Late in the week linkage just for Y-O-U.
Zemeckis's IM Digital, part of the Disney empire, has really cranked up production over the last year. IMD has an IATSE contract, we represent a lot of the employees up in San Rafael, and the projects just keep on coming:
Seth Green will star in Walt Disney Pictures' "Mars Needs Moms," an adaptation of the children's novel by Berkeley Breathed.
Simon Wells is directing the performance-capture movie, which follows a boy named Milo who stows away aboard a spaceship to rescue his mom after she's kidnapped by aliens. Green will play Milo.
The project, from Disney and filmmaker Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers, reunites Green with his "Austin Powers" mom, Mindy Sterling, who will play the alien leader of Mars ...
The New York Times points out that this year's New York International Children's Film Festival isn't really ... uh ... geared at kids.
This year’s programs include the American animated feature “Sita Sings the Blues,” Nina Paley’s interweaving of the Indian epic Ramayana with the autobiographical story of a female filmmaker’s marital collapse ...
Films specifically for children also often explore serious themes. Friday night’s opening gala features the American premiere of the French and Italian animated feature “Mia and the Migoo” (age 7 and older), directed by Jacques-Rémy Girerd. It follows a girl’s quest to save her father, a laborer trapped at a construction site that also threatens the Tree of Life. “Battle for Terra” (7 and older), an American animated feature (sold out), focuses on the peaceful beings of Terra, who are threatened by human survivors fleeing a destroyed Earth ...
But there are a lot of animated features.
The Daily Telegraph gives us yet another list of the best. toons. evah. It should start fights among aficionados ... because everybody will have a different roster of favorites:
The grumpy green giant was the first winner of the Animated Feature Oscar and deservedly so, although another charming Lasseter movie, Monsters Inc, was also a nominee that year ...
Slash Film brings up the question, "Does Pixar Have a Problem Creating Good Female Characters?"
... Caitlin GD Hopkins claims that most of Pixar’s female characters are “helpers, love interests, and moral compasses to the male characters whose problems, feelings, and desires drive the narratives.”
Ms. Hopkoms goes on -- in a separate link -- to dissect the various Pixar films (let the disagreements begin) ...
And while on the subject of Pixar, let's note that everyone is a sequelist now.
Despite what Brad Bird said on stage at WonderCon two years ago, Pixar is now in the sequel business. Cars 2, Toy Story 3, but what about a sequel to Monsters, Inc? At Comic-Con 2008, director Pete Docter responded to an audience question about the prospects of a sequel by admitting that “We’ve thought about it… We’ve got a couple ideas.” MTV later prodded the filmmaker trying to get more information, Docter nervously replied “I can neither confirm nor deny” ...
Cars Deux, Toy Story III, why not another Monsters? In this time of economic turbulence, our corporate masters lurch toward the sure bets.
Lastly, as The Simpsons becomes the longest running series in television history, Mr. Groening reflects on Homer S:
"He doesn't have feelings of guilt. He has some remorse, but he really wants what he wants in the moment. And for the rest of us who do feel guilt, there's something to envy about that. To be able to just do what you want in the moment. I look at YouTube videos all the time of buffoonish Americans, and I see Homer in a lot of them."
Have a soothing weekend.