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PR: Voices Voicecasting August and September 2012 Seminars and Classes

by Ed Liuon August 9, 2012
AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2012 MEET THE AGENTS & MEET THE PROS! JUST ADDED CHARLIE ADLER Emmy® award-winning director and two-time Annie Award nominee; casting director; voice actor Directing credits include: animated TV series—over 500 hours of animated shows including “Shark Hunters” with Dustin Hoffman, nine seasons of the Emmy®-award winning “Rugrats,” “Rugrats: All Grown Up,” “Spawn,” and […]
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“Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” Exclusive Clip: “How to Draw a Humming Fish”

by Ed Liuon August 7, 2012
Universal Home Entertainment has given Toonzone the following exclusive video clip from Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, available today on Blu-ray and DVD, as story artist Mark O’Hare shows how to draw a Humming Fish from the movie: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is available now on Blu-ray and DVD. For more details, check out Toonzone News’ […]


SDCC2012: LAIKA’s “ParaNorman” Panel

by Christopher Glennonon August 5, 2012
Focus Films and LAIKA brought their latest film, ParaNorman to San Diego Comic Con 2012. Producer and Lead Animator on ParaNorman (and LAIKA CEO and President), Travis Knight sat at a panel with ParaNorman Writer/Director Chris Butler and Director Sam Fell. Also at the panel were ParaNorman stars Kodi Smit-McPhee (Norman), Anna Kendrick (Courtney), and […]

SDCC2012: A Roundtable Interview with “ParaNorman” Producer Arianne Sutner, Production Designer Nelson Lowry, and Director of 3-D Rapid Prototyping Brian McLean

by Christopher Glennonon August 4, 2012
Arianne Sutner, producer for ParaNorman, was also animator producer on The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, coordinator of the story department on The Nightmare Before Christmas, and editorial coordinator on James and the Giant Peach. Nelson Lowry, Production Designer for ParaNorman, is LAIKA’s Senior Art Director. He was selected by the National Society of Film […]

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PR: “Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Vol. 2” on Blu-ray October 16, 2012

by Ed Liuon August 1, 2012
LOONEY TUNES PLATINUM COLLECTION VOLUME 2 FEATURING 50 LEGENDARY CARTOON CLASSICS AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY™ FOR THE FIRST TIME WILL BE RELEASED OCTOBER 16, 2012 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO Title Includes Hours of Cartoon Content Featuring Digitally Remastered and Restored Shorts   Blu-ray Includes Hours of Bonus Material Blu-ray Includes a Cartoon Guide With Rare Images […]
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Review: “Twinkle Toes” Movie Has Little Flash, Less Substance

by Ed Liuon August 1, 2012
I can’t say I was optimistic on hearing that Skechers shoes were going to be expanding their animated TV ads into feature-length direct-to-video movies. I’m not reflexively against merchandise-based cartoons, but shoes just don’t seem to spark the imagination in the same way that dolls, action figures, or even board games can. Consequently, it’s not […]


First “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” Part 1 DTV Movie Trailer Released; Coming to DVD/Blu-ray on Sept 25, 2012

by Ed Liuon July 31, 2012
MTV’s Geek weblog is hosting the first trailer for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Pt. 1, the latest direct-to-video animated feature from DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation which promises to adapt Frank Miller’s seminal 1980’s graphic novel of Batman’s final conflicts: UPDATED August 2, 2012: Warner Bros. Animation has made the full trailer available: […]

PR: “Tom & Jerry: Tricks and Treats” Available on DVD on September 4, 2012

by Ed Liuon July 31, 2012
IT’S CHILLS AND THRILLS THIS HALLOWEEN WITH EVERYONE’S FAVORITE ANIMATED CAT AND MOUSE DUO IN TOM & JERRY: TRICKS AND TREATS AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO  Collection Features 20 High-Spirited Animated Cartoons Plus Two Bonus Cartoons BURBANK, CA (July 30, 2012) – Get set for a ghoulishly good time with that tussling twosome, Tom […]


SDCC2012: Panel Report for Creating Spaces for Diverse Characters and Representations

by Eileen Cruzon July 30, 2012
Racebending, just in case you’re unfamiliar with the term, is the act of casting a live-action actor of a different ethnicity or race than the character he or she is portraying. The act itself has been prevalent in media for many years, though the specific instance that gave life to the term was the live-action movie of Avatar: […]

Norman Alden, RIP

by Maxie Zeuson July 30, 2012
Character actor Norman Alden, who voiced Aquaman on the iconic 1970s SuperFriends series, has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 87. Alden, whose IMDb page lists 237 titles to his credit, performed mostly in a series of one-time appearances in live-action TV shows. He made his debut in 1957 and worked steadily for […]