To celebrate the release of Frankenweenie on Blu-ray, available Jan. 8, ANDPOP and Disney are giving away five copies of the four-disc combo-pack.
A must-add to any Tim Burton collection, the hilarious 3D stop-motion animated film is filled with quirky characters and unexpected twists. The Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) includes tons of bonus material, including a behind-the-scenes look of how Burton brought Frankenweenie to life. Along with an all-new original short called “Captain Sparky vs The Flying Saucers,” you’ll get to see Burton’s original live-action short called Frankenweenie (1984).
It’s easy to enter! All you have to do is like our Facebook page fill out the contest form below before Jan. 22 at midnight. Don’t forget to read more about the film and watch the trailer after the jump.
*The contest is open to everyone in Canada, excluding Quebec.*
Sorry! We already picked our winners on Jan. 22 2013!
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Charlie Tahan may only just be 15-years-old. But having worked with stars like Will Smith in I Am Legend and Natalie Portman in The Other Woman, the teen already boasts a very impressive résumé.
Most known as Zac Efron’s little brother in Charlie St. Cloud, Tahan now enters into his first voice role starring in Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie.
Chatting with andPOP, Tahan shared some of his experiences on set and talked more about his character, Victor Frankenstein.
Tim Burton is known to make some dark films. What makes Frankenweenie appealing to everyone?
Yeah, he makes some dark films but there is always more to his movies. Some people might think at first that Frankenweenie would be really dark too because it is sort of has themes about death, and monsters and stuff. But what it is really about… it is mostly a story about a boy and his dog, and how much they love each other. And that is appealing to almost everyone, kids and adults.
One week til Christmas!
Hopefully you have gifts sorted out, stocking hung up, lights turned on, tree looking extra snazzy, ugly sweater hanging up, cookies waiting for Santa, fireplace lit, cookies baking and holiday music playing because we are one week away until the happiest day of the year — Christmas! [4uroras]
Well it’s 2012..
You’d think by now, children would be able to text Santa what they want for Christmas. As sad as it sounds, who wants to sit down and write with a pen and paper? It seems as though even my youngest cousins at 3-years-old already has an iPod touch! [miapam]
Rocking in the holidays with Bieber
Justin Bieber was on The Ellen Show Friday and not only did he perform an amazing acoustic performance, he spilled some news! This January, you can expect more music, with a brand new acoustic album! BRB I need a moment to take this in. [infinatemistake]
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Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like holiday gifs. Especially if they involves Harry Styles, Charlie Brown, Justin Bieber or all of the above.
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As if Bruno Mars needed any help earning the unwavering affection of the entire female population, he broke out a Disney classic for BBC Live Lounge, singing a rendition of The Little Mermaid‘s “Part of Your World.”
Mars didn’t even bother to change the female centric lyrics, about breaking away from mundane life under the sea, gaining a pair of legs and walking among humans. The audience couldn’t stop laughing at Mars’ quirky commentary: “This is one song, this cover, that I could never get through because I choke up. It’s the best song ever written,” he said before singing it. “I want to look fear in the eyes right now and kick it in the ding ding.”
After his hilarious performance, Mars picked it up with another song from the movie, “Under the Sea.” It made us laugh, it made us cry, it made us fall even more in love with Mars.
Watch it here
The highly anticipated New Fantasyland theme park debuted this week — but it was no ordinary unveiling. Guests at the new, largest ever Magic Kingdom expansion got to witness something of magical extent. As guests crowded around each other at the parks debut, a legit fire-breathing dragon flew overhead to surprise the guests. It was basically like seeing everyone’s childhood dreams come true in the form of a mechanical beast.Though the machine looked rather frightening against the pitch black sky, it was still flying around like nobody’s business.
The dragon is rumoured to be a part of an “Avatar” themed park — but really this is besides the point. No matter which park this dragon is set to fly over, I know it will dazzle the mind of children and adults alike.
Watch the dragon here:
The real estate market is booming at DisneyParks‘ Magic Kingdom. It’s the hottest place for princesses to purchase their very own fairytale castle. It turns out, Belle and the Beast are outgrowing their small dwelling and decided it was time to put some roots down in a brand new location.
They enlisted the help of HGTV’s House Hunters International to help them find their dream home. The couple found the perfect palace, with spooky gargoyles outside for the Beast and a sprawling library inside for Belle. Now they just need to find tenants for the two other castles — though I think they’re tailor made for Cinderella and Ariel.
Also, someone on Disney’s marketing team deserves a giant raise. Don’t forget to check out their previous profile of Darth Vader‘s new life at Disney.
The Disney-Star Wars plot thickens. Lately, a lot of comedy groups having been poking fun at the fact that princess worlds will soon be colliding when Princess Leia meets her fellow Disney royalty. Comediva made this epic Disney-esque musical number called “Bonjour Star Wars” that shows the Disney princesses welcoming Princess Leia into their clan. Leia sets the scene by appearing as the typical damsel in distress usually found in Disney movies (and of course she has perf hair AND can sing, duh). But the welcoming soon turns sour when the princesses can’t get over how peculiar Princess Leia looks with those “bagels” in her hair. Naturally, the Star Wars beauty brings in reinforcements from her own Star Wars posse like Yoda.
When we last caught up with Comediva, they made the “BAMF Girls Club,” which consisted of Hermione Granger, Katniss Everdeen, and Michonne from The Walking Dead. I wonder what would happen if the “BAMF Girls Club” met up with the girls in this new video. Chaos I tell you! Beautiful chaos.
Watch the video here:
With all this talk of Disney buying Star Wars and making plans to do the next three films, screenjunkies decided to end the speculation by offering this exclusive, first look at a Disneyfied Star Wars.
Unfortunately, things aren’t going so well. Everyone in Disney’s stock is just a little too peachy for the franchise. Snow White won’t wear Princess Leia’s skimpy costume (PRUDE) and you can barely make out what Donald Duck is saying. Jack Sparrow has that edge they’re looking for but not surprisingly, he’s too drunk the remember his lines.
Watch it here:
Kids of the ’90s, prepare to celebrate.
Because word on the street is, Disney’s in early talks to develop a remake of Boy Meets World , the classic coming-of-age sitcom that melted our hearts between 1993 and 2001.
According to TVLine, The Disney Channel is planning on a sequel series called, Girl Meets World, which will focus on the pre-teen daughter of Cory and Topanga (aka BEST COUPLE EVER). And because the show is only at its early stages, sources are saying that the cable network is trying to land original series stars Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel to reprise their roles!! However, no word yet on whether Cory’s best friend Shawn (Rider Strong) or brother Eric (Will Friedle) will be coming back.
Fans of the show will remember the couple getting married during the college years and moving to New York City so Topanga can live out her dream of being a lawyer. And while her and Cory may already have a happy-ever-after, it’ll be awesome to see what their daughter will be like!!
What do you think?? Personally, the 90s kid in me is freaking out with excitement. So for good measure, here’s the theme song!
Disney’s latest 3D flick may include some of your favourite video game characters like Bowser, Pac-Man and Sonic the Hedgehog. However, none of this would have been possible without the guidance of animation director Rich Moore.
But even if you’ve never heard of Moore before, chances are you’re familiar with some of his work. Having directed episodes of The Simpsons and Futurama, he is actually an accomplished director with two Primetime Emmy Awards under his belt.
Speaking about his new film Wreck-it Ralph during a phone call, Moore let us in on what it was like to create a movie about video games.
Wreck-It Ralph focuses on the bad guy:
An underdog story, the film surrounds Wreck-It-Ralph, a video game villain with dreams of becoming a hero. Tired of being overshadowed by good guy Fix-It-Felix, Ralph goes on a quest that ultimately brings havoc to the whole arcade he lives in.
Believe or not, “hero” Fix-It-Felix was originally supposed to be the star of the film. But when Moore and screenwriter Phil Johnston weren’t really getting traction with the project, they scrapped the idea and decided to focus the movie on Wreck-It Ralph instead.
“In a feature, the main character has an arc, a journey. They learn something or something changes in that character,” Moore says. “It was tough to build a nice comedic story with a lot of heart around (Fix-it-Felix).”
The flick features appearances by 190 characters and the voice talents of some of Hollywood’s biggest names:
Featuring cameos by Sonic the Hedgehog’s Doctor Eggman, Street Fighter’s Chun-Li and even Paddles 1 and 2 from Pong, the film also includes original characters voiced by John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch and Alan Tudyk.
While working with everyone has been a treat for Moore, he was particularly pleased to have Reilly on board as the title character of Wreck-It Ralph.
Reilly, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work in Chicago, was so invested with his role that he even asked Moore to meet with the animators who created his character.
“(Reilly) was so hands on and so instrumental in fleshing out who Ralph is and what he’s like. Every character he plays feels like a real human being. You really care about his characters and you want them to achieve what it is that they want and desire.” Read more…
In the world of celebrity news, there’s no shortage of hits and misses. This week, Brad Pitt donates lots of money in support of same-sex marriage and Carly Rae Jepsen gets sued for copyright infringement.
HIT: Brad Pitt donates $100,000 in support of marriage equality
Continuing on his crusade to save the world, Brad Pitt pledged to match all donations made to the Human Rights Campaign in 24 hours up to $100,000 in support of same-sex marriage. The HRC currently have ballot campaigns in the states of Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington where the issue will be put to vote on Election Day. Glad to know a portion of Pitt’s rumoured $7 million Chanel No. 5 contract is going to a good place.
MISS: Carly Rae Jepsen sued over a couple of “oh OH oh’s”
According to a report by Billboard.com, Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City’s Adam Young are being sued for copyright infringement. Alabama-based singer Allyson Nichole Burnett claims that the song, “Good Time” by Jepsen and Owl City is remarkable close to her own diddy, “Ah, It’s a Love Song.” Burnett pretty much claims that the “oh, oh, oh” portions are similar in pitch sequence, melodic contour, etc. Someone’s been sippin’ on that haterade…
HIT: Stephen King surprises New Brunswick high school for Halloween
To help celebrate Halloween, Stephen King paid a surprise visit to a New Brunswick high school last Friday. Sussex Regional High School in Sussex, NB have been persuading the horror author to visit their school with parody videos, letters and King-inspired artwork. A visit from King sounds so much better than a surprise clown attack (I still refuse to read/watch King’s It. I like sleeping at night).
MISS: Star Wars Episode 7 will soon a be reality
Apparently, Disney’s $4.05 billion acquisition of Star Wars means Mouse Ears plans to release THREE MORE Star Wars film with episode 7 to come out by 2015. Wait a minute. Has no one learned from Episodes 1, 2 AND 3? ANAKIN, NO!!!
HIT: The Jersey Shore house survived Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy pretty much decimated the east coast earlier this week. Included in Sandy’s path of destruction was Snooki’s home away from home, Seaside Heights, NJ. By some miracle, the famous Jersey Shore house managed to escape Sandy’s wrath. Hey, MTV! I think it’s a sign. Maybe we need just one more season of Jersey Shore? Or at least a special. The crew could help the community clean up instead of causing drunk havoc.
MISS: Gene Hackman smacked a homeless guy
According to Sante Fe, New Mexico police, legendary actor Gene Hackman slapped a homeless guy in self-defense. The 82-year-old actor slapped the man after he called Hackman’s wife a dirty name. I mean, I know Hackman is a badass and I’m all for old time-y chivalry. But I’d rather walk away from a potential physical confrontation especially if the guy had a record of battery charges, like the man on the receiving end of Hackman’s open-handed blow. Safety first, kids.
Everyone has their own opinion about Disney buying Lucasfilm and announcing the next Star Wars trilogy, but no one actually took the time to ask Darth Vader what he thought about the movie. That guy has feelings too, you know?
It’s actually pretty hard to tell what the Dark Lord thinks since the mask blocks his presumably deadpan expression, but he seems to be having a relative amount of fun touring the park. DisneyParks uploaded a video on their YouTube page following the antagonist and a couple storm troopers as they test out the teacups, watch fireworks, dance and visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I’m sure him and Voldemort have a few evil tips to share…
Watch it here
The Internet was fraught with overreactions, memes and tweets about the announcement that Disney is buying Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion. They’re also making a seventh movie in the Star Wars series called “Episode 7,” set for release in 2015, with Episodes 8 and 9 following. There’s just sooo much to think about. Not just unending questions about whether the seventh episode will be just as terrible as the last three released, but will there be a theme park? Is Leia now a Disney princess? Will Joss Whedon sprout angel wings and become the new director?
The Internet wants answers now people.
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Honey Boo Boo discovers cupcake ATM machine
I didn’t think Honey Boo Boo’s life could get any better. Then this happened.
I’m really curious to see what Canadian journalist Nardwuar asked Carly Rae Jepson. Call me maybe, perhaps?
Whoever made this balanced breakfast has a lot of time on their hands. I like it.
X-Men Gangnam Style
Soo this happened. Hugh Jackman teamed up with Psy to dress up as Wolverine. I really, really hope this evolves into an epic nerdy version of Gangnam Style.
365 reasons why…
Aww. Somebody has a really thoughtful girlfriend (apparently with an intense love of rainbow assortments of paper). A woman wrote 365 reasons why she loves her boyfriend, including #19 that says “…you still love me when I’m being a crazy, overly attached girlfriend.”
The new season of AMC’s The Walking Dead premiered last night and we were damn excited. To celebrate its return, Antonius and Vijay from AVbyte (the same guys who did the Disney hipster princesses musical) put together a zombie musical all about singing, dancing and eating BRAINS. It makes the whole life of a zombie seem much more dignified, doesn’t it?
I always knew our dads couldn’t hide their undying love for Disney classics. These LifeofDad members pull out all the stops (no doubt to impress their Ariel-loving kids) to sing “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid. The video shows dads from all around the world (unfortunately, none from under the sea) belting out the words to the camera. It really is as cute as it sounds. So cute in fact, that I demand the dads of the world come together again and present us with more beautiful videos like this one. Dads, don’t forget there’s “a whole new world” (haha) of Disney classics out there.
Here’s 5 Disney classics the dads should cover next:
1. “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan
Not going to lie, I totally used to pretend to be these hunky men with my friends as we sang this Disney classic. If I can do it, so can these awesome dads.
2. “Zero to Hero” from Hercules
All dads know a thing or two about being heroes, am I right? (Or am I just trying to butter them up to cover this epic song…)
Yesterday, we saw how Rian Johnson’s Looper would be like if it were remade into a movie full of dirty jokes, farts and cheap humour. But what if Looper was secretly just a remake of a 90s film?
Here in the Disney version, we see scenes of a little Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a much younger, hairier Bruce Willis in what seems like…a heartwarming, family classic.
Bringing a corpse back to life is often (if not always) extremely creepy. But in Tim Burton’s new film Frankenweenie, resurrection is just as cute and endearing when it involves a boy and his everlasting love for his dog.
Set in the fictional town of New Holland, Victor Frankenstein (voiced by Charlie Tahan) is a bright and curious boy who doesn’t have many friends. Spending much of his time cooped up in the attic doing science experiments, the only companion he has is his beloved dog Sparky.
Together, the two are inseparable. So much so, that Victor’s caring parents (voiced by Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara) convince him to make friends and try different things.
Everything changes when Sparky dies unexpectedly after an accident. Trying to deal with his grief in science class, Victor is suddenly inspired when his eccentric teacher Mr. Rzykruski (Martin Landau) shows how a dead frog’s limbs still work when electrocuted. Motivated, Victor rushes back home to devise a plan to bring his dog back to life.
When the plan works and Sparky lives, Victor tries to keep his resurrected pet a secret. But when Sparky gets out, havoc breaks and it’s up to Victor to save the day.
Things I loved:
It just wouldn’t be a Tim Burton film without some quirky characters, and with their bulging eyes and oversized heads, these ones are especially so. Some favourites that come to mind are Victor’s classmates, Edgar (Atticus Shaffer) and Weird Girl (also voiced by Catherine O’Hara), who try to tamper with his scientific discovery.
Winona Ryder on the other hand, seems to play the sanest character on the bill as Elsa Van Helsing. She holds the most sympathy for Victor during his loss, but is way too distracted dealing with her tyrant uncle, who just so happens to be the town mayor (also voiced by Martin Short).
But the most interesting character in the movie is none other than science teacher Mr. Rzykruski. Sounding like a European Dracula, he steals the show, applying strange and unsettling teaching methods to his class.
The Special Effects
I’m not a big fan of 3D because I find it hardly ever works. But coupled with the film’s beautiful set designs and art direction, Frankenweenie is worth seeing in another dimension.
Despite being in black and white to pay homage to Old Hollywood, this film never ceases to amaze me. While it’s a stop-motion animation, at times the scenes are so real you can almost feel the sweat dripping from the characters’ faces.
Pack away the sandals and take out the boots
Saturday marked the first day of fall. Now I’m kind of depressed because I can no longer wear my flats without my feet freezing. Get yourself a pair of cute moccasin boots before the snow starts to fall. Then we can move onto Uggs… but not quite yet. [inspiration-fashion]
Full House reunion
I’ve seen every episode of Full House..about ten times each. It’s hard to believe it’s already been 25 years since the first episode aired. The cast got together on the weekend and even tweeted out some adorbz pics/videos. Ugh, that takes me back!! [a-v-a-n]
Wait..where was Michelle Tanner?
The Olsen twins better have a good excuse for NOT showing up. [kidsinthe90s]
Arm candy for days
If there’s one thing I’ve become obsessed with, it’s bracelets. You can find a whole bunch of DIY designs online that are super easy to make. Once you get the hang out it, you can start selling them to your friends and family. Who doesn’t like a little bit of income doing something they love? [toodles2ubitches]
A little piece of advice
Not only are fraternal twins Megan and Liz amazing singers, they give out great advice. If anyone’s looking for a couple of role models, these are the girls for you. [thirteen-fearless]
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