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"Coraline" and "Up" on AFI's Top 10 Movies for 2009

The American Film Institute has released its official selection of the top 10 TV and film series of 2009 for the 10th annual AFI Awards, with Coraline and Up joining The Hangover, The Hurt Locker, The Messenger, Precious, A Serious Man, A Single Man, Sugar, and Up in the Air on the top 10 films […]

Voice Actor for a Weekend: Top 5 More Lessons from Bob Bergen's Advanced Class

Last year, I took a beginner voice acting class with Bob Bergen when he brought it to New York City, and had so much fun doing it that I wanted to take his advanced class this year. Luckily, taking Bob’s class last year fooled him into thinking that I was qualified for the advanced class. […]

Robert Zemeckis Just Sees What He Wants to See

Robert Zemeckis is going to remake the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine using his “performance capture” CGI animation techniques, and the news is being received with a number of catcalls and jeers from animation fans and traditional animators. Most of the complaints from animation circles center on the motion-capture technique itself, which converts a filmed actor into […]

Toon Zone Interviews Voice Acting Legend Jim Cummings on "The Tigger Movie"

If you’ve watched cartoons on TV or in the movies or played video games since the late 1980′s, odds are you’ve heard Jim Cummings’ work at least a dozen times. One of the busiest voice-over actors working today, Cummings has amassed a vast volume of cartoon, animated feature and video game voice work since he […]

The Chico Marx Effect

During his Presidential campaign, Barack Obama asked for a new, freer, and more open conversation about issues of race, saying, “I have never been so naïve as to believe that we can get beyond our racial divisions in a single election cycle,” and “that working together we can move beyond some of our old racial […]

3-D Roundup: LA Times on Future of 3-D; BBC on "Monsters vs. Aliens" & "Coraline"

The Los Angeles Times has taken a long, hard look at the future of 3-D movies in theaters (free registration required), stating that the success of the 3-D version of DreamWorks Animation’s Monsters vs. Aliens “has directors and studio executives quickly reconsidering which, and how many, of their future film projects can be reworked into […]

"Coraline"'s Henry Selick Gets Tex Avery Animation Award from AFI

The American Film Institute has awarded its Tex Avery Animation Award to Henry Selick, director of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline, at the AFI’s Dallas International Film Festival. Local station WXII spoke with Selick briefly about the award and the legacy of Tex Avery, the labor of love in making Coraline, and the challenges […]

EA and Starz Go to Hell for Animated "Dante's Inferno"

Electronic Arts and Starz Media’s Film Roman announced production of an animated movie based on Dante’s Inferno, expanding on the previously announced video games for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. To retell the epic poem’s journey through the nine circles of Hell, the producers will commission “unique visions from multiple studios with experience creating […]

How "Coraline" Will Save the Economy of Oregon

An article in the Oregonian takes a look at “the Coraline Economy” in Oregon, named for the Laika Animation Studios movie and based on the idea that “The creatives — hanging at the local coffee shops and clubs and brewpubs, huddling in the corners and madly pounding their laptops — will lead us back to […]

NYCC2009: A Roundtable Discussion with "Up"'s Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera

Pete Docter’s long career with Pixar Animation Studios has meant he’s worked on many of the studio’s most beloved films, including both Toy Story movies, WALL-E, and his directorial debut Monsters, Inc. Jonas Rivera has also been with the studio for quite some time, starting off as an assistant on Toy Story and working his […]

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