"Disney's A Christmas Carol": Zombies, Not Ghosts, of Christmas

by Maxie Zeuson November 9, 2009
Let’s start with the basics: Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol long ago turned into a cartoon, at least in the public imagination. The story is utterly familiar, and Dickens’s already caricatured crackpots have become stereotypes. Few of us, probably, can easily see past the story’s surfaces (worn and crinkly, like disused wrapping paper) to the […]

Toons of the 2000s: The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation - Part 1

by Eileen Cruzon November 6, 2009
You are reading Part 1 of The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation.  Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. The 00’s were a rough decade for theatrically released, traditionally animated films. 2D started as the dominant storytelling art form and found itself supplanted by CG midway into the decade. How did that […]

"Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure" Neatly Avoids the Sophomore Slump

by Ed Liuon November 5, 2009
I was as surprised as any when I found myself enjoying the first Tinker Bell direct-to-video movie, despite its long and troubled path from script to screen (and the fact that I am well outside its target demographic of girls too old for Princesses and too young for Hannah Montana). However, it seems that John […]

"Tying Your Own Shoes" Wins Golden Dove Award at Leipzig Festival

by Ed Liuon November 4, 2009
The National Film Board of Canada’s animated documentary “Tying Your Own Shoes” has won the Golden Dove Award at the 52nd International Leipzig Film Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. The film by Shira Avni lets four artists with Down Syndrome provide their own unique perspectives on their work. A trailer for the film, along […]

DreamWorks Animation Posts $19.6M Profit in 3Q 2009; No "Monsters vs. Aliens" Sequel

by Ed Liuon October 29, 2009
DreamWorks Animation SKG reported net income of $19.6 million on revenues of $135.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2009. The profit marks a 48% decline from the same period a year ago, but still beat analyst expectations. Much of the profit this quarter was driven by home video and pay TV revenue from […]

NY Times on Disney's Marketing Blitz for "A Christmas Carol"

by Ed Liuon October 29, 2009
The New York Times has taken a look at the massive marketing blitz the Walt Disney Company is putting behind Robert Zemeckis’ motion-capture CGI animated adaptation of A Christmas Carol (free registration required). Among other factors, the Disney studio is in need of a hit after losing money in the most recent quarter and successful […]

"G.I. Joe: Resolute" & "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" on DVD on Nov 3, 2009 (UPDATED)

by Ed Liuon October 29, 2009
Paramount Home Entertainment has announced that G.I. Joe: Resolute and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra will be coming to home video on November 3, 2009. G.I. Joe: Resolute returns the Real American Heroes to animation in a grittier, more realistic version written by Warren Ellis and directed by Joaquim Dos Santos. The DVD will […]

Disney Releases Clips from "Up" DVD/Blu-ray Bonus Features

by Ed Liuon October 29, 2009
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released new video clips from the bonus features of the DVD and Blu-ray release of Disney/Pixar’s Up: From the Home Entertainment Exclusive Short: Dug’s Special Mission Dug in the Hole (Bonus) Talking Dogs (Bonus) Voice of Russell (Bonus) Several “Balloon Science Fun Facts” have been issued as well: BALLOON […]

New Video Clips and Art from "Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure"

by Ed Liuon October 28, 2009
Disney has released several new video clips from Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, the new direct-to-video CGI animated movie starring the icon of Disney’s Fairies line and famed sidekick to Peter Pan. There are a total of six clips available, from the movie itself and several of the bonus features on the DVD and […]

"Astro Boy": Spam in a Can

by Maxie Zeuson October 27, 2009
Mark my words: The day is not long distant when some boorish entrepreneur has the bright idea of making a CG-animated adaptation of Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away or some other Miyazaki classic. Maybe no one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public, but neither did anyone ever lose a bet by […]