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

by Ed Liuon December 19, 2013
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 […]
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China Court Fines "Pleasant Goat" After Children Burned in Copycat Incident

by Ed Liuon December 19, 2013
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 […]

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Peter O'Toole, Actor, 1932 - 2013

by Ed Liuon December 17, 2013
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 […]
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Nominations for 2014 Golden Globe Awards Announced

by Todd DuBoison December 12, 2013
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.  […]

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Visual Effects Oscars Down To Top 10

by Alex Beanon December 10, 2013
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” […]
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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 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 […]