Exclusive Interview: THE SMURFS CHRISTMAS CAROL filmmakers talk about their new short and little blue phenomenon

THE SMURFS Holiday Gift Pack | ©2011 Sony Pictures Animation

The Sony Animation Studios in Culver City, CA is a little blue on this chilly November morning. It’s because The Smurfs are preparing for the Blu-ray and DVD release of the hit summer movie of THE SMURFS based on the classic 1980s animated series wand the works by Belgian cartoonist Peyo. This event was held to not only showcase all the anciliary features that make THE SMURFS home entertainment feature more than just a movie, but also to screen a brand new SMURFS short appearing exclusively on the Holiday Gift set – THE SMURFS: A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Of the many […]Read On »

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CD Review: HOP original soundtrack

HOP original soundtrack | ©2011 Varese Sarabande Records

Composer Christopher Lennertz could open up a pet store for wiseacre talking animals based on how many of these critters he’s given speedy energy to, but amidst cages filled with chipmunks, dogs, birds and cats, it’s the bunny who’s got the best pedigree. For in a genre that often turns out to be a dragged-along parents’ equivalent to cleaning up after a hyper puppy, HOP is a pleasingly seditious all-ages delight in every department, its Easter bill paid in style by Lennertz’s rambunctious stylings. His thematic melodies run like a mad dervish through HOP’s double-entendres and slapstick gags instead of […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: MARS NEEDS MOMS actor Kevin Cahoon gets a kick out playing a sidekick

Wingnut (Kevin Cahoon) in MARS NEEDS MOMS | ©2011 ImageMovers Digital LLC.

In the new Disney 3D CGI animated feature MARS NEEDS MOMS (which opens Friday nationwide), the film employed the pain-staking performance capture technique used on such films as POLAR EXPRESS, BEOWULF and A CHRISTMAS CAROL. For actor Kevin Cahoon, it was a process he relished as he plays a Martian character called Wingnut – the sidekick to Gribble (Dan Fogler) who doesn’t quite understand the idea of what being a sidekick is supposed to be. With a performance that’s largely physical, rather than verbal, Cahoon spoke with ASSIGNMENT X about the process and how his Broadway stage work came into […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview MARS NEEDS MOMS and screenwriters like Wendy Wells too

Ki, Milo and Gribble in MARS NEEDS MOMS | ©2011 ImageMovers Digital LLC.

MARS may need moms, but it also needs moms who also happen to be screenwriters. MARS NEEDS MOMS screenwriter Wendy Wells took her child-rearing experiences and along with co-screenwriter/director Simon Wells brought a fresh new take to the standard 3D CGI kid’s film. In adapting Berkeley Breathed’s children’s book, the story took on a whole new life, expanding the universe, aging things up a bit and uncovering even more comedy in the process. The film was also done in the same “performance-capture” technique that’s been previously used by director Robert Zemeckis on THE POLAR EXPRESS, BEOWULF and A CHRISTMAS CAROL […]Read On »

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First Look Photo: THE SMURFS return as CGI creations

THE SMURFS - teaser movie poster | ©2010 Sony Pictures

Like ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS and YOGI BEAR, another beloved animation franchise is getting the live action/CGI treatment with THE SMURFS. Opening August 3, 2011, the film takes the Smurfs from their safe little village to the mean streets of New York (and our reality). Gargamel is obviously behind it all. Check out the first look image below – and the trailer to the left.

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