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LA Times on China's Reaction to "Kung Fu Panda"

The Los Angeles Times is the latest media outlet to report on the reaction of China’s artistic and political communities to the success of Kung Fu Panda (free registration required). Earlier articles (reported earlier here and here at Toon Zone News) pointed out the self-criticism that came from Chinese filmmakers who complained that it took […]

Judge, Lasseter, and Park Take McCay Awards for Lifetime Achievement

At the San Diego Comic-Con International 2008, ASIFA-Hollywood named King of the Hill creator Mike Judge, Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, and Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park as this year’s recipients of the Windsor McCay Award for their career contributions to the art of animation. The trophies will be awarded to the recipients […]

BOOM! Studios' Mark Waid Discusses "The Incredibles" and "Muppet Show" Comics

Comic Book Resources has spoken with BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Mark Waid about the newly announced licensed comics based on Pixar and Muppets properties. Waid will be writing two new comic book series based on The Incredibles and The Muppet Show, and other comics planned include Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., WALL-E, and Cars. Waid discusses how […]

AWN Talks to Kirk De Micco and John H. Williams about "Space Chimps"

Animation World Network has spoken with writer/director Kirk De Micco and producer John H. Williams about Space Chimps, their new feature film which opened last Friday. De Micco and Williams discuss what inspired the movie, how they aspire to be the Airplane! of sci-fi movies, and the benefits and limitations of feature film production for […]

"Space Chimps": Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey Flings His Poo at You

The latest CG-animated feature to slide down Hollywood’s anal chute, Vanguard Animation’s Space Chimps is a charmless bag of nothing for everyone. Its tiresomely annoying brand of “clever” humor will go over the heads of tykes while failing to amuse adults, and the wheezy cartoon antics will bore everyone equally. Very small children might be […]

Spline Doctors Interviews "Presto" Director Doug Sweetland

The Spline Doctors weblog, an educational weblog run by Pixar animators, has posted the first part of their podcast interview with Doug Sweetland, the director of Pixar’s latest theatrical short Presto. (via Cartoon Brew)

New York Times on "Kung Fu Panda"'s Success in China

The New York Times has taken a look at the success of Kung Fu Panda in China (free registration required), discussing how many in China are asking why an American studio could produce a movie using Chinese symbolism when Chinese moviemakers cannot. The article also briefly follows Asian-influenced entertainment in Western art from Gilbert & […]

Briefly: WALL-E to Dolly?; Chowder Creator Comics; "Space Chimps" Rescue Real Ones

* The prominent use of two songs from the movie Hello, Dolly! in Pixar’s WALL-E has “unexpectedly amplified the buzz” for a revival of the musical on Broadway. [Variety] * On his weblog, Chowder creator C.H. Greenblatt has posted the two-page autobiographical comic that was published in Nickelodeon magazine a few months ago. * The […]

Marvel Animation Age Posts 3 New Images from "Next Avengers" DTV

The Marvel Animation Age has received three screengrabs from the upcoming direct-to-video movie Next Avengers, inspired by the Avengers comic book franchise from Marvel. The screengrabs also came with information about the panel for the movie at San Diego Comic Con on Friday, July , 2008, at 8:30 PM in room 6A. The panel will […]

Christopher Drake on Scoring "Batman Gotham Knight"

Comic Book Resources has interviewed composer Christopher Drake on his work scoring two of the six short films in Batman Gotham Knight, the direct-to-video animated movie from Warner Home Video available now. Drake discusses how he worked with the producers and the other composers, his love of Batman and how it inspired his work, and […]

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