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PR: GKIDS and Cinedigm Announce Home Distribution Label; “From Up on Poppy Hill” Coming Sept 3, 2013

by Ed Liuon May 30, 2013
GKIDS AND CINEDIGM ANNOUNCE NEW MULTI-PLATFORM HOME DISTRIBUTION LABEL FOR SELECT GKIDS ANIMATED FILMS LABEL LAUNCHES WITH STUDIO GHIBLI’S “FROM UP ON POPPY HILL” SCHEDULED TO BE RELEASED SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2013 ON DVD, BLU-RAY AND CABLE VOD ELEVEN ANIMATED FEATURES INCLUDED IN PACT New York, NY, May 30, 2013 – GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning […]
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Close Put In Charge Of Galaxy

by Alex Beanon May 30, 2013
“Guardians of the Galaxy” – next year’s “Avengers”-style flick [only with a gun-toting raccoon and other oddities] has added Glenn Close as Xandarian Worldmind, the “leader” of the Nova Corps. [the galaxy’s police force, so making her sort of like the galaxy top cop]. Close is added to a cast that includes Zoe Saldana, Chris […]

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Grumpy Cat Hires Agent, Signs Film Deal

by Alex Beanon May 30, 2013
You probably thought that was an April Fool’s Day joke. But it’s almost June and it has become a fact that Grumpy Cat, the year-old feline made popular as a meme last year due to feline dwarfism contorting her face into an eternal grumpy expression combined with funny captions is getting a movie deal. Grumpy […]
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Disney Announces Animated Feature Schedule Through 2018

by Ed Liuon May 30, 2013
Walt Disney Feature Animation has announced its slate of movies scheduled through 2018, adding 8 new films to the 6 already announced: Monsters University – Pixar (June 21, 2013) Frozen – Walt Disney Animation (November 27, 2013) The Good Dinosaur – Pixar (May 30, 2014) Big Hero 6 – Walt Disney Animation/Marvel (November 7, 2014) […]

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Jack Sparrow Meets Thor Heyerdahl In Pirates Of The Caribbean 5

by Alex Beanon May 30, 2013
Johnny Depp has already been confirmed to return as Captain Jack Sparrow for “Pirates of the Caribbean 5”, Terry Rossio has already written the script [albeit without his usual writing partner Ted Elliott], Jerry Bruckheimer is producing and now the film finally has a director – or rather, two of them – as it was […]
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Zack Snyder & Bruce Timm to Collaborate on Animated Short for Superman 75th Anniversary

by Ed Liuon May 30, 2013
The Hollywood Reporter has unveiled Warner Brothers’ Superman 75th Anniversary logo, also announcing that an animated short film is in the works, with Man of Steel director Zack Snyder collaborating with an array of DC Comics talent, including longtime producer Bruce Timm, director Jay Oliva (who also storyboarded several sequences in Man of Steel), WB […]

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Review: “My Neighbor Totoro” Blu-ray – Best. Neighbor. Ever.

by Weathermanon May 30, 2013
Some movies are huge, gaudy spectacles of sound and fury that signify nothing more than our ability as humans to be entertained by empty flashes of lights.  Some movies completely eschew the idea of anything visual and become an exercise in watching boring people talk to each other till you’re sick of it.  The best […]
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Disney Releases New “Planes” Trailer

by Ed Liuon May 29, 2013
Walt Disney Feature Animation has released a new trailer for Planes, the upcoming spinoff from Pixar’s Cars set for release on August 9, 2013. The movie stars Dane Cook as a crop duster with big dreams of competing in a big aviation race. For more details, check out Toonzone’s earlier coverage here.

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Mike Mitchell Named to Direct DreamWorks’ “Trolls”

by Ed Liuon May 29, 2013
Mike Mitchell (Shrek Forever After, Sky High and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked) has been named by DreamWorks to be the director of Trolls, a feature film based on the famous troll dolls with their trademark shocks of colorful hair. The screenplay is to be provided by Erica Rivinoja (South Park, Up All Night), with […]
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WWE Puts Flintstones In Sleeper Hold

by Alex Beanon May 29, 2013
You probably thought you had seen it all. Well, turns out, you haven’t – because you have never seen an animated Flintstones movie featuring professional wrestlers. But it looks like you may get your wish – if that was, indeed, your wish – as pro wrestlers from the WWE [World Wrestling Entertainment] will voice characters […]