"Princess Mononoke" No Longer Licensed in US

by Ed Liuon July 28, 2011 reports that Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke is no longer licensed in the United States by either the Walt Disney Company or by Echo Bridge Distribution (former distributor for the now-defunct Miramax label). At the moment, it is not known whether any former rights holders or any other companies would be willing or able to […]

SDCC2011: Toonzone Interviews Voice Actor Kevin Michael Richardson

by Jeffrey Harrison July 27, 2011
Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons While at the San Diego Comic-Con, Toonzone was able to catch up with animation voice over veteran, Kevin Michael Richardson. The long-time actor can currently be heard as Bulkhead on Transformers: Prime, Jabba the Hutt on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Cleveland Junior on The Cleveland Show. […]

SDCC2011: "Batman: Year One" Panel Report and Review

by on July 26, 2011
DC Animation’s latest DTV Batman: Year One made its world premiere at San Diego’s ComicCon on July 22, 2011 (with general release on October 18). A prevalent theme at the post-screening panel was the movie’s faithfulness to its source material, Frank Miller’s epochal miniseries from 1987. The production crew “tried to be as faithful to […]

SDCC2011: Sony Pictures Animation and Aardman Animations’ Upcoming Films Previewed

by Christopher Glennonon July 25, 2011
Aardman Animation, home of Wallace & Gromit, in association with Sony Pictures Animation, made their first ever Comic Con appearance to preview their two new films. The Pirates! Band of Misfits, a 3D stop-motion animated film, shows the adventures of a ragtag group of pirates. Hugh Grant leads an all-star cast including Martin Freeman, Brendan […]

"Winnie the Pooh" Delivers Simple Joy

by Todd DuBoison July 22, 2011
Cynics and sentimentalists can debate whether Winnie the Pooh represents a renewed dedication to 2D animation by Disney, or another stab at sustaining a profitable merchandising brand. Whichever is the case, what isn’t debatable is that the new movie undoubtedly works as both a beautiful and innocent introduction to A. A. Milne’s characters and as […]

Jeffrey Katzenberg Declares "Bloom is Off the 3D Rose," States Recent Movies "Suck"

by Ed Liuon July 21, 2011
In an interview with Fortune magazine’s Andy Serwer, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg agreed that “the bloom is off the rose for a moment in time” for 3D technology, a notable backpedal from earlier declarations that 3D filmmaking would be as transformative to moviemaking as sound. He also stated that the current state of Hollywood […]

New "Winnie the Pooh" Clip & Behind-the-Scenes Videos Released

by Ed Liuon July 15, 2011
Walt Disney Animation Studios has released a new clip from Winnie the Pooh, which marks the return of the iconic toy bear to movie screens: In addition, the following behind-the-scenes clip has been released showing Disney’s KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Anthony Aranda, Raven Devanney and Makai Weber Colvin interviewing several of the stars of hte […]

"Batman: Year One" Trailer Posted; Catwoman Short Included (UPDATED Jul 13, 2011)

by Dan Collinson July 13, 2011
MTV has posted the trailer for the upcoming DC Universe animated film Batman: Year One. Click the image below to play the trailer. Based on Frank Miller and Dave Mazzucchelli’s story, the film chronicles Bruce Wayne’s first mission as the Caped Crusader. The film will feature the voices of Benjamin McKenzie (The O.C.) as Bruce […]

New "Winnie the Pooh" Clip Released; Tom Kenny Interviewed on Being Rabbit

by Ed Liuon July 13, 2011
A new video clip has been released from Winnie the Pooh, opening in theaters this Friday, July 15, 2011: In addition, Cinema Blend has posted an interview with voice actor Tom Kenny about his role as Rabbit in the movie. Among other topics, Kenny discusses the direction he got from the producers regarding past versions […]

New York Post on Disney’s New "Winnie the Pooh" Movie

by Ed Liuon July 11, 2011
The New York Post has taken a look at Disney’s upcoming new Winnie the Pooh movie, opening this Friday, July 15, 2011. The article quotes longtime Disney animator Burny Mattinson, who worked on the original Pooh movies, on the original films and the ambivalent reception Walt Disney had for them; the effort to maintain the […]