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Kevin Munroe Leaves Imagi's "Gatchman" Feature Film

The Bloody-Disgusting.com website is reporting that director Kevin Munroe will not be directing the Gatchman feature film currently underway at Imagi Animation Studios. Instead, Munroe has signed on to direct Dylan Dog, based on an Italian comic book that was released in the United States by Dark Horse Comics. The Gatchaman feature film is currently […]

W!ldbrain and Esurance to Host Animation Program at Vail Film Festival

W!ildbrain and Esurance will co-sponsor a stand-alone animation program at this month’s Vail Film Festival, the companies said today. The Esurance Animation Showcase will feature work by independent animators Bill Plympton and Juan Pablo Zaramella, among others, as well as studio-produced work by Walt Disney and Pixar. W!ldbrain’s Phil Robinson will give an overview of […]

Briefly: Catmull at SIGGRAPH; Animation at BYU

* Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull will be one of the featured speakers at SIGGRAPH 2008. [Business Wire] * Brigham Young University plans to revamp its animation curriculum, add faculty, and implement an animation center in its Fulton college of Engineering and Technology. [Deseret News] * Ram Mohan, who is credited with training a generation of […]

Satoshi Kon, Mamoru Hosoda Announce New Film Projects

The Japanese anime studio Madhouse announced that directors Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Tokyo Godfathers) and Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) are at work on new feature films, according to a report on Akadot News. Kon’s new film is titled Yume-Miru Kikai (Dream Machine), and is reported to be a children’s film according to […]

Lebanon Reverses "Persepolis" Ban

Lebanese authorities have reversed a decision to ban the animated movie Persepolis due to a public outcry that the ban was intended to please Iranian and Shiite clerics rather than out of any sensitivity to Muslims or the Islamic faith. The movie is based on the graphic novel memoirs of Marjane Satrapi as a child […]

"Bee Movie" Tops DVD Sales Charts

Bee Movie topped DVD sales charts in its debut week, selling 1.4 million units in the week ended March 16, according to figures compiled by The-Numbers.com. 101 Dalmatians held third place with 451,000 units. Other animated titles in the top thirty include Beowulf (110,000 units), Barbie Mariposa (75,000) and The Aristocats (63,000).

"Enchanted" Nominated for 2008 Hugo Award

Disney’s Enchanted was nominated for a 2008 Hugo Award in the “Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form” category, alongside The Golden Compass, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Stardust, and Heroes Season 1. The Hugos will be awarded at the 66th World Science Fiction Convention in Denver, CO, on Saturday, August 9, 2008. (via […]

Hollywood Ramping Up Production of Toon Features

Disney/Pixar and DreamWorks Animation are facing more competition from other movie studios as Fox, Sony, Universal and Warner Bros. ramp up animated production, Variety reports. Hollywood is increasing its investment in the form even after the failure of such high profile pictures as The Ant Bully and Surf’s Up because the industry regards such films […]

"Appleseed Ex Machina" is Satsifying Sci-Fi Cheese

It’s no secret by now that computer graphics have changed the way animation is made, from the use of computer effects to enhance hand-drawn animation to the fully CGI-animated movies taking over the multiplexes. CGI has even spawned its own sub-genres, from the fully rendered movies of Pixar and DreamWorks to the Flash animators of […]

Toon Zone Interviews Steve Purcell About "Sam & Max the Animated Series"

Cartoonist Steve Purcell’s resume reads like a cult nerd hit-list. When he was a boy, he would parody his younger brother’s comic strips, eventually creating Sam and Max, a duo of freelance detectives. Sam is a man-sized dog shamus in a shabby suit and Max was…well, you’ll see what Max is. During the 1980′s black-and-white […]

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