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Walt Disney Pictures has released the first trailer for the U.S. release of Studio Ghibli's The Secret World of Arrietty. Based on Mary Norton's 1952 children's fantasy novel The Borrowers, the movie was written by Hayao Miyazaki (Ponyo) and Keiko Niwa (Tales from Earthsea) and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. It was originally released in Japan under the title The Borrower Arrietty and with critical acclaim became the hightest grossing movie at the Japanese box office in 2010.
The movie centers around Arrietty (voiced by Bridget Mendler), a young member of a family of Borrowers — diminutive people who live undetected under the floorboards of typical households — who befriends a sickly human boy named Sho (David Henrie) living with his great aunt Sadako (Carol Burnett). When Sadako's maid, Haru (Tress MacNeille), discovers Arrietty's home under the floorboards, the entire family is forced to leave or risk being exposed or worse. »
- BrentJS Sprecher
As I mentioned in the feature about my trip to Sony Pictures Animation, I am a voice-actor geek. As a result of watching far too many animated movies and television shows when I was younger, names like Mel Blanc, Paul Winchell, Tress MacNeille, John Kassir, Frank Welker, Hank Azaria, Billy West and Peter Cullen have always stuck with me. Certainly deserving of being included on that list is Tom Kenny, who many might know for voicing Spongebob Squarepants and Wheelie and Skids from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, but has other amazing credits including Rocko.s Modern Life, Dilbert, The Powerpuff Girls and Dexter.s Laboratory. I.ve been a fan of his work for years now and needless to say, it was an incredible experience when I got to interview him a few weeks ago for Winnie The Pooh. Visiting the Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, CA, myself »
Stars: Havato Isobata, Masako Araki, Naomi Uno, Touru Masuoka, Yukiji Asoka, James Belushi, Molly Shannon, Daryl Sabara, LIliana Mumy, Tress MacNeille | Written by Hisaichi Ishii | Directed by Isao Takahata
“The little victories of the quirky Takashi Yamada and his wacky wife Matsuko, are followed in this touching animation from Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies) and Studio Ghibli, the next film from the Studio’s classic catalogue to arrive on blu-ray. The Yamadas navigate their way through the ups and downs of work, marriage, and family life with a sharp-tongued grandmother who lives with them, a teenage son who wishes he had cooler parents, and a pesky daughter whose loud voice is unusual for someone so small. Even the family dog has issues!”
- Baron Fornightly
The network issued a 26-episode order, which will spread out over two 13-episode seasons. The tactic is similar to the network's initial deal to bring the show back in June 2009. 13 episodes from that original order have already aired, with the next cycle set to debut in June. This new 26-episode renewal will keep Futurama on the air throughout the year 2013.
Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron is one of those cartoon series you can only love if you grew up watching it as a kid. Otherwise, the formulaic storytelling and lack of interesting characters just doesn’t make for an enjoyable time. The stories get so repetitive that even those who watched the series when it originally aired in 1993 will have a hard time watching more than a few episodes.
The series is released as a 5-Disc DVD set as part of the Hanna-Barbera Classic Collection. It features the voice talents of Barry Gordon as Razor, Charles Adler as Chance Furlong, Gary Owens as Commander Ulysses Feral and Tress MacNeille as Callie Briggs. Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh, Gnomeo & Juliet, The Super Hero Squad Show), Mark Hamill (Batman: Arkham City), Candi Milo (Planet Sheen) and Lori Alan (90210, Family Guy) also perform guest roles.
The story revolves around two cats, Chance Furlong and Jake Clawson, »
- Terry Boyden
5 items from 2011
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