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Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter on "Ponyo"

In conjunction with its release on home video this week, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released the following article and interview with Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter about Ponyo. In it, Miyazaki details some of the inspirations for Ponyo, why there is are no computer graphics in the movie at all, his rationale behind […]

"Starting Point: 1979-1996": A Look at the Unconventional Thinking of Hayao Miyazaki

Welcome to Toonzone's Miyazaki Week

To commemorate the release of Ponyo on DVD and Blu-ray on March 2, 2010, Toonzone is kicking off Miyazaki Week: 5 days of reviews and essays on the work of Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki. OK, fine, that’s a business week, but “Miyazaki Business Week” sounds like a magazine. Work with us, here. To many fans […]

Miyazaki Week: Why "Princess Mononoke" is Not an Environmentalist Fable

One common criticism I’ve seen of Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke is that it’s “environmentalist,” which is usually used to mean the sort of preachy, treacly, Earth First screed where people are Bad and nature is Good, end of story. Really, I have to wonder if we’re watching the same movie. While there is a healthy […]

Reuters Speaks with John Lasseter About Animation

Reuters has posted a short Q&A with Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter about a variety of topics, including whether he worries if a Pixar film will stumble, how he feels about last year’s slate of animated movies, the changes he’s instituted at Disney since becoming Chief Creative Officer, and what he thinks the secret […]

LA Times on Turning "Dante's Inferno" from Epic Poem to Video Game and DTV Movie

The Los Angeles Times has taken a look at Dante’s Inferno, the new video game and direct-to-video animated movie, both of which are based on the classic epic poem by Dante Alighieri (free registration required). The article covers the departures from the source material, the anthology approach to the film, and the connections between the […]

Daily Record Talks with John Ratzenberger on Pixar, "Cheers," and Bagpipes

Scotland’s Daily Record has posted a brief profile on John Ratzenberger, focusing heavily on his 15-year career as a voice on every single Pixar feature film made to date, as well as on his past life as the barfly Cliff Claven on the hit sitcom Cheers and his sideline playing the side drum with a […]

"Alice in Wonderland: Classic Film Collection" Coming to DVD on March 30, 2010

Infinity Entertainment Group will be releasing Alice in Wonderland: Classic Film Collection on March 30, 2010. The DVD set will include two of the “Alice” short films made by Walt Disney in the 1920′s starring Virginia Davis and 1966′s animated Alice of Wonderland in Paris, in addition to a silent film adaptation from 1915 and […]

Miyazaki Week: "My Neighbor Totoro" as a Reverse Coming-of-Age Story

The coming of age story is a common plot in cinema, and in the works of Hayao Miyazaki in particular. The coming of age can be literal, as in Kiki’s Delivery Service, where the plot revolves around the title character reaching the age when she must strike out into the world and find her own […]

Gina Torres on Being Superwoman for "Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths"

Warner Home Video has released another press release interview in conjunction with the release of Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths on DVD, Blu-ray, and On Demand services. The subject of this interview is Gina Torres, the actor who puts a sexy spin on the evil Superwoman. Among other topics, Torres reveals the ways that […]

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