Friday, June 19, 2009

Early Summer Linkfest

Now with Add On .

The hot season is upon us, and with it a new festival of links.

DreamWorks Animation is, the trades tell us, working on a new supernatural project:

DreamWorks Animation is moving forward with an untitled feature about a ghost who is bad at his job and must return to ghost school.

The project, referred to internally as "Boo U.," is being considered for release in the fourth quarter of 2012. Jon Vitti ("The Simpsons Movie") recently was brought on board to write the script. Tony Leondis ("Igor") will direct.

In late May, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, whose contract recently was extended to 2013, said a "supersecret ghost project" was on the books for a potential late-2012 slot. "Boo U." is that project ...

In the way of new, non-Big Three animated features: first there was Yellow Submarine, now there's HITC.

Animated feature "High in the Clouds" is an adaptation of a children's book written by McCartney, Geoff Dunbar and Philip Ardagh. The film will be directed by Rob Minkoff and adapted by Caroline Thompson.

The book, about a squirrel's quest to find an animal sanctuary, marks McCartney's largest involvement in an animated pic since the Beatles frontman was part of 1968's "Yellow Submarine."

"Paul said he would commit to a score of original songs as part of it," Lynne said. "Bob and I had never focused on animation in our career, but that got our attention." They have not yet set the project at a studio ...

Let the bidding begin. kindly provides its list of "Top Ten Essential Anime".

Anime can be television series or feature films with theatrical releases. Much of anime comes from manga (Japanese comic books), which has a greater diversity of genres than its American counterpart. As a result, female-driven sports dramas, technology ridden sci-fi, children's fantasy films, cyberpunk, and soft-core pornography all exist under the category "anime." ...

Not a lot of people have focused on it yet, but there's another big c.g. animated feature looming on the far side of the horizon, and it pops into you local AMC on July 1st:

"Ice Age: Dawn of Dinosaurs" is the third installment of the Academy Award-nominated computer-animated film "Ice Age". The film directed by Carlos Saldanha will once again hear the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary as the three unlikely friends ...

(And we put this older link up here for the clip. Come July 1st, IA3 will grab most of the 3-D venues away from Up, so it will be interesting to see how the two battle it out.)

In the battling department over who pays for what in 3-D land, Fox has now blinked:

20th Century Fox's high-profile stare-down with exhibitors over who would pay for digital 3-D glasses to go with "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" has been settled. But the issues underlying the dispute will almost certainly flare up again.

Fox, which had initially threatened to make theater owners bear the costs, has agreed to pick up the tab, according to several people familiar with the matter.

It's a sore point for studios, which complain that they shouldn't have to pay that fee, particularly because theaters can reuse glasses. The studios are already incurring additional costs of about $15 million a picture to make a movie in 3-D. Tickets for 3-D movies come with a $2 to $3 surcharge, which is split between theater owners and studios ...

In the meantime, the Mouse is starting to push 3-D gaming in a major way:

Now Disney eyes up 3D gaming

Upcoming Wii, PS3 and 360 titles include special glasses and could change perception of games, says firm.

Disney will beat Ubisoft to the punch with its release of the first major game supporting 3D this summer.

At E3, Ubisoft unveiled its 3D game Avatar, made with Hollywood legend James Cameron – but Disney was also demonstrating its Toy Story and G-Force movie spin-off 3D games on the stand next door ...

Wade Sampson at Mouse Planet has a fine, short history about the collision of two Hollywood moguls: Walt Disney and Harry Cohn, the king of Columbia Pictures. Said Disney:

“Columbia wasn’t doing right by our pictures. I knew they were making deals with theater owners, selling their lousy pictures with our shorts. They were getting more for the shorts but we didn’t see the extra profit. After two years, we opened negotiations with United Artists without letting Columbia know. When we pulled away from Columbia, the executives complained, ‘Why didn’t you give us a chance?’ I said, ‘We gave you a chance for two years.’ The Columbia boys were really sore, because just one year later we came up with Three Little Pigs.”

Add On: Steve Jobs has an organ transplant (not the kind you listen to in church.)

Steve Jobs, who has been on medical leave from Apple Inc. ... received a liver transplant in Tennessee about two months ago. The chief executive has been recovering well and is expected to return to work on schedule later this month, though he may work part-time initially.

... William Hawkins, a doctor specializing in pancreatic and gastrointestinal surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., said that the type of slow-growing pancreatic tumor Mr. Jobs had will commonly metastasize in another organ during a patient's lifetime, and that the organ is usually the liver ...

Have yourself a life-fulfilling weekend.


My 2 Cents said...

Two points re. Sir Paul.

One: Except for a couple of new songs written by George Harrison, the Beatles had almost nothing to do with the production of Yellow Submarine.

Two: Paul did actually produce an animated project years later. I have forgotten the name of it, but I do remember speaking to an animator who worked on it. According to this guy, to borrow a title from John Lennon, Sir Paul fell somewhat short of being a "Working Class Hero."

Anonymous said...

When I read that statement I instantly thought of two exceptions - as you did - and their may be more.

The ones that came to mind in which McCartney was involved were 'Seaside Woman' and a lovely short about a secret Chorus of Frogs that I believe featured Rupert Bear.

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