Sunday Film News Rounsup -- March 24th, 2013


It's been a lot to catch up on since I spent last week and a good part of this week with the flu, but the only thing I was really upset I missed out on the day it was released was a  new Mickey Mouse short film called Croissant de Triomphe that also features Minnie as a cafe owner and Daisy as a patisserie owner in mid-century Paris. It's an interesting little short, done in a wholly different style than any other Mickey short I've ever seen, though it lacks the bang-on charm that Walt and Ub Iwerks' Mickey had and it's a little heavy on some tired French stereotypes (which annoys me more as lazy writing than for offending the French). There really isn't anything Disney about it at all, to be honest. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Disney can get really hokey at times, but Mickey is one of the most classic characters and it's hard to accept a reinvention of him. I really do love the background and character design, and I hope they stick with that for the rest of the new series of Mickey shorts they're doing, but I hope they have better luck with the writing and planning for the future. News, links, etc: -These pictures from the set of the Boy Meets World update, Girl Meets World, just kind of make me wish it was only about Cory and Topanga. (Vulture) -Wherein Pam Grier meets Federico Fellini, cooks him doubly crispy fried pigeon. (Flavorwire) -A few animators visit 93 year old June Patterson, who was a cell painter on classic Disney films like Pinocchio and Bambi. (Cartoon Brew)

-Like a lot of people, the Winklevii are done with Facebook. (NY Times) -No 6 seconds of fan hype could make Olympus has Fallen look like an appetizing film. (CriticWire) -It's probably time, as a nation, to learn how to pronounce Saoirse Ronan's first name. I was saying it wrong. (Yahoo) -A nerd's eye view of Shane Carruth and his new film, Upstream Color. (Wired) -Ruth Steinhagen, who was the basis for Barbara Hershey's gun-happy Roy Hobbs fanatic in The Natural, died in obscurity. (LA Times) -Ryan Gosling on the Hey Girl meme and his new film with Nicolas Winding-Refn. (THR) -Cartoon Network cancelled Star Wars: The Clone Wars this week, but they seem to have plans for some sort of future version of the series (OVAs probably). I never really got into because I don't like the animation style, but it's kind of surprising with the renewed interest in Star Wars after the Lucasfilm sale to Disney. (IGN) -James Franco's top 10ish Criterion titles, if you're into that sort of thing. (Criterion) -The best Life Magazine cover ever -- with Woody Allen and Humphrey Bogart -- was published 44 years ago this week. (Life)

-The animating on Pixar's Monsters University is apparently nearing completion. (@CottSclark) -David Oxenbridge's diary from Hong Kong Filmart, which I'd love to go to one day. (Word from the ROK) -Nikolaj Arcel, director of A Royal Affair, is remaking Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca. In other news I did a nice fingerpaint of the Mona Lisa. (/Film) -If you're feeling nerdy this week, you could try reading one of these 18 academic papers on 90s TV shows. That's the creepiest Rugrats picture they could have found. (Mental_Floss) Short films: -David Brent is back. For African Aid. (IndieWire) -Disney released three new Cars shorts this week. (Upcoming Pixar) Trailers, posters, etc:

-The trailer for an anime omnibus called Short Peace, which features the first animated Katsuhiro Otomo (AkiraSteamboy) film since 2006. He directed a live action adaptation of his manga Mushishi, but I've never seen it. (Cartoon Brew) -A short teaser for Johnnie To's Blind Detective, with Andy Lau. (Twitch) -ALex Gibney's Wikileaks doc, We Steal Secrets. (Apple) -Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola have teamed up once again -- this time for a short film for Prada, called Prada Candy L'Eua with Lea Seydoux. Watch the teaser. (The Telegraph) -Dreamworks Animation's Turbo -- I'm sure the directors had a heart attack the first time they saw Wreck-It Ralph's use of the word turbo. (Apple)

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