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"Sleeping Beauty" Platinum Edition is One Dream of a DVD

In our modern and cynical times, is there any room for a product of a simpler era like Disney’s Sleeping Beauty? Its detractors will say that its lead, Princess Aurora, is the ultimate passive female heroine who has absolutely no influence on her own fate, and that both she and her destined-to-be beau, Prince Phillip, […]

Toon Zone Presents: "Sleeping Beauty" 50th Anniversary Bonus Content

To commemorate its 50th anniversary, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release Sleeping Beauty on 2-disc Platinum Edition DVD and Blu-ray disc on Tuesday, October 7, 2008. WDSHE has provided Toon Zone with a variety of bonus content for our readers in conjunction with this release. Check back here daily as each link goes live […]

Walt Disney Presents Pre-Production Artwork of Maleficent for "Sleeping Beauty"

In conjunction with the release of Sleeping Beauty in a 2-disc Platinum Edition DVD and Blu-ray disc, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has made the following artwork available of pre-production artwork for Maleficent, the evil fairy queen who remains one of Disney’s most memorable screen villains: There are also several images of video reference of […]

Walt Disney Presents "Sleeping Beauty" DVD Restoration Sample Images

In advance of the Sleeping Beauty 2-disc Platinum Edition DVD and Blu-ray disc release, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released eight sample images from the newly remastered DVD, which we’ve paired off with the comparable frame from the 2003 2-disc Special Edition DVD release for comparison purposes. Click on each thumbnail image to see […]

The Passions of Henry Selick: A "Coraline" Interview

The last stop in my tour of Laika Animation was to have a sitdown with Henry Selick himself, the great stop-motion animator and the writer/director of this project. Henry’s a guarded guy, but he was willing to be open with us and answer our questions with great insight and humor. In this roundtable interview, Henry […]

On Set with "Coraline": A Tour Through Laika Animation

The building that housed upwards of 57 active sets in tandem for a stop-motion animated film (a new record, by the way) is an inconspicuous-looking building several miles outside of Portland, Oregon. There’s nothing so ostentatious as the kind of studios you’d find in Hollywood, be it a Warner Bros water tower or a massive […]

Paul Newman 1925-2008

The Associated Press reports that legendary Oscar-winning actor Paul Newman died on Friday from complications of lung cancer at his home in Connecticut at the age of 83. A 10-time Oscar nominee, his film credits include Hud, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, and his major role as Fast Eddie […]

"Cars Toons" on Disney Channel in October

Cars Toons, a series of three shorts based on the Pixar film Cars, is coming to the Disney Channel, Toon Disney and ABC Family. The first short, Rescue Squad Mater, will air on October 27. The shorts will be directed by John Lasseter. [ Source: AWN ]

Israel to Submit Animated "Waltz with Bashir" for Best Foreign Language Oscar

The Cinemascope weblog is reporting that Israel will submit the animated documentary Waltz with Bashir as their entry for the Best Foreign Language Academy Award. The movie has gathered much attention since its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, and swept Israel’s Ophir Awards (their equivalent of the Oscars) landing Best Direction, Best Screenplay, and […]

Disney Shows Off New Movies; Mocap "Christmas Carol" with Jim Carrey

The New York Times reports on a gala event held by Disney to promote its upcoming movies (free registration required). The day-long event showcased several of their upcoming animated movies, including the CGI Bolt and the hand-drawn The Princess and the Frog, and the mixed-medium Tron 2. Breaking news from the event included the following: […]

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