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toonzone at MCM London Comic Con October 2013 – Interview With Wit Studio

by Grant Whiteon November 3, 2013
Prior to the Wit Studio panel held in the main convention, toonzone had a chance to talk with George Wada (president of Wit Studio), Ryotaro Makihara (director of Hal) and Katsuhiko Kitada (character designer on Hal, animation director for Attack on Titan) at the nearby Novotel. How involved was original creator Hajime Isayama with the […]

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Gets Lucky Guy

by Alex Beanon November 2, 2013
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is already shaping up to be an interesting film with Andrew Garfield as Spidey, Jamie Foxx as Electro, Paul Giamatti as Rhino and a star-studded supporting cast that includes Emma Stone, Martin Sheen, Sally Field and Denis Leary. But now the final piece to the Spidey pie was added – a […]

CLIP: “Free Birds” Clips and Behind-the-Scenes Videos Released

by Ed Liuon November 1, 2013
With its opening in theaters this weekend, Reel FX and Relativity Media have released the following clips from Free Birds, the CGI animated feature directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!) and starring Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, and Amy Poehler as turkeys traveling in time to prevent the first Thanksgiving. CLIPS BEHIND THE SCENES […]
Free Birds Jenny Eye Thing

Review: “Free Birds” Makes Dumb, Funny Looking, Entertaining Birds

by Christopher Glennonon November 1, 2013
When it comes to dumb, talking cartoon animals, it’s kind of a surprise there aren’t more animated turkeys. Birds that don’t fly and have weird things hanging off their faces? That’s hilarious. And turkeys are dumb. Real dumb. Reel FX’s Free Birds, written by Jimmy Hayward and Scott Mosier and directed by Hayward, manages to […]

Toonzone Interviews Director Jimmy Hayward About “Free Birds”

by Christopher Glennonon October 31, 2013
Jimmy Hayward gained early directorial prominence as a commercial director and was one of the original animators of the computer-animated television series ReBoot. He then joined Pixar Animation to work on the first Toy Story and worked with the company for over a decade. He later joined 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios as […]

Toonzone Goes to the “Free Birds” Premiere Press Conference

by Christopher Glennonon October 31, 2013
Jimmy Hayward gained early directorial prominence as a commercial director and was one of the original animators of the computer-animated television series ReBoot. He then joined Pixar Animation to work on the first Toy Story and worked with the company for over a decade. He later joined 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios as […]

Aaron Taylor-Johnson Is Quicksilver

by Alex Beanon October 31, 2013
Aaron Taylor-Johnson [“Kick-Ass”] will be Quicksilver for the upcoming “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” – the sequel to 2012’s “The Avengers”. While the scope of Quicksilver’s role in the film has not been divulged but he is the son of Magneto, possesses super speed and twin brother of Scarlet Witch. “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” […]

toonzone at MCM London Comic Con October 2013 – Manga Entertainment UK Panel

by Grant Whiteon October 30, 2013
Chaired by Manga UK’s community liaison Jeremy Graves, acquisitions and marketing manager Jerome Mazandarani and product manager Andrew Hewson, the first announcement of the panel was that Dragonball GT will be released in two sets in 2014. The first set will be released in January with the second set following soon after in March.  This […]

Star Wars Reels In The Bloopers

by Alex Beanon October 30, 2013
Han Solo eats his mic, Chewbacca waves his big paw in front of Obi Wan Kenobi and Mark Hamill wonders how Luke Skywalker should pronounce “supernova” in this recently publicly unveiled [it appeared at Comic-Con this summer] 36-year old blooper reel from the original “Star Wars” film. Enjoy…[no sound for first 50 seconds]

Star Blazers On Course For Live Action Remake

by Alex Beanon October 30, 2013
The 1979 anime classic, “Star Blazers” has moved one step closer to a live-action remake with the announcement that screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie will also direct the anticipated film. The anime series voice-starred Eddie Allen [Dash Jordan] and Michael Bertolini [Homer Glitchman] and ran for 77 episodes in 1979 as it followed the crew of the […]