise yet. Damn.


It's a shame, because he has done some good work, but at this point, we have to kill Mike Myers.


I wonder if it's him or Dreamworks that want these franchise additions.


If I could go into a room and read from a piece of paper for a day or two, and make millions of dollars from it, the temptation to do it again would be pretty strong.

clearly it's a profitable franchise for the studio.


For sure. However, sometimes things just need to stop being made. They definitely sounded bored in the 3rd one.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:38 am
by The Vicar
No more.
Talk about flogging a dead ogre.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 11:12 am
by LaDracul
I'm just wondering if they'll explain some plot points that were introduced in the "Shrek" movies, like my theory that the Fairy Godmother was the one that placed Fiona under that spell so she could marry her metrosexual basketcase son, and probably the fact King Artie is actually the Prince's son....

Random Animation (Come forward into Dementia-Five!!)

PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:21 am
by wonkabar

PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:40 am
by wonkabar

PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:44 am
by Pacino86845
My brain hurts.

PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:20 pm
by wonkabar
Dr. Tran

in

ROYBERTITO'S

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 1:39 am
by wonkabar

PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 12:01 pm
by TheButcher
Batman: The Long Halloween! Well maybe.
- Any chance of a Batman: The Long Halloween animated? Levitz: "Yes."
Source :Newsarama

*Teen Avengers - Targeted July 2008 release
Hulk Smash - Targeted October 2008 release
Source : Comics 2 Film

*Teen Avengers is now being called Avengers Reborn.
Avengers Reborn first look:
IESB

Marvel Animated

PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 12:46 pm
by TheButcher
Latest Marvel animated news.
Source: SSH

Marvel Character Animated Direct-to-DVD Projects:

Next Avengers, Lionsgate - Targeted July 2008 release
Hulk Smash, Lionsgate - Targeted October 2008 release
Thor, Lionsgate - Targeted April 2009 release

Marvel Character Animated TV Projects:

Fantastic Four, Moonscoop SAS (France) - 26, 30-minute episodes; Running Internationally.
FF:WGH @ Youtube


Spider-Man, Sony - In development; US distribution agreement with Kids' WB for Spring 2008 release.
Spectacular Spider-Man Trailer

Wolverine and the X-Men, First Serve Toonz (India) - 26, 30-minute episodes in development; Fall 2008 release.
Marvel First Look Article

Iron Man, Method Films (France) - 26, 30-minute episodes in development; Fall 2008 release.

Hulk, TBD - In development.

Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure

PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2007 10:20 pm
by TheButcher
ASIFA-Hollywood had a special screening and panel discussion to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Richard Williams’ "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure" on 11/17/07.
If that title is unfamiliar to you ... Well, there's a good reason for that. It's been more than a decade since this Richard Williams film was last available for purchase. On VHS no less. And to my knowledge, because of some copyright-related problem, "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure" has never officially been transferred over to DVD. And evidently this same copyright-related issue is currently preventing this 84-minute-long movie from being broadcast on television.

source : Jim Hill Media

Wallace and Gromit return with a new short film Trouble At’ Mill.

source: WallaceandGromit.com and animated news

PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2007 11:53 pm
by buster00
TheButcher wrote:ASIFA-Hollywood had a special screening and panel discussion to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Richard Williams’ "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure" on 11/17/07.
If that title is unfamiliar to you ... Well, there's a good reason for that. It's been more than a decade since this Richard Williams film was last available for purchase. On VHS no less. And to my knowledge, because of some copyright-related problem, "Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure" has never officially been transferred over to DVD. And evidently this same copyright-related issue is currently preventing this 84-minute-long movie from being broadcast on television.



I remember being shown a Raggedy Ann cartoon in grade school, so I had to look this up to see if it was the same one.

Turns out I was thinking of The Pumpkin Who Couldn’t Smile, not this one.

But look what I found out on Wikipedia:

(Creator Johnny Gruelle's daughter) Marcella died at age 13 after being vaccinated at school for smallpox without her parents' consent. Authorities blamed a heart defect, but her parents blamed the vaccination. Gruelle became an opponent of vaccination, and the Raggedy Ann doll was used as a symbol by the anti-vaccination movement.

I hope Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure follows this anti-vaccination plotline.

"And that, boys and girls, is how smallpox was eliminated not through vaccinations, but through the healing light of Jesus Christ."

Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure

PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 12:52 pm
by TheButcher
Here are a couple of clips from the movie.

Raggedy Ann & Andy meet the king of looney land:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=hik6fuMPcOI

Raggedy Ann & Andy meet the Camel:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=PAJ4pMLXRTA

PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 12:05 pm
by Cha-Ka Khan
My God...

I've actually seen that movie...

IN THE THEATER!!

Marvel Zombies the movie!

PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2008 11:35 am
by TheButcher
Marvel Zombies the movie!
ShockTilYouDrop.com is reporting that a direct-to-DVD animated feature based on Robert Kirkman's unlikely hit comic 'Marvel Zombies' may be in the work. The news comes "through the grapevine" so consider it a rumor at this point. No other details are revealed outside the notion that the project is in development.

source : comics2film

PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:17 pm
by buster00
Please enjoy Jon Dunleavy's 2006 short The Technical Glitch.

Oh, uh, it does have a smidge of NSFW language.

Random Movie News

PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:17 am
by thebostonlocksmith
This isn't really movie news, it's more of a tv special... The new Wallace and Gromit TV feature...

A matter of loaf and death...

PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:27 am
by Pacino86845
It's great to see Aardman bounce back after the unfortunate fire that destroyed their studio... has anyone seen the Creature Discomforts ads? I just watched them, very charming and effective ads, I must say.

PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:33 am
by Fievel
Vexille is one badass movie.
GREAT story.
Mostly good animation.
Thank you, goodnight.

PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 11:50 pm
by buster00
Bugs Bunny in Bob McKimson's Easter Yeggs (1947).


Iwannaneastaegg! Iwannaneastaegg! Iwannaneastaeggg!

Next Avengers

PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 7:46 am
by TheButcher

PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 2:32 pm
by buster00


Image

Avenger Babies?

Lemme guess -- they defeat Ultron with the power of imagination?

Will stock footage be involved?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:39 am
by MonkeyM666
So.... Has anyone seen the other show that Christopher McCulloch has directed a few eps; SuperNormal?? I only just found out about it and am wondering what it's all about.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:04 am
by LaDracul
Anyone watch "The Mighty B!"? It has Amy Pohler, Andy Richter, Keenan Mitchell, sometimes Brian Posehn...

Anyway, it's about a hyperactive little girl who is in a Honeybee troop, and gets into a lot of misadventures.

However, it hits close to home for me because of her frienemy, Portia. I had been in a Girl Scout troop with a girl who was just like her. She thought she was better than everyone, her mom was one of the leaders, but she was a snob. Last time I saw her, she was married to a foreign guy...and I'm betting they're probably divorced by now.

So yeah, I'm rooting for Bessie because she's like me. Crazy, but interesting.

PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 12:52 pm
by Evil Hobbit
A long but excellent talk about the history and process of CG animation with Ed Catmull, Alvy Smith, Brad Bird and Andrew Stanton.

watch it here

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 2:34 pm
by Zamzon
The Glitch was great. "Ipods wont play anything ... but Alanis Morissette."

LOL

Thx.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:31 pm
by TonyWilson

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:41 pm
by Brocktune
TonyWilson wrote:holy shit.



truer words were never spoken ny friend. clearly THIS is the style they should go with for the new transformers!

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 6:11 pm
by TonyWilson
Shia LeBeouf: out-acted by a wall.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 4:21 am
by Flumm
I was really digging how the slight, jumping movements in perspective were giving a nice effect to the depth of the streets 'n walls, as it strafed along the walls and such - then he started and going brilliantly kind of fruitcake all across the dirt and through interiors. A interesting idea, but expressed even better.

Great video.

Random Movie News

PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 2:51 pm
by TheButcher
Kung Fu Panda 5 news:
06/10/2008: "Five Kung Fu Panda sequels on the way?"
In news that will surprise noone, Jack Black told AAP while promoting Kung Fu Panda in Sydney earlier today that he was confident there would be a follow up: “My eight ball says signs point to yes.” Jack says he’d jump at the chance to be involved if “all the stars are aligned to make it. It’s easy for me, I just come in and do the acting voice, it’s those animators and directors that have to really make the sacrifice.” In much more surprising news however, Jeffrey Katzenberg stated that there could be up to FIVE more Kung Fu Panda movies if he gets his way. “There is a larger story here of which this is the first chapter. In the same way Shrek had five chapters from the beginning, this has six. Whether we get to tell those chapters or not isn’t something we determine, the movie-goers determine. It needs to be a big hit. It needs to be a blockbuster.” Which Kung Fu Panda is clearly on its way to become… Deservedly so since this timeless action comedy with heart marks a fresh departure for DreamWorks–so why spoil it, especially so early in its theatrical run, with the announcement of endless sequels? You may remember that Jeffrey Katzenberg stated four years ago that Shrek had been conceived from the beginning as a four-chapter story, later bumping up that number to five.


source : Animated-News

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 1:08 am
by yorrick brown
TheButcher wrote:Kung Fu Panda 5 news:
06/10/2008: "Five Kung Fu Panda sequels on the way?"
In news that will surprise noone, Jack Black told AAP while promoting Kung Fu Panda in Sydney earlier today that he was confident there would be a follow up: “My eight ball says signs point to yes.” Jack says he’d jump at the chance to be involved if “all the stars are aligned to make it. It’s easy for me, I just come in and do the acting voice, it’s those animators and directors that have to really make the sacrifice.” In much more surprising news however, Jeffrey Katzenberg stated that there could be up to FIVE more Kung Fu Panda movies if he gets his way. “There is a larger story here of which this is the first chapter. In the same way Shrek had five chapters from the beginning, this has six. Whether we get to tell those chapters or not isn’t something we determine, the movie-goers determine. It needs to be a big hit. It needs to be a blockbuster.” Which Kung Fu Panda is clearly on its way to become… Deservedly so since this timeless action comedy with heart marks a fresh departure for DreamWorks–so why spoil it, especially so early in its theatrical run, with the announcement of endless sequels? You may remember that Jeffrey Katzenberg stated four years ago that Shrek had been conceived from the beginning as a four-chapter story, later bumping up that number to five.


source : Animated-News


its only been out a week and they want four more movies,wow!.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 1:14 am
by Chairman Kaga
yorrick brown wrote:
TheButcher wrote:Kung Fu Panda 5 news:
06/10/2008: "Five Kung Fu Panda sequels on the way?"
In news that will surprise noone, Jack Black told AAP while promoting Kung Fu Panda in Sydney earlier today that he was confident there would be a follow up: “My eight ball says signs point to yes.” Jack says he’d jump at the chance to be involved if “all the stars are aligned to make it. It’s easy for me, I just come in and do the acting voice, it’s those animators and directors that have to really make the sacrifice.” In much more surprising news however, Jeffrey Katzenberg stated that there could be up to FIVE more Kung Fu Panda movies if he gets his way. “There is a larger story here of which this is the first chapter. In the same way Shrek had five chapters from the beginning, this has six. Whether we get to tell those chapters or not isn’t something we determine, the movie-goers determine. It needs to be a big hit. It needs to be a blockbuster.” Which Kung Fu Panda is clearly on its way to become… Deservedly so since this timeless action comedy with heart marks a fresh departure for DreamWorks–so why spoil it, especially so early in its theatrical run, with the announcement of endless sequels? You may remember that Jeffrey Katzenberg stated four years ago that Shrek had been conceived from the beginning as a four-chapter story, later bumping up that number to five.


source : Animated-News


its only been out a week and they want four more movies,wow!.


Interesting though Katzenberg is such a tool.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 8:57 am
by LaDracul
I'm thinking they might focus on a different member of the Furious Five.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 12:41 pm
by Nachokoolaid
LaDracul wrote:I'm thinking they might focus on a different member of the Furious Five.


Yeah, that's what I automatically assumed when I heard the announcement.

Re: Random Movie News ( It's raining remakes! )

PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2008 11:49 pm
by buster00
Nachokoolaid wrote:
LaDracul wrote:I'm thinking they might focus on a different member of the Furious Five.


Yeah, that's what I automatically assumed when I heard the announcement.


I hope it's Melle Mel or Kid Creole. Save Grandmaster Flash for the finale.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 6:27 pm
by buster00
TonyWilson wrote:holy shit.


:o :o :o

Mind-bogglingly BRILLIANT! 12 out of 10!

Good find, TonyWilson!

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:40 am
by RogueScribner
A 4 minute clip of the aborted Buffy the Vampire Slayer animated series showed up on YouTube.

Get it while it's hot!

I was excited about this show way back when it was in development. BtVS actors and writers + high school setting + no budget constraints = lots of potential for greatness, IMO. Even if it didn't rival the live action series in quality, I'm sure it still would have been fun! Oh well.

Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures

PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 1:30 pm
by TheButcher
Bert and Ernie Clay Animation
The closest-knit friends of one of the world's most highly recognized array of children's programming, Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street, will soon be reinvented in a new medium for audience fascination. A conscientious one with an egg-shaped head and a lovable oaf, these two characters have delighted children for years with their inventiveness, creativity and capacity to turn the mundane into a world of imagination and adventure unlike ever before. The two Sesame Street characters, soon to be clay animated characters in their own television program, currently under the working title The Adventures of Bert and Ernie, are scheduled to hit the airwaves around the world by the end of next year.

The Great Adv. of Bert and Ernie Travel to Sesame Street

Henry Sellick

PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:01 pm
by TheButcher
From Newsarama 08-19-2008:
Animated Shorts: Henry Sellick, 1 - Nightmare and More

Steve Fritz wrote:As any horror fan knows, it’s just damn difficult to keep the undead down. If you don’t, ask Henry Sellick.

For those who don’t know, Sellick is one of the top stop-motion animation directors in the world, having comfortably settled in a position somewhere between golden age masters like Ray Harryhausen, George Pal and Art Clokey and modern day masters like Jan Svankmajer, the Brothers Quay and Aardman Studios. It doesn’t take long to see he loves working in the genre that’s truly the oldest form of animation either.

“[As a kid I was inspired by] The early Harryhausen, Jason and the Argonauts in particular,” Sellick reminisced over a telephone conference this weekend. “I also love the Seventh Voyage, the best cyclops that will ever be done. There was just this wonderful sense that Harryhausen's monsters were real, despite the sort of lurching quality they had, they had an undeniable reality to them.

“I love all sorts of animation, probably the most beautiful would be the traditional hand drawn animation that Disney is known for. Stopmotion has a certain grittiness and is filled with imperfections, and yet their is an undeniable truth, that what you see really exits, even it if is posed by hand, 24 times a second. This truth is what I find most attractive about stop motion animation.”

Yet his first work experience would be in traditional animation. In 1980 he was part of the legendary animation team who created Disney’s The Fox and the Hound. This team also included Brad Bird, Don Bluth, John Lassiter and a number of others who would become movers and shakers in the cartoon universe.

There was another guy over there in the Magic Kingdom who Sellick also hung out with. His name was Tim Burton. Like Sellick, Burton was a stop motion fan. More important, Burton had convinced Disney to finance two shorts using the process, Frankenweenie and Vincent. Burton got the initial idea to also do Nightmare Before Christmas there. Sellick remembers it well.

“’Vincent’ was Tim's first stop motion film that he made with Rick Heinrichs,” Sellick recalled. “It had a striking look, bold design and was basically part of Tim's growth as an artist, which influence the look of Nightmare Before Christmas.

“I was working with Tim at Disney in the early 1980s when he first conceived the poem and idea of Jack Skellingon taking over Christmas,” said Sellick. Sculptor Rick Heinrichs took the original characters designed by Tim: Jack, Zero and Sandy Claws and created beautiful maquettes that showed what they'd be like as stop motion characters. It was originally pitched to Disney as a TV special but was rejected. I had moved to Northern California where I worked as storyboard artist and a stop motion filmmaker with short films, TV commercials and MTV. While Tim went on to achieve great success in live action.”

In fact, Burton was mega-hot. His first features films, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice and Batman, had both made tons of money. Batman II and Edward Scissorhands were in the wings. That didn’t mean cinching the Nightmare deal was a fait accompli.

“There was resistance to doing it all at first,” says Sellick. “When Tim first pitched it to Disney in the early 1980s there was resistance to the project in any medium. But 10 years later when the film was made there was never an issue about it being stop motion. It was simply a case of that is how Tim conceived it.”

Apparently, both Burton and Heinrichs hadn’t forgotten their old buddy Sellick either, who was making waves with his short “Slow Bob In The Lower Dimensions.”

“I got a call from Rick and he said there was something important we must talk about in person. He flew to San Francisco and said Tim is making Nightmare Before Christmas and wants you to direct it. I met with Tim and Danny Elfman and my small crew that I had been working with immediately became supervisors on a feature film.”

The film would then take the next three years of Sellick’s life. Part of the process was finding enough animators familiar with stop motion. In an interview conducted a year ago, part of this problem was solved through hiring people who worked for Art and Joe Clokey, the creators of the last Gumby series.

“Directing stop motion animation is actually a sort of combination of directing live action and 'regular' animation,” says Sellick. “We have real sets, real lights, real cameras. There is a costume department, a hair department and our puppets are the actors. Like regular animation it is a divide and conquer. It is all divided up into manageable pieces, edited in storyboards before the movie is made and then shot a frame a time like traditional animation.

“There was a Gumby revival by Art Clokey in the 80s and a new TV series that followed, which attracted a lot of young stop motion animators to California. Many of the animators for Nightmare Before Christmas came from that group...because the Gumby project had been over for almost three years so we did not 'take' anyone. We [also] hired several ILM veterans to work on the original film however.

“We don't think we actually achieved a very fluid motion. It was basically made the same way the original King Kong was made or any of Ray Harryhausen's creatures. Virtually all animation is labor intensive, since it was what I do it did not seem any harder than others. The small army topped out at under 200 people. Because the range of talents and abilities, there was always something amazing and wonderful to see virtually every day, so that the long journey of production was re-inspired regularly. We used Disney's fledgling effects unit in Burbank and they created the very simple snow that falls at the end of the film. Other than that it was all pretty much done by hand in house.”

Not that there weren’t other challenges, either.

“While virtually every bit of the stop motion animation was challenging, there were several particularly difficult scenes to pull off,” Sellick recalled. “One began where Jack is shot out of the sky with his Skellington Reindeer flying over head and being shot down and lands in the arms of the angel statue in a graveyard and goes on to sing a song there while the camera continuously circles him. The opening song of the film ‘This is Halloween’ was monstrously challenging as it introduced all the Halloween Town monsters to the audience. We were [also] desperate to flesh out the town, after you go through the mummy and vampires etc it gets slim. We used everything we came up with.”

One character in particular, Oogie Boogie, was not only a villain in the film, but a monster to animate.

“Oogie started out as the size of a pillowcase and not that scary or evil or important,” said Sellick, “but as the story developed I felt the need to grow him in both his scale and his role. Ultimately Danny Eflman's ‘Oogie Boogie’ song is what truly defined his character as the villain and Jack's role was fully defined as a misguided hero. [Still], he was a huge puppet, very difficult to muscle around it was almost as if he was trying to push back while you were animating him.”

Sellick also recalls that Disney itself was generally highly cooperative on the project. He recalled the Mouse Works had only one truly objectionable note, for the man with the Tear Away Face, which they thought was too terrifying for kids. Burton also only made some minor modifications.

“Working with Tim was great, he came up with a brilliant idea, designed the main characters, fleshed out the story, got Danny Elfman to write a bunch of great songs,” said Sellick. “He got the project on its feet and then stood back and watched us fly with it. Tim, who made two live-action features in LA while we were in San Francisco making Nightmare, was kept in the loop throughout the process, reviewing storyboards and animation. When we completed the film Tim came in with his editor Chris to pace up the film and make a particular story adjust to make Lock, Shock, and Barrel just a touch nicer.”

Then it was time for release. Mind you, Disney was on one of the hottest streaks in the history of the studio. It had already set box office records with its release of Aladdin, who’s opening weekend brought in $19 million. In 1993, that was not chump change by anyone’s standards. Powered by the voice work of Robin Williams, it would eventually bring in $500 million internationally. Word on the street that their next traditional animated project, 1994’s The Lion King could potentially be bigger (which it eventually was at $783 million). Yet inbetween was this very, very, exceedingly strange movie about monsters delivering shrunken heads during Christmas. To top it, Disney didn’t even brand the film as one of its own. They shipped it over to their more adult Touchstone subsidiary.

Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas actually didn’t do bad for its full wide screen debut. It brought in $8 million. From there though it only went on to do a lifetime box office of $73 million, not even 15% of what Aladdin grossed, and Nightmare was the Christmas release to boot.

“Nightmare was just too different from what Disney was having success with,” Sellick opined, “although I don't think Walt Disney himself would have had a problem with it being labeled a Disney film. Just check out some of the sequences from Fantasia, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow or Ward Kimball's goons and monsters in Sleeping Beauty and you'll see Nightmare and it's characters were carrying on in the same tradition. While it took sometime, about seven years ago when the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland was transformed into a Nightmare extravaganza, we then felt we were truly loved by the Disney label.”

But as said before, it’s truly hard to keep the undead down. One could say that after it’s inauspicious start, Nightmare developed a life of its own.

“At this point, 15 years later after the original release, I've grown used to seeing Jack and Sallie turn up all over the place,” says Sellick. “This did not happen right away it has taken years for our initial cult audience to grow into a pop culture phenomenon. Just this past Halloween, we had some girls show up at the house in NBChristmas costumes and my wife and I pointed out one of the original Jack Skellington and the Skellington Reindeer which was in our office. It blew their minds and they screamed with joy, taking their handfuls of candy and went away just full of life.”

End of Part 1. The Nightmare Before Christmas 15th Anniversary Edition is due in stores on August 26th.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 12:46 am
by buster00

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 9:30 am
by Fievel
Holy Shit!

Seriously, holy shit!!!
This is the next step in photorealistic animation.
Possibly one of the final steps?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 4:21 pm
by BuckyO'harre
Shocktillyoudrop has some clips from the Nightmare Before Christmas dvd thebutcher posted about.
Including the one with Christopher Frakkin Lee reading the poem.

Here ya go

GATCHAMAN

PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 7:37 pm
by TheButcher

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 3:25 pm
by BuckyO'harre
Gotta Catch Santa.

Shatner Christmas toon.

MTV wrote:William Shatner will star as the voice of Santa Claus in Steven de Souza’s Rankin-Bass-esque animated “Gotta Catch Santa,” the filmmaker revealed, detailing a science-fiction fantasy plot which owes as much to quantum mechanics as it does to Christmas cheer.

“You know the emails you always get around Christmas that explain why Santa Claus can’t really exist – not because there’s no such thing as Santa Claus – but because in order to carry that payload of toys on re-entry, the reindeers would burn up. And then there’s a formula that proves this. Or other messages say that the problem isn’t re-entry, but launch, and there’s a formula about the energy a healthy male reindeer would be able to produce?” de Souza asked.

“Well, we start with a bunch of brainy kids kicking this idea around, and they stumble upon the actual method Santa uses – which involves quantum mechanics and a lot of dialogue that only William Shatner can say,” he continued. “And by attempting to get a photograph of Santa in order to win a contest or to prove his existence, they say, ‘We’ll just delay him for 10 seconds when he’s at our chimney.’ But we’re dealing with quantum physics here!

“You know this Collider they just opened up in France? People said, ‘That’s going to bring about the end of the world!’ Well, it’s not the Collider – it’s stopping Santa on his appointed rounds!”


It’s the end of the world as we know it only the kids and can save the holiday season by “joining up with Santa to stop an existential threat to our universe from entities that only an animator can provide because they’re too horrible to describe,” de Souza laughed.

What kind of entities? Think “Frosty meets Cthulhu,” de Souza said.

“Gotta Catch Santa” will air on a major network this Christmas.


Story here.

Re: Random Animation (Come forward into Dementia-Five!!)

PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 8:34 am
by buster00
BuckyO'harre wrote:Gotta Catch Santa.


I'm sold. This I've gotta see -- especially if they're doing it in the Rankin-Bass style.