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Life, Animated

Review: “Life, Animated” – Disney Animation as Real World Magic for Autism

by Christopher Glennonon July 1, 2016
Disney loves to promote the idea of “Disney magic,” often accompanying that phrase with smiling children faces, catchy music, and movie re-release after movie re-release. However, “Disney magic” isn’t necessarily just a marketing tool. The animation of Disney has created all kinds of hardcore fans, and in some instances, the love of these movies can […]
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“Anastasia” Stage Musical Sets Broadway Opening Date

by Ed Liuon June 30, 2016
Variety reports that the Anastasia stage musical will debut on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theater with a targeted opening date of April 24, 2017. The musical is based on Don Bluth’s animated feature film of the same name, centering on an amnesiac 18-year old who may be the last surviving member of the Russian royal […]

Wreck-It Ralph 2

Disney Announces “Wreck-It Ralph 2”, Reschedules “Gigantic” in 2018

by Todd DuBoison June 30, 2016
Walt Disney Animation has officially announced a sequel to its 2012 feature film Wreck-It Ralph. The news was first announced through a live video on Facebook, where director Rich Moore was joined by screenwriter Phil Johnson and Ralph actor John C. Reilly to break the news to fans. For the sequel, Phil Johnson will be co-directing […]
Anime Limited Taking Pre-orders For Limited Edition “Fullmetal Alchemist” Blu-ray Set

UK “Fullmetal Alchemist” Ultimate Edition Early Bird Discount Ends Tuesday

by Grant Whiteon June 30, 2016
The law of equivalent exchange states that to gain something you must lose something of equal value. The law of Anime Limited exchange works a bit differently. There are just a few days left to take advantage of the company’s early bird discount on their HD Blu-ray Ultimate Edition boxset of the original Fullmetal Alchemist […]

James Hong

Toonzone Interviews “Kung Fu Panda” Actor James Hong on Being Mr. Ping

by Ed Liuon June 27, 2016
Veteran actor James Hong has had a career stretching over six decades, and is one of the most recognizable actors working today with over 500 roles on his resume. Born in 1929 in Minneapolis, MN, Mr. Hong spent his elementary school years in Hong Kong before returning to the United States at age 10. Despite […]
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Sony Pictures Animation Announces 2017-2018 Slate: “Emojimovie,” “Hotel Transylvania 3,” “Spider-Man,” Animated “Ghostbusters” Series

by Ed Liuon June 23, 2016
Sony Pictures Animation Announces 2017 & 2018 Slate Projects Include EMOJIMOVIE: EXPRESS YOURSELF, Faith-Based Film THE STAR, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3, Animated SPIDER-MAN and GHOSTBUSTERS Animated TV Series Culver City, CA, June 20, 2016 – In a move signaling an expansion of its output and increased year-round production across multiple platforms, Sony Pictures Animation announced today […]

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Nickelodeon Renews “Blaze & the Monster Machines,” “PAW Patrol,” and “Shimmer and Shine”

by Ed Liuon June 23, 2016
NICKELODEON DOUBLES DOWN ON PRESCHOOL SLATE WITH SEASON RENEWALS OF HIT SERIES BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES, PAW PATROL AND SHIMMER AND SHINE Nick Greenlights Fourth Seasons of Blaze and the Monster Machines and PAW Patrol, and Third Season of Shimmer and Shine, in Biggest Preschool Content Pipeline Ever NEW YORK–June 21, 2016– Nickelodeon is […]
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New “Ben 10” Global Premieres Starting Fall 2016 through 2017

by Ed Liuon June 23, 2016
THE NEW BEN 10 MAKES GLOBAL DEBUT THIS FALL ON CARTOON NETWORK Latest Franchise Begins Worldwide Rollout with Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific and Continues into 2017 with North America and Latin America Cartoon Network’s newest take on Ben 10, the animated phenomenon that had kids all over the world wanting to transform […]

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George Takei To Voice New Character in “Teeny Titans” Game

by Grant Whiteon June 20, 2016
Oh my! George Takei, famous for playing Sulu in the Star Trek franchise and his work for promoting gay rights, will be appearing as a brand new character in Cartoon Network’s new app game Teeny Titans. Based on the Teen Titans Go! animated series, Robin has become addicted to a new figure based collectable battling […]
Finding Dory

“Finding Dory” Breaks Records with $136M Opening Weekend

by Ed Liuon June 20, 2016
Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory conquered the box office in its premiere weekend, taking in an estimated $136.1 million in ticket sales domestically, dwarfing its nearest competition (Warner Bros. comedy Central Intelligence starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart, which took in an estimated $34.5 million). The total broke several box office records for an animated […]