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Disney Releases Interview with Ron Clements & John Musker on "Princess & the Frog"

In conjunction with the release of The Princess and the Frog on DVD and Blu-ray disc, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released the following press release interview with Ron Clements and John Musker, directors of The Princess and the Frog as well as many of Disney’s recent animated classics such as The Little Mermaid […]

What's Wrong with Disney Feature Animation? - Part 1

“There is always an easy solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.” – H.L. Mencken What’s wrong with Walt Disney Feature Animation? The Princess and the Frog‘s $24.2 million opening weekend and $104 million total box office take (which comes $1 million short of covering its production costs) was a major box-office […]

"Sword of the Stranger" Offers Dazzling Style, Satisfying Storytelling

If Afro Samurai is the closest thing to the current generation’s Ninja Scroll, studio Bones’ Sword of the Stranger is a genuine step forward for animated samurai action. It does not carry a deep, art house-worthy message or explore bold, new narrative territory. But it brings a captivating, excellently paced story to vivid life with […]

LA Times on Why Disney Changed "Rapunzel" to "Tangled"

The Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex weblog has delved into Disney’s decision to re-title its upcoming animated feature film Rapunzel to Tangled in an attempt to attract more boys to see the movie (free registration required, read Toonzone News’ earlier coverage here). According to the report, the move was made in response to the disappointing […]

Toonzone Presents: New "Tron: Legacy" Trailer

Walt Disney Studios has released a new trailer for Tron: Legacy, the sequel to the 1982 movie Tron that was one of the first movies to utilize CGI animation. Tron: Legacy will be released on December 17, 2010.

Disney Releases Bonus Video Clips from "Princess and the Frog" DVD/Blu-ray

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released several clips and videos from the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of The Princess and the Frog. PRINCESS KISS MONTAGE MUSIC OF NEW ORLEANS (Bonus Feature) FEATURETTE: THE RETURN TO THE ANIMATED MUSICAL (Bonus Feature) WDSHE has also released the following “Fun Facts” about the movie: FUN FACTS […]

"Evangelion 1.01: You Are (Not) Alone" In Thinking There Should Be More Here

FUNimation has recently released Evangelion 1.11 to DVD. Don’t be misled: This is not the second movie in the Evangelion Rebuild tetralogy. It’s the “fixed” version of 1.01: You Are (Not) Alone. Certain segments were color corrected, and around three minutes of new animation was added. This upgrade is indistinguishable from the original without comparing […]

82nd Academy Awards: "Up" Wins Best Animated Feature, Best Original Score

The 82nd Academy Awards have all been awarded. Below are the winners in all the categories which had an animated film in contention: Best Animated Feature Film: Disney/Pixar’s Up (Directed by Pete Docter) (08:59 PM EST) (Watch Pete Docter’s acceptance speech at oscar.go.com) Best Original Song: “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from Crazy […]

"My Neighbor Totoro" - A True Masterpiece from a True Master

The real problem in attempting to write a review of Hayao Miayzaki’s My Neighbor Totoro is the nagging fear that the English language doesn’t contain enough superlatives to properly convey how truly wonderful the movie is. I do not exaggerate when I say that I believe My Neighbor Totoro is one of the best movies […]

Ed Asner Talks "Up"

CNN has posted an edited version of an interview with actor Ed Asner, focusing on his role as Carl Fredricksen in Disney/Pixar’s Up and his one-man show Sunrise at Campobello, where he portrays Franklin D. Roosevelt. Among other topics, Asner reveals that he “never stopped loving cartoons” but hadn’t seen a Pixar movie until WALL-E, […]

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