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Platform International Animation Festival: Toonzone Interviews Katsuhiro Otomo on His New Short Hi-No-Yojin: Combustible

by Christopher Glennonon November 12, 2012
Katsuhiro Otomo debuted as a manga writer/artist in 1973 and is known for such works as Domu and Akira. Otomo directed the animated adaptation of Akira in 1988, which went on to become highly influential in the world of animation. Otomo also directed 2004’s Steamboy; his most recent work is a short film “Combustible (Hi-No-Yojin).” […]
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Review: “Ninja Scroll” (UK Theatrical Screening): Art of the Ninja

by Grant Whiteon November 12, 2012
Ninja Scroll is a feature held as a classic amongst the echelons of Japanese animation fans. Unfortunately, here in the UK it is also linked to an urban legend of it all being ‘violent animated pornography’. I remember buying into these inaccurate slurs in my childhood and vowing I’d stay well away from the stuff […]

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A Look At Sam Gilbey’s Exclusive Ninja Scroll Poster For Manga Entertainment’s Hackney Screening

by Grant Whiteon November 11, 2012
Manga Entertainment have released a preview of the exclusive limited edition poster that will be issued to the audience of their special premiere screening, produced by artist Sam Gilbey whose work includes Scott Pilgrim and Call of Duty. Gilbey comments ‘I often include portraits of real people in my work and capture likenesses, but because […]
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PR: GKIDS Brings Feature Animation Showcase to Los Angeles November 14-18, 2012, in Celebration of Burbank Animation Week

by Ed Liuon November 9, 2012
GKIDS BRINGS FEATURE ANIMATION SHOWCASE TO LOS ANGELES NOVEMBER 14 to 18 IN CELEBRATION OF BURBANK ANIMATION WEEK LINEUP FEATURES NINE FILMS INCLUDING SPECIAL SCREENINGS OF GKIDS OSCAR® TITLES “FROM UP ON POPPY HILL” “THE PAINTING” “THE RABBI’S CAT” “ZARAFA” LAEMMLE NOHO 7 – AMC BURBANK 16 FULL SCHEDULE AND TICKETS AT WWW.GKIDS.TV/SHOWCASE   New […]

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Release Date Announced for “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2”

by Dan Collinson November 8, 2012
Superhero Hype has announced that Warner issued the official release date for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 will be released on January 29, 2013. The film picks up where part 1 left off, in which our hero has to deal with Gotham police, the remnants of the Mutant gang, the return of The […]
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21 Animated Features Submitted for 2012 Academy Awards

by Ed Liuon November 5, 2012
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced 21 submitted features for the 2012 Best Animated Feature Academy Award, virtually ensuring that a full slate of five nominees will be in the running for the award. The candidates are: Adventures in Zambezia Brave Delhi Safari Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Frankenweenie From Up on […]

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“Wreck-It Ralph” Racks Up $49.1M in Ticket Sales on Debut Weekend

by Ed Liuon November 5, 2012
Despite lingering power outages on the East Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph earned an estimated $49.1 million in ticket sales in its debut weekend, taking the top spot at the box office by a comfortable margin. Its nearest competitor, Robert Zemeckis’ Flight, opened with almost half the ticket sales at […]
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Review: Disney Delivers Delight With “Wreck-It Ralph”

by Todd DuBoison November 5, 2012
If The Princess and the Frog and Tangled were earnest attempts by Walt Disney Animation Studios to invoke the past virtue of the “Disney Renaissance” of the late 80s and the 90s, Wreck-It Ralph represents its own take on the current trend of reimagining some element of pop culture for a family comedy. Few will […]

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CNN on Growing Recognition for Voice Actors

by Ed Liuon November 2, 2012
CNN has posted an article about the growing recognition for professional voice actors in animation, speaking with professionals such as Frank Welker, Peter Cullen, Crispin Freeman, and Patrick Seitz about the growth of the industry, the way technology has made voice actors more prominent than in the past, and celebrity stunt-casting for voice actors (and […]
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Review: “Secret of the Wings” is Genuine Magic for the “Tinker Bell” Series

by Ed Liuon November 2, 2012
I’m sure that Teenaged Ed would be horrified to learn that Adult Ed would actively look forward to Disney’s Tinker Bell direct-to-video movies. However, Teenaged Ed was an idiot about a lot of things and this would be one of them. While the latest installment, Secret of the Wings comes a year behind schedule, the […]