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ToonZone Holiday Gift Guide Idea # 37 – The CG Story

by Alex Beanon December 10, 2013
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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Disney's "Frozen" Takes #1 at Box Office in 2nd Week, Sets Post-Thanksgiving Record

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison December 9, 2013
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen saw continued success during its second week at the box office, grossing a total of $31.6 million to seize first place from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and its $27 million gross. The film has now earned a total of $134.3 million domestically in the United States and an estimated worldwide […]

Nickelodeon and the United States Postal Service are launching “SpongeBob MailPants,”

by PowerZordon December 6, 2013
  Nickelodeon and the United States Postal Service announced today that they’re an educational letter-writing program called “SpongeBob MailPants,”  to show kids the fun of writing, sending and receiving mail this holiday season. Now through Jan. 4, 2014, kids can get special postage-paid, customized SpongeBob postcards at more than 25,000 Post Office locations nationwide to […]
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PR: "McLaren Wall-to-Wall:" NFB & Quartier des Spectacles Partnership Call for Norman McLaren Centenary Projects

by Ed Liuon December 6, 2013
McLaren Wall-to-Wall: NFB and Quartier des Spectacles Partnership issue call for projects to mark centenary of celebrated Canadian filmmaker Norman McLaren Montreal, December 5, 2013 – Norman McLaren, one of the most famous animation filmmakers in the world, would have been 100 years old in 2014. McLaren brought an energy and vision to animation filmmaking […]

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Danny Wells, Actor, 1941 - 2013

by Ed Liuon December 5, 2013
Actor Danny Wells passed away on November 28, 2013, in Toronto, Canada, at the age of 72. Wells may be best known to animation fans as Luigi the plumber (both in voice-over and on-camera) on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! alongside Captain Lou Albano as the title character. Wells also had a number of […]
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41st Annual Annie Award Nominees Announced

by Ed Liuon December 4, 2013
ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nominees for the 41st annual Annie Awards, marking the best achievements in animation for 2013. The full list of nominees is at the Annie Awards website; nominees in major categories includes: Best Animated Feature A Letter to Momo – 
GKIDS Despicable Me 2 – 
Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures Ernest & Celestine
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"Frozen" Takes $66.7M Over Weekend, $93.36M Since Open

by Ed Liuon December 2, 2013
Disney’s Frozen has contributed to a record-breaking Thanksgiving weekend at the movie box office, taking $66.7 million (estimated) over the weekend for a total of $93.356 million over the five days since its premiere. The total makes it the biggest Thanksgiving opening weekend, easily topping the $80.1 million taken by Toy Story 2 in 1999, […]
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Rudolph Won’t Let Marvel Play Any Reindeer Games

by Alex Beanon November 27, 2013
The first official holiday showing – because you know there will be at least 97 other re-broadcasts – of the season for “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” by CBS easily won the ratings race for Tuesday evening over superhero-tinged and poorly-titled newcomer “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Rudolph, with his nose so bright, gathered 11.4 million viewers […]

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PR: Aardman Craft Brand New Online Home For "The Gruffalo"

by Grant Whiteon November 26, 2013
BRISTOL UK, Thursday 21st November – In celebration of The Gruffalo’s forthcoming 15th anniversary in 2014, Macmillan Children’s Books commissioned Aardman to create a stunning new online fan site for the brand, which went live this month. The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler is a modern classic, loved by an international […]
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NekoCon 2013: Steve Blum

by Weathermanon November 20, 2013
Prolific voice actor Steve Blum was one of the feature guests at Nekocon 2013 in Hampton, Virginia. This article covers his Sunday afternoon Q&A session, since he had several throughout the con. Blum proved to be a wonderful guest, taking multiple requests from the audience for lines spoken in the voices of many of the […]