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Bud Luckey, Creator and Designer of Toy Story's Woody, Dies at 83

Bud Luckey, Creator and Designer of Toy Story's Woody, Dies at 83
Bud Luckey, the man behind Toy Story's Sheriff Woody, has passed away at the age of 83. Lucey was a man of many extraordinary talents. In addition to his work with Pixar, which began in 1990, Lucey is responsible for a lot of Sesame Street's classic animated pieces, including Ladybug Picnic, The Alligator King, and Martian Beauty. Luckey provided the animation in addition to writing the songs and providing the vocals and other voice work. Bud's son, Andy Luckey, announced the news of his death on social media.

Andy Luckey, who is best known as an executive producer on the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon took to social media to pay tribute to his father, who friends and family simply referred to as Bud. Bud Luckey was reportedly saw easy-going that Pixar dubbed him "Bud Low-Key." Andy talked about his dad's passion for his work but highlighted that he preferred
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‘All Dogs Go to Heaven’ Has a Deleted Scene in Hell, and It’s Here to Ruin Your Childhood — Watch

‘All Dogs Go to Heaven’ Has a Deleted Scene in Hell, and It’s Here to Ruin Your Childhood — Watch
Fans of “All Dogs Go to Heaven” might not recall a scene in which one of the gone-too-soon pooches descends into the fiery belly of hell and narrowly escapes taking up permanent residence among the other condemned souls. And that’s apparently for good reason, as the full sequence in question was cut. It’s made its way online, as all such things eventually do, and is now available to retroactively ruin your childhood on YouTube. Watch the entire uncut scene below if you dare.

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The film was directed by the underrated Don Bluth, who provided a darker alternative to Disney fare throughout the 1980s and ’90s: “The Secret of Nimh,” “An American Tail,” “The Land Before Time,” “Rock-a-Doodle,” “Anastasia.” This chthonic sequence, although found in low quality, finds canine hero Charlie B. Barkin (voiced by Burt Reynolds) sucked
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Animator/Artist Philo Barnhart at the Toyman Toy Show in St. Louis July 9th

The Toyman Toy Show in St. Louis has been going strong for over 25 years now and just keeps getting bigger and better! The fun takes place seven times a year at The Machinists Hall 12365 St Charles Rock Road in Bridgeton, Mo 63044. There are over 120 vendors at the Toyman Toy Show spread out over 220 tables. all selling vintage toys, comics, dolls, diecast cars, movie memorabilia, and more as well as cosplayers and artists. It’s an unbelievable amount of fun for only $5!

The next Toyman Show is March 12th from 9:00a to 3:00p and artist and animator Philo Barnhart, best known for known for his work on The Little Mermaid (1989), The Secret of Nimh(1982) and The Rescuers Down Under (1990) will be there!

Also, Comic Book Creator, Artist & Actor Charles D. Moisant will be on hand as well.

And I’ll be there handing out Free movie Swag!

Come to
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‘The Secret of Nimh’ Revisited: Does Don Bluth’s Animated Classic Hold Up?

‘The Secret of Nimh’ Revisited: Does Don Bluth’s Animated Classic Hold Up?
(Welcome to Nostalgia Bomb, a series where we take a look back on beloved childhood favorites and discern whether or not they’re actually any good. In this edition, we revisit Don Bluth’s The Secret of Nimh.) I got the worst sunburn of my life the summer before first grade. Growing up fair-skinned on the beach gave […]

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Jerry Goldsmith Receives a Star on the Walk of Fame

Jerry Goldsmith Receives a Star on the Walk of Fame
When Joe Dante was asked about supporting the effort to secure a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Jerry Goldsmith, the director – who had worked with the respected composer on nine films over 20 years – said he was “flabbergasted” to realize Goldsmith didn’t already have one.

On May 9, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning composer of such classics as “Chinatown,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Patton” and dozens more will receive his star, posthumously, on Hollywood Boulevard just east of Highland Avenue. Goldsmith died in 2004.

Dante, for whom Goldsmith scored “Gremlins,” “Explorers,” “Innerspace” and other films, cited “his brilliance and versatility. Any film he scored was automatically improved tenfold.”

Few filmmakers would disagree. Paul Verhoeven, who did “Total Recall,” “Basic Instinct” and “Hollow Man” with Goldsmith, recalls: “Every film was a new adventure, as Jerry was able to adapt to the most diverse narratives and styles. He never repeated himself, always looking for new,
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Rats of Nimh Gets Iron Man 2 VFX Specialist as Director

Nearly two years after first being set up at MGM, the long-awaited adaptation Rats of Nimh finally has a director. James Madigan, a visual effects specialist who has worked on Iron Man 2, The Da Vinci Code and HBO's Rome, just to name a few, has come aboard to direct Rats of Nimh. This adaptation will mark the feature film directorial debut for James Madigan, after spending the past 16 years working in various areas of visual effects. He recently transitioned to second unit director, and worked on the giant shark thriller Meg.

When MGM first picked up the rights to this adaptation in March 2015, we reported that the movie will be an origin story about an "imperiled mouse protagonist" who befriends a group of lab rats as they become "hyper-intelligent." The story will follow these rats as they escape a secret laboratory and become great minds in their civilization, as
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‘The Rats of Nimh’ Movie Gets a Director

‘The Rats of Nimh’ Movie Gets a Director
If you were a bookworm-y kind of kid, you may remember Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, the Newberry-winning adventure written by Robert C. O’Brien and illustrated by Zena Bernstein. If you were more of a movie-loving type, you might be more familiar with the 1982 movie version, called The Secret of Nimh and directed by Don […]

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The Rats Of Nimh Film Project Is Finally Moving Forward With a Director

A new big screen adaption of the classic Robert C. O’Brien children’s book Mrs. Frisby & The Rats of Nimh has been in development at various studios since 2009. In 2015 the rights landed at MGM studios, and they've been developing it as a live-action and CG-animated hybrid film. They now have a director on board to take the film into production.

The studio hired James Madigan to the direct the film from a script written by Michael Berg. This will be Madigan's first time directing a film. So what did he do before he landed this big directing gig? He was a VFX supervisor and a second unit director. He's worked on films such as Iron Man 2, The Da Vinci Code, HBO's Rome, and most recently Jason Statham's Meg. I'm not sure how this guy landed a major directing gig like this, but we'll soon see if he's got a talent for it.
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The Secret Of Nimh remake lands a director

Mike Cecchini Feb 1, 2017

A new film version of Mrs. Brisby and the Rats of Nimh is on the way, but with a bit of a twist...

Don Bluth's The Secret Of Nimh is one of those classic animated movies that gave some sensitive children of the 1980s nightmares. Based on the also kind of bleak children's book by Robert C. O'Brien, Mrs Brisby And The Rats of Nimh, the film version might be the high point of Don Bluth's impressive animated output. It's worth a look if you haven't seen it.

So of course there's a remake on the way from MGM, apparently now known as The Rats Of Nimh, with James Madigan making his directorial debut, according to Variety. The approach here will be a live action/CGI hybrid film.

Michael Berg (the Ice Age movies) is writing the script. When we first heard about this project,
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James Madigan to Direct MGM’s ‘Rats of Nimh’ Movie

James Madigan to Direct MGM’s ‘Rats of Nimh’ Movie
James Madigan has been hired to direct the hybrid live-action/animation version of “The Rats Of Nimh.”

Daniel Bobker and Ehren Kruger are producing with Michael Berg penning the script. Cassidy Lange and Jon Glickman are overseeing at MGM.

The film will mark Madigan’s directorial debut.

The movie is based on the successful Newbery Medal-winning series by author Robert C. O’Brien. The book was previously made into the 1982 motion picture “The Secret of Nimh.” The pic became a cult hit and featured the voices of Dom Deluise, Shannen Doherty, and Wil Wheaton.

The story revolves around a group of rescued lab rats that are recruited to save a rodent family.

Madigan comes from a VFX supervisor background, working in TV and features, and transitioned to second unit directing. He recently wrapped directing the second on upcoming Jason Statham action/thriller “Meg.” His most notable VFX work includes “Iron Man 2,
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Lunchtime Poll: What Cartoon Should Come With a Trigger Warning?

In last weekend's most hilarious Golden Globes presentation, Kristen Wiig & Steve Carell equated Fantasia and Bambi with utterly traumatic childhood experiences. Which begs the question...

What cartoon sends you spiralling into depression? 

Jose: Dumbo! As a giant eared child, it brings back so many traumas. 

Eric:  Dumbo.  When caged Mama's trunk reaches for Dumbo's trunk: merciless!

Nick: The Legend of Bagger Vance.

Kim: Toy Story 3 was a pretty traumatic viewing experience for me; I came out of the theatre with my eyes almost swollen shut from crying. (The holding hands when they all thought they were going to die, you guys!) If I harken back to a movie that sent me off the edge as a kid, I'm going to go with The Secret of Nimh. I know it Ends happily, but that movie is Dark. 

Jorge:  Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle throws me into a deep pit of out-of-body melancholy.
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Blu-ray Review: Transformers: The Movie – 30th Anniversary Edition (Shout! Factory)

In 1984, one of the most important, the most toy-selling-est(That’s a word, right) cartoons of the Eighties would invade the television screens of every awesome boy and girl in the Galaxy. The concept was simple, extraterrestrial robots, who transform into utility vehicles, and other cool things, to stay hidden in plain sight while fighting with the Decepticons on Earth, and beyond. Obviously it was successful, because thirty-plus years later, we’re not only still talking about it, but the franchise continues in many ways. Books, comics, cartoons, live-action movies, toys, clothes, and much more, continue to be readily available at almost every retail outlet. In 1986, all of that awesome took to the big screen in the form of Transformers: The Movie, and since 2016 marks the thirty-year anniversary, I figured a Blu-ray was right around the corner. I also figured that it would be a Shout! Factory release, since they
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‘Dragon’s Lair’ Movie Cancels Kickstarter Campaign, Moves to Indiegogo

‘Dragon’s Lair’ Movie Cancels Kickstarter Campaign, Moves to Indiegogo
The movie based on the arcade classic “Dragon’s Lair” is dropping its Kickstarter campaign and moving to a different crowdfunding site, Indiegogo.

Animation veterans Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, creators of “Dragon’s Lair” and movies including “The Land Before Time,” “All Dogs Go To Heaven,” “An American Tail,” and “The Secret of Nimh,” announced the move to Indiegogo, which launched today.

The original Kickstarter, launched in October, asked for $550,000, which would be used to make a 10-minute teaser to pitch the movie to studios. At the time of cancellation, nearly 3,000 had raised more than $240,000. The new campaign looks to raise $250,000 to fund the sizzle reel.

“Dragon’s Lair” was released in arcades in the 1980s and became beloved–and despised–for its full-motion cartoon animation and difficult gameplay.

Both Bluth and Goldman said last month that out of all the animated films they have made, it’s “Dragon
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Don Bluth brings the Dragon’s Lair movie to Kickstarter

For those of us that haunted the Arcade Rooms of the 1980’s there was one particular arcade machine that stood-out amongst the rest due to it unbelievable animation and graphics, that game was Dragon’s Lair by the great animator Don Bluth. Unlike a normal arcade machine which relied computer generated images, Dragon’s Lair was the first game to incorporate a Laser Disc to hold pure hand-painted animation. Adored by everyone that played it and brought back on numerous formats across the ages it has never however been become a fully fledge movie, that is until – hopefully – now.

Both Don Bluth and Gary Goldman have reunited – on Kickstarter – and have set the goal of $550,000 to create a short animated film, to give the world a small taste of what they could give us if they had access to a feature-film budget. They’ll be taking this short on the
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Dragon's Lair: The Movie Starts Crowdfunding Campaign

The budget for a modern animated movie starts in the neighborhood of $75 million, so the crowdfunding campaign for a movie version of video arcade game Dragon's Lair is not intended to raise that kind of money. No, the intention here is to create a pitch video first in order to secure funding for the complete movie, which would revolve around a knight seeking to rescue a princess. Filmmakers Don Bluth and Gary Goldman enjoyed good success in the 1980s and 1990s (The Secret of Nimh, An American Tail, All Dogs Go to Heaven) but before the former Disney animators got their movies going, they created Dragon's Lair, which become available in arcades in 1983. As an occasional player, I can testify that it looked...

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Dragon’s Lair movie Kickstarter announced by Don Bluth

Dragons Lair movie: Kickstarter campaign shows promise of a potential future film, based on the 1983 video game. A Dragons Lair movie is potentially on the way if a Kickstarter campaign is successful

A Kickstarter campaign for a Dragons Lair movie has just been launched by the legendary animation guru Don Bluth. He and fellow animation legend Gary Goldman are collaborating on a sequel to the 1983 video game, owned by Digital Leisure, and are seeking $550,000 on the crowd-funding website to start their project.

Don Bluth and Gary Goldman are coming together once again to bring the classic arcade game Dragon’s Lair to the big screen. We are seeking your help to create a pitch to make Dragon’s Lair, the Movie through a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign. Dragon’s Lair continues to be loved by millions around the world since 1983, and fans have been waiting patiently to see Dirk and Daphne at it again.
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Dragon's Lair: The Movie Kickstarter launched by Don Bluth

Dragon's Lair: The Movie Kickstarter launched by Don Bluth
Animation veterans Don Bluth and Gary Goldman are collaborating once again - this time to try to create a pitch for a prequel movie to the 1983 video game cult classic Dragon's Lair.

The title was one of the first games to blend the lines between movies and games, introducing quick-time events before the term had even been coined.

For many fans though, it felt like it would have worked better as a movie, and if it reaches its $550,000 Kickstarter goal, we could finally see if that's the case.

Obviously this modest target is nowhere near enough to make a fully animated movie, with the best animated films costing anywhere from $55 million to $240 million to produce - and that's without taking marketing costs into account.

Luckily, Goldman and Bluth have plenty of industry experience - working on movies such as The Secret of Nimh, An American Tail, The Land Before Time,
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Z for Zachariah | Review

This is the End: Zobel’s Post-Apocalyptic Love Triangle

Following the success of his galvanizingly uncomfortable 2012 film Compliance, director Craig Zobel teases his way into genre with subtle sci-fi in Z for Zachariah, based on the novel from Robert C. O’Brien, author of the text that provided the basis for the children’s classic The Secret of Nimh (1982). Zobel’s third film, his meditative take on an oft explored scenario is an intriguing change of pace, and along with screenwriter Nissar Modi, the film retains a low-key, vintage flavor that belies the origins of the source material. Racial identity and issues of science vs. faith break the peaceful lulls of three individuals warped into the death throes of a dying species, but despite the allegorical possibilities, Zobel prefers a slow burn of tenuous desire to simmer into a sometimes underwhelming broth. And yet, it’s exactly the type
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Song Of The Sea: how an animated treat was made

We look at how director Tomm Moore created the Oscar-nominated animation Song Of The Sea, and how the Irish landscape inspired it...

Walking along Ventry beach in south west island, it's easy to see how a filmmaker might be inspired by the spectacular landscape: the rolling hills and craggy rocks, the overwhelming air of tranquillity. But the inspiration for animator Tomm Moore's new film, the Oscar-nominated Song Of The Sea, was inspired by a less than tranquil experience.

About a decade ago, Moore was staying on holiday in the nearby town of Dingle, and visited Ventry beach with his 10-year-old son. To their horror, they found the beach littered with the bodies of dead grey seals. Reports at the time suggested that local fishermen, who blamed the seals for dwindling fish stocks, were responsible for the cull.

"I was talking to a local lady, and we were disturbed by
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Chris Pine, Margot Robbie & Chiwetel Ejiofor in first trailer for post-apocalyptic Z for Zachariah

Margot Robbie is the sole survivor in a post-apocalyptic world…or at least that’s what she believes in the sci-fi thriller Z for Zachariah.

Based on the novel by Robert C. O’Brien, Robbie is Ann, a young woman who has been surviving in a hidden valley, miraculously untouched by apocalypse-causing radiation that has wiped out most of civilization. Her world is changed when a scientist named Loomis (Chiwetel Ejiofor) wanders into her miraculous utopia, shattering her assumed status as the last person on earth. After a fragile trust is established between the two, mysterious stranger Caleb (Chris Pine) enters the picture, setting up not just an imbalance of power, but a survivor love triangle.

The movie bowed to much hype at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and had us buzzing, even landing on our list of the top 10 films to come out of the 2015 festival. The
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