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Toon Zone Interviews Voice Actor Hynden Walch: Alien Girls and Killer Clowns

It was a very pleasant discovery to find that voice actor Hynden Walch is as delightfully energetic, outgoing, and endearing as many of the charcters she provides voices for. She may be best known as Starfire on Teen Titans, but in her 10 years in the voice acting business, she has provided voices for projects […]

A Chat with Disney's Burny Mattinson about "Sleeping Beauty"'s Maleficent

On Tuesday, August 19, 2008, Toon Zone News was able to sit in on an on-line chat with longtime Disney animator Burny Mattinson to chat about his work on Maleficent in the classic animated film Sleeping Beauty. He got his start in the studio mailroom, but moved into the animation department as an in-betweener for […]

Henry Selick on "Nightmare Before Christmas" Blu-ray (UPDATED with "Coraline")

The Monsters and Critics website has taken a look at the upcoming Nightmare Before Christmas Blu-ray release, which will hit store shelves next Tuesday, August 26, 2008. They have also posted a brief discussion they had with director Henry Selick about possibilities for a sequel, and also a transcript of a round-table discussion where Selick […]

Disney's "Bolt" Moves to November 21, 2008, after "Potter" Move

Warner Brothers has moved the release date of the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film from November 21, 2008, to July 17, 2009, claiming that the Writers Guild of America strike earlier this year has impacted production and that the film is better suited for a summertime release. In response, Disney has moved the […]

Disney Funds Research and Development Labs

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Walt Disney Corporation will be funding two research labs at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in Switzerland. The labs will do work in “computer animation, computational cinematography, autonomous interactive characters, robotics and user interfaces” that will be used by Pixar […]

"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" Is a CG-Film Only a CG-Audience Could Love

The other day the phone rang, but I let the answering machine get it. The “caller,” it turned out, was an automated system from one of the big box stores. Their machine and our machine spent a merry few minutes trying to talk to each other, what with the one badgering the other to press […]

Don Hahn's "Alchemy of Animation" Arrives October 7, 2008

Longtime Disney producer Don Hahn has announced that his latest book, The Alchemy of Animation, will be available in stores on October 7, 2008. Hahn stated that “my hope is that it will give everyone a really comprehensive look at the process by which we make animated films at Disney — from traditional animation, to […]

"Wonder Woman" Direct-to-Video Movie Trailer at Worlds Finest

Worlds Finest Online has posted a downloadable version of the trailer to the Wonder Woman direct-to-video movie, which was aired for attendees at last month’s San Diego Comic-Con.

LA Times on Disney's Plans for "Tinker Bell"

The Los Angeles Times has taken a look at Disney’s big push to make the Disney Fairies into a franchise to challenge their wildly successful Disney Princesses line, with Tinker Bell leading the charge (free registration required). According to the article, Disney made $800 million in retail sales of Tinker Bell merchandise last year (vs. […]

Briefly: Anime in Venice; Totoro Forest Project; "Montauk Monster" CN Viral Marketing

* Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea and Mamoru Oshii’s The Sky Crawlers have been selected to screen at the 65th Annual Venice Film Festival. [Nausicaa.net] * GhibliWorld has spoken with Pixar’s Enrico Casarosa about the Totoro Forest Project, which donate artwork to preserve the Sayama Forest (Totoro’s Forest) in Japan. [Nausicaa.net] […]

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