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"The Great Mouse Detective": Of Mice and Mysteries

I suppose I’m confessing to a form of thought crime when I say so, but there it is: I was never much of a fan of Disney’s Katzenberg-era animated features. I liked The Little Mermaid well enough. But I thought the admittedly lavish Beauty and the Beast an odious perversion of the original fairy tale; […]

"Monsters Inc. 2" Confirmed with Release Date, "Bear and the Bow" Retitled

Walt Disney Studios chairman Richard Ross announced a retitling of Disney/Pixar’s The Bear and the Bow and confirmed long-standing rumors of a sequel to Monsters, Inc., with both getting release dates in 2012, according to coverage in the Hollywood Reporter of a studio discussion and presentation. The Bear and the Bow is now titled Brave, […]

Andreas Deja on Designing Mama Odie for "The Princess and the Frog"

Jim Hill Media has posted highlights from a talk given by Andreas Deja at a recent Ryman Arts career event, where the Disney animator discussed the thought processes behind designing and animating Mama Odie (and her seeing-eye snake Juju) for The Princess and the Frog. Among other topics, Deja discusses the thinking behind Mama Odie’s […]

Disney Releases "The Great Mouse Detective" Video Clips and Stills

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released several video clips and stills from The Great Mouse Detective Mystery in the Mist Edition DVD, which was released yesterday, April 13, 2010: Featurette: Scotland Yard (bonus) Featurette: Sleuth (bonus) Basil of Baker Street (film) Basil’s Experiment (film) On the Trail (film) Basil’s Calculations (film) Click on any […]

Bakshi's "Lord of the Rings": Better Than It Looks

Movies are movies, and books are books; and it is usually unfair to judge an adaptation from one medium to another by comparing it to the original. But sometimes it can’t be helped. Judged on its own, Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is an abysmal failure: […]

"The Lord of the Rings": Potential Energy That Never Becomes Kinetic

Some of that faithfulness to Tolkien’s prose doesn’t serve the movie terribly well. Several of the actors’ line readings strain so hard to stay true to Tolkien’s words that they forget to bring life to his language. William Squire’s Gandalf and Annette Crosbie’s Galadriel are especially susceptible to this, although Squire is also competing with […]

New Video Clips & Stills from "The Lord of the Rings" Remastered Deluxe Edition

Toonzone News is proud to host the following three clips from Ralph Bakshi’s animated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, which is being released by Warner Home Video in a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack today, April 6, 2010. Warner Home Video has also made the following stills from the movie available. Click on […]

"Up" Nominated for Hugo Award

Pixar’s film Up has been nominated for a Hugo award, in the category Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form. The other nominees for the award are Avatar, District 9, Moon and Star Trek. The Hugo awards are presented annually to the year’s best works of fantasy and science fiction. [Source: Hugo Awards Website]

Henry Selick Signs with Disney to Make Stop-Motion Movies

Variety is reporting that Henry Selick has signed a deal to return to the Walt Disney Company to make stop-motion animated movies for Disney/Pixar. Selick will establish a studio in the San Francisco Bay Area, putting him in close proximity to Pixar’s Emeryville, CA studio, and plans to “write and direct features based on both […]

LA Times on "The Secret of Kells"

The Los Angeles Times has taken a look at The Secret of Kells (free registration required). The article, which contains some small spoilers for the movie, digs into the movie’s visual and thematic inspirations from the actual Book of Kells and some other old Irish folktales and legends. It also includes a quote from Pixar’s […]

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