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Sony Pictures Animation Names Tim Reckart to Direct “The Lamb”

by Ed Liuon April 8, 2015
Sony Pictures Animation today announced that Oscar nominated director Tim Reckart (HEAD OVER HEELS) will develop and make his feature directorial debut with THE LAMB. THE LAMB is a fully CG animated theatrical feature project which tells the inspirational story of a young lamb who will change the world. Based on an original pitch by Tom […]
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Stan Freberg, 1926 – 2015

by Ed Liuon April 7, 2015
The Hollywood Reporter notes the passing of Stan Freberg — satirist, author, recording artist, voiceover actor, comedian, puppeteer, and advertising creative director — at the age of 88 due to natural causes. He began a career in animation voiceover shortly after graduating from Alhambra High School in 1944, working for Warner Bros. as Pete Puma, […]

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NY Times on Oriental DreamWorks and Growing China/Hollywood Partnerships

by Ed Liuon April 6, 2015
The New York Times has taken a look at the growing number of partnerships between Hollywood film studios and Chinese creative companies, paying specific focus on Oriental DreamWorks and its work to make Kung Fu Panda 3 a true international co-production. The article notes how the Chinese market is growing in importance to Hollywood studios, […]
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Judge Dismisses Animation Workers’ Anti-Trust Lawsuit Over Wage-Fixing Practices

by Ed Liuon April 6, 2015
The Hollywood Reporter reports that U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has dismissed a class-action lawsuit that claimed that several animation companies (including the Walt Disney Corporation, DreamWorks Animation, and Sony ImageWorks) violated anti-trust laws by fixing wages of animators in a non-poaching arrangement between numerous tech firms. The ruling relied on the statute of limitations […]

Anime Limited Obtains UK and EU Rights To "Seraph of the End"

Anime Limited Partners With Viewster For Spring UK/EU Simulcasts

by Grant Whiteon April 3, 2015
Scotland based UK anime licensor Anime Limited have announced a partnership with video streaming service Viewster to provide their spring 2015 simulcast releases. Seraph of the End, Plastic Memories and The Heroic Legend of Arslan will be available to UK and Ireland fans for free via the service the same day they are available in Japan, […]
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“An Animation Showcase: From Celluloid to CGI” in NYC from April 24 – May 29, 2015

by Ed Liuon April 2, 2015
THE ACADEMY PRESENTS “AN ANIMATION SHOWCASE: FROM CELLULOID TO CGI” TO TAKE PLACE IN NEW YORK APRIL 24 – MAY 29 Animation Series To Feature Panel With LAIKA & Sneak Peek of Disney-Pixar’s “Inside Out” New York, NY – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present “An Animation Showcase: From Celluloid to […]

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NYC MoMA Hosts Glen Keane and John Canemaker on April 6, 2015

by Ed Liuon April 1, 2015
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City will be hosting renowned animator Glen Keane in discussion with animator/historian John Canemaker on Monday, April 6, 2015, at 7:00 PM as part of their “Modern Mondays” film exhibition. The screening will feature the New York theatrical premiere of Mr. Keane’s “Duet” short film, which […]

Toonzone Tours the Nickelodeon Animation Studios

by Christopher Glennonon March 31, 2015
Over 20 years and 50+ different cartoon shows, Nickelodeon Animation is just as strong as it ever was. Situated in a white building with big orange letters in Burbank, California, Nickelodeon Animation Studio opened its doors to Toonzone News and other members of the press for a studio tour in anticipation of the latest addition […]

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DreamWorks’ “Home” Surprises With Strong Opening Weekend

by Todd DuBoison March 30, 2015
DreamWorks Animation’s new family film Home defied expectations at the box office opening weekend, earning $52.1 million domestically per Box Office Mojo. The movie had been projected for an opening of $30 to $35 million, but instead Home represents the third strongest opening for a non-sequel film from the studio behind Kung Fu Panda ($60.2 […]
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New “Hotel Transylvania 2” Domestic Teaser One-Sheet Revealed

by Ed Liuon March 26, 2015
Sony Pictures Animation has revealed the latest domestic teaser one-sheet poster for Hotel Transylvania 2. It is set to appear in theaters starting tomorrow, but you can get a look at Drac’s Pack now: Hotel Transylvania 2 will premiere on September 25, 2015.