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Brenda Chapman Replaced as Director of Disney/Pixar's "Brave"

The New York Times has confirmed an earlier report on the Cartoon Brew weblog that Brenda Chapman has been replaced as director of Disney/Pixar’s upcoming movie Brave. Her replacement will be Mark Andrews, director of the 2005 short film “One Man Band.” Chapman was to be Pixar’s first female feature film director, and the Times […]

Disney/Pixar Releases "Cars 2" Video Clip, Concept Art, Official Synopsis

Disney/Pixar have released the following new “logo reveal video”/teaser for Cars 2, coming to theaters in Summer 2011. In addition, the following four concept art images have been released. Click to view full-size: The official plot synopsis follows: OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS: CARS 2 (In Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D) DISNEY•PIXAR Website and Mobile Site: Disney.com/cars […]

NYCC2010: Bill Plympton on "Idiots & Angels," Art Book, Documentary, & More

Bill Plympton

We missed the Bill Plympton panel at the 2010 New York Comic Con, but were able to sit down with the man himself at his booth on the show floor to catch up with him briefly. Plympton’s biggest news was the opening of his feature film Idiots & Angels at the IFC Center, which had […]

Toonzone Goes to New York Comic Con/New York Anime Festival 2010

The New York Comic Con/New York Anime Festival 2010 is now finished, and Toonzone News was there! In addition to myself, staffers Todd DuBois (GWOtaku), Nick Hobbs, Caitlin Kelly (purplehairedwonder), Michael Lachman (darkdetective), and Matthew Williams were out in force to cover the panels, screenings, and other events at the con. All our coverage of […]

"Mobile Suit Gundam 00: A wakening of the Trailblazer" A Stunning, Audacious Finale

Mobile Suit Gundam 00: A wakening of the Trailblazer is the first and last sequel to a television series that arguably didn’t need one. To be sure, it ended in a manner that left fans with questions to speculate over, but it also concluded the story built up over the series’ fifty episodes. Lead protagonist […]

DVD Details for "Disney's A Christmas Carol", "Fantasia/Fantasia 2K", & Docus

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released fact sheets and more details on the upcoming DVD and/or Blu-ray releases of Disney’s A Christmas Carol (directed by Robert Zemeckis), Fantasia/Fantasia 2000, and the trio of documentaries Waking Sleeping Beauty, The Boys: The Sherman Bros. Story, and Walt & El Grupo. A Christmas Carol will be released […]

Virtual Roundtable with "How to Train Your Dragon" Co-Directors

Right before the DVD and Blu-ray release of DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon, Toonzone News was able to participate in a virtual roundtable discussion with the film’s co-screenwriter/directors Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, where we discussed adapting the movie from the source material, visual designs for the characters in the movie (especially the […]

NYAF2010: Gundam 00 Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer is Flawed but Entertaining!

On the final day of NYAF 2010 the long awaited Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Movie: A wakening of the Trailblazer premiered with English subtitles just a mere month after the Japanese release. For Gundam fans this was quite the treat and judging from the line that formed, probably the most anticipated movie premiere during NYAF. […]

NYCC2010: "The Secret of Kells" Panel

As I sat down by The Secret of Kells panel, I looked around. Most of the audience seemed to be made up of animation students (you can tell because half of them had out sketch pads drawing Aisling in various poses), and there was someone going around giving out Aisling temporary tattoos to every member […]

"The Secret of Kells": Yes, It Really Is That Good

The Secret of Kells is an Irish animated film that premiered to rave reviews and was nominated for Best Animated Picture at the 2010 Academy Awards. (It lost to Pixar’s Up). Does it really deserve all that praise and hype? I myself was a bit skeptical, but after hearing nothing but good things, I decided […]

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