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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 […]

Platform International Animation Festival: Toonzone Interviews "Adventure Time" Creator Pendleton Ward

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A graduate of the CalArts Animation Program, Pendleton Ward went on to work at Frederator Studios and wrote and storyboarded for The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack before going on to create the hit series Adventure Time in 2010. Following the “Awesome” Cartoon Network panel at the Platform International Animation Festival, Toonzone News caught up to […]

Platform International Animation Festival: Best of World Student Animation: Highlights of Annecy 2012

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October 26, LOS ANGELES, CA—As part of Platform’s International Animation Festival, a selection of films animated by students was screened.  Picked straight from this year’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival, these are the best animated student films the world has to offer.  Animation is such a diverse medium full of possibility that anything can happen, […]

Platform International Animation Festival: Toonzone Interviews Katsuhiro Otomo on His New Short Hi-No-Yojin: Combustible

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Katsuhiro Otomo debuted as a manga writer/artist in 1973 and is known for such works as Domu and Akira. Otomo directed the animated adaptation of Akira in 1988, which went on to become highly influential in the world of animation. Otomo also directed 2004’s Steamboy; his most recent work is a short film “Combustible (Hi-No-Yojin).” […]

Review: "Danny Phantom" Season 2, Part 2: Episodes So Nice, You Buy Them Twice

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Following the release of the first part of season two of Nickelodeon’s Danny Phantom comes the Shout! Factory release of the second half. Not only is the breaking up of season two unnecessary, it’s pointless and maddening. Sure, a complete set would be a lot heavier than the typical, cheaper two-disc release, but owning both […]

SDCC2012: LAIKA's "ParaNorman" Panel

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Focus Films and LAIKA brought their latest film, ParaNorman to San Diego Comic Con 2012. Producer and Lead Animator on ParaNorman (and LAIKA CEO and President), Travis Knight sat at a panel with ParaNorman Writer/Director Chris Butler and Director Sam Fell. Also at the panel were ParaNorman stars Kodi Smit-McPhee (Norman), Anna Kendrick (Courtney), and […]

SDCC2012: A Roundtable Interview with "ParaNorman" Producer Arianne Sutner, Production Designer Nelson Lowry, and Director of 3-D Rapid Prototyping Brian McLean

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Arianne Sutner, producer for ParaNorman, was also animator producer on The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, coordinator of the story department on The Nightmare Before Christmas, and editorial coordinator on James and the Giant Peach. Nelson Lowry, Production Designer for ParaNorman, is LAIKA’s Senior Art Director. He was selected by the National Society of Film […]

SDCC2012: A Roundtable Interview with "ParaNorman" Star Kodi Smit-McPhee

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Kodi Smit-McPhee stars in ParaNorman as the titular Norman Babcock. He has received Critics’ Choice Movie Award nominations for Best Young Actor for his roles in Let Me In and The Road and an AFI Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Matching Jack. He has won the AFI Award for Young Actor and a […]

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