Showing posts with label Animation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Animation. Show all posts

Friday, March 9, 2018

‘The Star’ Now Available on Blu-ray and DVD

The Star (Sony Picture Animation)


For those who believe that Christmas should be celebrated all year long, Affirm Films and Sony Picture Animation have made that goal a little easier to achieve with the release of The Star. Available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital, The Star is an animated tale of the classic nativity story as soon through those who were there…the animals.

A small but brave donkey named Bow yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. (Who can’t relate to that?) One day he finds the courage to break free and goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations, along with three wisecracking camels.

The all-star voice cast includes: Steven Yeun as Bow, Aidy Bryant as Ruth the sheep, Keegan-Michael Key as Dave the dove, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey as three camels, Gina Rodriguez as Mary, Zachary Levi as Joseph, Kelly Clarkson as Leah the horse, Anthony Anderson as Zach the goat, Ving Rhames as Thaddeus the dog, Gabriel Iglesias as Rufus the dog, Patricia Heaton as Edith the cow, Kristin Chenoweth as Abby the mouse, and Christopher Plummer as King Herod.

The new release comes with more than a hour of bonus materials including:

  • Star-aoke: Sing-Along with Bo & Friends: In this all new song, sing along with your favorite characters including Bo, Dave, Ruth and the unforgettable camels.
  • "Life Is Good" Dance-Along: Shake your tail feathers and move your hooves in this fun dance-along.
  • Lyric Sing-Along Videos: Enjoy the eclectic and inspiring music of The Star with these colorful lyric videos that allow you to sing along with your favorite recording artists: “The Star” by Mariah Carey, “Can You See” by Fifth Harmony, “Children Go Where I Send You” by Kelsea Ballerini, “We Three Kings” by Kirk Franklin and “Life Is Good” by A Great Big World
  • Sweet and Sparkly Stars: Create star-themed cookies to be enjoyed year round.
  • Star Mason Jar Votives: Let the light of The Star shine with this simple yet stunning craft.
  • Faith All Year Round with DeVon Franklin: A children’s sermon discussing the themes of the film and how to keep the spirit of this inspiring story alive in us every day. (It is supposed to be interactive and super engaging! You can check it out here.
  • An All-Star Cast: Meet the stars of the film and explore the exciting voice cast who bring these amazing characters to life.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Another 'Grinch' is Coming This Year - Video of the Day


I'm not sure about this one. I still love the original half-hour Christmas special and wasn't thrilled with the live action version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, but this new Grinch features the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch so that's a good start. What do you think?

Thursday, March 1, 2018

'Wreck-It Ralph' Will Break the Internet this November - Video of the Day


I'm not sure if the Wreck-It Ralph sequel will be as good as the first, but the last scene in the teaser trailer below made me laugh out loud.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

'The Incredibles 2' First Trailer - Video of the Day


Don't get too excited, The Incredibles 2 doesn't come out until June 15, but this should suffice for a bit.

This Day in Pop Culture for February 15

"Cinderella" opened in theaters on February 15, 1950.

Cinderella Goes to the Ball

It was on this day in 1950 that Walt Disney Studios saw its greatest hit since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs when Cinderella appeared in theaters for the first time. Before it, the studio was over $4 million in debt. To help reduce costs, Cinderella was the first feature to use extensive live action reference. About 90% of the film was actually filmed with a live model before the animation process began. Ilene Woods won the speaking role of Cinderella (Karen Overby was the singing voice) beating out 309 other women without actually auditioning. Woods made some recordings of Disney songs for her friends who then sent them to Walt Disney who thought she had the right “fairy tale tone” to her voice. The movie was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Music and Original Song (“Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo”). Two straight to video sequels were produced many years later and in 2015, a live action version of the story was filmed that starred Lily James.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for February 7

"Pinocchio" was released on February 7, 1940.

Pinocchio Becomes a Real Boy

Walt Disney’s second full-length animated feature, Pinocchio, was released on this day in 1940, but it should have been the third. After Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released in 1937, Walt had planned to release Bambi as his next movie, but the studio was having difficulty with both the story and making the animals look realistic and so Bambi went on the back burner. Pinocchio has been called “groundbreaking” in that movie was able to create realistic movement to vehicles and the items found in Geppetto’s workshop. Other natural elements like rain, lightning, smoke, shadows and water also looked more realistic than in previous animated works. Although considered one of the best animated films ever created, Pinocchio did not do well of his first official outing in terms of box office sales. However, the film was the first animated movie to win two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “When You Wish Upon A Star.” It wasn’t until the movie’s reissue in 1945 that Disney made a profit on the film. In 1994, Pinocchio was added to the United States National Film Registry for being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." In the mid-2000s, DisneyToon Studios began to work on a sequel, something that John Lasseter cancelled after being named Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2006. However, there is a live action film in the works.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Animated Disney Hits Coming Your Way This Month

ABC airs Disney animated hits
Joy from Inside Out, Ralph from Wreck-It Ralph
and Flik from A Bug's Life. (ABC)


It's always interesting to see what the other networks plan to put on in hopes of wooing viewers away from watching the Summer or Winter Olympic Games. This year, CBS is airing a special "celebrity" edition of Big Brother and ABC is using it ratings-getter, The Bachelor to promote a spin-off of sorts The Bachelor Winter Games. The annual presentation of Be My Valentine Charlie Brown will also be shown on ABC opposite of the Olympics' opening ceremony. We'll see how well those on do.

However, ABC is also pulling out its Disney card from up its sleeve airing three Disney and Pixar animated hits this month including the broadcast television debut of Inside Out to be shown tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. The other films making their way to the small screen are Wreck-it Ralph and A Bug’s Life. While first won't make any impact with the Games, Wreck-It Ralph and A Bug's Life could make a dent into NBC's ratings.

Monday, February 5, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for February 5

Peter Pan was released in theaters on February 5, 1953

Peter Pan Flies Into Theaters

Based on the play by J.M. Barrie, Walt Disney’s version of Peter Pan was released for the first time on this day in 1953. It has the distinction of being the last film where all of Disney’s Nine Old Men worked together. It cost about $4 million to make Peter Pan and the picture took in $7 million. It was re-released in 1958, 1969, 1976, 1982 and 1989. The film has generally received positive reviews, but it has been criticized for its negative portrayal of Native American Indians. The character are referred to as “savages” and “redskins” and the Indians sing the song, “What Made the Red Man Red?” These stereotypes are also featured in the original play. Disney decided to give the film a sequel in 2002 titled, Return to Never Land, and all of the original characters are represented, but there is only a brief scene showing the Indian village, no actual Indians.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for February 4

Facebook was launched on February 4, 2004.

Facebook is Born

For better or for worse, the social networking website, Facebook, was launched on this day in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg and his Harvard College buddies, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes. The name is based on the “face book” directories that have been given to university students at that time. On July 13, 2015, Facebook became the fastest company in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to reach a market cap of $250 billion. It is the world’s most popular social networking site with more than 1.65 billion active users.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Two Versions of Mickey Mouse's 'Orphan's Benefit' - Video of the Day


This is so interesting...Walt Disney created the cartoon short, Orphan's Benefit in 1934 and then completely redid the film in color in 1941 using the same soundtrack. Frame by frame, the second film is almost an exact reproduction but with updated animation stylings of the characters. In fact, it is said that the only dialogue change was the very last line where Donald's line is changed from "Ah, nuts!" to "Ah Phooey!," something that Mr. Duck was known for saying by 1941. Here are the two films side by side.

This Day in Pop Culture for January 29

Disney's 'Sleeping Beauty' was released on January 29, 1959.

Disney’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Comes to Theaters for the First Time

Sleeping Beauty was Walt Disney’s 16th animated feature which was released on this day in 1959. Based the Brothers Grimm tale, it was the last fairy tale that the studio created before 1989’s The Little Mermaid. Much of the music of the film was taken from Tchaikovsky’s 1890 ballet of the same name. It was the first animated film to be photographed in the Super Technirama 70 widescreen process although it was released to theaters in both 35mm and 70mm prints. Production costs to make the film came to about $6 million, making it Disney’s most expensive money up to this point. (It cost twice as much as the studio’s three previous films, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and Lady and the Tramp) Despite positive reviews from critics, the movie didn’t bring in enough money to make up for the losses of the rest of that year’s releases resulting in massive layoffs for Disney’s animation department. Disney later released a live-action version of the story, Maleficent, in 2014 that starred Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for January 25

101 Dalmatians was released on January 25, 1961

'One Hundred and One Dalmatians' is Released

Based on the book with the same name, Walt Disney Pictures released One Hundred and One Dalmatians for the first time on this day in 1961. The movie was the studio’s 17th animated film and just might have saved the studio. The animated film brought in a hefty revenue due to the fact that Disney used xerography during the inking stage of the filmmaking, which was less expensive than the traditional method. Disney’s last animated film, Sleepy Beauty was beautiful but very expensive to make and it didn’t draw in enough of an audience to make it cost effective. Dalmatians was the tenth top grossing film of that year. It is estimated that the movie included 6,469,952 spots from the Dalmatian pups. The film has been so popular, it was re-released in theaters four times, a direct to video movie was created, an animated television series was done, two live action movies have been made and a third focusing more on the villain Cruella De Vil is currently in development at the Disney studio.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for January 4

Billboard magazine published its first "hit parade" song list on January 4, 1936

The Day the Music … First Got a Chart

Billboard magazine published its first “hit parade” list of most popular song recordings on this day way back in 1936. The top 5 songs for that year were “Pennies from Heaven” by Bing Crosby, “The Way You Look Tonight” by Fred Astaire, “Goody Goody” by Benny Goodman, “Glory of Love” also by Benny Goodman and “Did I Remember?” by Shep Fields & His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra.

Monday, December 18, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for December 18

The Pink Panther Stars in His First Animated Short

Although The Pink Panther was first brought to people’s minds during the opening and closing credits of the comedy film The Pink Panther in 1963, it was on this day in 1964 that the cat first appeared in his own animated short. The Pink Phink featured the panther and “little man” (aka “big nose”) working as painters and arguing if a house should be painted pink or blue. Directed by Friz Freleng and produced by David H. DePatie (aka DePatie-Freleng Enterprises) the short featured the classic music from Henry Mancini. It won the Academy Award for Animated Short in 1964 and was the first of many other “pink” cartoons. A laugh track was added to the shorts when they were brought to television, but was later dropped many years later.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for December 17

"Tootsie" opens in theaters on December 17, 1982.

‘Tootsie’ Struts into Theaters

Tootsie, the second most profitable film of 1982, shared the story of an out-of-work actor who is do desperate to get a job that he adopts a new identity as a woman and in turn, finds out that living life as a woman is tougher than he thought. The movie was directed by Sydney Pollack and starred Dustin Hoffman, Bill Murray, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning and Geena Davis in her acting debut. Although nominated for ten Academy Awards including Best Picture, it only won one for Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Lange).

Monday, December 11, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for December 11

"The Princess and the Frog" opened in theaters on December 11, 2009.

The African American Disney Princess Appears

The Princess and the Frog was released in theaters on this day in 2009. The animated hit was Walt Disney Animation Studios 49th animated feature film is was loosely based on the novel, The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker which in turn was loosely based on The Frog Prince by the Brothers Grimm. Set in New Orleans in the 1920s, the story is about Tiana, a talented but overworked waitress with big dreams of owning her own restaurant. Just like the classic tale, she is asked by a frog to kiss him as he is really a handsome prince. However, when she does so, she becomes a frog as well. The movie was written and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker and featured the voices of Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, Michael-Leon Wooley, Jennifer Cody, Jim Cummings, Peter Bartlett, Jenifer Lewis, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, and John Goodman. The Princess and the Frog won the 67th Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for December 10

"Mighty Mouse Playhouse" premiered on CBS on December 10, 1955.

Mighty Mouse is Here to Save the Day

It was on this day in 1955 that Mighty Mouse Playhouse first appeared on Saturday mornings on CBS. Mighty Mouse was Paul Terry’s Terrytoon’s most popular character, but cartoon shorts were becoming less popular in movie theaters. He sold his company to CBS and the new show helped to propel the mouse to stardom more than they did when playing in movie houses. Tom Morrison was the voice of the rodent, Carol Lawrence voiced Pearl Pureheart and the theme TV theme song was performed by The Sandpipers.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for December 5

Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901.

Walt Disney is Born

It was on this day in 1901 when Walter Elias Disney was born in Chicago. Not surprisingly, he had a strong interest in drawing and one of his first jobs was working as a commercial illustrator when he was 18 years of age. He then became fascinated with animation and with the help of a borrowed book on the subject and a camera, he began to experiment with the medium at home. That new fascination lead to the creation of Laugh-O-Grams, but those short cartoons didn’t provide enough income to keep the project going, so Walt then created Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland which were a mix of live action and animation which starred Virgina Davis in the main role. Although at the time New York was the place to be for the cartoon industry, Walt moved to Los Angeles in 1923 because his brother Roy was recuperating from tuberculosis there. Soon sfter, the two created the Disney Brothers Studio and produced more Alice comedies. In 1925, Walt hired Lillian Bounds as an ink artist. The next year they were married. In 1927, Walt and Ub Iwerks created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit shorts for Charles Mintz to be distributed through Universal Pictures. By 1928, Disney tried to negotiate a larger fee for producing the Lucky Rabbit cartoons, but instead, Mintz wanted to reduce the payments. When Walt refused, he not only lost most of his staff but also the rights to Oswald forcing him to start all over again with a new character; a little character we now know as Mickey Mouse. Walt and Lillian had two daughters, Diane and Sharon born in 1933 and 1936. Walt created numerous cartoon shorts, full-length animation pictures, live actions movies and a theme park (with another one near completion) by the time he passed away on December 15, 1966 at the age of 65.