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"Big Hero 6" Picks Up Chris Williams as Co-Director, Roy Conli as Producer

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The Hollywood Reporter notes that Chris Williams has joined Don Hall as co-director for Walt Disney Feature Animation’s Big Hero 6, and has also named Roy Conli as a new producer for the film. Williams co-directed and co-wrote 2008′s Bolt, and also has writing credits on Mulan, The Emperor’s New Groove, and Brother Bear. Conli was […]

James Avery 1948-2013

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The Hollywood Reporter reports that actor James Avery died on New Years Eve due to complications from open heart surgery; he was 65.  Avery was best known to TV audiences as Phillip Banks, Will’s uncle on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  He also made appearances on shows like Amen, The Closer, That ’70s Show, and Star […]

Lawsuit Roundup: "Robinson Curiosite" vs. "Robinson Sucroe", "Frozen" vs. "Frozen Land"

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The Canadian Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Canadian animator Claude Robinson in a copyright infringement lawsuit against animation firm Cinar over Robinson’s proposal for a cartoon character titled “Robinson Curiosite.” After submitting his proposal to a number of production companies over 20 years ago, Cinar brought the extremely similar show Robinson Sucroe to […]

PR: Nickelodeon's Heroes In A Half Shell Return To Battle In The UK In Season Two Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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NICKELODEON’S HEROES IN A HALF SHELL RETURN TO BATTLE IN SEASON TWO OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Masked Vigilante Casey Jones Joins Forces with the Crime-Fighting Turtles in the Season Premiere on Saturday 11th January at 9:30am on Nicktoons London -  Friday 20th December, 2013 – Nickelodeon launches season two of the hit animated […]

"Despicable Me 2" Shows Hefty Sales on DVD and Blu-ray

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Universal/Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2 has posted incredibly strong home video sales numbers in its first week of release, selling more than 4.5 million units on DVD and Blu-ray (56% of which was on the high-definition format). The numbers are comparable to those during DVD’s peak sales period in the early 2000′s, and matches the […]

China Court Fines "Pleasant Goat" After Children Burned in Copycat Incident

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The Hollywood Reporter notes that a court in China has levied a fine of 39,000 yuan (approx. $6,423) on the producers of Pleasant Goat and Big, Big Wolf, China’s most popular animated series, over an incident when two children were severely burned in April while imitating characters on the show. The amount represents 15% of […]

Peter O'Toole, Actor, 1932 - 2013

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Veteran actor Peter O’Toole passed away on December 14, 2013, at the age of 81. Obituaries are not mentioning a specific cause of death, but his daughter Kate O’Toole has stated that her father had been ill for some time. O’Toole was best-known for his role as Col. T.E. Lawrence in David Lean’s Lawrence of […]

Nominations for 2014 Golden Globe Awards Announced

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Nominations for the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards have been announced by the The Hollywood Foreign Press Association. This year Globe rules limited the nominees for Best Animated Feature Film to three, with the following movies making the cut: Walt Disney Pictures’ Frozen, The Croods from DreamWorks Animation, and Despicable Me 2 from Illumination Entertainment.  […]

Visual Effects Oscars Down To Top 10

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The 86th Academy Award presentation is closing fast – less than three months away now – and the list of the films under consideration for a Best Visual Effects award has officially been narrowed to 10. They are, in alphabetical order… “Elysium” “Gravity” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” “Iron Man 3” “The Lone Ranger” […]

ToonZone Holiday Gift Guide Idea # 37 – The CG Story

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Still flailing around for holiday gift ideas for that special person in your life who genuflects at the temple of the animation industry? Flail no more, your holiday gift holy grail may have arrived with the publication of “The CG Story: Computer Generated Animation and Special Effects” by Christopher Finch. The 368-page book [yes, book, […]

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