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WHV: Shinji Aramaki on "The Package" for "Halo Legends" 8 More Stills Released

Warner Home Video has issued a press release interview with Shinji Aramaki on “The Package,” the short film he directed for the upcoming Halo Legends anime anthology coming to DVD and Blu-ray on February 16, 2010. The famed director of Appleseed and Appleseed Ex Machina discusses the inspirations behind his short film, the sections he […]

"Up", "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and "Coraline" Nominated at the BAFTAs

It has been announced that Up, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Coraline have been nominated for the Orange British Academy Film Awards in the Animated Film category. In addition, Up has been nominated for Original Screenplay, Music and Sound. Fantastic Mr. Fox has also been nominated for Music. The three nominees in the Short Animation category […]

Toonzone Presents: New "Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths" Video Clip

Toonzone News is proud to present a new video clip from Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, the new direct-to-video movie coming to DVD and Blu-ray disc from Warner Home Video on February 23, 2010. Click the image below to play the clip (requires QuickTime): <!– For more details, check out our earlier coverage: “Justice […]

"Up" Wins Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, Best Original Score

The 2009 Golden Globe Awards were handed out in a ceremony on Sunday, January 17, 2010. Disney/Pixar’s Up won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, while Michael Giacchino’s score took home the Best Original Score award. The only other film or TV show with a significant animated component was James Cameron’s Avatar, which took […]

"Princess and the Frog" Score Ruled Ineligible for Oscar

Variety reports that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has ruled that the score to The Princess and the Frog is ineligible for an Academy Award for violating the Academy rule prohibiting “scores… diminished in impact by the predominant use of songs.” The rule was created in the 1990’s after a series of […]

Cartoon Universe: Introduction

We all live in a cartoon universe. Think about it – animation is almost omnipresent in our daily lives.  One of the nation’s largest media companies is, at its heart, an animation studio.  Japan’s image is now associated with its certain kind of animation.  And America’s most recognizable and admired man is not the president, […]

NY Times on Blue Sky Studios vs. the Big Boys

The New York Times has taken a look at Blue Sky Studios, the CGI production house owned by 20th Century Fox that currently is the only consistent competition for the likes of Pixar and DreamWorks Animation Studios (free registration required). The article examines the studio’s history from its first commercials for Ducolax to its quirky […]

NY Times on "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" Oscar Odds

The New York Times has taken a look at The Fantastic Mr. Fox and its chances for taking an Academy Award away from the current frontrunner: Disney/Pixar’s Up (free registration required). Among other topics, the article notes how Fantastic Mr. Fox has won best animated film awards from both the New York Film Critics Circle […]

Willem Dafoe on Being a Thark for "John Carter of Mars"

io9.com has spoken with actor Willem Dafoe on his role in Disney’s John Carter of Mars, to be directed by Pixar’s Andrew Stanton and based on the novel A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Dafoe will play the Martian Thark warrior Tars Tarkas, and his comments to io9 detail why the material appeals […]

Manga Entertainment to Release "Summer Wars" in UK in Sept 2010

Anime News Network is reporting that Manga Entertainment will release Summer Wars in September 2010 in the United Kingdom. The movie is the latest film from Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time), and centers on “a modern-day family on a midsummer adventure.” A DVD and Blu-ray release are planned. There is no word […]

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