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SpoutBlog Talks with Nina Paley on "Sita Sings the Blues"

The Spout Blog has Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You, which superimposes the Indian epic poem The Ramayana on an ugly period in her own life to the 1920′s jazz music of singer Annette Hanshaw. Paley discusses her influences and other topics on her mind recently. Sita Sings the Blues will be […]

TimesOnline Talks with "Waltz with Bashir" Art Director David Polonsky

The Times Online has spoken with David Polonsky, the art director for the Israeli documentary film Waltz with Bashir, which uses animation to re-visit director Ari Folman’s time in the Israeli Army during the 1982 war in Lebanon. Polonsky discusses some of the more vivid scenes in the movie as part of the article, explaining […]

Toon Zone Presents a Virtual Roundtable with "BURN-E" Director Angus MacLane

One of the bonus features on the DVD and Blu-ray disc of Disney/Pixar’s WALL•E is a new short film called “BURN•E,” which fills in the story for of one of the robots on the giant starship Axiom that we see briefly during the movie. The short is the directorial debut for WALL•E‘s Directing Animator Angus […]

"Wonder Woman" Animated DTV Coming March 3, 2009; New Screens and Pre-Production Art

Warner Home Video has announced a release date of March 3, 2009 for the Wonder Woman direct-to-video animated movie, coming in single- and two-disc DVD and Blu-ray high definition disc. The original feature stars Keri Russell as Wonder Woman, Nathan Fillion as Steve Trevor, and Alfred Molina as Ares, as well as Virginia Madsen, Rosario […]

Toon Zone Presents "WALL-E" DVD and Blu-ray Sneak Peek Materials (UPDATED Nov 17)

To promote the release of Disney/Pixar’s WALL-E on DVD and Blu-ray disc, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released several bonus features and downloadable content. Click on any image for a larger version. ” (PDF) with legendary sound designer Ben Burtt (right) to find out the origins of WALL-E’s clicks and clacks as he moves, […]

PR: Wonder Woman on DVD and Blu-ray March 3, 2009

Courageous Princess. Fierce Warrior. Legendary DC Super Hero. Wonder Woman on DVD and Blu-ray March 3, 2009! The Epic Tale of Wonder Woman is the Fourth DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movie From Warner Premiere BURBANK, CA, (November 17, 2008) – Embark on a journey of untold beauty, grace and strength as Princess Diana uses […]

"The Age" Reports "Happy Feet 2" to be Made in Sydney

The Age is reporting that a sequel to the Oscar-winning movie Happy Feet will be made at a new digital production facility in Sydney. The news was revealed by New South Wales Minister of State Development Ian Macdonald on Sunday, revealing that the movie will “employ an average of 438 people over three years.” Happy […]

Wired Posts Video Interview with Neil Gaiman on "Coraline"

The Wired weblog has posted a video interview with writer Neil Gaiman on the stop-motion feature film based on his novella Coraline, where he describes the movie as, “the biggest, most strange, expressive, peculiar, enormous stop-motion film I think that’s ever been made.”

"Shrek the Halls"? Skip It and Stick with the Classics

I’m not a huge fan of the Shrek films, finding them cynical and highly artificial cinematic exercises that are only intermittently funny. If I’ve lost you already, then odds are that Shrek the Halls is just the holiday special you’ve been waiting for, and you should stop reading now, since everything else in this review […]

"Variety" on Animation in Documentaries "Chicago 10" and "Waltz With Bashir"

Variety notes the rise of animation in documentary films, such as Chicago 10 (read Toon Zone News’ review here) and Waltz with Bashir, with Chicago 10 director Brett Morgen and Waltz With Bashir director Ari Folman discussing the reasons for using animation in their documentaries instead of stock footage or interviews. Morgen states that he […]

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