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LA Times on "The Secret of Kells"

The Los Angeles Times has taken a look at The Secret of Kells (free registration required). The article, which contains some small spoilers for the movie, digs into the movie’s visual and thematic inspirations from the actual Book of Kells and some other old Irish folktales and legends. It also includes a quote from Pixar’s […]

LA Times on Animated Features' Critical vs. Box Office Success

The Los Angeles Times has compared the box-office success of several recent animated films vs. the critical reaction to them, noting that box office receipts “tend to favor the lesser movies.” As examples, the article cites the successful but panned Shrek sequels vs. movies like Coraline or Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit that […]

CBR Talks with Nina Paley on "Sita Sings the Blues"

Comic Book Resources has spoken with Nina Paley about her film Sita Sings the Blues, which mixes her own life with the Indian epic The Ramayana set to a soundtrack with songs by blues singer Annette Hanshaw. Among other topics, Paley discusses the “soul crushing” work doing the syndicated comic strip Fluff, how she self-taught […]

"Toy Story 1 and 2": As Good as They Were in '95 and '99

Toy Story was a groundbreaking film when it debuted in 1995. Being the first computer animated feature film, it stood out and gave us a glimpse what was possible, and created numerous new animation jobs here in the U.S. Obviously, CG animation has progressed by leaps and bounds since 1995. Wouldn’t Toy Story look dated […]

Expanded Pixar Exhibition to Open at Oakland Museum of California in July 2010

An expanded version of the “Pixar: 25 Years of Animation” exhibition will open at the Oakland Museum of California from July 31, 2010 to January 9, 2011. The exhibit, which launched in 2005 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City (read Toonzone’s review of the original show here) will show art and […]

"How to Train Your Dragon" News Article Roundup (UPDATED March 29, 2010)

Several articles on DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon are around the web in advance of its premiere tomorrow, March 26, 2010: Comic Book Resources covers a press conference on the film attended by co-director Dean DeBlois, author of the original novel Cressida Cowell, and producer Bonnie Arnold. Among the topics discussed are the […]

"How to Train Your Dragon" Flies to Top of Box Office with $43.3M Weekend

In its debut weekend, DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon took the top spot at the box office with an estimated .3 million in ticket sales. However, the amount represents a 27% drop from last year’s $59.3 million take for Monsters vs. Aliens on the same weekend, which is triggering concern among Hollywood analysts […]

"How to Train Your Dragon": Slap It Hard on the Nose

I’d sure like to think that all the nasty things I’ve said over the years about DreamWorks Animation and its pseudo-entertainments have shamed its employees into finally doing better. Of course, I must reluctantly admit that I’m not important enough for them to have noticed me, let alone to have started taking cues from my […]

Yahoo! Movies Hosts "MegaMind" Trailer

Yahoo! Movies has posted the trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s MegaMind: The site also features a high-definition version. The movie is slated for release on November 5, 2010.

Rope of Silicon Hosts Trailer for Sylvain Chomet's "The Illusionist"

RopeOfSilicon.com has posted the Russian trailer for Sylvain Chomet’s latest movie, The Illusionist. The movie is based on an unproduced script by Jacques Tati, and is scheduled to open in French theaters on May 5, 2010. The movie currently does not have an American distributor.

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