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SDCC2014: Marvel Animation Presents! Talks Fall Premieres and New DTV

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Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television, introduced Cort Lane (VP), Stephen Wacker (VP – animation), and Eric Radomski (SVP) to talk about what’s coming up for Marvel Animation. The upcoming third season of Ultimate Spider-Man, which is titled Web Warriors will be about Spider-Man chasing the Green Goblin throughout other realities and meeting various version of […]

"The Boxtrolls" Interview With Directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable

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Anthony Stacchi joined LAIKA in 2007 from Sony Pictures Animation after co-directing the CG hit Open Season. Before Sony, he worked as Head of Story, Storyboard Artist and Animator at PDI/DreamWorks, Industrial Light and Magic and Skellington Productions on projects including Antz, Spirit, James and the Giant Peach, Frankenstein and Curious George. Graham Annable makes […]

On Set With “The Boxtrolls” - A Tour Through Laika Animation

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Review: "Free Birds" Makes Dumb, Funny Looking, Entertaining Birds

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When it comes to dumb, talking cartoon animals, it’s kind of a surprise there aren’t more animated turkeys. Birds that don’t fly and have weird things hanging off their faces? That’s hilarious. And turkeys are dumb. Real dumb. Reel FX’s Free Birds, written by Jimmy Hayward and Scott Mosier and directed by Hayward, manages to […]

Toonzone Interviews Director Jimmy Hayward About "Free Birds"

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Jimmy Hayward gained early directorial prominence as a commercial director and was one of the original animators of the computer-animated television series ReBoot. He then joined Pixar Animation to work on the first Toy Story and worked with the company for over a decade. He later joined 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios as […]

Toonzone Goes to the "Free Birds" Premiere Press Conference

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Jimmy Hayward gained early directorial prominence as a commercial director and was one of the original animators of the computer-animated television series ReBoot. He then joined Pixar Animation to work on the first Toy Story and worked with the company for over a decade. He later joined 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios as […]

Review: "Disney's Planes" Takes Flight (But Not Too High)

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Did you like Cars? Do you like anthropomorphic vehicles with personalities, hopes, and dreams? Do you like to see them race, cutting out the middle man of having a human driver? Then, theoretically, you’ll like Disney’s Planes, provided you don’t mind formula, predictability, and stereotypical stock characters. As we are constantly reminded, this movie is […]

SDCC2013: "Beware the Batman" Screening and Q&A

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To promote DC Nation’s newest series, the CG Beware the Batman, Comic Con devoted an entire program to it. Moderated by USA Today writer Brian Truitt, the event began with the screening of the never before seen fifth episode of the series “Broken,” featuring Batman rogue Humpty Dumpty. Following the screening, Bruce Wayne/Batman voice actor […]

Review: Casper’s Scare School, The Busy Body With No Body

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Let’s face it, monsters are cool.  Even when they’re scary.  Sometimes especially when they’re scary. So where does that leave Casper the Friendly Ghost, who is perhaps the least threatening monster in all of existence?  Casper is a highly recognizable and enduring character who has been interpreted in many different mediums throughout his 70 plus […]

Platform International Animation Festival: Ladislas Starewitch

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October 26, LOS ANGELES, CA—Platform’s International Animation Festival, in collaboration with  CalArts and Redcat, kicked off its three day event with a showcase of films by legendary stop-motion pioneer Ladislas Starewitch.  Born to Polish parents in 1882, Starewitch grew up in Russia, but lived most of his life in Paris. Starewitch was a key figure […]

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