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"Transformers" Rules Box Office; "Ratatouille" Claims Second Place

DreamWorks-Paramount’s Transformers took the top spot for the long holiday weekend box office take, raking in $152.6 million in 6.5 days of release, with $67.6 million in just the past weekend. Trailing behind it was Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille, claiming $29 million in ticket sales for a modest 38% drop from its opening weekend.

"Ratatouille" Opens at #1

Pixar’s new film Ratatouille opened at #1 for the weekend with an estimated gross of $47.2 million. This topped the weekend’s other major release, Live Free or Die Hard (known as Die Hard 4.0 outside the U.S.) by about $14 million. The debut was Pixar’s eighth opening at #1. The film also had the highest […]

"Ratatouille" Is a Film That Really Cooks

There ought to be a word for an expertly cut trailer that includes all the best scenes from an otherwise terrible movie. This phenomenon seems to be occurring more and more often as the average film gets worse and worse, to the point where a good trailer simply isn’t enough to sell a film. It […]

"Ratatouille": Animation's Finest Chefs Save Us From All The Fast Food

It’s getting to the point where one might barely associate the output of this wunderkind studio with the rest of the animated medium. There’s other quality work out there, but there’s also so much sheer junk being foisted on us. But while there is no true Pixar formula (you know, other than just doing everything […]

Michel Gagne on Working on "Ratatouille"

Artist Michel Gagne has been interviewed by Comicon.com’s PULSE News about his contributions to Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille, which centered on a sequence of abstract visuals depicting the sensations of taste in two of the main rat characters in the film. Gagne also discusses Zed, his own comic book series, and other animation work in the pipeline.

To Infinity and Beyond! A Snapshot of Modern Animation

This weekend, the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) in New York City is hosting their annual Art Festival. The following article was submitted to the show organizers to be included in the show’s program. Like comic books, animation is often viewed as a medium suitable only for children. As with comics, this perception […]

The Washington Post interviews Satoshi Kon

The Washignton Post has posted an interview with Paprika creator Satoshi Kon on their website. Kon discusses the genesis of the Paprika project and some of the major influences on his animation career. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn…061500492.html

Brad Bird Talks "Ratatouille" with AP

The Associated Press spoke briefly with director Brad Bird about Ratatouille, discussing topics such as the title of the movie, maintaining Pixar’s critical and box-office track record, and the possibility of sequels or follow-ups to The Incredibles. (via Comic Book Resources Comics Reel)

A Note of Recognition for...the Top 5 Fathers and Top 5 Father Figures in Animation

We had so much fun with the Top 5 Animated Mothers article for Mother’s Day that we decided that we had to do a follow-up for dads. Presented for your enjoyment are Toon Zone News’ opinionated picks for the top 5 animated dads in honor of Father’s Day, plus a collection of the top 5 […]

Pixar's "Up" Scheduled for 2009

Variety is reporting that Pixar Animation Studios is scheduling a new film for release in 2009. Titled Up, the movie will be about “a 70-year-old man who teams with a wilderness ranger to fight beasts and villains.” Monsters Inc’s Pete Docter was named as the director, with Bob Peterson writing and co-directing. The article also […]

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