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"Princess and the Frog" Coming to DVD/Blu-ray on March 16, 2010 (UPDATED w/Box Art)

by Ed Liuon January 27, 2010
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that The Princess and the Frog will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 16, 2010. The release will be on a single-disc DVD, Blu-ray disc, and a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack which will also feature a digital copy of the movie. Special features common to all versions […]

"Up" Wins PGA Best Animated Feature Award

by Ed Liuon January 26, 2010
For his work on Disney/Pixar’s Up, Jonas Rivera has won the Producers Guild of America’s Producer of the Year in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures award. The movie was also the only fully animated film to be nominated for the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, but lost to The […]

WHV: Shinji Aramaki on "The Package" for "Halo Legends" 8 More Stills Released

by Ed Liuon January 26, 2010
Warner Home Video has issued a press release interview with Shinji Aramaki on “The Package,” the short film he directed for the upcoming Halo Legends anime anthology coming to DVD and Blu-ray on February 16, 2010. The famed director of Appleseed and Appleseed Ex Machina discusses the inspirations behind his short film, the sections he […]

"Up", "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and "Coraline" Nominated at the BAFTAs

by MonkeyFunkon January 21, 2010
It has been announced that Up, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Coraline have been nominated for the Orange British Academy Film Awards in the Animated Film category. In addition, Up has been nominated for Original Screenplay, Music and Sound. Fantastic Mr. Fox has also been nominated for Music. The three nominees in the Short Animation category […]

Toonzone Presents: New "Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths" Video Clip

by Ed Liuon January 20, 2010
Toonzone News is proud to present a new video clip from Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, the new direct-to-video movie coming to DVD and Blu-ray disc from Warner Home Video on February 23, 2010. Click the image below to play the clip (requires QuickTime): <!– For more details, check out our earlier coverage: “Justice […]

"Up" Wins Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, Best Original Score

by Ed Liuon January 19, 2010
The 2009 Golden Globe Awards were handed out in a ceremony on Sunday, January 17, 2010. Disney/Pixar’s Up won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, while Michael Giacchino’s score took home the Best Original Score award. The only other film or TV show with a significant animated component was James Cameron’s Avatar, which took […]

"Princess and the Frog" Score Ruled Ineligible for Oscar

by Ed Liuon January 14, 2010
Variety reports that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has ruled that the score to The Princess and the Frog is ineligible for an Academy Award for violating the Academy rule prohibiting “scores… diminished in impact by the predominant use of songs.” The rule was created in the 1990’s after a series of […]

Cartoon Universe: Introduction

by Matthew Williamson January 13, 2010
We all live in a cartoon universe. Think about it – animation is almost omnipresent in our daily lives.  One of the nation’s largest media companies is, at its heart, an animation studio.  Japan’s image is now associated with its certain kind of animation.  And America’s most recognizable and admired man is not the president, […]

NY Times on Blue Sky Studios vs. the Big Boys

by Ed Liuon January 13, 2010
The New York Times has taken a look at Blue Sky Studios, the CGI production house owned by 20th Century Fox that currently is the only consistent competition for the likes of Pixar and DreamWorks Animation Studios (free registration required). The article examines the studio’s history from its first commercials for Ducolax to its quirky […]

NY Times on "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" Oscar Odds

by Ed Liuon January 13, 2010
The New York Times has taken a look at The Fantastic Mr. Fox and its chances for taking an Academy Award away from the current frontrunner: Disney/Pixar’s Up (free registration required). Among other topics, the article notes how Fantastic Mr. Fox has won best animated film awards from both the New York Film Critics Circle […]