August 1, 2008
Short Takes: Ponyo in Venice, Ghibli Animation Process, Gatchaman CGI, Keanu is Cowboy Bebop, Monsters Inc. 2?, More Harryhausen on Blu-ray!
- Studio Ghibli's Ponyo will screen at the 65th Venice International Film Festival (taking place at Venice Lido from August 27th to September 6th) along with Mamoru Oshii's The Sky Crawlers. Hayao Miyazaki will be in attendance and commented, "Lido is very beautiful place. I'm glad that I can walk there again." Via Ghibli Wiki
- Goro Miyazaki talks in depth about layout and the Studio Ghibli production process. Via Ghibli World
- CG images from the new Gatchaman movie with animation produced by Imagi are up at the felix ip。蟻速畫行 blog.
- WTF?! Is Keanu Reeves really going to end up playing Spike Spiegel in the upcoming live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop? Do I care? Via FirstShowing.net
- Is Pixar going to slap us with a sequel to Monsters Inc? Pete Doctor is playing coy but we think it's gonna happen. Straight to video anyone? Via MTV Movies Blog
- More high-def Harryhausen!!!! Sony is eyeing an October 7th release date for the 1958, stop-motion animation/live-action classic, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad on Blu-ray and standard DVD. Via HighDef Digest.com
July 28, 2008
Short Takes: Black Panther Animated, 2008 Winsor McCay Awards, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, OAIF Selections, Harryhausen Blu-ray
- BET has released the trailer for their upcoming animated adaptation of Marvel's, Black Panther. It looks suspiciously like John Romita, Jr.'s artwork given the old 60's clip and move treatment of Marvel's "animated" series' of old.
- The recipients of the 2008 Winsor McCay Award have been announced: Mike Judge, John Lasseter and Nick Park. Award recipients will be celebrated at the 36th Annual Annie Awards scheduled for Friday, January 30, 2009, at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California. Via AWN.com
- ToonZone has the trailer for the upcoming animated series, Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Via Toonzone.com
- A list of the selections for this years Ottawa International Animation Festival is posted here: OIAF Selections. Peur (s) du Noir, Idiots and Angels (both recently screened by fps at Fantasia) and the critically acclaimed animated documentary, Waltz With Bashir are among the films chosen for competition.
- Sony announced at Comic Con that a 3-Pack of Ray Harryhausen films will be making it's way to DVD and Blu-ray. Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, It Came from Beneath the Sea, plus the previously-released 20 Million Miles to Earth will be available individually and packaged together this October. Via High Def Digest.com
Previously on fps:
Robot Chicken and Nickelodeon at Ottawa Animation Festival '08
The Secret Garden of Ray Harryhausen
July 15, 2008
The Kraken returns! Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk), famous franchise re-imaginer is setting his sites on Ray Harryhausen's amazing 80's mythological epic, Clash of the Titans. He spoke with ECranLarge about his intentions with the project and his intent to honour the work of the master of stop-motion animation film fantasy.
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