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A Virtual Roundtable with "Tangled" Co-Directors Byron Howard & Nathan Greno

by Ed Liuon April 7, 2011
QUESTION: What was the involvement of John Lasseter in this film? NATHAN GRENO: John is fantastic to work with. He approves everything we do, and he helps with brainstorming. John is an amazing mentor. I have really learned a lot from him. I can’t say enough great stuff about the guy! QUESTION: Since John Lasseter […]

New Wondercon 2011 "Cars 2" Clip Released

by Ed Liuon April 5, 2011
Disney/Pixar has released the following new video clip from Cars 2. A hint leading to this clip was embedded in the following fake ad for “Cars N’ Deals of Emeryville” released this weekend at Wondercon 2011 via the Twitter handle @ChromeLeaks: (And while you’re investigating the Disney/Pixar YouTube channel, check out this video of how […]

Toonzone Goes to WonderCon 2011 (UPDATED Apr 7, 9:45 AM)

by Revelatoron April 4, 2011
WonderCon is underway, and Toonzone News’ Revelator is there. Stay tuned for continuing coverage live from WonderCon all weekend long. ADDED April 7, 9:45 AM Eastern: WonderCon 2011: “Writing for TV Animation” Panel Report ADDED April 5, 3:35 PM Eastern: WonderCon ThunderCats Panel Photos ADDED April 5, 1:26 AM Eastern: New Wondercon 2011 “Cars 2″ […]

NY Times on Illumination Entertainment

by Ed Liuon April 4, 2011
The New York Times has taken a look at the rise of Illumination Entertainment, producers of the animated feature Despicable Me and last weekend’s box office winner and hybrid live-action/animated feature Hop. The article focuses on studio head Chris Meledandri and his belief that “strict cost controls and hit animated films are not mutually exclusive,” […]

PR: Gnomeo and Juliet Releases to DVD, Blu-ray and On-Demand May 24th

by Eileen Cruzon April 1, 2011
FEATURING NEW MUSIC FROM SIR ELTON JOHN Fall In Love With This Fresh And Funny Take On One Of The World’s Most Timeless Stories GNOMEO & JULIET Releases on Blu-ray™, Blu-ray 3D™, DVD, Movie Download & On-Demand May 24th Only On Blu-ray For Fans To Enjoy: Two Really Cute Alternate Endings, Two Alternate Openings, Six […]

Disney Announces Title, Director for "Monsters Inc" Sequel

by AerostarMonkon March 31, 2011
Disney/Pixar announced that Monsters University is the official title for the sequel to Monsters, Inc. at a presentation at CinemaCon on Tuesday, March 29, 2011. The Hollywood Reporter states that Disney will only reveal that the movie will be a prequel but that John Goodman, Billy Crystal, and Steve Buscemi are expected to return as […]

"Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown" - And So Is This New DVD Movie

by Ed Liuon March 30, 2011
I freely admit that jaundiced skepticism was my initial reaction to the announcement of Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown, the first new Peanuts animated special in 5 years and the first with no direct involvement by the famed strip’s creator Charles Schulz. I’ll even admit that the phrase “cash grab” flew through my […]

First Look at Concept Art for Pixar's "Brave"

by AerostarMonkon March 29, 2011
Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios and Pixar have released several new concept art images from Brave, Pixar’s thirteenth feature and their first to star a female protagonist. Click any thumbnail to enlarge: The film is set in the Scottish Highlands where the unruly princess Merida defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings […]

"Tangled": The Movie Doesn't Disappoint, But the Blu-ray Does

by darkdetectiveon March 29, 2011
Let’s see. We’ve got three mildly amusing deleted scenes with the directors explaining why they were cut. While not fascinating, it does explain why there’s a fortunetelling monkey in the end credits. The disc also includes two alternate openings that would’ve used the traditional storybook framing device like Snow White and Sleeping Beauty did. I […]

New "Cars 2" Character Rollout Poses

by Eileen Cruzon March 29, 2011
Walt Disney Studios has released new character art for Cars 2 for Lewis Hamilton and David Hobbscap, and a turnaround video for Hamilton: David Hobbscap Character Descriptions Lewis Hamilton (voice of Lewis Hamilton) Lewis Hamilton, the famously sleek and seriously fast #2 Grand Touring Sports champion, has been a determined and winning racer for nearly […]