Thursday 28 August 2014

Meet Wisnton, The Star of Disney's Upcoming Short Film, Feast

Yesterday was (apparently) International Dog Day. So, in recognition of that, USA Today released an exclusive look at the canine star of Walt Disney Animation Studios' next short film, Feast! So, meet cute little Boston terrier Winston!

Watch: Singing Volcano in First Clip from Pixar's Lava

Yahoo! Movies have released the first clip from Pixar's charming new short film, which does indeed feature a singing volcano, Lava! A creative idea, the first (albeit short) Pixar musical and stunning animation make this an extremely intriguing short film. Check out the lovely little clip below.

Tuesday 19 August 2014

Pixar's The Good Dinosaur Getting "Completely Reimagined"

While Pixar is getting ready to release their much anticipated and talked about film Inside Out next summer, we know very little about their next project after that, scheduled for November 2015. As you may already know, The Good Dinosaur was scheduled to be released this past May, only to be postponed and have its director removed. After that, the only thing we knew was that the Pixar Brain Trust was working to save the project and a new release date of 25th November, 2015 was scheduled. We haven't heard much about the project until yesterday when /Film broke the news that the film has been "completely reimagined." These words came from actor John Lithgow, who plays the main protagonist's father.

Friday 15 August 2014

DisneyToon Studios' Future: What Options Does it Have?

Earlier this week, reports surfaced that there were going to be some layoffs at DisneyToon Studios, the studio responsible for the Tinker Bell and Planes series. The reason? There wasn't an specific one but it's not too hard to see why the layoffs occurred. The Tinker Bell series is done, with Legend of the Neverbeast being its last instalment, and the second film in the Planes franchise, Fire and Rescue, didn't do nearly as well as the first did last year. With the home media market shrinking every year, there are not many options for a studio that has specialized in producing home video products since its inception.

Tuesday 12 August 2014

Animated Films that Need Blu-ray Releases ASAP

In this day and age, where digital streaming is becoming the norm and physical media is waning, it's nonetheless hard to believe that some of the most celebrated animated films aren't available in HD yet. Here's a list of the films that need a Blu-ray release as soon as possible. This list applies to US releases.

Monday 11 August 2014

Watch: Enter the Danger Zone with New Trailer for Penguins of Madagascar

The "untold story" of the Madagascar franchise's most entertaining characters hits cinemas this November, and DreamWorks recently rolled out a new trailer for the film. And, in sticking with everything we've seen from the film so far, it looks rather fun. Check that new trailer out below!

Thursday 7 August 2014

Studio Ghibli's Future: What's Next for the Revered Studio?

After all the craziness that rose up recently over the alleged closure of Studio Ghibli, I was going to write an editorial mourning its closing and celebrating its legacy. Fortunately, those reports have been debunked and Studio Ghibli is still open, albeit not quite as we knew it. A restructuring is imminent and the prospect of closing down its production team is not far fetched. So now that the three people who have managed the studio for 29 years (Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and Toshio Suzuki) have retired, what's next for the celebrated studio? And what can they do to avoid shutting down? We'll take a look at how things have been running and how the studio can improve those things and re-emerge as a stronger studio, ready to look into the future and continuing to provide audiences with stellar motion pictures.