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Zootopia

“Zootopia” Takes Home Best Animated Feature Oscar; “Piper” Wins Best Animated Short

by Ed Liuon February 27, 2017
The 89th annual Academy Award winners were announced in a ceremony last night, with Disney’s Zootopia taking home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature and Disney/Pixar’s “Piper” winning for Best Animated Short Film. Of the remaining categories with an animated film in contention, the Best Original Song award went to “City of Stars” from La […]
Oscar Nominated Shorts 2017

Review: The 2017 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

by slaion February 23, 2017
This year’s animated shorts, presented in theaters and online by ShortsHD, features mostly a somber mix of animated tales with just the one exception from Pixar. There was also another R-rated short among the nominees, which again was screened last for the younger audience to leave beforehand. I’m not sure this year’s mix would entertain […]

Animation Abroad – Giggle Garage’s Origanimals

by Joshua Baileyon February 23, 2017
There are a great many preschool cartoons in existence, which is why it is important for new ones to stand out.  Origanimals, by Giggle Garage Animations in Malaysia, certainly succeeded in standing out.  Its visual style charmed me back when I first came across it last year; I adored the way that the characters and […]

Animation Abroad – Rainbow Cat & Blue Rabbit

by Joshua Baileyon February 17, 2017
It has four seasons, a theatrical movie and a number of spin-off cartoons, yet chances are, you’ve never even heard of it. Its dramatic themes briefly got it banned in its home country of China, with scenes depicting numerous bloody wounds, on-screen deaths and even torture. 虹猫蓝兔, which translates to Rainbow Cat & Blue Rabbit, […]

Toonzone @ MCM London Comic Con October 2016 – Takeshi Honda Interview

by Grant Whiteon February 13, 2017
Takeshi Honda has many prolific credits in the Japanese animation industry, including Evangelion (both the original series and new movies), Ponyo, Millennium Actress, Kill la Kill and Space Dandy. Toonzone News had the chance to pose some questions to him during his UK visit on behalf of Studio Khara and Anime Limited. TOONZONE NEWS:  I’d […]

Animation Abroad – Glue Studios’ Rimba Racer

by Joshua Baileyon February 7, 2017
It’s often easy for even the most avid fan of animation to overlook a great deal of what the world has to offer. We may live in the age of digital distribution, but most animated programs that are created never get the chance to be seen by audiences outside of their home countries. It is […]

Anime Limited Gets To Burning A UK Blu-ray Release For ‘Martian Successor Nadesico’

by Grant Whiteon February 6, 2017
Anime Limited have announced they will be producing a Blu-ray boxset for 90’s mecha satire Martian Successor Nadesico. Future Earth finds itself outclassed by the invading robotic armies of the Jovian Lizards. In response the arms manufacturer Nergal Heavy Industries independently produces a state of the art battleship, the Nadesico. The ship is staffed by […]

Naoko Yamada To Attend Glasgow Film Festival Screening Of ‘A Silent Voice’

by Grant Whiteon February 6, 2017
Director Naoko Yamada will be making a rare appearance outside of Japan to discuss her latest film A Silent Voice after a screening to be held by Anime Limited. Occurring at the Glasgow Film Festival Thursday 23rd February, Yamada (whose credits include K-On! and Tamako Market) will discuss with noted anime historian Jonathan Clements the […]

The LEGO Batman Movie

Review: “The LEGO Batman Movie” – Bet On Black (& Yellow)

by Grant Whiteon February 4, 2017
The LEGO Movie was a surprise hit in 2014, with no one expecting the witty, heartfelt tale laced with political commentary that we got. Who would have expected a film based on a toy line to be so critical of consumer culture? The film’s success led to the swift announcement of sequels and spin offs, […]
Summer Camp Island

Cartoon Network Greenlights “Summer Camp Island”

by Ed Liuon January 30, 2017
Pack Your Bags for Summer Camp! Cartoon Network Greenlights 2017 Sundance Film Festival Selection Summer Camp Island Based on Original Short Created by Julia Pott Cartoon Network greenlights Summer Camp Island, a wildly imaginative animated series based on the original short created by Julia Pott (Adventure Time). Having completed a momentous run at this year’s […]