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D23 2009: What's Going On At Disney's First Ever D23 Convention?

For better or worse, the brand of Disney has become a worldwide cultural phenomenon, all stemming from the mind and vision of Walt E. Disney who created the character of Mickey Mouse in the 1920’s.  Bob Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, decided to organize this first ever fan convention for the […]

Disney Releases New Trailer for "The Princess and the Frog"

Disney has released a new trailer for The Princess and the Frog, the new animated musical comedy that will mark the studio’s return to hand-drawn animated feature films and also star Disney’s first black princess character. The Princess and the Frog will open in New York City and Los Angeles on November 25, 2009, and […]

New "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" Video Clip Released

Warner Bros. Animation has released a new video clip from Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, the upcoming direct-to-video animated movie based on the graphic novel by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness. Click the image below to play (requires Apple QuickTime): <!– You can also download the file directly by right-clicking (control-clicking on a Mac) the following link […]

Robert Zemeckis Just Sees What He Wants to See

Robert Zemeckis is going to remake the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine using his “performance capture” CGI animation techniques, and the news is being received with a number of catcalls and jeers from animation fans and traditional animators. Most of the complaints from animation circles center on the motion-capture technique itself, which converts a filmed actor into […]

Disney and Apple Corps Ltd. Confirm "Yellow Submarine" Remake

The Walt Disney Company and the Beatles’ Apple Corps Ltd. have confirmed earlier news reports that a remake of the animated movie Yellow Submarine is in production, to be written and directed by Robert Zemeckis. The movie will use the same performance-capture technology Zemeckis used in The Polar Express and Beowulf. The full press release […]

More "9" News Around the Web

More news about Shane Acker’s feature film 9 are appearing throughout the Internet: Animation director Joe Ksander discusseed the challenges of bringing 9’s dolls to life in CGI animation, especially considering the much lower budget of the movie compared to the average Disney/Pixar or DreamWorks feature film. [KansasCity.com] Elsewhere, Ksander talks about how he met […]

Pixar in Venice News Roundup: Lifetime Achievement Award, Oscars, and Toy Story 3-D

Several news stories have emerged from the appearance of John Lasseter and several key members of Pixar Animation Studios at the Venice Film Festival: Lasseter and Pixar were awarded the Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award (presented by George Lucas) for their contributions to the world of film. Lasseter commented to reporters that “We really set out […]

Luxo Suing Disney/Pixar Over Lamp in "Up" Blu-ray Limited Edition

The Norwegian lamp maker Luxo has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Pixar Animation Studios and the Walt Disney Company for a lamp that is planned to be included in a limited edition Up Blu-ray set. The lamp is of the “Luxo Jr” character, who has been the corporate mascot for Pixar since 1986 when […]

New "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" Screenshots Released

Warner Bros. Animation has released six new screenshots from Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, the upcoming direct-to-video animated movie based on the graphic novel by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness. Click on any thumbnail to enlarge to full-size, high-definition resolution. Under direction from U.S. President Lex Luthor, Captain Atom leads the pursuit of the Man of Steel […]

Toon Zone Interviews Voice Acting Legend Jim Cummings on "The Tigger Movie"

If you’ve watched cartoons on TV or in the movies or played video games since the late 1980’s, odds are you’ve heard Jim Cummings’ work at least a dozen times. One of the busiest voice-over actors working today, Cummings has amassed a vast volume of cartoon, animated feature and video game voice work since he […]

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