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Ghibli World Interviews Michel Ocelot

The GhibliWorld.com website has posted a lengthy interview with Michel Ocelot, director of Azur et Asmar and Kirikou and the Sorceress. Among other topics, Ocelot discusses the use of music in his movies and hand-drawn animation vs. CGI, as well as digging into several of his more popular films. (via Nausicaa.net)

Kristen Bell Joins "Astro Boy" Cast

Variety is reporting that Kristen Bell will join the voice cast of Imagi Animation Studio’s Astro Boy as the lead female character. She will join Nicholas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy, and Eugene Levy as cast members, with Freddie Highmore as the title character. The CGI animated film is due for release in […]

"Sleeping Beauty" to Screen at El Capitan Theatre from Aug 29 - Sep 18, 2008

Disney will be screening the newly restored Sleeping Beauty at the historic El Capitan Theatre from August 29 – September 18, 2008. A special gala event will take place on opening night, hosted by veteran Disney producer Don Hahn and a panel of animation cast and crew, including Mary Costa (voice of Princess Aurora), animator […]

Toon Zone Interviews Voice Actor Hynden Walch: Alien Girls and Killer Clowns

It was a very pleasant discovery to find that voice actor Hynden Walch is as delightfully energetic, outgoing, and endearing as many of the charcters she provides voices for. She may be best known as Starfire on Teen Titans, but in her 10 years in the voice acting business, she has provided voices for projects […]

A Chat with Disney's Burny Mattinson about "Sleeping Beauty"'s Maleficent

On Tuesday, August 19, 2008, Toon Zone News was able to sit in on an on-line chat with longtime Disney animator Burny Mattinson to chat about his work on Maleficent in the classic animated film Sleeping Beauty. He got his start in the studio mailroom, but moved into the animation department as an in-betweener for […]

Henry Selick on "Nightmare Before Christmas" Blu-ray (UPDATED with "Coraline")

The Monsters and Critics website has taken a look at the upcoming Nightmare Before Christmas Blu-ray release, which will hit store shelves next Tuesday, August 26, 2008. They have also posted a brief discussion they had with director Henry Selick about possibilities for a sequel, and also a transcript of a round-table discussion where Selick […]

Disney's "Bolt" Moves to November 21, 2008, after "Potter" Move

Warner Brothers has moved the release date of the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film from November 21, 2008, to July 17, 2009, claiming that the Writers Guild of America strike earlier this year has impacted production and that the film is better suited for a summertime release. In response, Disney has moved the […]

Disney Funds Research and Development Labs

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Walt Disney Corporation will be funding two research labs at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in Switzerland. The labs will do work in “computer animation, computational cinematography, autonomous interactive characters, robotics and user interfaces” that will be used by Pixar […]

Don Hahn's "Alchemy of Animation" Arrives October 7, 2008

Longtime Disney producer Don Hahn has announced that his latest book, The Alchemy of Animation, will be available in stores on October 7, 2008. Hahn stated that “my hope is that it will give everyone a really comprehensive look at the process by which we make animated films at Disney — from traditional animation, to […]

"Wonder Woman" Direct-to-Video Movie Trailer at Worlds Finest

Worlds Finest Online has posted a downloadable version of the trailer to the Wonder Woman direct-to-video movie, which was aired for attendees at last month’s San Diego Comic-Con.

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