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Hot Trailer: ‘Gnomeo and Juliet’

Mike Fleming

Touchstone has a new trailer out for Gnomeo and Juliet, the animated feature that will be released February 11. James McAvoy and Emily Blunt are the title characters, and Jason Statham, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith and Patrick Stewart round out the voice cast.

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First Image For Disney’s ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’

Disney just released what it’s calling the “first image” for GNOMEO & JULIET, the greatest love story ever told, starring garden gnomes. Adapted from Shakespeare, directed by Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2) with classic and original songs by Elton John, it features the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt:



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Tim Burton Finds His ‘Frankenweenie’ Cast

By | Monday September 20, 2010 @ 3:10pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Tim Burton is going to familiar people to voice cast Frankenweenie, Burton’s stop motion animated Disney feature based on his 1984 short about a man who reanimates his dog after it gets hit by a car. Burton has set Winona Ryder (Edward Scissorhands and Beetle Juice) to play the role of Elsa, and Martin Landau (his Oscar-winning portrayal of Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood) to provide the voice of Mr. Rzykruski. Martin Short (Mars Attacks!) and Catherine O’Hara (Beetle Juice and A Nightmare Before Christmas) take on the voices of five characters each. Short plays Bob, Nassor, Toshiaki, Victor’s Dad and Mr. Bergermeister. O’Hara voices Edgar, Weird Girl, Victor’s Mom, and Gym Teacher. Scripted by John August, the pic’s slated for release by Walt Disney Pictures on March 9, 2012.

Here is part of Burton’s original short film:

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Oscar’s Animation Race Just Got ‘Tangled’

Pete Hammond

I know everyone (including my new Deadline colleague Mike Fleming who will be reporting on the ground there for us) is winging their way to Toronto right now to see a bunch of Oscar hopefuls that I already saw in Cannes, Telluride or oh-so-cool private L.A. screenings (more on THOSE flicks as the fest unveils them). But I am also focused on checking out some contenders NOT on display in Canada. That’s exactly what I did yesterday in the not-as-exciting clime of  Burbank.  I came away feeling I’d found another strong entry in what is becoming a very strong awards season race for ‘toons.

That’s right. Wednesday Disney did something studios never do unless they know they have the goods. They flew in several members of the press–mostly those who cover animation for outlets with long lead times–to see the first ever screening of the big Thanksgiving holiday release Tangled. The musical weaves a new take on the Rapunzel fairy tale, in what represents Disney’s milestone 50th animated feature since Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs in 1937. John Lasseter told the gathered press, “You can feel the pride people in this studio have in Tangled. We just couldn’t wait for people to see it.”

It’s looking like there will again be five nominees for Best Animated Feature this year. Based the deservedly enthusiastic  press response to the work-in-progress print shown yesterday, Tangled could easily be among them. As will Disney/Pixar’s Toy Read More »

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DISNEY SMASHES BOX OFFICE RECORDS: ‘Toy Story 3′ Crossing $1B, Studio First To Release 2 Billion-Dollar Pics In Single Year

Today, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 is expected to cross the $1 billion box office mark in global grosses. The film is already the world’s largest animated release of all time and the 7th biggest motion picture. That makes Disney the first studio in history to release two $1 billion films in a  single year. Its Alice In Wonderland is the 5th biggest title in global box office history after taking $1.0243 billion in worldwide grosses. Of course, both films were 3D and able to charge higher ticket prices.

UPDATE: Here is the Disney news release –

BURBANK, Calif. – August 27, 2010 – Two weeks after becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time, Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3 will cross the $1 billion mark at the global box office today, joining Alice in Wonderland as the second $1 billion film this year from The Walt Disney Studios – the first studio in history to accomplish this feat. Disney first crossed the $1 billion threshold with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest in 2006. Toy Story 3 becomes the only animated film to reach this milestone and the seventh title in industry history.

“It’s been an incredible year as we saw the Pixar team bring Buzz and Woody back to the big screen and watched Tim Burton’s vision for Alice in Wonderland take the world by storm,” said Rich Ross, Chairman, The Walt

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Attention, Disney Animation Fans…

By | Wednesday April 16, 2008 @ 9:50am PDT

Two items of interest. First, Roy E. Disney and Don Hahn will screen some rarely seen Disney animated shorts and experimental films on April 30th at the 2008 Newport Beach Film Festival. The collection of short animated films had limited theatrical releases and many are not available on DVD. Among the films to be presented include How to Hook-Up Your Home Theater (2007) starring Goofy, and the Oscar-nominated films The Little Match Girl (2006), Lorenzo (2005), Destino (2003, a collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali more than 50 years in the making), and Redux Riding Hood (1998), plus the experimental film Oilspot & Lipstick (1987, Disney’s first foray into computer animation), among others.

Second, there’s sad news in the animation world: the last of Walt Disney’s original team of animators, known as the Nine Old Men, has died at the age 95. Ollie Johnston worked for Disney for 43 years, drawing characters for animated Mickey Mouse short films before contributing to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, and The Jungle Book. Screen the documentary about Ollie and partner Frank Thomas, Frank and Ollie. Their friendship changed the animation industry.

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