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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 & […]

"Kung Fu Panda" Success in China Triggers Introspection and Questions

The Guardian has noted that the success of DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda in China (previously reported by Toon Zone News here) has triggered a round of soul-searching in the country asking why Hollywood could make such a sucessful movie using Chinese symbols when China itself cannot. The movie’s popularity caused a parliamentary cultural affairs […]

Sylvain Chomet's "The Illusionist" First Footage to Screen at Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival will host the first public screening of footage from The Illusionist, the new animated film by Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville). The movie is based on a combination of original material and previously unproduced material by Jacques Tati, and will be produced with a combination of hand-drawn animation and CGI. […]

Lebanon Reverses "Persepolis" Ban

Lebanese authorities have reversed a decision to ban the animated movie Persepolis due to a public outcry that the ban was intended to please Iranian and Shiite clerics rather than out of any sensitivity to Muslims or the Islamic faith. The movie is based on the graphic novel memoirs of Marjane Satrapi as a child […]

"Persepolis" Is a True Milestone in Animated Filmmaking

After a movie has garnered a certain amount of hype, watching it can be a bit of a challenge. There are very, very few movies that actually deserve all the hype that they get. The feedback from disappointed moviegoers can even end up creating a backlash that can overwhelm whatever merits the movie might have […]

CulturePulp Interviews Marjane Satrapi on "Persepolis"

Mike Russell’s “CulturePulp” webcomic has published a webcomic interview with Marjane Satrapi on Persepolis, her autobiographical graphic novel and animated movie. The web comic is based on a 40-minute interview which Russell has provided along with an extra-large PDF version of the webcomic. (via Tom Spurgeon’s Comics Reporter)

Nina Paley Seeks Funds to Get "Sita Sings the Blues" to Berlin

Independent animator Nina Paley has posted a public plea for donations to fund a 35mm print of her film Sita Sings the Blues for screening at the 58th Annual Berlin International Film Festival in February. A master print will cost $30,000, with additional costs for surround sound, and Paley has stated that she still needs […]

"Persepolis" Snubbed for Best Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has issued the shortlist of nine films eligible for “Best Foreign Language Film.” Notable for its absence is Persepolis, the animated adaptation of Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel memoir that was a heavy favorite in early Oscar race speculation. The movie is still eligible for a nomination in […]

DVD Talk Radio Interviews Marjane Satrapi on "Persepolis"

DVD Talk Radio has posted an audio interview with Marjane Satrapi about Persepolis, the animated movie based on her autobiographical graphic novel about her childhood during the Islamic Revolution.

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