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"Ponyo": Waves of Cute on a High Quality Blu-ray

by Dr. Daedaluson March 4, 2010
Ponyo is one of those films a mere review can’t do justice to. Oh sure, I can try to explain how beautiful the painted backdrops are, how meticulous the animation is in replicating real physical actions (not to mention how stunning the environmental effects are), and how the story is engaging without your typical “three […]

"Castle In The Sky": Lofty Goals?

by Chad Boninon March 3, 2010
Legends speak of a castle, sailing high through the air, known as Laputa. One man has seen the island and lived to tell about it, but his crazy stories have left him an outcast. His son means to find this island in order to prove his father right, and he may get his wish after […]

New "Ponyo" Movie and Bonus Feature Video Clips

by Ed Liuon March 1, 2010
In conjunction with its upcoming release on DVD and Blu-ray disc, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has made several video clips from Ponyo available in streaming video: TEACHING PONYO FREE CAR RIDE PONYO RETURNS MOVIE TRAILER BONUS FEATURE: TELLING THE STORY PONYO AND FUJIMOTO In addition, The New York Times is the exclusive host for […]

"Shrek Forever After" to Open Tribeca Film Festival 2010

by Ed Liuon March 1, 2010
DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. has announced that Shrek Forever After, the fourth and ostensibly final film in the Shrek franchise, will open the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 21, 2010, about a month in advance of its scheduled opening on May 21, 2010.

Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter on "Ponyo"

by Ed Liuon March 1, 2010
In conjunction with its release on home video this week, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released the following article and interview with Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter about Ponyo. In it, Miyazaki details some of the inspirations for Ponyo, why there is are no computer graphics in the movie at all, his rationale behind […]

Welcome to Toonzone's Miyazaki Week

by Ed Liuon February 28, 2010
To commemorate the release of Ponyo on DVD and Blu-ray on March 2, 2010, Toonzone is kicking off Miyazaki Week: 5 days of reviews and essays on the work of Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki. OK, fine, that’s a business week, but “Miyazaki Business Week” sounds like a magazine. Work with us, here. To many fans […]

Miyazaki Week: Why "Princess Mononoke" is Not an Environmentalist Fable

by Ed Liuon February 27, 2010
One common criticism I’ve seen of Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke is that it’s “environmentalist,” which is usually used to mean the sort of preachy, treacly, Earth First screed where people are Bad and nature is Good, end of story. Really, I have to wonder if we’re watching the same movie. While there is a healthy […]

Reuters Speaks with John Lasseter About Animation

by Ed Liuon February 26, 2010
Reuters has posted a short Q&A with Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter about a variety of topics, including whether he worries if a Pixar film will stumble, how he feels about last year’s slate of animated movies, the changes he’s instituted at Disney since becoming Chief Creative Officer, and what he thinks the secret […]

LA Times on Turning "Dante's Inferno" from Epic Poem to Video Game and DTV Movie

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2010
The Los Angeles Times has taken a look at Dante’s Inferno, the new video game and direct-to-video animated movie, both of which are based on the classic epic poem by Dante Alighieri (free registration required). The article covers the departures from the source material, the anthology approach to the film, and the connections between the […]