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New "Despicable Me" Teaser Trailer and Stills

by Ed Liuon December 23, 2009
Universal Pictures has released a new teaser trailer for Despicable Me, their upcoming CGI animated movie starring Steve Carrell and Jason Segel scheduled for release on July 9, 2010: In addition, Universal has released several new stills from the movie. Click on any of the thumbnails below to view full-size: Despicable Me will be released […]

DVD Town Interviews Nina Paley on "Sita Sings the Blues"

by Ed Liuon December 22, 2009
DVD Town has interviewed filmmaker Nina Paley on her film Sita Sings the Blues, digging into the artistic and creative sides of making the movie. Among other topics, the interview covers whether Paley thought she was being presumptuous in tying the dissolution of her marriage to The Ramayana, the discovery and incorporation of the blues […]

"Dante's Inferno: The Animated Movie" to Arrive February 8, 2010 (UPDATED w/trailer)

by Ed Liuon December 18, 2009
EA and Film Roman have announced that their newest collaboration Dante’s Inferno will be released on DVD and Blu-ray disc on February 8, 2010. The new animated anthology is based on the classic poem by Dante Alighieri and is tied-in to the forthcoming video game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PSP. The trailer […]

William Baldwin on Voicing the Dark Knight for "Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths"

by Ed Liuon December 17, 2009
Actor William Baldwin is the latest subject of a press release interview from Warner Home Video in conjunction with the upcoming release of Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths on DVD and Blu-ray disc. Baldwin is the latest actor to portray Batman, and in the interview, he discusses how close he came to being a […]

Remembering Roy E. Disney

by Matthew Williamson December 17, 2009
Were it not for Roy E. Disney, the course of animation history would have been almost completely different. The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin would likely not have been made, at least not with the class and verve that made them classics. Had Roy Disney not intervened, Pixar might have been preparing to […]

Anime in the Coming Decade

by Karl Olsonon December 17, 2009
Moe Won’t Die, But It Can Kill Moe is a trend in anime towards the use of underage, often barely-clad heroines with no unique character traits. One of the biggest anime of 2009, maybe even of the decade in Japan if we’re talking merchandise and media sales, was a little slice-of-life show by the name of K-ON. […]

Toons of the 2000s: Next Decade Speculation

by Eileen Cruzon December 17, 2009
Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. One of the most challenging tasks to take on during a decade of undeniable and sometimes drastic change is to predict what happens next. Will broadcast television die? Is Blu-ray to become the dominant format? What direction will anime take if the industry continues on its […]

Next Studio Ghibli Film "Karigurashi no Arrietty" Announced

by Ed Liuon December 16, 2009
GhibliWorld is reporting that the next Studio Ghibli film will be titled Karigurashi no Arrietty, and is based on the children’s book The Borrowers by Mary Norton. The movie will be directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who was the chief animator for Hayao Miyazaki’s short film “Imaginary Flying Machines” and the animation director for the short […]

"Coraline" and "Up" on AFI's Top 10 Movies for 2009

by Ed Liuon December 14, 2009
The American Film Institute has released its official selection of the top 10 TV and film series of 2009 for the 10th annual AFI Awards, with Coraline and Up joining The Hangover, The Hurt Locker, The Messenger, Precious, A Serious Man, A Single Man, Sugar, and Up in the Air on the top 10 films […]

LA Times on John Lasseter's Hands in Making Disney Toys

by Ed Liuon December 14, 2009
The Los Angeles Times has taken a look at the hands-on involvement of Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter in Disney’s toy merchandising (free registration required). The article notes that Lasseter has made numerous specific demands of toy manufacturers to maintain faithfulness to the original Disney and Pixar properties, and also that merchandise for The Princess […]