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Immersed in Movies: Gary Trousdale and Tiffany Ward Talk "Rocky and Bullwinkle' Short

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 29, 2014 1:10 PM
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Rocky and Bullwinkle are back in their own short, thanks to DreamWorks' Mr. Peabody & Sherman feature, and, although they didn't make it to the big screen, you can see their latest antics on the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD (Oct. 14). June Foray, of course, voices her iconic squirrel but the lovable moose (voiced by Tom Kenny) is the star, getting hoodwinked into marrying a robot controlled by Boris (Robert Cait). Like Peabody & Sherman, it captures the zany spirit of Jay Ward only the CG animation is fittingly less refined and more squashy and stretchy.

Immersed in Movies: Tim Johnson and Jim Parsons Talk DreamWorks' 'Home' at Comic-Con

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 1, 2014 1:30 PM
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DreamWorks gets a little sci-fi trippy with Home (March 27, 2015), a new animated take on alien invasion and buddy comedy. Last week at Comic-Con, I spoke with director Tim Johnson (Over the Hedge) and Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon), who plays the banished Oh, who teams up with the resourceful human, Tip (Rihanna).

Immersed in Movies: Filoni and Kinberg Talk 'Star Wars Rebels' at Comic-Con

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 30, 2014 1:07 AM
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A year before Star Wars: Episode VII, we get the animated series Star Wars Rebels as a bridge between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope (premiering in October on Disney Channel as a one-hour special before commencing on Disney XD). I spoke with exec producers Dave Filoni (The Clone Wars) and Simon Kinberg (The X-Men and the upcoming Fantastic Four) at Comic-Con.

Immersed in Movies: Talking 'Planes: Fire & Rescue' with DisneyToon

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 18, 2014 3:00 PM
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Planes: Fire & Rescue, which is about second chances with Dusty (Dane Cook) struggling with a new career as a fire fighter, is a lot more ambitious than its predecessor. Along with a larger variety of vehicles and the creation of the vast Piston Peak National Park, there were a lot of technical challenges, too. But the details about fire fighting had to be spot-on, so that's where research and consultation with Cal Fire were vital.

Immersed in Movies: DreamWorks Demos New Apollo Platform

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 16, 2014 7:05 PM
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DreamWorks Animation unveiled its new Apollo software platform with How to Train Your Dragon 2, and I got an in-depth presentation last month at the Redwood City campus. Taking advantage of Intel’s multi-core technology and its own hybrid cloud computing resources, DreamWorks has come up with a next-gen platform for visual computing from data center to chip set. Harnessing more power out of the CPU, it is intuitive, interactive, artist-friendly, fully scalable, and makes computing a powerful animation and enterprise tool.

Immersed in Movies: Gutierrez and del Toro Preview 'The Book of Life' Footage

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 15, 2014 1:50 PM
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Director Jorge Gutierrez and producer Guillermo del Toro showed off some gorgeous-looking footage from The Book of Life (Oct. 17) at Fox on Monday. It boasts a distinctive design and a wonderfully tactile quality, revealing that Reel FX (Free Birds) has come of age as an animated indie. And it looks like fun, family entertainment that certainly breaks the CG norm, which del Toro emphasized.

Immersed in Movies: 'The Boxtrolls' Set Visit: Laika Embraces Victorian Steampunk

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 9, 2014 2:00 PM
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With The Boxtrolls (Sept. 26), Laika tackles its first period piece -- Victorian Steampunk -- as well as its first creature-oriented tale about an orphan boy, Eggs, raised underground by cave-dwelling trash collectors. The result is a more stylized, theatrical look along with more ambitious storytelling. And judging by my set visit last year in Portland and footage screened last month, The Boxtrolls is sure to be one of the year's best animated features and a prime Oscar contender.

Immersed in Movies: Alfred Gimeno Talks Directing Disney's New '7D' Series

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 1, 2014 3:00 AM
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It's about time the Seven Dwarfs got their own wacky animated TV series, and if The 7D has an Animaniacs-like vibe that's because Tom Ruegger, Alfred Gimeno, and Sherri Stoner are involved as exec producer, director, and writer. I spoke with Gimeno about the show, premiering July 7th at 10:00 am on Disney XD.

Immersed in Movies: Pixar Provides Early Look at 'Inside Out' and Sneaks 'Lava' Short

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 20, 2014 12:10 PM
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Pixar's Inside Out is a year away, but on Thursday at the DGA Pete Docter gave a sneak peek and we were also treated to the premier of the next short, Lava, a lovely Hawaiian-themed musical directed by animator James Murphy. They're a good match and will screen together on June 19, 2015, but I believe Inside Out has the potential to be Pixar's most profound movie in its exploration of how the mind works metaphorically.

Immersed in Movies: Going Deeper Into 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 13, 2014 1:00 PM
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The first thing you notice about How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a lot more detail in the characters as well as in the more expansive environments, which reflect a real world sensibility and the beauty of Norway. And a lot of credit goes to the new Premo software package, which empowered the artists to go further creatively than ever before at DreamWorks.