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This Week at AnimWatch - Mar 12, 2007

Here's what's happening at AnimWatch this week:

Here's what's happening at AnimWatch this week:

03-10-2007Feature Article - Alexei PetrovIn making a film about life, featuring clock parts as characters, this Russian artist finds a unique look by combining CG and film in an unusual way.

03-10-2007Don't let the pirates get ye downWe've added a new film profile to the AnimWatch filmlistSmile by Chris Mais

03-09-2007Finally, after a 25 year pitch session... TintinYahoo News reports that Tintin is heading to the silver screen with a little help from Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks. With protracted talks over, look for the movie in theatres some time in 2009.

03-09-2007Another princess... The Walt Disney Co. officially announced at the 2007 Annual Meeting of shareholders in New Orleans that it has re-greenlit the animated feature THE FROG PRINCESS, the first 2D feature since HOME ON THERANGE (2004).

This is a production that's had an on-again, off-again relationship with Disney, who was going through some sort of existential dilemma regarding its expertise in, and the public's interest in, 2D films. Luckily, John Lasseter and Ed Catmull have talked sense into the entertainment giant and things looks good for a 2009 release.

Filmmakers John Musker & Ron Clements (THE LITTLE MERMAID, ALADDIN) wrote the story, and will direct, and composer Randy Newman (TOY STORY, BUG'S LIFE) will be writing original music and songs for the production.

03-08-2007VOTE!As Matthew Tardiff's short Adolescent Charm rockets down the road to completion, he's beginning to think about promoting the film. Here's your chance to vote for your favorite poster or postcard in the AnimWatch Forum.

03-07-2007Subscribe to the AnimWatch PODCAST!

Episode #1 - On with the Show - is now available for your downloading and listening pleasure. In this first episode, host Steve Ogden tells you how started. Also, THE NEWS, including updates on Rustboy and Vacant Planet, and answers to reader questions. Finally, Steve hops up on his Soapbox to chat about the break-up of the marriage between Aardman and Dreamworks. Featuring music by Tim Larkin. Well, what are you waiting for? It's fun... and it's FREE!

Also, this week at the AnimWatch Blog (, actor Peter Sallis, the voice of Wallace (Wallace and Gromit) spoke out on the breakup of the wedding between Dreamworks and Aardman animation, and Editor Steve Ogden hopped up on his soapbox to talk about Excellence... whether we recognize it, and why we should demand it.

Stay tuned to AnimWatch for all the latest news and comment, including the second of our popular podcasts, currently in development.

Until next time, stay animated!

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