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"Persepolis" Animated Production Blog and Stills On-line

A production weblog has been started for Persepolis, an animated film based on the graphic novel memoirs of the same name by Marjane Satrapi. The weblog will track Satrapi’s progress as the days of her youth in post-revolution Iran are chronicled in animated form. Several still photos from the film are available on the official […]

Animation Guild on Pixar Storytelling Techniques

Kevin Koch, President of the Animation Guild (Local 839 IATSE), has made two weblog postings summarizing Andrew Stanton’s keynote on Pixar Animation Studio’s storytelling techniques (click for part 1 and part 2). The postings include several behind-the-scenes anecdotes on the story development of both Toy Story films, Finding Nemo, A Bug’s Life, and Monsters, Inc. […]

Toon Zone Interviews Don Hahn on a "Nightmare" Project

Examine the credits of some of the most acclaimed animated films and you’ll find Don Hahn listed as the producer for many of them. He began his career as an assistant animator for Pete’s Dragon, and moved up to associate producer for Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His first credit as producer for a feature length […]

"The Little Mermaid" Platinum Edition: Grand Release of an Almost Magical Film

Confession time: I have never been a huge fan of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and was never really able to articulate why. It could be that I’m just not in the target demographic for the film, or because I missed it in theatres and first saw it on pan-and-scan VHS on a tiny screen surrounded […]

"Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles" Wins Best Animated Sci-Fi Feature Award

FUNimation has announced that Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles has won the Best Animated Sci-Fi Feature award from the 2006 International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival. The award will be presented at the film’s screening on October 28 in Phoenix, AZ. Read the full press release here.

Pixar Artists to Produce "Ancient Book of Myth and War"

Cartoon Brew’s Amid Amidi is reporting that five Pixar artists are working on a new hardcover art book for release in August 2007. Titled The Ancient Book of Myth and War, the book will include contributions from Scott Morse, Don Shank, Ricky Nierva, Lou Romano and Nate Wragg; several of the artists are beginning to […]

"Open Season": I've Got it in the Crosshairs

Boog the grizzly bear has led a cushy life. His master, Park Ranger Beth, uses him for quick shows to amuse the tourists and lets him sleep in her garage, where she pampers him. She even sings him to sleep, using the Teddy Bear Picnic song. Then things go haywire when Elliot, a deer with […]

"Ten Animated Films by Signe Baumane": Latvia on the Hudson

These days we are so inundated with safe, glossy big studio animation that it’s easy to forget the bizarre low budget scribbles on the fringes of the industry. Especially since increasingly sophisticated films from the likes of Pixar are beginning to co-opt independent animation’s traditional advantage in thematic complexity. All that’s left is to be […]

"Everyone's Hero" Strikes Out

This movie is a trap for any noble respondant who wishes to honestly critique it. It comes to us loaded. Yes, the Reeve factor. No matter how much I feel justified in all my forthcoming comments, I still feel like a bully. Fact is, the only solution is to shove it aside. Folks, I’m not […]

Disney Announces Holiday DVD Releases

Walt Disney Entertainment is gearing up for the holiday season with a variety of DVD releases: Disney/Pixar’s Cars arrives on November 7th with a price tag of $29.99 US and $36.99 Canadian. The Little Mermaid returns in a Special Edition on October 3rd. The release will retail for $29.99 US and $36.99 Canadian. Disney’s The […]

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