DISENCHANTMENT: Co-creator Josh Weinstein gives the scoop on the new Matt Groening animated series – Exclusive Interview

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In Netflix’s new animated series DISENCHANTMENT, tough Princess Bean (voiced by Abbi Jacobson) goes on a quest with optimistic elf Elfo (voiced by Nat Faxon) and personal demon Luci (voiced by Eric Andre). This may sound a little like either a Disney feature or a Saturday-morning show, but DISENCHANTED is created by Matt Groening, who brought forth THE SIMPSONS and FUTURAMA, and Josh Weinstein, who has been a writer and producer on the two Groening series. Asked about the family viewing prospects for DINSENCHANTMENT, Weinstein replies, “We’re hoping that the jokes for adults will go over kids’ heads, even though […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: John Kahrs & Kristina Reed on PAPERMAN

PAPERMAN | (c) 2013 Disney Pictures

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ WRECK-IT RALPH has been nominated for an Oscar for Outstanding Animated Feature. PAPERMAN, the Walt Disney Animation Studios short that precedes RALPH in theatres and will accompany it on home video – it can also be viewed solo at present on Disney’s YouTube channel – has likewise received an Oscar nomination for Outstanding Animated Short. PAPERMAN director John Kahrs and producer Kristina Reed stop on their way to a joint screening of their film and RALPH to talk about how their short came together. [UPDATE: PAPERMAN won the Best Animated Short at this year’s Oscars] ASSIGNMENT […]Read On »

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Movie Review: RISE OF THE GUARDIANS

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS movie poster | ©2012 DreamWorks

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Jude Law, Dakota Goyo Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire, based on the short film and book by William Joyce Director: Peter Ramsey Distributor: DreamWorks Animation SKG RISE OF THE GUARDIANS is a 3D animated feature that brushes off the hoarfrost from notions like the importance of a child’s sense of wonder and makes something entertaining and even sometimes moving from it. Scripted by David Lindsay-Abaire from William Joyce’s short film and novel, RISE OF THE GUARDIANS actually feels like a fairytale, the kind that used to enthrall most of us […]Read On »

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Comic-Con News: Director Tim Burton talks FRANKENWEENIE and working in stop motion again

FRANKENWEENIE movie poster | ©2012 Walt Disney Pictures

It’s rare a filmmaker gets to revisit something they did when they were starting out, but most filmmakers aren’t Tim Burton. And with FRANKENWEENIE, he’s tackling a feature film incarnation of his 1984 live action short film he did for Disney. The original didn’t go over well, but now he’s bringing it to life in black and white, stop-motion and 3D and we says it was a thrill to go back into that world. “It’s a project that always meant something to me, so it was great to have the opportunity to do it stop-motion, black and white and expand […]Read On »

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TV Review: EUREKA – Season 4 – “Do You See What I See?”

Animation takes over the EUREKA world for the Season 4 Christmas episode - "Do You See What I See?" | ©2011 Syfy

Stars: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Kavan Smith, Jordan Hinson, Trevor Jackson, Christopher Gauthier, Matt Frewer, Jim Parsons, Edward James Olmos Writers: Amy Berg & Eric Tuchman Director: Matt Hastings Network: Syfy, Tuesday @ 8 PM Original Telecast: December 6, 2011 Once in awhile, a TV show makes an episode that is both so good and so completely insane that one feels safe in showing it to people who have never seen the series before and may never see it again. EUREKA can now proudly join that select company with its fourth-year Christmas special, “Do […]Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD Picks of the Week Including HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 | © 2011 Warner Home Video

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 – How do you end a franchise that has given so much to not just young children but to the general public as well? With a bang. A big bang with a ton of action, suspense and a […]Read On »

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DVD Review: PHINEAS AND FERB THE MOVIE – ACROSS THE 2nd DIMENSION

PHINEAS AND FERB THE MOVIE ACROSS THE 2nd DIMENSION DVD | ©2011 Walt Disney Home Entertainment

Voices: Vincent Martella, Ashley Tisdale, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dan Povenmire, Jeff “Swampy” Marsh Distributor: Walt Disney Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $26.99 One of the hardest things to create is an animated kid’s show that not only appeals to adults but children. And while the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon have had their fare of moderate successes, only Nickelodeon has had long-player SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS that transcended from mere phenomenon to a legitimate hit that’s still going strong 12 years later. Still, Disney Channel keeps trying and they finally cracked the formula with the four-year old animated series PHINEAS AND FERB about two […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: NBC inks new deal with THE OFFICE and PARKS AND RECREATION producer Greg Daniels which includes animation

Steve Carell in THE OFFICE - Season Seven - "Counseling" | ©2010 NBC/Chris Haston

With the success of THE OFFICE and PARKS AND RECREATION on NBC’s Thursday night schedule, NBC announced today they’ve nabbed Greg Daniels(who executive producers those two series) for a new development deal. “Greg and I had the chance to work together a number of years ago at the Fox network when he was launching KING OF THE HILL, which I think ran 13 years,” says NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt at the today’s NBC TCA press tour. “It’s a new deal to develop all kinds of programming, but we also want to emphasize animation, which is something that Greg is […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KUNG FU PANDA 2

KUNG FU PANDA 2 teaser poster | ©2011 Dreamworks

Rating: PG Stars: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Gary Oldman, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, Dustin Hoffman, Michelle Yeoh Writer: Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger Director: Jennifer Yuh Distributor: Dreamworks Animation Release Date: May 26, 2011 In a summer filled with lots of sequels, it’s not that easy to pick and choose which ones will be hits and which will be misses. KUNG FU PANDA 2 is one of the hits in my book. This animated sequel from Dreamworks picks up pretty much where the last movie left off. Po (Jack Black) is the Dragon Warrior and he fights for […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: FRINGE actress Jasika Nicole puts in double time

Jasika Nicole in FRINGE - Season 3 | ©2010 Fox/Smallz and Raskind

On FRINGE, now in its third season and renewed for a fourth on Fox on Friday nights, there are two parallel universes. In ours, brilliant but mentally unstable Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble) long ago found a way to travel between the two, with lingering terrifying results. His son Peter (Joshua Jackson), who is really from the other universe, and FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) often enlist Walter in investigating strange phenomenon. In the other universe, another Walter Bishop (Noble again) runs the government and feels he needs to destroy our reality to protect his own, while another […]Read On »

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