Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year's Linkage

Another round of animated news and factoids.

So how did I miss this?

... In an article published on Tuesday in L’Osservatore Romano under the headline “Aristotle’s Virtues and Homer’s Doughnut,” “The Simpsons” was praised for its “realistic and intelligent writing” (and rapped on the knuckles for “excessively crude language, the violence of certain episodes or some extreme choices by the scriptwriters”) ...

That's the Vatican newspaper that is praising the Yellow Family.

Give our fine conglomerates something that interests them, and they will come:

Global media giants including Disney, Viacom and Star TV will have their presence felt at the first China International Animation Copyright Fair opening on Wednesday in the southern city of Dongguan.

... [T]he fair, a top one in the country, would boost the protection of the copyright of animation works and promote trade and research with regards to animation products.

Seth M. provides another interview about satire, prime-time entertainment, and other things.

... I always thought it would be funny to have the Parents Television Council write an episode of "Family Guy" and give them full creative control. Then see how good the episode is. That's something we've actually discussed in the writers' room. We haven't proposed it yet, but if somebody from the PTC reads this, it might be worth discussing ...

While we're on the subject of the Middle Kingdom, Shanghai list touts the work of five indie animators:

China's animation industry is receiving a huge amount of support from the government in a push to develop China's creative industries. At the same time, many of China's emerging independent creatives are producing eye-opening work that more often than not doesn't make it into the mainstream media channels.

Below are 5 of our favorite indie animations from 2009. Even if you can't understand Chinese, you'll enjoy the visual feast ...

Click through and feast away.

In case you'd forgotten, that Marvel-Disney deal? It's ready (at last) to consummate.

Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: MVL) is about to disappear. The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) acquisition is set to close this week. Some have criticized this $4.2 billion cash and stock deal, but there is going to be more merit to this combination with Disney than just traditional M&A. That old strategic word comes up: synergies. For starters, Disney has a market cap north of $60 billion and that makes this a relatively small deal to carry out for the Mouse House ...

And the Motley Fool tells us how Disney can maximize the value of its Marvel acquisition:

2. Pixar can render Marvel properly. If Disney had acquired Marvel before snapping up Pixar, this would have been a gutsy call. However, if anyone can turn some of Marvel's lesser-known heroes into animated art, it's Pixar's Bard Bird -- the guy responsible for Pixar's The Incredibles and cult favorite Iron Giant before that ...

Time Magazine's Richard Corliss laments the taste of the American public:

... If the good doesn't drive out the bad, it should at least stir in young minds a healthy skepticism for movie mediocrity, and zero tolerance for crap.

Explain to me, then, why Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel earned more than $75 million in its first five days of release. Was the boffo gross due to brand recognition after the 2007 movie about Simon, Theodore and Alvin was a hit? ...

Lastly, we wrap up with Slash/film's article about How to Train Your Dragon and the latest trailer, complete with Brendan Connelly's usual sneering.

But the first commenter, who claims to have actually seen the film, says this:

I had a chance to see the unfinished movie a couple of weeks back. It was one of those marketing screenings and Katzenberg was even in attendance. It was easily their best movie yet. They may have a bit of a problem though with the eventual comparison to the "dragon" riding in Avatar, though this is obviously a completely different film ...

I know that the DWA crew is high on the picture, and I like the energy in the bits and pieces I've seen. We'll find out if it's a hit the end of March.

Have a terrific New Year.


Anonymous said...

if anyone can turn some of Marvel's lesser-known heroes into animated art, it's Pixar's Bard Bird -- the guy responsible for Pixar's The Incredibles and cult favorite Iron Giant before that ...

Has Pixar EVER done an adaptation?

Motley Fool indeed.

(Bard Bird...snicker)

Brendon said...

Usual sneering? What on earth! That's not fair.

How is the following 'sneering'? -

"…though, on the other hand, it has been steered (at least throughout the last phases of its development and into actual production) by Lilo and Stitch’s directing and writing duo, Chris Sanders and Dean De Blois. I can’t help but be hopeful. These guys aren’t dummies."

I can't change the fact that it's not a particularly good trailer, can I? I wish that I could, but I can't.

Here are my other recent posts on animated and animation-heavy films, in which I defy anybody to find sneering:

Anonymous said...

Here's another quote from the slashfilm post:
"Isn’t the consensus that the Dreamworks branding on a toon is best taken as a warning, not an encouragement?"

And that's not exactly? And you go on in the same old, old, old vein. Not worth bothering to repost it all here.

Please explain how the "consensus" of millions of moviegoers is that a Dreamworks film is a "warning, not an encouragement"? I'd love to know. Because the films that you apparently hate have kept that studio not only going but thriving for the last 15 years. Consensus my arse.

The lame ass fanboy wannabe-hipster DW hate is so old it's got whiskers and moss on its underbelly. ANYONE who is a real film lover knows that you judge each and every film on its individual merits, not on trailers-which aren't even cut and made by the filmmakers. That should go without saying. Should.

Anonymous said...


Go away and stop using our comments as the basis of your articles.

In fact, you should take the King of the Elves one down, since its pure speculation.


Anonymous said...

No kidding.

And hey Brendon, instead of doing a 'scoop" on upcoming Dreamworks films(I thought they all sucked anyway, but whatever)-why don't you really go for a coup and try doing one on Pixar's upcoming slate?

That should get you an interesting response...or aren't their films discussed on public message boards?
Come on, I dare you.

Steve Hulett said...


Sneering: Dreamworks Animation trying to draw hype out of their back catalogue?

More sneering (referenced above): "Isn’t the consensus that the Dreamworks branding on a toon is best taken as a warning, not an encouragement?

You want to rag on various films and filmmakers or anything else, go right ahead. I occasionally do it myself. What I don't do is get all nipply when somebody calls me on it.

Brendon said...

I didn't think I was being "nipply", I thought I was engaging in conversation. Come on, we're grown up.

The consensus I referred to exists, certainly in the general online film community.

I was doing what a blogger is asked to do - comment, share opinion and so on.

The source for the upcoming Dreamworks piece, by the way, is not publicly posted forums but my own research.

The King of the Elves piece is what it is - there's not an untrue word spoken in it. I quote who I quote and they suggest what they suggest.

I feel like I'm being attacked for running something that doesn't suck up to Dreamworks. That's really how it looks.

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