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"Chuggington: It's Training Time" - Decent Show as Toy Commercial, but Pretty Cool Toys

by Ed Liuon December 6, 2011
Other than the surprisingly hummable theme song, the best and worst thing I can say about Chuggington is that it is extremely safe and conventional. Only the most hyper-sensitive parent would find any objectionable content or messages being sent by the episodes of the show, but it’s also true that only the most easy-to-please parents […]

2011 Annie Award Nominees Announced

by Ed Liuon December 5, 2011
ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nominees for the 39th annual Annie Awards, recognizing what they consider the best of animation for 2011. Nominees for Best Animated Feature are: A Cat in Paris – Folimage Arrugas (Wrinkles) – Perro Verde Films, S.L. Arthur Christmas – Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations Cars 2 – Pixar Animation Studios Chico […]

"Trigun: Badlands Rumble": A Bulletstorm Of Fun

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison November 30, 2011
Trigun: Badlands Rumble is an enjoyable movie that will be best loved by an audience that has seen some or all of the excellent television series, although newcomers can get by and be taken in by its quirky humor and over-the-top gunplay. Once more we return the return to the space western setting of the […]

NY Times on Star Performances by Cars in "Tintin" Movie

by Ed Liuon November 30, 2011
The New York Times has taken a look at the starring role several automobiles played in Hergé’s Tintin comic strip and the new mocap CGI animated movie directed by Steven Spielberg. The article notes that Hergé (whose real name was Georges Remi) was an avid driver and car collector whose attention to detail and accuracy […]

Hard Times Hit Australian Studio Behind "Happy Feet 2"

by Ed Liuon November 30, 2011
Australian website if.com.au reports that Dr D Studios, the production company behind the recently released Happy Feet 2, is facing an uncertain future. Several reasons for the studio’s uncertain prospects were offered, some of which were conflicting or disputed by principals, including a massive staff reduction due to contract expirations and a corporate restructuring; potential […]

Pixar Releases Long "Brave" Theatrical Trailer

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison November 16, 2011
Pixar Animation Studios has posted a full-length trailer for its thirteenth feature film “Brave”, due in theaters on June 22nd, 2012. A fairy tale set in 10th century Scotland, “Brave” tells the story of Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer that wants to seek out her own path in life and defies an ancient […]

PR: GKIDS Brings Complete Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective to NYC, LA, Chicago, DC, & Other Major Markets

by Ed Liuon November 15, 2011
GKIDS BRINGS COMPLETE STUDIO GHIBLI FILM RETROSPECTIVE TO IFC CENTER 15 TITLES FROM 1984 TO 2008 INCLUDING HAYAO MIYAZAKI MASTERPIECES “SPIRITED AWAY” “PRINCESS MONONOKE” “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO” “CASTLE IN THE SKY” “NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND” ***NEW 35MM PRINTS*** DEC 16 TO JAN 12 AT IFC CENTER ADVANCE TICKETS AT WWW.GKIDS.COM RETROSPECTIVE TO […]

PR: Disney to Release "Lady & the Tramp" and "Cinderella" on Blu-ray Diamond Editions in 2012

by Ed Liuon November 11, 2011
DISNEY TO RELEASE TWO AMAZING CLASSICS FROM THE VAULT IN 2012… LADY AND THE TRAMP & CINDERELLA BOTH FILMS WILL SOON BE ADDED TO THE COMPANY’S PRESTIGOUS COLLECTION OF BLU-RAY™ HI-DEF DIAMOND EDITION CLASSICS Burbank, Calif., November 11, 2011 – The Walt Disney Studios proudly announces the addition of LADY AND THE TRAMP and CINDERELLA […]

NY Times Posts John Lasseter Answers to Reader Questions

by Ed Liuon November 9, 2011
The New York Times has posted answers to reader-submitted questions for Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter. Among the topics discussed are Lasseter’s influences, his favorite animated film, his thoughts on hand-drawn vs. CGI animation, and Pixar’s attitude towards sequels.

John Lasseter Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, Talks "Cars 2"

by Ed Liuon November 3, 2011
Disney/Pixar executive John Lasseter was awarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 1, 2011, in a ceremony that featured several stars from Pixar’s films and executives from Disney and Pixar: In conjunction with the ceremony, the following interview with Lasseter was released about the release of Cars 2 on DVD, […]