Tuesday, January 31, 2006

If 3D is so Great, Why Can't it Win an Oscar?

The Oscar Nominees are here folks, and I don't care. . . except for Best Animated Film. There were 9 choices that had to be knocked down to three. The 9 Animated films this year eligable for a nomination are:

DreamWorks/Aardman’s Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Disney’s Chicken Little
DreamWorks’ Madagascar
Sony Pictures Classics’ Steamboy
Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle
The Weinstein Co.’s Hoodwinked
Warner Bros.’ Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
Vanguard Animation's Valiant
Pentimedia Graphics Ltd's. Gulliver’s Travel

The 3 films that have been nominated are Walace & Gromit, Corpse Bride, and Howl's Moving Castle. Though CG animation is currently king at the box office, the Academy showed a lot of love for old-school animation by choosing these 3 films (Walce/Gromit and Corpse Bride are stop-motion animation while Moving Castle is traditional 2-D).

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Lets Go Bowling

Just thought it would be fun to all get together and go bowling. My plan is to bowl at Ten Pin Lanes next sunday (Feb. 5th) at 6p.m.

Ten Pin Lanes is at 200 Ten Pin Lane (right across the street from Mall St. Mattews). Let me know if you wanna go. Everyone is invited and let me know early if anyone needs help with rides or stuff.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Greedy as a Mouse

Disney/Pixar's film "Cars" was going to be the last Pixar animated film under the reigns of Adolf Disney but . . .

"Disney has just announced that it will purchase Pixar Animation Studios in a deal worth around $7.4 billion in stock, making the animated studio a wholly owned subsidiary.

Chief personnel involved in the deal include Steve Jobs, Ed Catmull, and John Lasseter. Jobs will become Disney's largest individual shareholder and will hold a seat on the Disney board of directors; Catmull will become president of the combined Disney and Pixar animation studios, reporting to Disney Studios CEO Dick Cook; and Lasseter will become the "chief creative officer" of the combined animation studios. Lasseter will also become a chief advisor to the Walt Disney Imagineering group, devising new attractions for the Disney theme parks. In both roles, Lasseter will report directly to Disney CEO Bob Iger."

I guess now we will never see a Pixar film with Full Frontal Animated Nudity. Actually, I'm pretty sure that wouldn't of happened anyway but now that Pixar is stuck under Disney, those chances are gone!!

*NEW!* - The New York Times and USA Today both feature articles about John Lasseter, Executive Vice President Creative for Pixar and newly named Chief Creative Officer for Disney animation studios. The Times article may require registration to read. Of special note in the Times article is a comment by Richard W. Cook, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, who stated: "I've talked about reviving 2-D with John for some time, it wouldn't surprise me at all if these a project emerged that we would want to do in 2-D."

Maybe this is a good thing after all!!!! Long live 2-D animation!

Monday, January 23, 2006

Welcome Back to the World of Tomrrow

Futurama's future has just gotten brighter. Although it's not 100% for sure, the sources are very strong. According to Billy West (voice of Fry, Profesor Franswoth, Dr. Zoidberg, and others)," There are 4 DVD movies that we'll start recording at the end of July or August. Full feature length FUTURAMA movies."

If that's not enough,
Peter Liguori, who took over the position of president of the broadcasting arm at FOX (FBC) from Gail Berman in 2005 had this to say. " In terms of "Futurama" -- there's no doubt that the "Family Guy" model worked outstandingly. It's great to be a network exec and have a decision made for you by an audience. In terms of "Futurama," there haven't really been any active negotiations at this point. But I'd be an ostrich to just stick my head in the dirt and not realize what's going on with "Futurama" as well." This means a possible return to Television with new episodes for Futurama.

Also in the Futurama news, the contract to air Futurama reruns will run out in 2008 and unfortunately [Adult Swim] has been out-bid.
Comedy Central is going to pick up all 72 existing Futurama episodes starting in 2008 for $400,000 an episode! That's more than double what Cartoon Network paid.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

God I Hate Anime!!

I used to not have a very good reason to HATE Anime . . . Well now I do.
For the final offense, Japan has moved in and defecated upon American Television Animation's "Powerpuff Girls". What happens when you take "Salior Moon", "Dragon Ball" and a little "Chemical X"? You get Toei Animation's abomination "Demashita, Powerpuff Girls Z".Japan, If you wanna make awkward animation about magical monsters, Fine. If you wanna market your stupid addictive trading card games to America's youth, I've learned to live with it. If you wanna put your retarted shows with no plots and innapropriately over violant character on my TV, I have no choice. But when you try and take over the cartoon character I know and love then I have a problem. Stick with your own creations, don't slaughter ours. (What? Run out of new pokemon to sell?) God I'm ANGRY!!!
And if you think this is a joke??? Watch the video footage if you dare! (May cause eyeballs to bleed)
Fight with Mojo Click Here
Salior Moon transformation rip-off Click Here

Not More Vin!

Because of the lack of things to post, here are even more "Little Known Facts About Vin Diesel".

  • Vin Diesel never shaves; he just shoots himself in the face every morning so his facial hair doesn't get the wrong idea.
  • Vin Diesel can slam a revolving door.
  • Vin Diesel's Slip 'n' Slide is coated with gravel.
  • Anthrax is just Vin Diesel in powder form.
  • While in stealth mode Vin Diesel is only detectable by the smell of freshly mown grass, an odor he gives off at all times.
  • Vin Diesel can count backwards from infinity.
  • Vin Diesel is rubber and you are glue. Anything you say bounces off of Vin at the speed of sound and kills YOU!
  • Vin Diesel built the Panama Canal because he got sick of swimming all the way around the tip of South America to get from coast to coast.
  • If Vin Diesel fell in the forest, and no one was around, it would sound like Beethoven's Ninth. If he fell in the forest, and someone was around, he would beat that person to a bloody pulp, and the screams of horror and agony would sound like Beethoven's Fifth.
  • Vin Diesel created MacGyver from a paperclip, a toilet paper tube, and a Sega Dreamcast.
  • It has been proposed by some people that Vin Diesel may not actually exist, and is simply a myth told to children to keep them in line. The reason these allegations are not well known is due to the fact that everyone who makes up such allegations are eventualy found nude in a field with their skin removed and replaced by "Where's the Beef!" bumper stickers.
  • Vin Diesel killed Dumbledore.

Monday, January 02, 2006

To Dave, With Care.

Sending a care package to Dave = GOOD
Sending a Care Bear to Dave = BAD

Mike is putting together a care package for Dave. He will be attempting to send it out on the 13th (next Friday). If you want to send something to Dave, get it to mike but make sure it's legal. Mike is going to pay for the boxing and shipping, though he wouldn't say no to anyone helping out on it (lousy bums).

Sending a care package to Dave on Friday the 13th = Possible horror movie with Jason vs. Dave