Bee Movie is out! released! open in theatres! well... at least for the guys in US :)
"I had dinner with Steven Spielberg, and I was thinking about this idea and I said, 'What about a movie about bees called"'Bee Movie"?' And he got very excited and said, 'That's a great idea. I love the title.' And the next thing I knew, they had me doing it. But I didn't really have an idea for the movie. All I had was the title." Jerry Seinfeld co-writer Barry B. Benson (voice)
Pirates of Caribbean Online is now availabe for us to share and enjoy our piracy enthusiasm with the players all over the world, as Jack Sparrow would do. Here are the official details of the game, from Disney:
Set sail on the vast blue waters of the Caribbean in search of adventure, fortune, and fame in the world of the infamous Jack Sparrow and the evil Davy Jones. Create and customize your own pirate, build and outfit your own ship, and assemble a crew of your fellow rogues. Set your own course, your own adventure, and truly live the Legend!
Create your own Pirate character - Choose from millions of combinations to fully customize your character (shapes, colors, clothing, names, etc.)!
Set sail on your own Pirate ship - Purchase and captain your own ship. Recruit your crew and set sail for the adventure of a lifetime.
Quest for adventure and treasure - Embark on ship and land-based missions using secret maps to locate buried treasure. Explore lush jungles, volcanic caves, and vast tropical islands. Keep your wits about you though, as traps, ambushes, and double-crosses are an everyday occurrence when keeping company with pirates.
Use advanced weaponry - Jump into battle with a variety of weapons, each requiring a unique set of skills to master. Improve your reputation as a fighter to be reckoned with and unlock more powerful weapons.
Become a legend - Master a variety of skills, including swords, daggers, cannons, and sailing to become the most notorious pirate in the world.
Work your Voodoo Magic - Voodoo magic is used to heal, travel, cheat in games, and cast curses on enemies.
Get some Booty - Earn extra loot playing poker and blackjack.
Build a notorious Band or Guild - Join together with others for expanded adventures and added power. Form your own Band of Pirates for a quick battle or join a Guild for longer term strategy.
Grow your wealth with money and rare items - Hunt for buried treasure including gold, precious gems, and mysterious artifacts.
"Jamie Oliver, aka the Naked Chef, has been turned into a toon by Aardman Animations, who are launching a new series in partnership with Oliver's Fresh One Prods. Aimed at seven- to 11-year olds, LITTLE J will follow the 10-year-old Oliver as he tries to discover the secret to becoming a great chef. No broadcaster has signed on yet to the 52x11 series.
Featuring such peculiar characters as a depressed ham and a mad scientist named Eggs Benedict who wears a chicken on his head, LITTLE J is directed by Tom Parkinson, produced by Helen Brunsdon and exec produced by Miles Bullough. Jamie Oliver and Zoe Collins of Fresh One will both serve as exec producers.
"We were thrilled when Jamie approached us to collaborate on an animated project," said Miles Bullough, head of broadcast and development at Aardman. "We quickly agreed that we needed to make a show that was first and foremost a comedy, which would hopefully inspire kids to think positively about good food, even brussel sprouts.""
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Saddest Robot You Have Ever Seen
Here is the unusual trailer of the Pixar-Disney movie, Wall.e, which will be in theaters on June 27th, 2008. Yippee? :)
The fifth book in The Chronicles of Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is announced to be in theaters on May 1st, 2009. Forth book, Prince Caspian will be on theaters on May 18th, 2008, as announced before.
You can follow the updates of third movie in Disney Narnia series from Imdb, where you can also see the cast and production details.
As Blizzard continues to present new videos and interviews about the long waited sequel, Starcraft II, fans are getting eager and willing to see more.You can visit the official web site of Starcraft II, where you will find overall information and visual content. Blizzard officials haven't announced a release date for the game, and only gave the hint that they would keep on working until they would be satisfied with the result.As we all see on internet discussion groups, most of the fans seem to be worried about how Blizzard would continue the legacy. Blizzard's Vice President of Game Design, Rob Pardo, gives us some clues in his interview with msn.com:
"...It’s not so much beating “StarCraft” that’s the problem, it’s beating people’s perception and nostalgia of “StarCraft.” “StarCraft” was and is a great game, but it’s certainly an older game. Across the board, “StarCraft II” is a better game in a lot of ways.
Will it live up to that nostalgia? Time will tell."
Some features about the game from the official site:
Fast-paced, hard-hitting, tightly balanced competitive real-time strategy gameplay that recaptures and improves on the magic of the original game
Three completely distinct races: Protoss, Terran, and Zerg
New units and gameplay mechanics further distinguish each race
From AWN News: Medyavision Dreams Up Live-Action Clementine with Rhythm + Hues
Turkey's Medyavision has acquired the rights to produce a live-action feature, based on the French animated TV series, CLEMENTINE, according to VARIETY. The company has been working on this deal for three years and anticipates the English-languaged film's budget to be $80 million-$100 million, making it the most expensive film in Turkish history. The story will combine the 39 episodes of the series into one story. The toon followed the escapades of a paralyzed girl and her cat as they travel to fantastical worlds in her dreams. Medyavision will team with Rhythm + Hues on the visual effects.
It's been almost a year, and I haven't been checking on Oomph for a long time. I am sorry I left the blog without any updates and new posts, and I am very grateful to those of you who have sent emails demanding more animation, games, etc.
Finally, I am back with both of my animation related blogs; Oomph and CizgiCell. There will be few changes in the blogs in a few weeks, but our traditional posts and Weekly Favorites will go on as you wish :) I will do my best to post daily, and update the favorites weekly as usual.
"A survey of 100,000 U.S. members of Casino Fortune, the oldest online casino, revealed Homer Simpson as the "Craziest TV Dad". Sixty-seven wild TV fathers, nearly all from sitcoms, were nominated, and 20 of those were voted onto the Craziest TV Dad list. Members cited Homer's regular strangling of son Bart; his forgetfulness of his children's names; and general wackiness as reasons for picking THE SIMPSONS dad. Bill Cosby as THE COSBY SHOW's Cliff Huxtable came in number two due to his wild antics and crotchety shoe salesman Al Bundy from MARRIED WITH CHILDREN made #3 on the list..."
Watch the trailer of Disney/Pixar new animated movie, Ratatouille, which will be in theaters in summer 2007 here.
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Disney In China
"Walt Disney Internet Group and Shanda to Bring Disney Content to China's Online Game Market
Shanda to Develop and Distribute First Disney-Branded Online Casual Game for China, Based on Popular Disney Characters
Shanghai, China and North Hollywood, Calif. - May 23, 2006 - Walt Disney Internet Group and Shanda Interactive Entertainment (NASDAQ: SNDA) announced today that the two companies have entered into an agreement to bring Disney's premier branded entertainment content to China's online game industry via Shanda's online game operating platform. The agreement calls for Shanda to develop, distribute and operate an online casual game based on the magical worlds of Disney and featuring some of Disney's most popular animated characters.
The game, which will be developed for a broader demographic than traditional online games, as well as China's burgeoning segment of female online gamers, will be available in China for open beta in the spring of 2007.
“The market for online games in China is large and growing, and it was important for us to find the right partner. We're pleased to have found that in Shanda,” said Mark Handler, executive vice president and managing director, International, Walt Disney Internet Group. “Disney's rich content library, combined with Shanda's capabilities as a leading online game operator, will bring a new, unique and fun experience for the online game consumer. We actively look to bring more of our content to the online interactive entertainment market in China.”
“The Disney brand and its lineup of animated characters are already popular in China, and through this agreement we bring this well-known content to China's online game community in the form of an exciting new casual game. We remain firmly committed to providing our users with new and compelling entertainment content that will keep their online experience fresh and enjoyable, and we believe the addition of Disney's wholesome content will further broaden our user demographic, thus making a significant contribution to the implementation of our home strategy,” Tianqiao Chen, Chairman and CEO of Shanda, commented. “We look forward to a successful collaboration with the Walt Disney Internet Group and are excited about bringing Disney's content to China's online game community.”
The agreement with Shanda marks Disney's entrance into China's online game market..."
" Academy Announces 2006 Student Academy Award Winners
Beverly Hills, CA — Thirteen students from nine different colleges and universities have been named winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 33rd annual Student Academy Awards competition. They will participate in a week of industry-related activities and social events culminating June 10 with the awards presentation ceremony at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. One film student from South Africa also has been selected to receive this year's Honorary Foreign Student Film Award.
The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title within category):
Alternative* "6 a.m.," Carmen Vidal Balanzat, City College of New York "Perspective," Travis Hatfield and Samuel Day, Ball State University, Indiana * Only gold and silver medals will be awarded in the Alternative category.
Animation "The Dancing Thief," Meng Vue, Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida "The Possum," Chris Choy, California Institute of the Arts "Turtles," Thomas Leavitt, Brigham Young University
Documentary "Reporter Zero," Carrie Lozano, University of California, Berkeley "Three Beauties," Mak Hossain, Purdue University "The Women’s Kingdom," Xiaoli Zhou, University of California, Berkeley
Narrative "Christmas Wish List," Sean Overbeeke, University of North Carolina "El Viaje" ("One Day Trip"), Cady Abarca-Benavides, Columbia University "Pop Foul," Moon Molson and Jennifer Handorf, Columbia University
Honorary Foreign Student Film Award "Elalini," Tristan Holmes, The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA).
While the U.S. winners know they will each receive an award, the level of that award – gold, silver or bronze – will not be revealed until the June 10 ceremony. Besides trophies, gold medalists receive $5,000, silver medalists are awarded $3,000 and bronze medal recipients are presented with $2,000. The Honorary Foreign Film winner receives $1,000 in addition to the trophy.
The U.S. students first competed in one of three regional competitions. Each of those regions was permitted to nominate as many as three finalists in each of the four award categories. Academy members then screened these finalists' films and voted to select the winners.
"Elalini" by Honorary Foreign Film winner Tristan Holmes, was selected from an original pool of 29 submissions from 22 countries. Holmes is the first student from South Africa to win this award.
The Student Academy Awards were established by the Academy in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. Among past winners who have gone on to prominent careers as filmmakers are Spike Lee, Robert Zemeckis, John Lasseter and Trey Parker. Three of last year’s winners received Oscar nominations earlier this year: Dan Krauss for his documentary, "The Death of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club," Shane Acker for his animated short film, "9," and Honorary Foreign Film winner Ulrike Grote for her live action short "The Runaway" ("Ausreisser"). Overall, 33 past Student Academy Award winners have garnered Oscar nominations over the years.
The June 10 Student Academy Awards presentation ceremony begins at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Clips from the bronze and silver medal films will be shown, and the gold medal films and Honorary Foreign film will be screened in their entirety. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis only, and early arrival is suggested as once capacity is reached even ticket holders will be turned away. To request up to a maximum of four tickets, call the Academy at (310) 247-3000, ext. 130. The Academy is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills."
"IDT has unveiled plans for a $40 million-budgeted animated feature titled Sheepish. The film follows a wolf who violates the code of his species and is cursed to become a sheep. Saul Blinkoff and Elliott Bour have been tapped to direct the project. Blinkoff was an animator on Tarzan and Mulan, and Bour was an animator on Mulan, The Lion King and Aladdin. The duo co-helmed Kronk's New Groove for Buena Vista Home Video.Scheduled to head into production next year, Sheepish is based on an original script by Bart Coughlin, a character technical director on Shrek. "