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Otakon2011: Press Conference with Anime Director Makoto Shinkai

by Lelouchon August 2, 2011
Just two months after its release in Japan, Makoto Shinkai’s new movie, Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below, had its U.S. premiere at Otakon with English Subtitles. Makoto Shinkai is a Japanese Director known for Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days and 5 Centimeters Per Second. After […]

SDCC2011: "Batman: Year One" Roundtable Interviews

by Jeffrey Harrison July 31, 2011
At the San Diego Comic-Con before the screening of Batman: Year One, Toonzone caught up with members of the movie’s cast and crew. INTERVIEW WITH ANDREA ROMANO, CASTING AND VOICE OVER DIRECTOR Andrea Romano is one of the hardest workers in the industry today and has worked as a casting and voice over director for […]

PR: Disney Jr.'s "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" 1st Soundtrack & DVD in Sept 2011

by Ed Liuon July 29, 2011
YO HO, LET’S GO MATEYS! DISNEY JUNIOR’S #1 SERIES “JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES” RELEASES ITS FIRST MUSIC SOUNDTRACK & DVD THIS FALL ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE SEPTEMBER 20 DVD SET FOR RELEASE SEPTEMBER 27 , become a fan at www.Facebook.com/disneymusic or follow us at www.Twitter.com/disneymusic . About the DVD Release: On September 27, […]

"Princess Mononoke" No Longer Licensed in US

by Ed Liuon July 28, 2011
AnimeNews.biz reports that Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke is no longer licensed in the United States by either the Walt Disney Company or by Echo Bridge Distribution (former distributor for the now-defunct Miramax label). At the moment, it is not known whether any former rights holders or any other companies would be willing or able to […]

SDCC2011: Toonzone Interviews Voice Actor Kevin Michael Richardson

by Jeffrey Harrison July 27, 2011
Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons While at the San Diego Comic-Con, Toonzone was able to catch up with animation voice over veteran, Kevin Michael Richardson. The long-time actor can currently be heard as Bulkhead on Transformers: Prime, Jabba the Hutt on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Cleveland Junior on The Cleveland Show. […]

SDCC2011: "Batman: Year One" Panel Report and Review

by Revelatoron July 26, 2011
DC Animation’s latest DTV Batman: Year One made its world premiere at San Diego’s ComicCon on July 22, 2011 (with general release on October 18). A prevalent theme at the post-screening panel was the movie’s faithfulness to its source material, Frank Miller’s epochal miniseries from 1987. The production crew “tried to be as faithful to […]

SDCC2011: Sony Pictures Animation and Aardman Animations' Upcoming Films Previewed

by 90'sCartoonManon July 25, 2011
Aardman Animation, home of Wallace & Gromit, in association with Sony Pictures Animation, made their first ever Comic Con appearance to preview their two new films. The Pirates! Band of Misfits, a 3D stop-motion animated film, shows the adventures of a ragtag group of pirates. Hugh Grant leads an all-star cast including Martin Freeman, Brendan […]

"Winnie the Pooh" Delivers Simple Joy

by Todd DuBoison July 22, 2011
Cynics and sentimentalists can debate whether Winnie the Pooh represents a renewed dedication to 2D animation by Disney, or another stab at sustaining a profitable merchandising brand. Whichever is the case, what isn’t debatable is that the new movie undoubtedly works as both a beautiful and innocent introduction to A. A. Milne’s characters and as […]

Jeffrey Katzenberg Declares "Bloom is Off the 3D Rose," States Recent Movies "Suck"

by Ed Liuon July 21, 2011
In an interview with Fortune magazine’s Andy Serwer, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg agreed that “the bloom is off the rose for a moment in time” for 3D technology, a notable backpedal from earlier declarations that 3D filmmaking would be as transformative to moviemaking as sound. He also stated that the current state of Hollywood […]

New "Winnie the Pooh" Clip & Behind-the-Scenes Videos Released

by Ed Liuon July 15, 2011
Walt Disney Animation Studios has released a new clip from Winnie the Pooh, which marks the return of the iconic toy bear to movie screens: In addition, the following behind-the-scenes clip has been released showing Disney’s KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Anthony Aranda, Raven Devanney and Makai Weber Colvin interviewing several of the stars of hte […]