Stock Race Car Driver Loses Suit Against Disney/Pixar Over Lightning McQueen

by Ed Liuon December 21, 2010
The Hollywood Reporter notes that the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals ruled that the character Lightning McQueen in Disney/Pixar’s Cars does not infringe on stock race card driver Mark Brill. Brill alleged that the Lightning McQueen character misappropriated the likeness of his own race car, which is also red with a yellow number “95” painted […]

"Despicable Me" Racks Up $25M in First-Day DVD Sales; Analyst Predicts Softer Market

by Ed Liuon December 20, 2010
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has issued a press release trumpeting the fact that Despicable Me racked up nearly $25 million in sales on its first day of release on DVD, Blu-ray disc, and digital download. The news stands in contrast to Hollywood analyst Richard Greenfield’s warnings to his clients that family-friendly DVDs are showing signs […]

Toonzone Interviews Alex Orrelle, Crew 972 Head & Animation Director for "Yogi Bear"

by Ed Liuon December 18, 2010
, and began his Hollywood career in animation shortly afterwards working on The Matrix Reloaded at Manex vfx. From there, he moved to Pixar Animation Studios, working on the short film “Boundin'” and on the feature The Incredibles — the rousing flight sequence where Elasti-Girl tries to evade a brace of air-to-air missiles is his […]

Toonzone Interviews Chris Meledandri on "Despicable Me"

by Ed Liuon December 18, 2010
TZN: One thing you touched on was the very networked production staff. On the DVD special features, they showed about 7 or 8 different locations that had people working on the film. Was that part of your initial plan to structure things that way? CHRIS MELEDANDRI: My belief was that initially, in order to secure […]

"Bambi" Diamond Edition Coming on March 1, 2011

by Ed Liuon December 10, 2010
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release the Bambi Diamond Edition DVD/Blu-ray combo pack on March 1, 2011, as well as standard- and high-definition digital download versions. A standard-edition DVD will also be released seven weeks later on April 19, 2011. The Diamond Edition release will also feature a “Second Screen” application which will allow […]

"Tangled" Topples "Potter" from Top Box Office Spot

by Ed Liuon December 6, 2010
In its second week of release, Disney’s Tangled has toppled previously reigning box office champion Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1, with an estimated $21.5 million in ticket sales beating out Potter’s $16.7 million. The take brings Tangled’s total ticket sales to $96.5 million, with 56% of this week’s sales coming from 3-D […]

"Waking Sleeping Beauty": A Candid History of Disney's Renaissance

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison December 2, 2010
The documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty offers an focused inside look at the history of Walt Disney Animation Studios between 1984 and 1994, up until The Lion King hit theaters to tremendous success. The film is produced by veteran producer Don Hahn (who also directed) and one-time Disney executive Peter Schneider, both of whom played very […]

Don Hahn Discusses "Waking Sleeping Beauty" and "Fantasia" Home Video Releases

by Ed Liuon December 1, 2010
Disney producer/director Don Hahn has been interviewed by and about the release of his documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty on DVD and Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 on Blu-ray and DVD. In both interviews, Hahn discusses the making of both movies, the goals he had from the outset in making Waking Sleeping Beauty, other projects […]

Academy Narrows Best Animated Shorts Field to 10

by Ed Liuon December 1, 2010
The 33 animated short films deemed eligible for the Best Animated Short Film Academy Award for 2010 have been whittled down to the following 10: “The Cow Who Wanted To Be a Hamburger” “Coyote Falls” “Day & Night” “The Gruffalo” “Let’s Pollute” “The Lost Thing” “Madagascar, A Journey Diary (Madagascar, carnet de voyage)” “Sensology” “The […]

Clips and Stills from "Fantasia/Fantasia 2000" Special Edition, "Destino" Bonuses

by Ed Liuon December 1, 2010
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released several video clips from the new Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 Special Edition Blu-ray combo pack, with a special focus on “Destino,” the famed (and incomplete) collaboration between Walt Disney and surrealist artist Salvador Dali. Click any of the following clips to play: “Destino” Video Clip How Disney and Dali Met […]