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Hayao Miyazaki Faces Nationalist Backlash for Anti-War Messages in “Kaze Tachinu”

by Ed Liuon August 14, 2013
The South China Morning Post reports that renowned animation director Hayao Miyazaki has drawn criticism from right-wing and nationalist Japanese factions for perceived anti-war messages in Kaze Tachinu, his latest film about the life of Horikoshi Jiro, creator of the Japanese Zero fighter. Despite its subject and setting during World War II, the movie portrays […]
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Review: “My Little Pony: Equestria Girls” Blu-ray – Slow Canter, Not a Galloping Success

by Ed Liuon August 14, 2013
I mostly follow the Hub’s My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic on DVD, so I can’t say I had 100% understanding of the events leading up to last year’s special episode “Magical Mystery Cure,” which made a fundamental change to the show’s status quo. I was a little disappointed by the episode, which felt a […]

PR: “Monsters University” Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D Combo Packs Coming October 29, 2013

by Ed Liuon August 13, 2013
“Hilarious and heartwarming” Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Rush to get Digital HD and Digital HD 3D Versions Available for Purchase October 8, 2013 Celebrate MU’s Homecoming on Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on October 29, 2013. Burbank, Calif., August 8, 2013 – This Fall, Disney•Pixar celebrates homecoming with the release of  “Monsters University” on […]

Is It A Groot Point – Vin Diesel In GOTG?

by Alex Beanon August 12, 2013
It is not official and Disney did not announce it as official at D23 Expo but actor Vin Diesel appears to be either a big fan of tree aliens or he thinks he may be voicing the character of Groot in the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy” film. Diesel has been posting images of Groot […]

Disney Goes Two For Two At D23

by Alex Beanon August 12, 2013
Disney announced two new animated movies in the works as well as news for two more sequels to existing animated movie franchises at their D23 Expo in Anaheim. First up, the two new flicks – “Zootopia” with “Toy Story”’s Brad Lasseter at the helm, a buddy action film which he envisions as a Mr. Toad-like […]

NY Times on the Troubled Production of “Foodfight!”

by Ed Liuon August 12, 2013
The New York Times has analyzed the troubled rise and eventual fall of Foodfight!, a CGI animated movie that promised an all-star cast and a plot that would do for licensed advertising characters what Toy Story did for toys, only to face interminable delays before a quiet direct-to-video release this past May. Among other topics, […]

“Disney’s Planes” Takes in $22.2M in Debut Weekend for #3 Box Office Spot

by Ed Liuon August 12, 2013
Disney’s Planes took in an estimated $22.2 million (estimated) in ticket sales in its premiere weekend for a third-place finish at the box office behind Elysium ($30.4M) and We’re the Millers ($26.56M). While the movie had a modest production budget (reported to be about $50 million), it is also the third straight animated family film […]

PR: NFB Takes Audiences to New Dimensions with Stereoscopic 3D Animation at TIFF

by Ed Liuon August 12, 2013
PUT ON YOUR 3D GLASSES! NFB TAKES AUDIENCES TO NEW DIMENSIONS WITH STEREOSCOPIC 3D ANIMATION AT TIFF Short Cuts Canada to feature Claire Blanchet’s The End of Pinky, Bruce Alcock’s Impromptu, Theodore Ushev’s Gloria Victoria and Chris Landreth’s Subconscious Password Toronto, August 7, 2013 – A world-renowned creative laboratory making breakthroughs in animation and stereoscopic […]

Review: “Disney’s Planes” Takes Flight (But Not Too High)

by Christopher Glennonon August 12, 2013
Did you like Cars? Do you like anthropomorphic vehicles with personalities, hopes, and dreams? Do you like to see them race, cutting out the middle man of having a human driver? Then, theoretically, you’ll like Disney’s Planes, provided you don’t mind formula, predictability, and stereotypical stock characters. As we are constantly reminded, this movie is […]

Otakon 2013: FUNimation Announces “Cowboy BeBop” on Blu-ray and More

by Todd DuBoison August 10, 2013
At its industry panel late Saturday afternoon, FUNimation Entertainment brought Sunrise’s Masayuki Ozaki on stage to make further announcements on titles FUNimation will be distributing from the studio. Chief among the announcements was a trailer announcing director Shinichiro Watanabe’s Cowboy BeBop, which will be rereleased digitally and on Blu-ray in 2014. The series recently received […]