The animated Disney Channel Original Movie, THE PROUD FAMILY MOVIE, a family comedy based on the critically acclaimed Disney Channel series of the same name, premiered Aug. 19, 2005, at 8:00 pm with ratings to make the channel proud. The movie rebroadcasts at 8:00 pm on Aug. 20, 21, 24 as well as September 1, 11 (with an additional run 1:00 pm) and 27.
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The Weinstein Co. and Warner Bros. Pictures will join forces to distribute the first all-CG-animated movie of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. The as-yet-untitled picture will be released early in 2007.
Warner Home Video will soon announce the fall release of the four-disc LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION VOLUME 3 ($64.92), reports TV SHOWS ON DVD. The set will include 60 cartoons, nine docs, 32 commentary tracks and 11 music and sound effects-only audio tracks.
WHV will also release THE LOONEY TUNES MOVIE COLLECTION, a two-disc set containing THE BUGS BUNNY/ROAD-RUNNER MOVIE and Bugs Bunny's third movie: 1001 RABBIT TALES.
The TRANSFORMERS live-action feature, based on the globally popular franchise will open July 4, 2004, announced DreamWorks, Hasbro Inc. and Paramount Pictures.
The movie will be directed by Michael Bay (THE ISLAND and ARMAGEDDON) from a screenplay being written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (THE ISLAND). Steven Spielberg is exec producing with Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Tom DeSanto (the first two X-MEN) and Don Murphy (THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN) serving as co-exec producers.
POOHS HEFFALUMP MOVIE (Buena Vista Home Ent., $29.99), made by DisneyToon Studios and its former Tokyo animation unit, which has now regrouped independently as The Answer Studio, makes its way to DVD May 24, 2005. The irresistible movie introduces the charming mother and child Heffalumps to the Hundred Acre Wood and gives Roo the chance to shine when his pals are spooked and run for cover in this tale of overcoming Xenophobia. Voice cast includes Jim Cummings as Pooh, Paul Winchell as Tigger, John Fiedler as Piglet, Nikita Hopkins as Roo and Brenda Blethyn as Mama Heffalump.
MTV announced the nominees for the "2005 MTV Movie Awards." Vfx and animated films make up the host of Best Movie nominees, which includes KILL BILL VOL. 2, SPIDER-MAN 2 and THE INCREDIBLES. It was also announced that FEVER PITCH star Jimmy Fallon is set to host the star-studded awards show. The 14th annual awards ceremony will air on June 9, 2005, at 8:30 pm (ET/PT). The winners will be revealed at the "2005 MTV Movie Awards," which will be taped on June 4 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
DreamWorks Animation has assembled a top-tier roster of voice talent for its upcoming computer-animated comedy, BEE MOVIE, which will star the films co-writer and producer Jerry Seinfeld. Starring opposite the famed comic will be Academy Award-winner Renée Zellweger (COLD MOUNTAIN, CHICAGO). BEE MOVIE is slated for release on November 2, 2007, following the May 18, 2007 release of the third SHREK movie.
Orlando-based Raven Moon Entertainment Inc. announced today (April 18, 2005) that it is launching a new animation division targeted toward servicing and generating revenues from the entertainment, advertising and creative content producers market.
Sales for the Raven Moon Animation division will be handled by industry veterans Janice Hamlin (276-632-1772) located on the east coast and Chris Devine Dailey (310-374-1081) located in Los Angeles.
The Disney Channel kicked off the first in its series of movies made directly for TV, premiering DISNEYS KIM POSSIBLE MOVIE: SO THE DRAMA, April 8 at 8:00 pm, with another airing on Toon Disney April 11 at 5:00 pm. This first animated movie in the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise was produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. The comedy-action movie is based on the KIM POSSIBLE series.
Texas Instruments (TI) DLP Cinema technology, the digital cinema projection technology deployed in movie theatres worldwide, assisted the directors and visual effects team of Miramax's and Dimension Films' SIN CITY during post-production to achieve the desired comic-book feel of the movie. Directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller relied upon DLP Cinema projectors to ensure rich and consistent color in the movie.
The seventh annual Cartoon Movie in Potsdam, Germany, paid tribute March 12, 2005 to France 3 Cinéma, Ralph Christians and the directing team of Piet De Rycker and Thilo Rothkirch (Cartoon- Film, Germany) for significantly contributing to the success of the European feature animation industry. The event, set up by Cartoon as a movie version of its successful Cartoon Forum meeting for animated series, brought together some 448 participants to focus on the fast-growing sector for European animated feature films.
To open Mötley Crües Red White & Crüe Tour 2005 Better Live than Dead, fans will be treated to a clay-animated short featuring members of the band saving the world from imminent destruction. The short is taken from Dream Ent.s upcoming feature film DISASTER! THE MOVIE. Additionally, highlights of Dreams full-length theatrical feature, in which the band appears in a cameo role, will be shown during intermission at each concert. The film is scheduled for worldwide release later this year, with several distributors in the U.S.
The SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE made a very smooth transition from small to large screen, thanks to director/creator Stephen Hillenburg opening up the series just enough to make it work as a funny and engaging feature. Now you can judge how it will work in reverse on DVD this week (Paramount Home Ent., $19.95). SpongeBob (voiced by Tom Kenny) and Patrick (voiced by Bill Fagerbakke) have their hands full leaving Bikini Bottom in search of King Neptunes stolen crown to save Mr. Krabs and foil Plankton.
With friendly new additions to the Hundred Acre Wood in Poohs Heffalump Movie, Greg Singer reports that the demise of hand-drawn animation has been exaggerated.
BrainPOP's has created a new TSUNAMI movie to give kids the information they need to make connections and gain understanding of the devastation caused by natural disasters. The film is available for free distribution to every media company and Website.
With the release of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Taylor Jessen chronicles what happened to Stephen Hillenburg for him to give up being a marine scientist and create the ever-optimistic sponge, who lives in a pineapple under the sea.
This week in AWNs Theatrical Release Database, we have new trailers some of the most highly anticipated animated and visual effects films of 2005.
Danny Fingeroth explores the post-9/11 vibe in this year's crop of superhero movies and the impact of seamless CGI.
BLADE: TRINITY writer/director David Goyer has announced that his proposed remake and update of the 1973 sci-fi flick, SOYLENT GREEN will begin where the original film left off, reports SCI FI WIRE. Goyer also said he will not write or directed the film, but will produce it through his first-look deal with Warner Bros.
"I will say that the reveal at the end of the first movie happened at the end of our first act," Goyer said in an interview. "So the first movie is kind of the first act of our film, and then it's about what happens afterwards."
As part of its horror movie line-up in celebration of Halloween, STARZ! will be hosting the STARZ! Hare-Raising Halloween Marathon, featuring the 30-Second Bunnies Theatre Troupe. The marathon begins at 9:00 pm ET/PT on Oct. 30, 2004, and runs through midnight of Oct. 31. Angry Alien Prods award-winning bunnies with re-enact SCREAM, FREDDY VS. JASON and THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE throughout the Halloween Marathon.
Bardel Ent. has repackaged its SILVERWING series into a movie trilogy created for both broadcast and DVD/VHS distribution worldwide. Under the creative direction of veteran producer Chris Henderson, the 13x22 series has been edited into three 72-minute movies with Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Henderson recently completed Scholastic Ent.s theatrically released feature film CLIFFORDS REALLY BIG MOVIE and also worked on Disneys RETURN TO NEVER LAND.
Anime expert Fred Patten takes a look at the highly anticipated anime feature Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, talking over the film with Production I.G producer Mitsuhisa Ishikawa.
After a brief theatrical run, CLIFFORDS REALLY BIG MOVIE from Scholastic Ent. has arrived on DVD (Warner Home Video, $26.98). The traditionally-animated movie based on the lovable CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG childrens book and TV series contains more elaborate backgrounds and CG effects. Robert Ramirez directs.