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Lebanon Reverses "Persepolis" Ban

Lebanese authorities have reversed a decision to ban the animated movie Persepolis due to a public outcry that the ban was intended to please Iranian and Shiite clerics rather than out of any sensitivity to Muslims or the Islamic faith. The movie is based on the graphic novel memoirs of Marjane Satrapi as a child […]

"Bee Movie" Tops DVD Sales Charts

Bee Movie topped DVD sales charts in its debut week, selling 1.4 million units in the week ended March 16, according to figures compiled by The-Numbers.com. 101 Dalmatians held third place with 451,000 units. Other animated titles in the top thirty include Beowulf (110,000 units), Barbie Mariposa (75,000) and The Aristocats (63,000).

"Enchanted" Nominated for 2008 Hugo Award

Disney’s Enchanted was nominated for a 2008 Hugo Award in the “Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form” category, alongside The Golden Compass, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Stardust, and Heroes Season 1. The Hugos will be awarded at the 66th World Science Fiction Convention in Denver, CO, on Saturday, August 9, 2008. (via […]

Hollywood Ramping Up Production of Toon Features

Disney/Pixar and DreamWorks Animation are facing more competition from other movie studios as Fox, Sony, Universal and Warner Bros. ramp up animated production, Variety reports. Hollywood is increasing its investment in the form even after the failure of such high profile pictures as The Ant Bully and Surf’s Up because the industry regards such films […]

"Appleseed Ex Machina" is Satsifying Sci-Fi Cheese

It’s no secret by now that computer graphics have changed the way animation is made, from the use of computer effects to enhance hand-drawn animation to the fully CGI-animated movies taking over the multiplexes. CGI has even spawned its own sub-genres, from the fully rendered movies of Pixar and DreamWorks to the Flash animators of […]

Toon Zone Interviews Steve Purcell About "Sam & Max the Animated Series"

Cartoonist Steve Purcell’s resume reads like a cult nerd hit-list. When he was a boy, he would parody his younger brother’s comic strips, eventually creating Sam and Max, a duo of freelance detectives. Sam is a man-sized dog shamus in a shabby suit and Max was…well, you’ll see what Max is. During the 1980′s black-and-white […]

"Horton" Undone by Hackery

About two-thirds of the way through Blue Sky Studios’ Horton Hears a Who, JoJo, the young son of the mayor of Whoville, escapes from his bedroom window and heads for the town’s abandoned observatory. To get there he must swing out on a mobile-supported bucket across a gaping chasm and then shoot himself skyward on […]

Brad Bird to Direct Live-Action "1906"

Brad Bird has signed on to direct 1906, a film about a college student who while investigating his father’s murder uncovers deceptions that have left the city of San Francisco vulnerable to fire, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will mark Bird’s live-action feature directorial debut. Bird is revising James Dalessandro’s adaptation of his […]

To Bee or Not to Bee? Uh, Not to Bee

Are there any actual, live human beings in Hollywood? Or is everyone in Tinsel Town like Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?—just a CG-animated thing pretending to be human? On TV and in the magazines, all of them—the actors, the writers, the agents, the executives; the personal assistants, the gofers, the pool cleaners, the […]

"101 Dalmatians" Platinum Edition DVD Easily Wins Best in Show

On the surface, Disney’s 101 Dalmatians seems rather similar to Lady and the Tramp, which had been released 6 years earlier. Both films break from the Disney tradition of adapting fairy tales. Both films center on a pair of dogs who stray off for a variety of adventures before finally returning to the safety of […]

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