Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn . Movie (2011)

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn is an upcoming 2011 American performance capture 3D film based on The Adventures of Tintin, a series of comic books created by Belgian artist Georges “Hergé” Remi. It is directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by Peter Jackson, and written by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright andJoe Cornish. The script is based on three of the stories: The Crab with the Golden ClawsThe Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham’s Treasure.

Spielberg first acquired rights to Tintin after Hergé’s death in 1983, and re-optioned them in 2002. Filming was due to begin in October 2008 for a 2010 release, but release was delayed to 2011 after Universal opted out of producing the film with Paramount, who provided $30 million on pre-production. Sony chose to co-produce the films. The delay resulted in Thomas Sangster, who had been cast as Tintin, departing from the project. Producer Peter Jackson, whose company Weta Digital is providing the computer animation, intends to direct a sequel. Spielberg and Jackson also hope to co-direct a third film.

The film is currently in post-production.

The Adventures of Tintin will be the first animated movie directed by Spielberg. Although Spielberg is not completely unfamiliar with digital cinematography, the director has firmly stated that he still prefers working with film.

Storyline

Tintin and his friends discover directions to a sunken ship commanded by Capt. Haddock’s ancestor and go off on a treasure hunt.

Filming

Filming began on January 26, 2009, and the release date was moved from 2010 to 2011.Spielberg wrapped his film – after 32 days of shooting – in March 2009. Jackson was present for the first week of filming and supervised the rest of the shoot via a specially made iChat videoconferencing program. Simon Pegg said Jackson’s voice would “be coming over the Tannoy like God.” During filming, various directors including Guillermo del Toro, Stephen Daldry and David Fincher visited. Spielberg would try to treat the film like live-action, moving his camera around. He revealed, “Every movie I made, up until Tintin, I always kept one eye closed when I’ve been framing a shot,” because he wanted to see the movie in 2-D, the way viewers would. “On Tintin, I have both of my eyes open.” Jackson took the hands-on approach to directing Weta Digital during postproduction, which Spielberg will supervise through videoconferencing. Jackson will also begin development for the second film for which he will be officially credited as director.Spielberg says “there will be no cell phones, no TV sets, no modern cars. Just timeless Europe.” His cinematographer Janusz Kamiński serves as lighting consultant for Weta, and Jackson said the film will look “film noirish, very atmospheric”. Spielberg finished six weeks of additional motion-capture filming in mid-July.

Release

Sony will release the film during late October and early November 2011 in Continental Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and India. Paramountwill distribute the film in Asia, New Zealand, the UKand all other English speaking territories. They will release the film in the United Stateson December 23, 2011.

 

Video game

A video game entitled The Adventures of Tintin: The Game is to be released to coincide with the release date of the film. Game developer/editor Ubisoft acquired the rights.

 

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Puss in Boots Movie (2011)

Puss in Boots, is an upcoming 3D computer-animated adventure film being produced by DreamWorks Animation, directed by Chris Miller (who directed Shrek the Thirdin 2007), executive produced by Guillermo del Toro (HellboyHellboy II: The Golden ArmyBlade IIPan’s Labyrinth), starring Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, and written by Tom Wheeler. It is set to be released in theaters November 4, 2011 in Real D 3D and IMAX 3D.

The film is based on and follows the character of Puss in Boots from Shrek and his adventures before his first appearance in 2004’s Shrek 2. The prequel’s story centers on the swashbuckling cat and how he comes to meet Shrek and his friends, while introducing new characters as well.

Storyline

A story about the events leading up to the sword fighting cat’s meeting with Shrek and his friends.

Cast

  • Antonio Banderas as Puss in Boots, the main protagonist of the film.
  • Salma Hayek as Kitty Softpaws. She is a Tuxedo cat who is Puss’s female counterpart and love interest.
  • Zach Galifianakis as Humpty Dumpty. Humpty is the mastermind who intends on retrieving the Golden Eggs from the one-of-a-kind Goose.
  • Billy Bob Thornton & Amy Sedaris as Jack & Jill, two murderous outlaws and the film’s main antagonists. It is not yet known if they’re brother and sister or husband and wife.
  • Walt Dohrn as Narrator.
  • Zeus Mendoza as Rancher.

Production

The film has been in development since 2004, when Shrek 2 was released. As a Shrek 2 spin-off, it was originally planned for release in 2008 as a direct-to-videofilm, but this was changed in 2006 in favor of a theatrical release. Production on the film began after the release of 2010’s Shrek Forever After. Banderas said in an interview in early 2010 that he had completed the first recordings of his character. The film is scheduled to be released as a 3-D film. Late in 2010, Guillermo del Toro, director of Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth, had signed on as executive producer.

Except for Puss, the film will feature all new characters. Citing the co-writer, David H. Steinberg, “It doesn’t overlap with Shrek at all. Partly that was done to tell an original Puss story, but partly because we didn’t know what Shrek Forever After was going to do with the characters and we couldn’t write conflicting storylines.” The film was teased in Shrek Forever After when Shrek finally put the book of Shrek away and put it next to a book titled “Puss in Boots”.


Happy Feet Two Movie (2011)

Happy Feet Two (also known as Happy Feet Two in 3D) is an upcoming computer-animated film directed by George Miller, who co-directed the original film Happy Feet. Animal Logic Films in Santa Monica, California, and Dr. D Studios in Sydney, Australia are producing the film which is currently set to premier in North American theaters on November 18, 2011 in RealD 3D and IMAX 3D. The film will be released with a Looney Tunes short called Daffy’s Rhapsody

 

 

 

 

Storyline

Mumble the penguin has a problem: his son Erik, who is reluctant to dance, encounters The Mighty Sven, a penguin who can fly! Things get worse for Mumble when the world is shaken by powerful forces, causing him to brings together the penguin nations and their allies to set things right.

Development

Elijah Wood and Robin Williams are set to repeat their previous performances as Mumble, Ramon, and Lovelace. Also set to work on the film are Carlos Alazraqui,Johnny A. Sanchez, Lombardo Boyar and Jeffrey Garcia as Nestor, Lombardo, Raul, and Rinaldo. No other actors have been confirmed as repeating their earlier performances.

Brittany Murphy, who originally voiced Mumble’s love interest Gloria, was set to reprise her role and begin recording sometime in 2010, but her death on December 20, 2009 has rendered that impossible. Pink appears to be Murphy’s replacement and Miller has confirmed that she will contribute a song, and Brad Pitt and Matt Damon will voice the tiny krill. Hank Azaria has also signed on to play a new character. Elizabeth Daily, who played young Mumble in the previous film, will play Mumble’s choreo-phobic son Erik and Sofía Vergara will also appear in the film as a new character. There is to be a live action scene in the movie as in the firstHappy Feet. Mitchell Hicks has signed up as the movie’s choreographer.

A promotional image of all the penguins from the first movie with the title “Happy Feet 2” has been relased at CineMovie.tv.

Video game

Happy Feet Two – The Videogame is being made by KMM Games for Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii. WayForward Technologies is producing a version for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS.

Books

There are several books available for sale based on Happy Feet Two. Whether they follow the storyline of the movie or not is currently unknown. Also to be released with these books is a 2012 calendar. These books and the calender are due for release on August 1, 2011.

 

 

 


Cars 2 Movie (2011)

Cars 2 is a 2011 American computer-animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and it is the sequel to the 2006 film, Cars. In the film, racecar Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) and tow truck Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy) head to Japan and Europe to compete in the World Grand Prix, but Mater becomes sidetracked with international espionage.The film is directed by John Lasseter, co-directed by Brad Lewis, written by Ben Queen, and produced by Denise Ream. Cars 2 is also the first movie John Lasseter has directed since the release of the original Cars in 2006.

The film is being distributed by Walt Disney Pictures and will be released in the United States on June 24, 2011 and the United Kingdom on July 22, 2011.The movie will be presented in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D, as well as traditional two-dimensional and IMAX formats. The film was first announced in 2008, along sideUp, Newt, and Brave (previously known as The Bear and the Bow), and it is the 12th animated film from Pixar Animation Studios.

Storyline

Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.

Production

Development

Finn McMissile (left), Mater (center), and Lightning McQueen (right) driving throughTokyofor the first time.

Cars is the second Pixar film, after Toy Story, to have a sequel. John Lasseter, the director of the film, said that he was convinced of the sequel’s story while traveling around the world promoting the first film. He said:

I kept looking out thinking, ‘What would Mater do in this situation, you know?’ I could imagine him driving around on the wrong side of the road in the UK, going around in big, giant traveling circles in Paris, on the autobahn in Germany, dealing with the motor scooters in Italy, trying to figure out road signs in Japan.

Cars 2 was originally scheduled for a summer 2012 release, but Pixar moved the release up by a year. No explanation for the shift in release dates has been publicly announced.

In 2009, Disney registered several domain names, hinting to audiences that the title and theme of the film would be in relation to a World Grand Prix.

On March 2011, Jake Mandeville-Anthony, a U.K.screenwriter, sued Disney and Pixar alleging copyright infringement and breach of implied contract. In his complaint he alleged that Cars and Cars 2 are based in part on work that he had submitted early in the 1990s and he sought an injunction to stop the release of Cars 2 and requested actual or statutory damages. On May 13, 2011 Disney responded to the lawsuit, denying “each and every one of Plaintiff’s legal claims concerning the purported copyright infringement and substantial similarity of the parties’ respective works.”


Winnie the Pooh Movie (2011)

Winnie the Pooh is a 2011 American animated film inspired by three A.A. Milne stories. The film is a reboot of Disney’s Winnie the Pooh franchise, and it marks the first time a Winnie the Pooh film will hit theaters since the 1977 film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. In the film, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Eeyore, Kanga, and Roo embark on a quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. The movie is directed by Stephen Andersonand Don Hall, written by A. A. Milne and Burny Mattinson, produced by Peter Del Vecho, Clark Spencer, John Lasseter, and Craig Sost, and narrated by John Cleese.

The film was distributed by Walt Disney Pictures and was released on April 15, 2011 in the UK, with a United States release date set for July 15, 2011.Production for the film began in September 2009 with John Lasseter announcing that they wanted to create a film that would “transcend generations.” The film also features six songs by Robert Lopez, as well as a rendition of the “Winnie the Pooh” theme song by actress and musician Zooey Deschanel. The movie is preceded by two animated shorts, one called The Ballad of Nessie about a friendly Loch Ness Monster named Nessie and how she and her best friend MacQuack, the rubber duck, came to live in the moor they now call home. and the other one called Jake and the Neverland Pirates (unrelated to the Disney Junior show of the same title) which tells the story of a young gang of would be pirates in Neverland, who have to fight Captain Hook for possession of one of them’s goldfish.

 

Storyline

During an ordinary day in Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh sets out to find some honey. Misinterpreting a note from Christopher Robin, Pooh convinces Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo, and Eeyore that their young friend has been captured by a creature named “Backson” and they set out to save him

Production

Burny Mattinson, a Disney veteran who worked as the key animator on Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too, served as lead storyboard artist for the film, with Stephen Anderson and Don Helm directing.[10][27] Director Stephen Anderson is best known for his effort on Meet the RobinsonsJourney Beneath the SeaBrother BearThe Emperor’s New Groove, and Bolt. Director Don Hall also has veteran status at Walt Disney Animation Studios, significantly contributing to The Princess and the Frog,Meet the RobinsonsBrother BearHome on the RangeThe Emperor’s New Groove, and Tarzan. Supervising animators for the film include Mark Henn (Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin), Andreas Deja (Tigger), Bruce W. Smith (Piglet, Kanga, Roo), Randy Haycock (Eeyore), Eric Goldberg (Rabbit) and Dale Baer(Owl). Similar to The Princess and the Frog, the film also uses Toon Boom Animation’s Harmony software. Instead of using live-action book scenes, the book scenes are CGI-animated with the characters interacting with the text.

Originally, the film was supposed to feature five stories from the A.A. Milne books, but the the final version ended up drawing inspiration from three stories. Lasseter had also announced that Rabbit’s friends and relatives would be in the film, but they never appeared.



Angry Birds Rio PC Game

Angry Birds Rio, a stand-alone edition tying into the release of the 20th Century Fox animated film Rio, was launched for iOS, Android and Mac OS X in March 2011. In this version, the Angry Birds characters interact with characters from the film. Angry Birds Rio initially includes two chapters, each with 30 levels; the Angry Birds rescue caged exotic birds in the first chapter and attack evil marmosets  in the second and third chapters. The game also includes new hidden items and planned level updates in May, July, October and November 2011. The reception of Angry Birds Rio has been positive, with Ryan Rigney of  Game pro  saying the iOS version “boasts some notable improvements on its predecessors” and Levi Buchanan of IGN, in his review of the Android version, calling the game “a smart, snappy new chapter for the series”.  Since release, Angry Birds Rio has been downloaded more than 10 million times. The first planned update, a new chapter called Beach Volley, was released in May 2011 for Symbian, iOS and Android and included 30 new game levels.

Screen Shots 

You can buy this game from http://shop.angrybirds.com/products/angry-birds-rio-pc


Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) Movie Review

Kung Fu Panda 2 (originally entitled “Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom”) is a 2011 3D American computer-animated action comedy film and the sequel to the 2008 film Kung Fu Panda. The cast of the original film reprised their voice roles. The film was released on May 26, 2011 in Real D 3D and Digital 3D.

Storyline

Po joins forces with a group of new kung-fu masters to take on an old enemy with a deadly new weapon.

Critical

Kung Fu Panda 2 has received positive reviews, with many critics praising its animation, 3D effects, and character development. The film received a “Certified Fresh” score of 84% on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on reviews from 133 critics and a rating average of 7 out of 10, with the consensus being that “The storyline arc may seem a tad familiar to fans of the original, but Kung Fu Panda 2 offers enough action, comedy, and visual sparkle to compensate.” It also received a weighted average score of 67 out of 100 at Metacritic, based on 31 reviews from mainstream critics.

Variety called the film “a worthy sequel that gets an extra kick from the addition of dynamic 3D fight sequences”while The Hollywood Reporter similarly praised the film.Roger Ebert gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars, praising the sequel as superior to the original and as an ambitious extension of the previous story.

Some critics noted the influences of executive producer Guillermo del Toro’s works in the film’s darker themes,and Jim Tudor of TwitchFilm.net describes that with del Toro on board, the film “effectively probes deeper into Po’s emerging hero’s journey and personal issues, evoking a truly fulfilling Campbellian archetype, but also remains fully viable as mainstream entertainment suitable for all ages.”

As with the first film, the animation has been praised. Frank Lovece of Film Journal International describes the film as “truly beautiful to behold” and states it “works on both aesthetic and emotional levels.”Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times writes that “For Panda 2 is not just wall-to-wall animation, it is artistry of the highest order.”

Box office

On its opening day, a Thursday, Kung Fu Panda 2 earned $5.8 million, taking second place to The Hangover: Part II.On Friday, Panda earned $13.1 million, which was behind the original’s $20.3 million opening-Friday. Over the three-day weekend, Panda earned $47.7 million, which was behind the first movie’s $60 million start.Kung Fu Panda 2 went on to make $13.2 million on Memorial Day, bringing its four-day weekend total to $60.9 million.Overall the film made $66.7 million in its first five days, but it still trailed behind the original film’s five day opening of $72.6 million. Altogether, Panda 2 earned the same amount of money in five days as the original Panda did in four. However, the opening still came in at the high end of DreamWorks Animation’s expectations.It also had the sixth highest opening weekend for a film that did not debut at #1.

Internationally, the film opened simultaneously with its North American debut in 11 markets, premiering at number-one in nine. This includes China, where at $16 million it broke that country’s record for the opening day of an animated film. The total foreign box-office earnings as of May 29, 2011, is $55.5 million, making a worldwide total of $108.9 million on its first weekend worldwide.

As of June 8, 2011 the film has grossed $107,487,068 in the United States and Canada as well as $145,614,009 internationally bringing its worldwide total to $253,101,077.