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The directors who went from animation to live action

14 December 2010 8:34 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We take a look at 11 directors who made the jump from animated to live action features, and how their attempts fared…

You hear quite a few live action directors, Guillermo del Toro, for starters, talking about a desire to make animated films. To control every aspect of the frame, and what goes in it.

Yet, the journey the other way around is increasingly common. It's hard not to see the appeal, too. For directing an animated film is a two year job at the very least, and three years more likely. Live action is generally a quicker way to get a film on the screen.

Also, given how CG dependent many movies are becoming, there's a general assumption that an animation director will have a better handle on computer effects.

However, great films from animation directors aren't that common. Here are eleven directors who took the chance, and how they got on. »

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Shrek: The Whole Story Blu-ray Box-Set Event and Interviews

22 November 2010 9:33 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Shrek. So thoroughly has the character permeated pop culture and zeitgeist – that no context or explanation is needed with the word. It has an almost pavlovian response on the listener. I say Shrek and images of a green ogre, pop culture references, sight gags, Eddie Murphy and a soon-to-be-eaten ginger bread man pop to mind. This can perhaps be attributed to the character’s ubiquitous nature – from the films to lunch boxes to Halloween costumes to ABC specials to commercial tie ins to action figures, Shrek quite simply is everywhere. DreamWorks will further propel its plan for Shrek domination by releasing all four films in a box set for the very first time December 7th, just in time for the Christmas season. In anticipation of the release of the new digitally remastered Blu-ray, an informal Q&A and discussion was held with the some of the principle visual and audio »

- Tommy Cook

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James McAvoy & Hugh Laurie Lend Voices to 'Arthur Christmas'

2 November 2010 1:56 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

About a year and a half ago, we heard about a couple new projects from the charming Aardman Animation (Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit). Today a press release from Sony Pictures Animation revealed some details on the CG animated holiday family film Arthur Christmas. The film sets out to answer the question of how Santa Claus delivers all his presents in one night. James McAvoy (Atonement), Hugh Laurie ("House M.D.") Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge), Bill Nighy (Love Actually), Imelda Staunton (Taking Woodstock) and Ashley Jensen ("Ugly Betty") will all provide voices for this Christmas themed, 3D animated, family comedy. McAvoy leads the cast as Arthur, the good-natured but clumsy younger son of Santa Claus who seems to be the only member of the family still enamored with the magic of Christmas. Laurie plays Arthur's older brother Steve, heir to the reins, a cool, incredibly capable guy who has given the »

- Ethan Anderton

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Wallace & Gromit's Dreamworks "Cultural Differences"

26 October 2010 2:28 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Wallace And Gromit creator Nick Park has revealed how the British sense of humour failed to tickle Us movie bosses after his company joined forces with Hollywood studio DreamWorks. Bristol-based company Aardman, whose creations include Shaun The Sheep, Creature Comforts and Wallace And Gromit, teamed up with DreamWorks in 1999 in a five-movie deal. But they parted company in 2007 after making just three of the five films - Chicken Run (2000), Wallace And Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit (2005) and Flushed Away (2006). »

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Cartoon movies are having a hard time getting “G” ratings these days

18 October 2010 9:39 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Scott Mendelson

HollywoodNews.com: “The Lion King” had a major character’s father being murdered onscreen, another major character being eaten alive by hyenas, and a young child snuggling up beside the corpse of the above-mentioned recently deceased father. “Tarzan” opened with a blood-stained cabin containing two corpses and an infant being eaten alive off screen, and it ended with the onscreen shooting death of a major character and the hanging of the lead villain. “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” had an onscreen neck-breaking murder of a young mother, the attempted drowning of her baby, and an entire subplot involving the villain’s need to desire to screw and/or murder the heroine because of his guilt-ridden lustings for her that felt like a cross between “Schindler’s List” and “Sweeney Todd” (great movie and great song… why don’t they make kids toys that sing “Hellfire?”). Yet they »

- Scott Mendelson

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Pixar’s Brave Logo

23 September 2010 8:45 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Disney have revealed the official logo for the new CGI animated Pixar film Brave (formerly titled The Bear and The Bow).

Brave is Pixar’s first fairy tale, from acclaimed filmmaker/writer Brenda Chapman (The Prince of Egypt). Chapman began as an additional animation artist on Who Framed Roger Rabbit and contributed story for The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Fantasia 2000, Chicken Run and Cars.

The film centers on a character named Merida (Reese Witherspoon), an impetuous, tangle-haired daughter of royalty, who would prefer to make her mark as a great archer. When a clash of wills with her mother compels Merida to make a reckless choice, she unleashes unintended peril on her father’s kingdom and her mother’s life. Merida struggles with the unpredictable forces of nature, magic and a dark, ancient curse to set things right. »

- Allan Ford

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Disney Reveals Official Logo for Pixar’s Brave

22 September 2010 4:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Disney have finally revealed the official logo for Pixar's Brave (formerly titled The Bear and The Bow). Hit the jump to see the logo in higher resolution. Click on the logo below to enlarge: Brave (formerly titled The Bear and the Bow) is Pixar's first fairy tale, from acclaimed filmmaker/writer Brenda Chapman (The Prince of Egypt). Chapman began as an additional animation artist on Who Framed Roger Rabbit and contributed story for The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Fantasia 2000, Chicken Run and Cars. A rugged and mythic Scotland is the setting for Pixar's action-adventure "The Bear and the Bow." The movie is being touted as Pixar's first fairy tale. The film stars Reese Witherspoon as the "impetuous, tangle-haired Merida, though a daughter of royalty, would prefer to make her mark as a great archer. A »

- Peter Sciretta

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"Angry Birds" Gets TV & Film Adaptations

24 August 2010 10:50 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Popular iPhone and iPad game Angry Birds might soon be coming to a TV and/or film near you reports Variety.

Games creater, the Finland-based Rovio, is looking to expand the property into long-form cartoons on either TV or the big screen and are favoring claymation style projects along the lines of Aardman Animations "Wallace and Gromit" series and "Chicken Run".

The game itself has the user trying to take out a group of pigs who have been stealing the birds' eggs. Rovio plans to launch sequels to the game and expand it to other phone and game machine formats in the next few months.

The game has been downloaded over 6.5 million times. A test reel with the game's characters in animated format has already been created and seen by nearly six million people. You can watch it below:

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- Garth Franklin

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David Arnold unveils second Concert for Care

2 August 2010 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London -- James Bond film composer David Arnold today announced details of his second annual Concert for Care, a charity event for Care International at the Royal Albert Hall on Oct. 18 that will feature one of the biggest ever gatherings of top movie composers.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will play selections of film scores and songs introduced by a dozen men and women who have written some of the most popular film music of recent years. Most of them also will attend a screening of Universal's "Psycho," directed by Alfred Hitchcock with music by Bernard Herrmann, at London's Empire Theatre on Oct. 17 followed by a Q&A session, also in support of Care.

Besides Arnold, Grammy Award-winner for "Independence Day" (1996), who has written the score for the last five 007 films, the concert will star Rachel Portman, who has three Oscar nominations including a win for "Emma" (1996); Anne Dudley, Oscar-winner for »

- By Ray Bennett

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This Weekend in Box Office History: Comparisons for June 25-27, 2010

27 June 2010 1:03 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Here's a look back at past weekends comparable to June 25-27, 2010: 5 Years Ago - 2005 Topping the weekend, Batman Begins held solidly by summer blockbuster standards in its second outing, dropping 43 percent to $27.6 million. The three new nationwide releases were sourced from 1960s, and none faired particularly well. Bewitched wasn't as enchanting as its makers had hoped, grabbing $20.1 million at 3,174 sites. The picture strayed from its television predecessor with an unrelatable Hollywood send-up, and co-star Will Ferrell was unconvincing as a romantic lead opposite Nicole Kidman. Herbie: Fully Loaded aimed to be an all-encompassing family hit but, in the process, wound up with limited appeal, making $12.7 million at 3,521 sites. Relying mostly on its brand name in the wake of the Dawn of the Dead remake, George A. Romero's Land of the Dead grabbed $10.2 million at 2,249 sites. * Weekend Report: 'Batman' Sweeps 'Bewitched,' Swats Bug 10 Years Ago - 2000 Me, »

- Brandon Gray <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Hey NYC! Get your Aardman Animaton Fix this weekend and Beyond!

23 June 2010 10:17 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

As if there isn't enough happening this weekend in the Big Apple what with Nyaff (will this guy ever shut up about that?) here is something else to add to the list.

 

If you don't care much for Asian cinema, and/or are a big animation aficionado (especially claymation) than here is a little treat the folks at the New York Int'l Children's Film Fest are presenting at IFC Center - a mini-retrospective of Aardman Animaton flicks!

You know, guys like Nick Park and Peter Lord who did such classic shorts as A Grand Day Out and good-time features like Chicken Run, which incidentally starts off the mini-retro this Saturday, the 26th. Look further below and you'll find a full press release and links for tix!

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Pixar to Release Monsters Inc Sequel and Brave in 2012

22 April 2010 5:57 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Disney has announced that Pixar will in fact make a Monsters Inc 2, and we can expect that sequel in theaters on November 16th 2012. The original film was released on November 2nd 2001. Disney has also made it official that The Bear and The Bow has been retitled "Brave". That film also has a new summer 2012 release date. The Bear and the Bow is Pixar's first fairy tale, from acclaimed filmmaker/writer Brenda Chapman (The Prince of Egypt). Chapman began as an additional animation artist on Who Framed Roger Rabbit and contributed story for The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Fantasia 2000, Chicken Run and Cars. A rugged and mythic Scotland is the setting for Pixar's action-adventure "The Bear and the Bow." The movie is being touted as Pixar's first fairy tale. The film stars Reese Witherspoon as »

- Peter Sciretta

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End-of-Run Report: 'Edge' Goes Dark, 'Mr. Fox' Stopped

13 April 2010 9:52 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Two highly-anticipated but scarcely-attended movies closed this past Thursday, April 8. Revenge thriller Edge of Darkness, pitched as Mel Gibson's return to acting, finished with a relatively weak $43.3 million, while Roald Dahl adaptation The Fantastic Mr. Fox ended with just over $21 million. Edge of Darkness opened to $17.2 million on the last weekend of January, but fell a rough 60 percent in its second weekend, ending any chance of success. Edge's $43.3 million final 70-day tally was significantly less than past vigilante-revenge movies like Taken ($145 million), Gran Torino ($148.1 million) and Man on Fire ($77.9 million). It also came up short of two similar Mel Gibson movies from the 1990s: Ransom banked $136.5 million (over $235 million adjusted for ticket price inflation) in 1996, while Payback grossed $81.5 million (nearly $125 million adjusted) in 1999. Edge did at least sell about as many tickets as movies like Righteous Kill ($40.1 million), The Brave One ($36.8 million) and The Punisher ($33.8 million), but this is »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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'Fantastic Mr. Fox' is a Delightfully Different Animal

10 April 2010 10:05 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox was one of the most original theatrical releases of 2009. This adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's novel of the same name was thankfully in the hands of a director who knows almost exactly how quirky and edgy a family-friendly film can be. Combine that with fabulously detailed sets and unusual use of puppet-animation and you have a film that is clever and fun. Younger children might prefer the adventures of Woody and Buzz but for anyone else Fantastic Mr. Fox could be a surprising animal not that it's arrived on Blu-ray.

Want to know more? One of the great advantages of being a home entertainment reviewer is that you can plagiarize the words your theatrical reviewers used if they say pretty much exactly what you would say yourself. With that in mind, here's what CinemaSpy's Kimber Myers said about Fantastic Mr. Fox when she »

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Thoughts I Had While Watching... Fantastic Mr Fox

29 March 2010 5:03 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

I'm going to be experimenting for a short while with having readers pick which DVD we cover here. Which new release I blog about will be up to you but how it's blogged we'll let my schedule decide. My schedule is an unkind mistress. She's very disorganized and thinks that there's 38 hours to each day and 8 days in a week. She also thinks blogging and sleeping are both wastes of time, inks in lots for staring off into space time, and has lately even been forcing me to only write inbetween actual money-making jobs. What's her problem, anyway?

Where were we? Last week you chose Fantastic Mr Fox so here we are.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

First thing I notice my third time through from the ungodly hour of midnight till 1:27 Am, is that when it starts I'm instantly in a good mood. Is it the banjos? I don't know from musical instruments. »

- NATHANIEL R

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How to Train Your Dragon Review: Strong Heart and 3D

26 March 2010 5:51 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Based on the book by Cressida Cowell, the new Dreamworks animated feature How to Train Your Dragon tells the story of a Viking teenager named Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel). Hiccup is someone who does not exactly fit in with his tribe.s longstanding tradition of heroic Nordics. Where many of the people his age are as tough as nails and already as big and brawny as their parents, Hiccup is short, scrawny and the antithesis of tough. More an inventor than a fighter, the boy is determined to impress his Viking leader father Stoick (Gerard Butler) by attempting to capture and slay a one of the dragons that has been terrorizing his village on his own. Thanks to one of his inventions, Hiccup does manage to lure one of the fire-breathing lizards during a nighttime attack. But when he goes to slay the reptile the next day, he soon »

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How to Train Your Dragon Review: Strong Heart and 3D

26 March 2010 5:51 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Based on the book by Cressida Cowell, the new Dreamworks animated feature How to Train Your Dragon tells the story of a Viking teenager named Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel). Hiccup is someone who does not exactly fit in with his tribe.s longstanding tradition of heroic Nordics. Where many of the people his age are as tough as nails and already as big and brawny as their parents, Hiccup is short, scrawny and the antithesis of tough. More an inventor than a fighter, the boy is determined to impress his Viking leader father Stoick (Gerard Butler) by attempting to capture and slay a one of the dragons that has been terrorizing his village on his own. Thanks to one of his inventions, Hiccup does manage to lure one of the fire-breathing lizards during a nighttime attack. But when he goes to slay the reptile the next day, he soon »

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Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson Are 'Turkeys,' The First For Studio Behind 'Rats Of Nimh,' 'A Wrinkle In Time'

18 March 2010 9:00 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Here's an animated film for the vegetarians out there, something to put on the shelf next to "Chicken Run": it's called "Turkeys," and it's about two gobblers who discover a time machine, travel back to pre-Colonial times and stop their kind from being made synonymous with Thanksgiving dinner. I'm not sure what else they suggest to take their place on the menu, but I'm guessing it won't be another kind of meat, which would make this like an adaptation of a Chik-fil-a commercial.

Variety reports that the turkey duo will be voiced by Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson, which implies that these birds will be lovable loser-types: slackers, surfers or even stoners. "Turkeys" will be a family film though, despite the fact that it's being executive produced Peter Farrelly, so don't expect explicit drug jokes or anything too raunchy.

Owen's brother Luke will also be drawn away from his »

- Christopher Campbell

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Nic Cage and Ryan Reynolds team for animated cavemen

25 February 2010 12:55 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

I feel like the John Cleese created animated film The Croods has been in development almost as long as I've been writing for JoBlo.com. It may not be quite that long but it was announced in 2005, which means it had been in development for a some time before that. At the time it was titled Crood Awakening and was set to be a stop-motion Aardman film (like Chicken Run or Wallace And Gromit). But Flushed Away flopped and DreamWorks ended its relationship with Aardman. But now, almost six »

- Mike Sampson

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The End Of Injustice: Pixar Finally Given A Best Picture Nomination

3 February 2010 6:54 AM, PST | AMC - Script to Screen | See recent AMC - Script to Screen news »

Back at the 64th Academy Awards in 1991 a ground shaking event occurred in the world of film that had never happened before, and until this week had never happened since.  Up against the stiff competition of films like "Bugsy", "JFK", "The Prince of Tides" and "The Silence of the Lambs" (the eventual winner of the Best Picture award) stood an Animated film... "The Beauty and the Beast".

It was the first time in history an animated film had ever been nominated for the top prize at the Oscars.  Think about that for a moment.  Not "Cinderella".  Not "Snow White".  Not "Pinocchio".  Not "Bambi" and not even "Sleeping Beauty".  None of these memorable films that have become a part of our collective culture and have endured for 60+ years had ever even been nominated for best picture.

"The Beauty and the Beast" burst onto the scene in all of its wonderful beauty, »

- John Campea

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