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NY Times Examines Disney/Pixar Merger One Year Later

The New York Times examines how well the merger of Disney and Pixar has gone one year after the fact (free registration required). The article notes how well the merger has gone as compared to other large-scale corporate mergers, pointing to several techniques and practices to ease the integration of Pixar into the Disney fold. […]

Toon Zone News Interview Series: "A Life in Voice Acting" with Bob Bergen (Part 2)

In part one of our interview with Bob Bergen, we followed his training as an actor, his careers as a tour guide for Universal Studios and as the host of the Hollywood Christmas Parade, and his approach to acting in the studio. In part two, below, we focus in on his roles as Porky Pig […]

New "Tinker Bell" Trailer and Video Clip Released

Disney has released a new trailer for the upcoming Tinker Bell direct-to-video animated movie, starring Mae Whitman as the title character and coming this October to DVD and Blu-ray disc: A separate video also features Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios chief creative officer John Lasseter introducing a clip from Tinker Bell. For full details […]

PR: Tinker Bell: All-New Movie on DVD and Blu-ray October 28, 2008

Walt Disney Pictures Gives a Voice to One of the World’s Most Beloved and Timeless Characters Tinker Bell An All-New Movie on Disney DVD and Blu-rayTM Hi-Def October 28 Reveals Tinker Bell’s Origins and the Magical Role of Fairies in Nature BURBANK, California, May 29, 2008 -For the first time in history, Tinker Bell, one […]

Toon Zone News Interview Series: "A Life in Voice Acting" with Bob Bergen (Part 1)

“A Life in Voice Acting” will be a semi-regular interview series at Toon Zone News, digging into the lives and techniques of the actors who primarily make their living providing voices for our favorite animated cartoon characters. As far back as he can remember, Bob Bergen wanted to be Porky Pig. However, rather than just […]

"Baldr Force EXE:" The World is Virtual, the Suck is Real

The first five minutes or so of Baldr Force EXE are clever, tense, fast-paced, and tremendously effective. Four members of a police force known as FLAK have been dropped into a virtual reality world, embodying themselves in giant, heavily armed robot mechs to investigate a mysterious mass murder. The team is ambushed and exterminated by […]

Film & Video Interviews Nina Paley on "Sita Sings the Blues"

The Film & Video website has posted an interview with independent animator Nina Paley about her film Sita Sings the Blues, which tells the parallel tales of The Ramayana and her own painful breakup with her husband. The interview digs into many technical details on the production of the movie and the many problems that […]

Jeffrey Katzenberg Profiled at Cannes

The Associated Press has published a profile of Jeffrey Katzenberg, co-founder and CEO of DreamWorks Animation SKG, as the studio’s latest film, Kung Fu Panda, debuts at the Cannes Film Festival. Katzenberg details how he became an animation executive by accident at Walt Disney under Michael Eisner, the founding of DreamWorks, and how envy of […]

Nina Paley's Path to "Sita Sings the Blues"

It’s not every filmmaker who can combine an ugly divorce, an ancient Indian epic, and the work of a 1920′s blues singer to produce their first feature film, but Nina Paley isn’t just any filmmaker. Paley’s professional career began as an underground cartoonist, with Nina’s Adventures, her semi-autobiographical first comic strip, spreading to a number […]

"Origin: Spirits of the Past" SE: Very Pretty, But Haven't We Seen This Before?

The good news and the bad news about Origin: Spirits of the Past (or Gin-iro no Kami no Agito in the original Japanese) is that it feels a lot like a Hayao Miyazaki movie. The bad news is that Origin breaks precious little new ground in animated storytelling, but the good news is that Studio […]

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