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Underrated Films: Looking Back at “Cats Don’t Dance” 20 Years Later

When you remember the hit animated movies of the 90s, it isn’t all about Disney. Quite the contrary. Nor was Zootopia the first corner the market on all animal led cast. Kids who frequented Hollywood Video and Blockbuster in the 90s should be very familiar with this animated gem. This year Turner Feature Animation’s classic Cats Don’t Dance turns 20. For those of not legal drinking age who don’t know about this wonderful film, let’s look back at just what made it so much fun. This was Mark Dindal’s directorial and screenwriting debut. His success with this film propelled him

Underrated Films: Looking Back at “Cats Don’t Dance” 20 Years Later
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New to Streaming: ‘Hell or High Water,’ ‘Kubo and the Two Strings,’ ‘Dog Eat Dog,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Dog Eat Dog (Paul Schrader)

Paul Schrader might want to consider expanding his thematic scope a little. Decade after decade, film after film, regardless of whether he’s been writing scripts for others (Martin Scorsese, first and foremost), or sitting in the director’s chair himself, the erstwhile Calvinist has come back to the theme of redemption with obstinate persistence. His protagonists are almost always men, they’re almost
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'The Little Mermaid' Facts: 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Disney Masterpiece

Hard to imagine, but there was a time, before the release of "The Little Mermaid," when even Disney's own studio chief didn't expect much from the movie because it was a "girl's film." But Jeffrey Katzenberg was happy to be proved wrong when the film was released 25 years ago this week (on November 17, 1989).

"The Little Mermaid" was not only an enormous critical and commercial success, but it also launched a creative renaissance in Disney's animated features (including such modern classics as "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King") and a wave of princess-mania that continues to this day.

Still, as many times as you or your kids have watched "Little Mermaid" (probably many, many, many times), there's a lot you may not know about it, including who almost starred in it, who the characters were drawn to look like, and what was really up with that scene of the bishop with the bulging pants.
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‘The Emperor’s New Groove’ a humorous defiance of time and space

The Emperor’s New Groove

Written by David Reynolds, Mark Dindal, and Chris Williams

Directed by Mark Dindal

USA, 2000

With Disney leading its 1990s renaissance with self-serious tales accounting Greek (Hercules), Native American (Pocahontas), and Chinese (Mulan) empires, it may seem like a slight against the Disney-fication of the South American pre-Inca empire to present a through-and-through comedy. Indeed, The Emperor’s New Groove was fully prepared to be another historical drama firmly planted in the Disney canon under the title of Kingdom of the Sun, but thanks to economic troubles (Read as: really weird circumstances best covered in the documentary The Sweatbox. Look to Josh’s piece and the Mousterpiece Cinema podcast for further reading and listening.) its fate was left to the comedic stylings of Mark Dindal. It’s the sort of destiny that may have lead New Groove to the realm of films like its predecessor in Disney-proper,
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Disney 53: The Emperor’s New Groove

Directed by Mark Dindal

2000/78 minutes

The Emperor’S New Groove was the final product of a long and arduous process. It began in 1994 as Kingdom Of The Sun, later Kingdom In The Sun, and was to be the tale of a greedy and selfish emperor who trades places with a peasant doppelgänger (to be voiced by Owen Wilson), a kind of Incan take on Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper, which had been adapted by Disney as a Mickey Mouse vehicle just four years prior.

The faux-emperor would then be discovered by Yzma, an evil witch with plans to summon an ancient god to capture the sun…

Unfortunately, it never came to pass; from the outset the film was in trouble, with management concerned with the over-used plot and general lack of direction. Disney went on to hire Warner Bros. alumni Mark Dindal to assist, but created a further schism in production,
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"The Emperor's New Groove" Remains One of Disney's Most Offbeat Comedies

Once a decade or so, Disney will put out an original animated feature that feels distinctly different from its past lineup of idealistic stories acted out by lovestruck beauties, heroes from unexpected origins, or a collection of anthropomorphic animals. The contender for this latest decade seems to be last year's Wreck-It Ralph, but before that was Mark Dindal's The Emperor's New Groove. Starring David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, and (the movie-stealing) Patrick Warburton, The Emperor's New Groove has a sharp wit and strangeness that seemed to come from out of nowhere. It's not the typical Disney fare that most people expect and that made it very refreshing. Thirteen years later the film still manages to elicit laughs with the bratty persona David Spade was known for clashing with Goodman's easy-going nature, but both now and then the film's true draws remain a healthy sense of self-deprecating humor and Patrick Warburton.
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Extended Thoughts on ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’

The Emperor’s New Groove

Directed by Mark Dindal

Written by David Reynolds, Mark Dindal, and Chris Williams

Starring David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton

One of the underlying goals of our show is to discuss the contextual issues at hand with any film we highlight. It’s impossible to attempt a halfway-intelligent discussion of the past, no matter what within the past we focus on, without deliberately acknowledging its context of our present and its original present. When we review, for example, Song of the South, it would be misleading for us not only to comment on how the film appears to us in 2013, but to focus on its initial release and subsequent re-releases, and how society reacted to it then versus now. That won’t eliminate how we feel about the actual movie, but the controversy surrounding the film is impossible to ignore. We don’t
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Watch: Unreleased Documentary 'The Sweatbox' About The Troubled Production Of Disney's 'The Emperor's New Groove'

Though they end up on screen as cheery, bright eyed films for the whole family to enjoy, the truth is that behind the scenes, bringing an animated film to life is an arduous, exhausting journey. Freed from the constraints and demands of live action filmmaking in which you have a set script and a short window of time to make it happen, animation studios will routinely spend months and years developing, tweaking, editing and refining a project before voicework and production begins. But few films faced when Disney went through on 2000's "The Emperor's New Groove."

You can find a more detailed version of what happened with a quick Google search, but we'll give you the condensed version. Originally planned to be a musical entitled "The Kingdom Of The Sun," the film had Roger Allers ("The Lion King") directing with Sting contributing six songs, in what was an Incan retelling
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Bill Hader, Kate Hudson, and Josh Gad to Voice DreamWorks Animation’s Me & My Shadow

Bill Hader, Kate Hudson, and Josh Gad will lend their voices to the upcoming DreamWorks Animation film Me & My Shadow.  Per THR, the fantasy film stars as a bored shadow (Hader) who is tethered to a timid human (Gad), but gets the excitement he yearns for when a crime in the shadow community propels them into adventure to stop a shadowy villain from taking over the human world.  Hudson will voice Grubb's love interest in the real-world. When we reported on the film back in December 2010, Mark Dindal (The Emperor's New Groove) was set to direct, but he's been replaced by How to Train Your Dragon's head of story, Alessandro Carloni, who will make his directing debut on Shadow.  The film will blend CGI animation (the human world) with hand-drawn animation (the shadow world), and I'm excited to see the result.  Me & My Shadow is due out November 13, 2013.
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Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, and Bill Hader Join Me and My Shadow

Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, and Bill Hader have joined the voice cast of DreamWorks Animation's Me and My Shadow. We first reported on the project back in December 2010, when the studio announced this animated tale.

The story centers on Stan (Bill Hader), a shadow who wishes for a more adventurous life than being attached to the dull Stanley Grubbs (Josh Gad). Stan gets his wish when a dangerous crime in the shadow community forces Stan to take control of Stanley. Kate Hudson will voice Stanley's possible love interest.

Alessandro Carloni will make his feature directorial debut with Me and My Shadow, after serving as the head of story on How to Train Your Dragon. Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember are writing the screenplay, based on the original draft by Steve Bencich and Ron J. Friedman. Our first story from 2010 revealed Mark Dindal was directing Me and My Shadow, although
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20 incredibly arduous film productions

Script rewrites. Exacting directors. Terrible twists of fate. We look back through the ages to bring you 20 nightmarish film shoots…

The lavish lifestyles of Hollywood’s more famous actors and filmmakers may hint at a world of glamour and cash, but as this list proves, the process of actually putting a movie together is rarely a dignified process. What follows is a lengthy catalogue of ill-advised location choices, tantrums, dreadful acts of God, spiked bowls of soup, ruined studios, bruised egos, broken bones and shattered dreams.

For the prospective filmmaker, this article could be read as a cautionary tale of just how badly wrong a production can go – though in order to keep the tone relatively light, we’ve excised those film productions that ended in tragedy (you’ll have to look elsewhere to discover the sad stories behind Twilight Zone: The Movie and The Crow).

Nevertheless, we suggest you
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DreamWorks Animation Releases Film Schedule Through To 2014

DreamWorks Animation have announced a very exciting total of nine films to be released in the coming five years.

Three of the nine will be sequels to previous successes (Kung Fu Panda 2, Madagascar 3, and How To Train Your Dragon 2), and the rest will be originals – albeit, with Puss In Boots being a spin-off from the Shrek franchise.

The release schedule looks as follows:

Kung Fu Panda 2, 26th May, 2011

Puss In Boots, 4th November, 2011

Madagascar 3, 8th June, 2012

Rise Of The Guardians, 21st November, 2012

The Croods, 1st March, 2013

– Turbo, 7th June, 2013

– My And My Shadow, 8th November, 2013

– Mr. Peabody & Sherman, 21st March, 2014

How To Train Your Dragon 2, 20th June, 2014

Looking down the list, it doesn’t seem too far-fetched a prediction to expect the studio to have nine very successful films on their hands. The three sequels will naturally attract and build on the original audience,
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DreamWorks Animation Announces Feature Film Release Slate Through 2014

DreamWorks Animation Skg, Inc. today announced its feature film release slate through 2014. The Company’s current plan features six original films and is anchored by three sequels based on its hit Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon franchises.

DreamWorks Animation’s theatrical release schedule is currently planned as follows: Kung Fu Panda 2 for May 26, 2011 and Puss In Boots for November 4, 2011; Madagascar 3 for June 8, 2012 and Rise of the Guardians for November 21, 2012; The Croods for March 1, 2013, Turbo for June 7, 2013 and Me and My Shadow for November 8, 2013; Mr. Peabody & Sherman for March 21, 2014 and How to Train Your Dragon 2 for June 20, 2014.

“At DreamWorks Animation, our creative ambition has never been greater and the release schedule we’re unveiling today is designed to give our movies the time and resources they need to realize their full potential so each one can become a true event for our audiences,
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DreamWorks Animation confirms its next nine films

There are some genuinely fascinating looking features on the newly-announced DreamWorks Animation slate. Here’s what the studio will be up to, up to 2014…

It was a year or two back that DreamWorks Animation moved to a model whereby it would make at least two animated movies every year. Furthermore, it also confirmed its intention to release a third film every other year, too (as it did last year), which all points to very busy times ahead for the studio.

And now we've got an idea of just what DreamWorks Animation will be working on. The studio has confirmed its slate through to 2014, and just who will be directing what.

Here's what we've got to look forward to...

Kung Fu Panda 2

Due May 2011

We know about this one already. Due out in a couple of months' time, it sees the return of Jack Black as the voice of Po.
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DreamWorks Animation Announces Feature Film Release Slate Through 2014

DreamWorks Animation Skg, Inc. today announced its feature film release slate through 2014. The Company’s current plan features six original films and is anchored by three sequels based on its hit Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon franchises.

DreamWorks Animation’s theatrical release schedule is currently planned as follows:

Kung Fu Panda 2 - May 26, 2011 Puss In Boots - November 4, 2011 Madagascar 3 - June 8, 2012 Rise of the Guardians - November 21, 2012 The Croods - March 1, 2013 Turbo - June 7, 2013 Me and My Shadow - November 8, 2013 Mr. Peabody & Sherman - March 21, 2014 How to Train Your Dragon 2 - June 20, 2014

“At DreamWorks Animation, our creative ambition has never been greater and the release schedule we’re unveiling today is designed to give our movies the time and resources they need to realize their full potential so each one can become a true event for our audiences,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation.
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DreamWorks Animation Releases Their Film Release Slate From Now To 2014

There's always one other main animation company that's constantly in competition with Pixar no matter what film season, and that's DreamWorks Animation. Today the company announced it's slate of films that they plan to release between now and 2014. They're keeping hip with the ongoing sequels trend in Hollywood with a couple of other new films coming up.DreamWorks Animation Skg, Inc. today announced its feature film release slate through 2014. The Company's current plan features six original films and is anchored by three sequels based on its hit Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon franchises.DreamWorks Animation's theatrical release schedule is currently planned as follows: Kung Fu Panda 2 for May 26, 2011 and Puss In Boots for November 4, 2011 Madagascar 3 for June 8, 2012 and Rise of the Guardians for November 21, 2012 The Croods for March 1, 2013, Turbo for June 7, 2013 and Me and My Shadow for November 8, 2013 Mr. Peabody & Sherman for March
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DreamWorks Animation Schedule for the Next Three Years

There has been a long animation feud between Disney/Pixar and DreamWorks Animation. While the two studios may be able to hold their own at the box office, Disney and Pixar have proven themselves to be champions at the Academy Awards. So the studio that brought the Shrek franchise, Chicken Run, Madagascar 1 & 2, and Kung Fu Panda 1 & 2, has released its tentative scheduled for all its future animated flicks. Among the biggest names on that list for this year are Kung Fu Panda 2 for May 26 and Puss in Boots for November 4. As for future installements, Madagascar 3 will hit theaters June 8, 2012, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 hits theaters June 20, 2014.

You can read the full press release below.

DreamWorks Animation Skg, Inc. (Nasdaq: Dwa) today announced its feature film release slate through 2014. The Company’s current plan features six original films and is anchored by three sequels based on its hit Kung Fu Panda,
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DreamWorks Animation Announces Release Slate Through 2014

DreamWorks Animation Skg, Inc. (Nasdaq: Dwa) today announced its feature film release slate through 2014. The Company's current plan features six original films and is anchored by three sequels based on its hit Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon franchises.

DreamWorks Animation's theatrical release schedule is currently planned as follows: Kung Fu Panda 2 for May 26, 2011 and Puss in Boots for November 4, 2011; Madagascar 3 for June 8, 2012 and Rise of the Guardians for November 21, 2012; The Croods for March 1, 2013, Turbo for June 7, 2013 and Me and My Shadow for November 8, 2013; Mr. Peabody and Sherman for March 21, 2014 and How to Train Your Dragon 2 for June 20, 2014.

"At DreamWorks Animation, our creative ambition has never been greater and the release schedule we're unveiling today is designed to give our movies the time and resources they need to realize their full potential so each one can become a true event for our audiences,
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DreamWorks Animation Announces Their Release Schedule Through 2014

Via a press release, DreamWorks Animation has released their schedule up through 2014, including release dates and full synopsis' for their films. With the recent success they've been having, it should go without saying, that they are going to be very busy.

Here's what you all want to know right off the bat; release dates!

Kung Fu Panda 2 - May 26, 2011

Puss In Boots - November 4, 2011

Madagascar 3 - June 8, 2012

Rise of the Guardians - November 21, 2012

The Croods - March 1, 2013

Turbo - June 7, 2013

Me and My Shadow - November 8, 2013

Mr. Peabody & Sherman - March 21, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2 - June 20, 2014

So exciting things here, since these are the first official release dates we've been given on many of these films (and I didn't even know about Madagascar 3!). On top of supplying us with a bevy of official release dates, they also supplied official synopsis for all of these films.
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DreamWorks Animation 2012-2014 Slate Includes Baumbach, Del Toro and Downey Jr.

Photo: DreamWorks Animation

Today DreamWorks Animation issued a press release announcing their theatrical plans through 2014 featuring six original films three sequels based on Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon franchises. Or, at least, that's how they put it. You could also include the Shrek franchise in there as well as Puss in Boots hits theaters on November 4 along with Kung Fu Panda 2 on May 26 as the studio's other 2011 release.

I will get to the details on the list of films in a second, but I thought I would first reference Rumblewick, which was announced as going in production last week via a press release that also included the above piece of art. The film is being directed by Tim Johnson (Over The Hedge, Antz) with a screenplay by Jim Herzfeld (Meet the Fockers, Meet the Parents), which is inspired by the children's book, "My Unwilling
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