Comic Riffs: disney

Posted at 11:12 PM ET, 12/01/2013

FIRE AND ICE: ‘Frozen,’ ‘Catching Fire’ torch box office with big holiday weekends

Fire and ice dominate Thanksgiving box office, as ‘Catching Fire’ and ‘Frozen’ combined for $200M-plus.

By Michael Cavna  |  11:12 PM ET, 12/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  frozen, disney animation

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 03/15/2013

JON COZART INTERVIEW: Student finds viral fandom by satirizing Disney princess tales with ‘After Ever After’

College singer Jon Cozart finds inspiration in twisting the princess tales of Ariel, Belle and Pocahontas.

By Michael Cavna  |  12:47 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  disney, parody songs

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 11/04/2012

BOX OFFICE: ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ sets Disney record with $49 million debut

Disney film sets studio record with $49 million opening.

By Michael Cavna  |  01:54 PM ET, 11/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  wreck-it ralph, disney animation

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 05/21/2012

AN IMMODEST PROPOSAL: From ‘Avengers’ riches, Disney should smartly gift Kirby heirs with a cool million

Disney could show grand goodwill by giving an “Avengers”-windfall gift of $1-million to the heirs of co-creator Jack Kirby.

By Michael Cavna  |  01:49 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  jack kirby, the avengers, disney/marvel

Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 05/05/2012

KEITH HARING GOOGLE DOODLE: Iconically kinetic characters celebrate late Pop artist and ‘grandmaster of doodling’

Tech titan’s Friday homepage celebrates 54th birthday of the late Pop Artist, whose iconically kinetic characters danced across the decade of the ‘80s.

By Michael Cavna  |  06:20 PM ET, 05/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  keith haring, google doodles, pop art, andy warhol, walt disney

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 04/16/2012

‘IRON-MAN 3’ gains a powerful new co-production ally: China

Disney/Marvel aims to flex its overseas muscle as it reaches major production/distribution deal with China’s DMG Entertainment for 2013’s “Iron Man 3.”

By Michael Cavna  |  09:55 AM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  marvel studios, disney, china, iron man 3

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 03/23/2012

THE RANT: ‘JOHN CARTER’s’ MASSIVE FALLOUT: Who’s to blame for Disney’s ‘$200-million’ bomb

Who’s to blame for Disney’s ‘$200-million’ bomb?

By Michael Cavna  |  01:08 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  disney, pixar, john carter, andrew stanton, michael chabon, taylor kitsch, mark strong

Posted at 08:54 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Report: Fox TV buys ‘Punisher’ comic adaptation

By Michael Cavna  |  08:54 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  disney, abc studios, fox tv, the punisher, marvel entertainment

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 10/12/2011

‘THE AVENGERS’ TRAILER: 5 Things you may have missed...

By Michael Cavna  |  12:35 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  the avengers, marvel disney

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 09/25/2011

BOX OFFICE: ‘Lion King (3-D)’ holds off ‘Moneyball’ to retain weekend crown

Disney’s re-release of Oscar-winning animated classic holds offs “Moneyball,” grossing $22.1-million in its second weekend out.

By Michael Cavna  |  01:53 PM ET, 09/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  lion king 3-D, disney, pixar, toy story 3

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 09/18/2011

BOX OFFICE: ‘Lion King (3-D)’ ascends box-office throne with $29.3M weekend

In a win for hand-drawn feature animation, re-release of 1994 Disney film wins weekend with $29.3M domestic box office, easily dethroning “Contagion.”

By Michael Cavna  |  01:16 PM ET, 09/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  disney, pixar, lion king 3-d

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 06/24/2011

PIXAR PILE-UP: Is ‘Cars 2’ crashing into overheated expectations?

By Michael Cavna  |  12:01 PM ET, 06/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  pixar, disney, cars 2, john lasseter

Posted at 09:27 PM ET, 03/22/2011

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Nick Pitera’s ‘One Man Disney Movie’

By Michael Cavna  |  09:27 PM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nick pitera, walt disney animation

Posted at 07:43 PM ET, 12/12/2010

The case for Oscar: 'TOY STORY 3' named among AFI's TOP 10 for 2010

"Toy Story 3" continues to strengthen its case for an Oscar bid as Best Picture. The American Film Institute on Sunday named the Disney/Pixar 3-D feature as one of its best 10 movies of 2010 -- the sole animation...

By Michael Cavna  |  07:43 PM ET, 12/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Holly Word, The Holly Word | Tags:  AFI Top 10, Beauty and the Beast, Disney/Pixar, Pixar's Up, Toy Story 3

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 12/06/2010

THE ANNIES: DreamWorks, Disney/Parker lead animation nominations

In what could be a bellwether for the Oscars race, the Best Animated Feature contenders have just been announced for the 38th annual Annie Awards. In announcing all its nominations Monday, the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood said the...

By Michael Cavna  |  01:45 PM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Animation | Tags:  Annie Awards, Brad Bird, Disney Pixar, DreamWorks Animation, Eric Goldberg, Matt Groening

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 11/28/2010

When 'Harry' Met Rapunzel: 'TANGLED' debut edged by Potter at box office

As lustrous as it was at the box office, the hair couldn't quite beat Harry. Disney's Rapunzel tale, "Tangled," trailed the seventh Harry Potter film by a whisker at the top of the weekend's domestic box office -- $49.1-million...

By Michael Cavna  |  01:30 PM ET, 11/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Animation, The Animation | Tags:  Disney Pixar, DreamWorks Animation, Megamind, Tangled

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 09/06/2010

QUICK HIT: Tantalizing pix from Pixar's canceled film 'NEWT'

(images courtesy of Disney Pixar) Here's the newt we'll now never see in motion. For two years, of course, we heard word of Disney/Pixar's "Newt," the tale of two blue-footed amphibians that was due in 2012. Then the announcement...

By Michael Cavna  |  02:45 PM ET, 09/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Animation, The Animation | Tags:  Brave, Cars 2, Disney Pixar, Gary Rydstrom, Newt

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 06/27/2010

'TOY STORY 3' repeats as the weekend's box office champ [UPDATED]

UPDATE: The CGI toys who watch their boy owner grow up beat the grownups who act like boys this weekend at the domestic box office. "Toy Story 3" grossed $59-million to stay No.-1, one week after it debuted with...

By Michael Cavna  |  04:15 PM ET, 06/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Animation, The Animation | Tags:  Disney Pixar, Michael Arndt, Night & Day, Toy Story 3

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 06/21/2010

BOX OFFICE: Pixar's 'Toy Story 3' dominates weekend with $110M debut [UPDATED]

MONDAY UPDATE: "Toy Story 3" got a million-dollar boost from Monday's final weekend box-office numbers. The third film in the Pixar trilogy grossed $110.3-million domestically, holding its spot as the second biggest animated debut ever and the biggest June...

By Michael Cavna  |  05:01 PM ET, 06/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Animation, The Animation | Tags:  Disney Pixar, Iron Man 2, Jonah Hex, Shrek, Toy Story 3, Transformers

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 06/19/2010

Seven Best Tangential Reasons to See 'Toy Story 3' this weekend [UPDATED]

Sure, you could catch "Toy Story 3" this weekend because it will be one of the best films you'll see this year. You could go because it offers Pixar's requisite heart and soul and humor. Or you could head...

By Michael Cavna  |  04:05 PM ET, 06/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Animation, The Animation, The Animation | Tags:  Box Office, Pixar Disney, Rotten Tomatoes, Toy Story 3

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/17/2010

'Riffs Interview: How Michael Arndt went from celebrity assistant to 'TOY STORY 3' screenwriter in two moves

Michael Arndt is a skilled enough screenwriter to have already won an Oscar, but still you've got to wonder: Could he, for all this talent, write his own success story? Were he to script his real-life rise to Hollywood's...

By Michael Cavna  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Animation, The Animation | Tags:  Disney Pixar, John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Little Miss Sunshine, Michael Arndt, Toy Story 3

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 05/21/2010

The 'Riffs Interview: 'SHREK' animator Walt Dohrn steps into the oh-so-green limelight

Rumpelstiltskin and Shrek (DreamWorks Animation) A young aspiring animator -- let's call him "Walt D." -- comes to Hollywood with big dreams in tow. He wants to write animated films. He wants to create cartoon characters -- talking animals,...

By Michael Cavna  |  02:01 PM ET, 05/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Animation | Tags:  CalArts, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Eddie Murphy, Mike Mitchell, Mike Myers, Rumpelstiltskin, Shrek Forever After, Walt Disney, Walt Dohrn

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 03/01/2010

THE OSCARS RANT: Sure, 'Avatar' is art -- but is it animation?

It's a distinction you will little find elsewhere -- but perhaps one that will soon force rule changes for the assorted Hollywood awardgasms. With the Oscars less than a week away -- and with "Avatar" and "Up" both poised...

By Michael Cavna  |  09:35 AM ET, 03/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Holly Word, The Holly Word | Tags:  Academy Awards, Avatar, Disney/Pixar's Up, James Cameron, Jon Landau, Visual Effect Society honors