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Cross Media International Will Bring Osamu Tezuka's Cast of Characters to North America

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Astro Boy and friends have a new representative. Cross Media International, a San Franscisco-based production and management company, announced today that it entered into an agreement with Tezuka Productions of Japan to develop distribution opportunities for Osamu Tezuka’s properties and characters in North America. Tezuka, known as the “God of Manga” and the “Walt Disney […]

2014 Academy Award Nominees Announced (UPDATED with Reaction Statements)

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for a 2014 Academy Award. Categories with an animated film in contention are: BEST ANIMATED FEATURE The Croods (DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc) Despicable Me 2 (Universal/Illumination Entertainment) Ernest & Celestine (GKIDS/La Parti Productions/Les Armateurs) Frozen (Walt Disney Animation Studios) The Wind Rises (Kaze […]

2014 Best Animated Short Candidates: "Requiem for Romance"

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Requiem for Romance from Jonathan Ng on Vimeo.

"Archer" Team Discusses Big Changes in Season 5 Opener

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The Hollywood Reporter caught up with key creative personnel on FX’s Archer at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, discussing the major change to the show’s status quo in the season 5 premiere (which debuted last night). Among other topics, the article discusses where the idea of the change came from, what the reaction […]

"Fortune" Talks with Disney CEO About "Frozen"; Discussions for Broadway Show Revealed

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Fortune magazine spoke with the Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger on the success of Frozen, quoting Iger as saying that the film’s critical and box-office success indicates that “Disney Animation is where it rightfully belongs.” The article traces this moment from Iger’s first big act as CEO to buy Pixar Animation Studios in 2006, […]

2014 Best Animated Short Candidates: "Room on the Broom"

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Animation Dominates Japan 2013 Box Office Charts

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The Hollywood Reporter notes that the 2013 annual box office results in Japan are dominated by animation, with 7 out of the top 10 grossing films of the year being animated, and one prominently featuring a CGI character in a live-action movie. Hayao Miyazaki’s Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) was the #1 top grossing film […]

"Frozen" Takes 2014 Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film

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The 2014 Golden Globe Awards were given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, with Disney’s Frozen winning the Best Animated Feature Film award, beating out Universal/Illumination’s Despicable Me 2 and DreamWorks Animation SKG’s The Croods. The only other category with something animated in contention was the Best Foreign Language Film category, where Studio Ghibli’s […]

2014 Best Animated Short Candidates: Shuhei Morita's "Possessions"

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In the run-up to the announcement of the nominees for the 2014 Best Animated Short Film, Toonzone is taking a look at some of the shortlisted candidates for the category. Out of the ten shortlisted films, three to five candidates will be nominated. Longtime Toonzone readers may recall Shuhei Morita’s name from the short film […]

Sorry Charlie, 3D Tuna Beret Is Starkist's Newest Creation

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The old hipster Charlie would have understood, because he was always being admonished – “Sorry Charlie, Starkist doesn’t want tunas with good taste, Starkist wants tunas that taste good!” – but this new hipster 3D animated hipster version of Charlie Starkist has created for their newest spokestuna? Well, the housewives seem impressed – but that’s […]

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