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Review: “Brave” Blu-ray: Not Top Tier Pixar

by Classic Speedyon November 16, 2012
It was only a matter of time. Pixar had been on a hot streak for well over a decade, and for me personally, that streak (sadly) ended with the admittedly well-directed and action-packed, but soulless and suspension-of-disbelief stretching Cars 2. Now we have Brave, which is an improvement over Cars 2, but doesn’t reach the […]
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PR: “Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon” DVD/Blu-ray/UltraViolet Combo Pack Coming February 26, 2013

by Ed Liuon November 14, 2012
IT’S A SUPER ADVENTURE WITH SUPER-SLEUTH SCOOBY-DOO! IN AN ALL NEW ORIGINAL MOVIE SCOOBY-DOO! MASK OF THE BLUE FALCON AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 26, 2013 FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT   BURBANK, CA (November 14, 2012) – A super villain comes to life and terrorizes a major comic book convention in Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon, the […]

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Review: “Pixar Short Films Collection Vol. 2” – More Little Gifts from Planet Pixar

by Ed Liuon November 14, 2012
Way back in 2007, when I reviewed the Pixar Short Films Collection Vol. 1, our own staffer Duke asked: “Does Pixar even have enough short films for a second volume? Or will that second volume come out in 2011?” Duke, wherever you are, you were only off by a year. The second collection of Pixar […]
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PR: GKIDS’ Studio Ghibli Animation Retrospective Returns to NYC IFC Center from November 16 – December 20, 2012

by Ed Liuon November 13, 2012
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: GKIDS’ STUDIO GHIBLI ANIMATION RETROSPECTIVE RETURNS TO NYC’S IFC CENTER FOR FIVE WEEKS   CASTLES IN THE SKY MIYAZAKI, TAKAHATA AND THE MASTERS OF STUDIO GHIBLI 15 FILMS FROM 1984 TO 2009 INCLUDING HAYAO MIYAZAKI MASTERPIECES “SPIRITED AWAY” “PRINCESS MONONOKE” “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO” “CASTLE IN THE SKY”   AND WEEK-LONG THEATRICAL […]

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PR: Sony Pictures Animation & Sony Pictures Imageworks @ CTN Animation Expo Nov 16-18, 2012

by Ed Liuon November 12, 2012
SONY PICTURES ANIMATION AND SONY PICTURES IMAGEWORKS FILMMAKER PRESENTATIONS AND RECRUITMENT OPPPORTUNITIES AT CTN ANIMATION EXPO NOV. 16-18 IN BURBANK Special Hotel Transylvania Behind the Scenes presentation with Director Genndy Tartakovsky Culver City, CA, November 12, 2012 – Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks will lead several engaging panels, signings and recruitment opportunities November […]
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“Wreck-It Ralph” Takes in $33.05M in Week 2 for #2 Spot at Box Office

by Ed Liuon November 12, 2012
Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph raked in another .056 million (estimated) at the box office in its second week, representing a respectable 32.6% drop from its premiere weekend and bringing its cumulative box office total up to $93.690 million. The movie came in second to the latest James Bond outing Skyfall, which broke records with its $87.8 […]

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10 Animated Shorts Eligible for 2012 Academy Awards

by Ed Liuon November 12, 2012
The Hollywood Reporter has listed the 10 animated short films eligible for nomination in this year’s Best Animated Short Film category: “Adam and Dog,” Minkyu Lee, director (Lodge Films) “Combustible,” Katsuhiro Otomo, director (Sunrise Inc.) “Dripped,” Leo Verrier, director (ChezEddy) “The Eagleman Stag,” Mikey Please, director, and Benedict Please, music scores and sound design (Royal […]
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Lucille Bliss, Voice Actor, 1916 – 2012

by Ed Liuon November 12, 2012
Cartoon Brew reports the passing of voice actor Lucille Bliss on Thursday, November 8, 2012, at the age of 96 of unstated causes. Bliss’s career stretched to the dawn of the television age, whose voiceover career began as the first TV cartoon character Crusader Rabbit (1949). Bliss went on to hundreds of voiceover jobs in […]

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Platform International Animation Festival: Best of World Student Animation: Highlights of Annecy 2012

by 90'sCartoonManon November 12, 2012
October 26, LOS ANGELES, CA—As part of Platform’s International Animation Festival, a selection of films animated by students was screened.  Picked straight from this year’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival, these are the best animated student films the world has to offer.  Animation is such a diverse medium full of possibility that anything can happen, […]
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Platform International Animation Festival: Toonzone Interviews Katsuhiro Otomo on His New Short Hi-No-Yojin: Combustible

by 90'sCartoonManon November 12, 2012
Katsuhiro Otomo debuted as a manga writer/artist in 1973 and is known for such works as Domu and Akira. Otomo directed the animated adaptation of Akira in 1988, which went on to become highly influential in the world of animation. Otomo also directed 2004’s Steamboy; his most recent work is a short film “Combustible (Hi-No-Yojin).” […]