Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Your Wednesday Night Linkage

A little mid-week reading and viewing matter:

20th-Century Fox's new international trailer (and short featurette here.)

Mouse Planet's two-part report on the animated feature it claims "saved the Disney feature animation department." (Maybe it did, maybe it didn't.)

Woody and Buzz, together again.

... [Tom Hanks and Tim Allen] are attached to star in the live-action adaptation of the Disney theme park ride, being produced by Mandeville’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, riding high as part of the producing team behind The Fighter. ...

The Weinsteins face a new lawsuit. (Again.)

Protocol Pictures partners Tony Leech and Brian Inerfeld filed a 60-page legal claim today against The Weinstein Company in New York State Supreme Court. The $50 million suit is over their removal from the animated film "Escape From Planet Earth", and it is a colorful document containing a litany of volatile charges ranging from the assertion that Harvey and Bob Weinstein were out of control, and tried to hush up the plaintiffs by giving them $500,000 to keep quiet the complaint until the Oscars were over. ...

Speaking of Animation has a new podcast up of Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn, director and head of story for Shrek Forever After.

Megamind rockets to the top of the charts.

"Megamind" has become the first cartoon this year to score a triple play on all three home video charts.

DreamWorks Animation's superhero comedy, a relative disappointment at the worldwide box office with sales of $319 million, debuted at No. 1 on both Nielsen VideoScan's DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales charts and on Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week ending February 27.

What made this feat all the more amazing was that the disc was released on a Friday instead of a Tuesday, so sales and rental data are drawn from just three days instead of the usual six. ...

Hasbro is making changes in its L.A. animation unit:

... Hasbro Studios, the L.A.-based production and distribution arm of Hasbro, Inc., has split its creative teams into separate series development and current programming groups, the studio announced Wednesday. ...

Have yourselves a fine and productive Thursday and Friday.


Anonymous said...

**Eisner very vocally admitted that he found the storyboard process confusing.**

Jeez, he can't look at pictures and figure out what's going on? The Sunday funnies must be a real trial for this guy.

**Eisner suggested that Michael Jackson might do the song in the bar scene. His suggestion was met with an uncomfortable silence and Eisner withdrew the suggestion. Later, Eisner proposed that Madonna do the song.**

Ah, yes. And later, he bought the Muppets. Figures.

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