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Blogs Review: Beauty and the Beast in 3D

By Dan Sarto | Friday, January 13, 2012 at 11:13am

It’s been close to 2 decades since I last saw the original Beauty and the Beast, sitting mesmerized right alongside my then 3 year old daughter Becky. Sitting mesmerized right alongside my now 23 year old daughter as we watched this beautiful new version of the film, I can safely say the ends justify the means and the tremendous amount of work to bring this film to 3D has produced a visually stunning experience.

Headline News Big Idea Entertainment to Release New DVD Title: VeggieTales: Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men

From Big Idea Entertainment press release:

FRANKLIN, TN -- Big Idea Entertainment announced they will release a brand-new DVD title, VeggieTales®: Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men,on March 3 and March 6, 2012 in Christian and general market stores respectively, just in time for the Easter holiday.

Headline News Cartoon Network Enterprises Expands Licensing Portfolio in APAC

Cartoon Network Enterprises has kicked off the new year with the expansion of its Asia Pacific licensing portfolio featuring the launch of popular comedy properties.

Headline News Slap Happy Cartoons Announces Development Deal with YTV for Animated Series Nerds and Monsters

Vancouver-based animation studio Slap Happy Cartoons Inc. has signed a development deal with Corus Entertainment’s YTV for the animated series Nerds and Monsters.

Headline News Students Learn to Tell Compelling Visual Stories at Broadview Entertainment Arts University (BEAU)

BEAU to offer BFA in Comic and Sequential Art for students who want to create cartoons, comic books, storyboards, graphic novels and animated features.

Headline News Disney and Comcast Announce Long-Term, Comprehensive Distribution Agreement

Disney and Comcast Announce Long-Term, Comprehensive Distribution Agreement; Deal provides Xfinity TV customers broad access to top sports, news and entertainment content across multiple screens in and out of the home.

Headline News Funky Turns 40 at the ToonSeum, a Celebration of African American Animated Characters

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 2:46pm

The ToonSeum and the Museum of Uncut Funk present Funky Turns Forty, an exhibit celebrating the legacy of the first wave of positive Black animated characters of the 1970s.

Blogs Atlanta Braves Unhappy With Pixar’s Brave

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 6:39pm

At a casual glance, anybody taking on Disney in a court of law would seem either fabulously wealthy, fabulously nuts, or both. So, I find this news item of particular interest. As reported on the Yahoo Sports blog Big League Stew, Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves are slinging some arrows at Pixar, challenging them over the name of the upcoming animated feature, Brave.

Blogs Rubber Plants and Reptiles

There are films that have blitzed my senses into giddy, drunken stupors of delirium and bewilderment, riotous exhalings of creativity, desperation, and experimentation. Too often, these voices expire as rapidly as they respired, brief greetings before vanishing into the crowded darkness. One of the first animation films to short circuit me was Hilary by then Royal College of Art graduate, Anthony Hodgson.

Blogs CTN-X: A Student's Perspective

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 2:00pm

CTNX is for the young and hungry, boasting a crowd of current students and the recently graduated, who are looking at an angle into their beloved, but notoriously tough, contemporary animation industry. There’s no doubt the event will keep on drawing in professionals, studios, and students, but it remains to be seen whether it can live up to high expectations. Seeing young talent engage with their idols, and feeling their way into a field they are clearly passionate about, is where CTN truly shines.

Blogs Bernard Derriman and Everyone Else Has Had More Sex Than Me

By Joe Strike | Monday, November 21, 2011 at 1:14pm

Well, I finally got to speak to Bernard Derriman. Speak as in actually talk to him, as opposed to our Email ‘conversation’ back in 2005 when I wrote about animated music videos and his now justly famous Everyone Else Has Had More Sex Than Me. Our paths crossed again when I wrote about Fox’s new Sunday night cartoon Allen Gregory.

Derriman directed two out of the show’s seven initial episodes; if the series gets renewed (which all depends on how much America takes an arrogant pipsqueak to their hearts) he’ll be doing more of them. At the moment he’s busy with Fox’s other Sunday night backup toon Bob’s Burgers.

Headline News The Academy Screens the Next Oscar-Winning Animated Short

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 14, 2011 at 10:41am

Yesterday, the Motion Picture Academy screened 45 qualified animated short films for short list voting in a program from which the eventual 2011 Oscar winner will be chosen.

Blogs DRAGON AGE: DAWN OF THE SEEKER - WRITTEN BY JEFFREY SCOTT

When I’m not writing important blog posts I’m writing frivolous stuff like feature films. Earlier this year I had the pleasure of working with Chris Moujaes, the Director of Original Entertainment at FUNimation Entertainment, and producer April Bennett on Electronic Arts/Bioware’s animated feature film, Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker...

Blogs The Looney Tunes Show Volume 1 DVD review

By Joe Strike | Monday, October 24, 2011 at 5:01am

What to do with these characters has been Warner Bros.’ challenge for years now. The classic theatrical shorts have matured from classic to just plain old. (Masterpieces all, but old just the same.) Attempts to bring them up to date have given us excretions like Loonatics, so-whats like Baby Looney Tunes and faux old-time toons like Carrotblanca. Under exec-producer Sam Register, they’ve finally gotten it right: contemporized their merrie menagerie while keeping their core personalities intact.

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