PR: “Necessary Evil: Villains of DC Comics” Documentary to Begin Production at WonderCon March 29-31, 2013

by Ed Liuon March 27, 2013
“Behind every great hero, there are a whole lot of villains.” – Geoff Johns NEW DOCUMENTARY NECESSARY EVIL: VILLAINS OF DC COMICS LEGENDARY VILLAIN CHRISTOPHER LEE NARRATES BURBANK, CA (March 26, 2013) – The Joker, Bane, Deathstroke, Darkseid and Lex Luthor — the scariest and most menacing villains in DC Comics’ universe — take center […]

Annecy Animation Festival Announces 176-Film Slate for 2013

by Ed Liuon March 27, 2013
The Annecy Animation Festival has announced that a field of 2,461 submissions has been narrowed down to 176 films slated to compete in the 2013 Annecy International Animated Film Festival & Market from June 10-15, 2013. The full set of selections and categories is available at the Annecy web site.


Review: “Tenchi Muyo! Movie Collection” Breaks the Muyo! Mold

by Chad Boninon March 27, 2013
Tenchi’s disappearing! Tenchi has a daughter! Tenchi disappeared! In the Tenchi Muyo! franchise’s three cinematic movies, the gang travels back in time, deals with daughters from the future (!?), and explores the world of restaurant work. Can the girls save Tenchi, save Tenchi, and save Tenchi? In these three movies, does Tenchi actually matter, or […]

Toonzone Interviews Stuart Forrest, CEO of Triggerfish, on “Adventures in Zambezia”

by Ed Liuon March 26, 2013
Stuart Forrest is a longtime animator and the current CEO of Triggerfish Animation Studios, based in Cape Town, South Africa. He began Triggerfish by doing stop-motion animation in his living room (much to the annoyance of his wife), before going on to doing animation for Sesame Street for six seasons, along with commercials and 30-minute […]


“The Croods” Takes Box Office Crown in Debut Weekend with $44.7M Ticket Sales

by Ed Liuon March 25, 2013
DreamWorks Animation SKG’s The Croods has taken the top spot at the box office in its premiere weekend with an estimated $44.7 million in ticket sales domestically, bringing it even with the opening takes of How to Train Your Dragon ($43.7M) and Megamind ($46M) and well ahead of Rise of the Guardians ($23.77M). The opening […]

Review: “The Croods” Isn’t as Evolved as It Could Be

by Todd DuBoison March 25, 2013
If titles were always entirely accurate, The Croods would be called Grug and Eep. At heart it’s not truly about the adventures and welfare of the titular stone age family, but rather the tale of a strained relationship between a father and his teenage daughter who yearns to break free of her family’s constraining lifestyle. […]


“Superman: Unbound” Premieres at WonderCon 2013, New Stills Released; “LEGO Batman” Panel & Screening

by Ed Liuon March 21, 2013
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT BRINGS SUPERMAN, BATMAN TO WONDERCON 2013 SUPERMAN: UNBOUND WORLD PREMIERE FRIDAY, MARCH 29 – 6:00 PM LEGO BATMAN: THE MOVIE – DC SUPERHEROES UNITE SCREENING & PANEL – SUNDAY, MARCH 31 – 2:00 PM Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will bookend the WonderCon weekend of March 29-31 in Anaheim with animated film […]

Gainax Revives Its “Blue Uru” Film Project

by Todd DuBoison March 21, 2013
The Japanese animation studio Gainax has announced that it is restarting work on its Blue Uru film project. Blue Uru is intended to be a sequel to Gainax’s first theatrical film, the 1987 sci-fi drama Royal Space Force – The Wings of Honnêamise. Work on the film first began in 1992, but it was suspended the following […]


New Official Trailer For DreamWorks’ “Turbo”

by Todd DuBoison March 21, 2013
A new theatrical trailer has been created for DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming comedy Turbo, which will be released in U.S. theaters on July 19th, 2013. Conceived and directed by David Soren, Turbo tells the story of a garden snail that adores IndyCar racing and gets a chance to fulfill his dreams of becoming a great racer […]

Review: “Rise of the Guardians” Delivers for Kids

by Todd DuBoison March 20, 2013
Taking inspiration from William Joyce’s Guardians of Childhood book series, Rise of the Guardians delivers an unusual reinterpretation of the fantastical icons of childhood legend for an imperfect but enjoyable adventure. The conceit of Guardians is that not only do these figures of myth all exist, they know each other and some of them are […]