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2014 Best Animated Short Candidates: Shuhei Morita’s “Possessions”

by Ed Liuon January 13, 2014
In the run-up to the announcement of the nominees for the 2014 Best Animated Short Film, Toonzone is taking a look at some of the shortlisted candidates for the category. Out of the ten shortlisted films, three to five candidates will be nominated. Longtime Toonzone readers may recall Shuhei Morita’s name from the short film […]
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Saul Zaentz, Film Producer, 1921 – 2014

by Ed Liuon January 7, 2014
Independent film producer Saul Zaentz passed away on Friday, January 3, 2014, in San Francisco, CA, due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 92. Zaentz entered the entertainment industry in 1955 as a salesman for Fantasy Records, which he purchased with partners in 1967. A year later, Zaentz made his first fortune by signing […]

CLIP: First Official Clip Released from “Justice League: War”

by Ed Liuon January 6, 2014
Warner Bros. Animation has released the first clip from Justice League: War, the next new direct-to-video animated feature film coming to DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD on February 4, 2014. The movie will adapt Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s inaugural story arc on Justice League, which also launched DC’s “New 52” initiative. In addition, the […]

“Frozen” Bounces Back to Top Box Office Spot in Week 6

by Ed Liuon January 6, 2014
Disney’s Frozen made a surprisingly strong showing in its sixth weekend of release, with $20.7 million (estimated) in ticket sales moving it back to the top spot at the box office ahead of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (which had grossed more than Frozen at the box office since the latter film’s release on […]

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Japanese Government Launches “Cool Japan” Initiative

by Ed Liuon January 3, 2014
Anime News Network reports that the Japanese government has funded a new “Japan Channel” dedicated to exporting Japanese cultural programming internationally, including anime, dramas, music, and travel program. The initial seed money of 15.5 billion yen (approximately $14.7 million) is for subtitling and dubbing costs and publicity, as well as setting up foreign broadcasting offices […]

PR: Disney’s Lucasfilm and Marvel Entertainment to Publish “Star Wars” Comics & Graphic Novels

by Ed Liuon January 3, 2014
DISNEY’S LUCASFILM AND MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT JOIN FORCES TO PUBLISH STAR WARS™ COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS Jedi, Sith, and the rest of the Star Wars Universe Come to Marvel Comics in 2015 SAN FRANCISCO, CA (January 3, 2014) – The Walt Disney Company’s Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are joining forces to bring new Star Wars […]

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“Big Hero 6” Picks Up Chris Williams as Co-Director, Roy Conli as Producer

by Ed Liuon January 2, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Chris Williams has joined Don Hall as co-director for Walt Disney Feature Animation’s Big Hero 6, and has also named Roy Conli as a new producer for the film. Williams co-directed and co-wrote 2008’s Bolt, and also has writing credits on Mulan, The Emperor’s New Groove, and Brother Bear. Conli was […]

Disney Announces 2014 Theatrical Release Schedule

by Ed Liuon January 2, 2014
Disney has announced its full theatrical release schedule for 2014. Animated features include Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises in February, the sequel Planes Fire and Rescue in July, and the superhero film Big Hero 6 in November. May 30’s live-action Maleficent is also based on the villain of the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. The full […]

TNT Gets Desolation Rights

by Alex Beanon December 27, 2013
Even though people are still watching “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” on the big screen this weekend, TNT will not be left aside like a snoozing dragon and has gobbled up the television rights for the second film in the most recent Hobbit trilogy. The first film in the trilogy – “The Hobbit: An […]

Lawsuit Roundup: “Robinson Curiosite” vs. “Robinson Sucroe”, “Frozen” vs. “Frozen Land”

by Ed Liuon December 26, 2013
The Canadian Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Canadian animator Claude Robinson in a copyright infringement lawsuit against animation firm Cinar over Robinson’s proposal for a cartoon character titled “Robinson Curiosite.” After submitting his proposal to a number of production companies over 20 years ago, Cinar brought the extremely similar show Robinson Sucroe to […]