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  Nobody's Purrfect

New animated movie of Imagi International Holdings Limited, Cat Tale has opened its website for visitors. You can check out the news, content on the movie, or learn about the cast of the movie, and watch the trailer. Cat Tale is a story on a kitten, raised by dogs "accidentally", who is willing to find his roots in Catopolis. Animated movie will be released in 2006, and hopefully will fullfill the expectations.

Cast is as follows:
Sean Astin .... Rover (voice)
David Cross .... Stork (voice)
Alan Cumming .... Newton (voice)
Elisha Cuthbert .... Cleo (voice)
R. Lee Ermey .... General Puddles (voice)
Billy Idol .... Digger (voice)
Wayne Knight .... Max (voice)
Jerry O'Connell .... Biscuit (voice)
Catherine O'Hara .... Bessie (voice)
Chazz Palminteri .... Pigeon (voice)
Michael Richards .... Ace (voice)
Rip Torn .... (voice)
Stanley Tucci .... Simon (voice)
Fred Willard .... Blue (voice)

Official Site
 

  I Castelli Animati


10th International Animation Festival of Italy, I Castelli Animati, will be held in Rome between the dates 30th November and 4th December.

You can check the festival content and events via web page, and also I Castelli Animati will probably be in news a lot in the upcoming days.

Official Festival Site
 

  Gentlemen Prefer Blondes


Barbie is coming up with two new DVDs in 2006, announced by Mattel and Lions Gate Family Entertainment. She will be sharing her best moments with friends in high school, and fantastic stories as before. If you have especially experienced a period of lifetime with barbie dolls and clothes and appliances and furniture and Kens :), you will be willing to see her again with all the glamour and magic... As an answer to all Bratz frenzy going on against Barbie-mania, Barbie is willing to state her position as a collection and eternal commitment item for sure. Be sure to get the Barbie DVDs in 2006.
 

  Mr. Miyagi Passed Away


Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, mostly known as Mr. Miyagi in famous Karate Kid movies, passed away on 24th November. He voiced the Emperor in both Mulan animated movies, and also was nominated for an Oscar for his Mr. Miyagi part in Karate Kid, in 1985. He was certainly an effective actor, and will always be remembered by his rich and joyful character. Condolences to his family and fans all over the world...

 

  Not A Fan Of Evolution, Eh?


As release of King Kong Movie by Peter Jackson is coming up on 14th December, the game and original movie promotions accelerated. Original 1933 King Kong movie is released on DVD, with uncensored sceens and two-year period processed movie production. Although the original negatives of the original movie has vanished, the DVD production team worked on quality and originality of the movie in detail.



The game of King Kong, produced by Ubisoft, has also been released, where you can enjoy the story from both Kong and human point of view. As the Peter Jackson flavor in Kong tribute is being questioned, especially based on the adaptation of dinasors in the story, game is welcomed by the Kong fans.



Jackson decided to direct the Kong movie, based on his early memories of the original one. He told that he had become determined to create high budget technology involved movies while he had been watching the 1933 King Kong movie when he was a child. The trailer of movie certainly presents the feeling that he made sure of putting his best in his work one again.

If you want to have a preview of Jackson tribute, be sure to experience the Kong adventure by original movie DVD, and play the game. You can also follow up the latest news and events from the official sites:

Jackson Kong Movie
Official Game of Movie
 

  Hats Off To Wasilewski


A short flash animation, POLSUPAH, created by Alek Wasilewski won the best web animation in 2005 BAF Awards, having 44% of online votes. If you have never watched it, you should now, but keep in mind that it is adult content. As it is not possible to provide an official working link for the animation-adv right now, you should just google it and there will be no problem finding the award winning short movie.

Enjoy :)
 

  Ready Or Not - Here It Comes!!


XBox 360 is now at stores, well, if you can find any after the launch events and first sale-mania :)

First impressions seem to be impressive and satisfactory, though we will certainly be hearing about the famous 360 a lot more soon.

XBox 360
 

  Animation Studio For Dummies


Unofficial Apple blog has published an article by Victor Agreda, Jr. on how to make your own animation studio on low budget. An interesting post with helpful steps on your animation career... Take a look:

Starting your own Pixar for peanuts
 

  Calling For Zagreb


17th Animafest in Zagreb is calling for entries. If you want to enter the fest with your short animation, or follow the fest online, check out Animafest.
 

  Disney Disappointed



The Walt Disney Co. reported mixed results Thursday -- big net gains at its ABC network and ESPN cable sports channel but the sharpest losses at its film division in six years. Analysts pointed out that the movie losses were mostly due to a slew of Miramax movies that were pulled off shelves and dumped unceremoniously into the market as the studio's founders, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, departed. Broadcast results were just short of spectacular, however, especially when compared with recent years'. ABC, which reported a loss of $75 million in operating income in the quarter last year, climbed into the black with $48 million this year. ESPN jumped to $584 million from $523 million. "We recognize there are aspects of the results that are disappointing," CFO Thomas Staggs told today's (Friday) Los Angeles Times. "At the same time, we think we are on the right track with where we are taking the studio and the company as a whole."

news from
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  Animated Video From Plympton



Bill Plympton, amazing animator of the amazing animations such as Guard Dog, is coming up with a new animation. New Kayne West video, animated by Plympton will be aired on MTV by 21st November, Monday. Be sure to watch the video, in the name of animation and Plympton :)


GUARD DOG

Official Bill Site
 

  OSCARS! READ ALL ABOUT IT!!



Ten Films to Compete
for Animated Feature Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA — Ten films will compete in the Best Animated Feature Film category in the 2005 Academy Awards® competition.

The 10 films have been accepted as eligible to compete by the executive committee of the short films and feature animation branch of the Academy, which has recommended to the Academy's Board of Governors that the category be activated and the Award be given for this year. The board has approved that recommendation.

Films that have not yet been released in Los Angeles County must fulfill all of the general release qualifying rules before the end of the year.

The eligible films are:


"Chicken Little"

"Gulliver's Travel"

"Hoodwinked"

"Howl's Moving Castle"

"Madagascar"

"Robots"

"Steamboy"

"Tim Burton's Corpse Bride"

"Valiant"

"Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit"

Under the rules for this category, a maximum of three films can be nominated in a year in which the field of eligible entries numbers at least eight but fewer than sixteen.

Films submitted in the Best Animated Feature category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other areas, including Best Picture, provided they meet the rules criteria governing those categories.

The 78th Academy Award® nominations will be announced at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Tuesday, January 31, 2006.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements for 2005 will be presented on Sunday, March 5, 2006, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PST.

 

  Better Keep Them Happy


Want to see the first trailer of Warner Bros animated film, Happy Feet?

Film will be released by November 2006. Check the site...


Official Site
 

  Activision Closes The Deal


Activision and Dreamworks Animation made an agreement on long-term alliance. The multi-year agreement includes videogame rights of Dreamworks feature films for Activision.

Based on the terms of agreement, Activision will have the rights for the videogames of featured films, such as Kung Fu Panda, Rex Havoc, How To Train Your Dragon, as well as potential Shrek series.


 

  With Maya Ever After


Integrating Maya as the core 3D tech in the upcoming animated movie, Happily N'Ever After, BFC Berliner Film Companie Prods and Alias have extended their partnership. John H. Williams is the producer of Happily N'Ever After, who was also astonishing by his work in Shrek and Valiant.

Cast for Happily N'Ever After is as follows:

Sigourney Weaver .... Frieda (voice)
Sarah Michelle Gellar .... Ella (voice)
Freddie Prinze Jr. .... Rick (voice)
George Carlin .... Wizard (voice)
Michael McShane .... Rumplestiltskin (voice)
Patrick Warburton .... Prince (voice)
Andy Dick .... Mambo (voice)
Wallace Shawn .... Munk (voice)
Jon Polito .... Wolf #1 (voice)
 

  3D Without The Glasses


One of the largest but unfortunately less known suppliers of stereoscopic entertainment, nWave Pictures has started its first computer animated film production. Fly Me To The Moon will be designed and created in 3D. The concept of film focuses on three teenagers story, with a dreamers touch and Apollo 11 flight... The film is expeted to be a funny and extremely entertaining feature, and hopefully will be in cinemas in 2007.

 

  Missed You Guys...




Duck Tales and Chip'n'Dale are coming back into our lives as two of the most popular Disney series on DVD. Check out Duck Tales Volume One (1987) and Chip'n'Dale Rescue Rangers Volume One (1989).
 

  Rendering Rendering Rendering...


RenderMan plug-in for Maya has been released by Pixar Animation Studios. Award-winning software is now available for Maya users and animators.

Pixar Studios announced the features of ne plug-in as:

Great reviews have begun to be published about the software, and many artists seem to agree that RenderMan plug-in for Maya will be a very popular rendering tool soon.

RenderMan for Maya

 

  Finally... ACTION!!


One of the most expected games of recent years, The Movies has been released on 8th November. Although the first release is only for PC, further information for platforms and consoles is being expected to come soon.

Game is developed by Peter Molyneux's Lionhead Studios, and published by Activision. Be sure to get your copy...
 

  Time To Flash Longer...


Have you seen him? Did you enjoy watching him? And mainly, did you ever think he could be more? Queer Duck, The Movie has been announced to be in production by Paramount Home Entertainment. Inspired by the overall interest in original shorts, creators of Queer Duck are presently preparing the long version to be in theaters soon.

Tal Vigderson, producer of the movie, said: "Queer Duck is breaking new ground as the first Flash animated feature film from a major studio"...
 

  Too Soon To Tell?


Disney movie: Chicken Little, has been one of the most popular expected movies of the year. All publications had exclusives on it, all experts had articles about the movie, and all viewers looked forward to seeing the little guy on screen. The movie was this popular before the release, because it is the first fully computer animated motion picture from Walt Disney Feature Animation.

Chicken Little was released in more than 3,000 theaters. Opposite to what has been expected, first reviews for the movie have been strongly negative. Rotten Tomatoes meter scored the movie 30%. And following are some examples of paper reviews:

"Chicken Little, though it has its moments, mostly just feels anxious and overreaching. It tries to be all things to all people and fails to be anything to anyone," Los Angeles Times

"Under-nourishing and highly derivative." Variety

"Not a classic, but it's an entertaining, cute film and a promising start for Disney's new division."
IGN Film Force

Well, lets not keep our hopes too high, but be gentle for our little buddy in his long journey...
 

  D'OH!!


There has been many video games, based on the famous series The Simpsons. But now, there is a long-term deal for Twentieth Century Fox TV and Gracie Films with Electronic Arts. According to the agreement, EA will have the rights to videogame titles for The Simpsons.

Although no detail of the agreement has been announced, it is declared that EA will be preparing the first games for the next generation videogame systems. No launch date has been announced either. Looking forward to enjoying the yellow buddies...
 

  Get Ready For The Code


It is the bestselling novel of all time. It has been translated into 42 languages. To date, there are more than 38.6 million copies of the novel in print, averaging more than two million copies sold each month. The Da Vinci Code, written by Dan Brown, proved with every aspect that the story is one of the a successful ones of all time. While the movie production of Da Vinci Code has just reinforced this reality, first game information has also been released.

2K Games announced agreement with Sony Pictures Consumer Products to publish and distribute current generation console videogames based on the film by Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, which is based on Dan Brown's bestselling novel.

Da Vinci Code games are expected to be released in May 2006.
 

  Monster House


Columbia Pictures proudly presents the new motion capture animation movie; Monster House... The movie will be in theatres in July 2006, starring: Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Steve Buscemi, Nick Cannon, Matthew Fahey, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jon Heder, Kevin James, Jason Lee, Ryan Newman, Catherine O'Hara, Kathleen Turner, Fred Willard.
Monster House is a movie, based on an interesting story of a young boy who is suspicious about his house as it is not an ordinary one at all. It is a living, breathing, scary monster indeed.
Movie is not only appealing by these, but also by its producers. Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg are the executive producers of this new motion capture. Well, lets wait and see...
 

  Nick in Game

The new game, NICKTOONS UNITE! has been announced by THQ Inc. and Nickelodeon for PS2, Nintendo Gamecube and Game Boy Advance in North America. The game will include many popular characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Jimmy Neutron and Danny Phantom. THQ representatives indicated that they are quite pleased to be in collaboration with Nick for this game, and considering further common platforms in the future.

 

  Lucas in Singapore


Lucasfilm Animation Singapore has been officially opened. Lucasfilm Ltd. announced the new studio to be a digital animation center to produce movies and television for global audiences. Lucasfilm Ltd., Creative Technology Ltd. and EDB Investments formed the consortium to create Singapore studio. George Lucas reported that they are very excited about the new studio, and the first production of Lucasfilm Animation Singapore will be Clone Wars. Movie will be based on the time between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of Sith. It will be released in 2007.
 

  Famous Lamp For Sale?


It is indicated by Steve Jobs, chairman and CEO of Pixar, that the company might be announced to be sold. Disney is mentioned to be an expected offerer, and Jobs also reported that he is interested in people with same point of view and vision.

Company is said to be open to best deal. Further announcements are expected from the studio.
 
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