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Bloomberg News on "Waltz with Bashir" Impact on Israeli Animation Industry

Bloomberg News has taken note of the positive impact that the animated documentary Waltz with Bashir has had on Israel’s nascent animation industry, with a growing number of studios and animators producing animation in the country and drawing an estimated $100 million in investments over the past five years. The growth in animation is also […]

Briefly: Iranian Animator at Dartmouth; Chinese Animator in Financial Times

* Iranian animator Noori Zarrinkelk, considered the “father of Iranian animation,” visited the Dartmouth college campus at the end of May. Zarrinkelk last visited the campus during the Iran-Iraq War in 1986; his visit was to screen five of his films and two more from contemporary Iranian animators. [TheDartmouth.com] * The Financial Times has profiled […]

AWN on Israel's Animation Industry after "Waltz with Bashir"

AWN has taken a look at the nascent Israeli animation industry, which has gotten a very high-profile boost from the animated documentary Waltz with Bashir, as well as the stop-motion movie $9.99 by Tatia Rosenthal which adapts the stories of Israeli writer Etgar Keret. Both discuss how the Israeli animation industry was essentially non-existent when […]

"Ponyo" Lands 3 Asian Film Award Noms; Aids Toho Bottom Line

The 3rd Annual Asian Film Award nominees have been announced, with Studio Ghibli’s Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea landing three nominations for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Composer. In a related story, Toho Studios reported earnings of $817.5 million at the Japanese box office in 2008, with nearly $170 million of that […]

NY Times Speaks with Ari Folman on "Waltz with Bashir"

The New York Times has profiled director Ari Folman, director of the biographical animated documentary Waltz with Bashir (free registration required). The movie chronicles Folman’s time in the Israeli Army during the 1982 Lebanon war, telling the story of his own younger self at the time and the massacre of hundreds to thousands of Palestinians […]

Endemol and Teshkeel Media to Produce Islamic-Themed Superhero 'Toon "The 99"

Teshkeel Media and Endemol UK are teaming up to produce the animated adventures of The 99, based on the comic book series of the same name from Teshkeel. The series focuses on a superhero team whose members derive their powers as an embodiment of one of the 99 virtues of Allah. Production will be done […]

"Variety" on Israeli Animation in "Waltz with Bashir" and "$9.99"

Variety has noted the two Israeli animated movies set to be released in U.S. movie theaters soon: the documentary Waltz with Bashir and $9.99, based on the short stories of Etgar Keret. The stop-motion movie $9.99 is a “surreal, multi-stranded musing on the meaning of life featuring disparate characters including a disgruntled guardian angel,” and […]

Israel to Submit Animated "Waltz with Bashir" for Best Foreign Language Oscar

The Cinemascope weblog is reporting that Israel will submit the animated documentary Waltz with Bashir as their entry for the Best Foreign Language Academy Award. The movie has gathered much attention since its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, and swept Israel’s Ophir Awards (their equivalent of the Oscars) landing Best Direction, Best Screenplay, and […]

LA Times on China's Reaction to "Kung Fu Panda"

The Los Angeles Times is the latest media outlet to report on the reaction of China’s artistic and political communities to the success of Kung Fu Panda (free registration required). Earlier articles (reported earlier here and here at Toon Zone News) pointed out the self-criticism that came from Chinese filmmakers who complained that it took […]

New York Times on "Kung Fu Panda"'s Success in China

The New York Times has taken a look at the success of Kung Fu Panda in China (free registration required), discussing how many in China are asking why an American studio could produce a movie using Chinese symbolism when Chinese moviemakers cannot. The article also briefly follows Asian-influenced entertainment in Western art from Gilbert & […]

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