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Disney's "Christmas Carol" Takes $30M in Opening Weekend

by Ed Liuon November 11, 2009
Disney’s A Christmas Carol took in $30.05 million domestically in its opening weekend to take the #1 spot at the box office, comfortably ahead of the $13.15 million for the #2 movie This Is It although higher ticket prices for the 3-D and IMAX versions inflated the final take. The latest motion-captured CGI movie from […]

"G.I. Joe: Resolute": They Ain't Making Corn Flakes

by Ed Liuon November 11, 2009
If there’s a kid’s cartoon of the 1980’s that’s suitable for a darker, grittier, more violent remake, it’s G.I. Joe, partially because of its military angle and partially because of its substantial adult fanbase that enjoyed the cartoon and/or the comic book as kids. It is for that fanbase that Hasbro commissioned G.I. Joe: Resolute, […]

Toon Zone Presents: A Virtual Roundtable with Pete Docter & Bob Peterson on "Up"

by Ed Liuon November 11, 2009
In the pre-release run-up for Disney/Pixar’s Up, Wall Street analyst Richard Greenfield expected a poor reception for the movie, stating, “We doubt younger boys will be that excited by the main character” and also added a complaint about the lack of a female lead. About three months later, Greenfield became perhaps one of the only […]

Toons of the 2000s: The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation - Part 2

by Eileen Cruzon November 10, 2009
You are reading Part 2 of The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation.  Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Stop-Motion   Let’s take a quick respite from the studio breakdown to talk about stop-motion animation. This retrospective blog post is about 3D CG and 2D animation, so […]

"Up": Thumbs Up, Mostly

by Dr. Daedaluson November 10, 2009
When was the last time you watched a film starring a senior citizen? Yes, there are a few out there (David Lynch’s The Straight Story springs to mind), but they’re pretty rare, especially in conventional Hollywood, which goes for “young and beautiful” 99% of the time. What’s even more rare is that Pixar’s Up treats […]

"Monsters Inc" Blu-ray: We Scare in High-Definition Because We Care

by Ed Liuon November 10, 2009
Monsters Inc. has taken up permanent residence on my “Top 5 Pixar Movies” list, jockeying for position with both Toy Story movies and The Incredibles. In addition to the personal reasons I’ll discuss later, the movie is thoroughly charming and hilariously funny, while also using the fantastic elements of the story to wittily comment on […]

"Disney's A Christmas Carol": Zombies, Not Ghosts, of Christmas

by Maxie Zeuson November 9, 2009
Let’s start with the basics: Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol long ago turned into a cartoon, at least in the public imagination. The story is utterly familiar, and Dickens’s already caricatured crackpots have become stereotypes. Few of us, probably, can easily see past the story’s surfaces (worn and crinkly, like disused wrapping paper) to the […]

Toons of the 2000s: The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation - Part 1

by Eileen Cruzon November 6, 2009
You are reading Part 1 of The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation.  Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. The 00’s were a rough decade for theatrically released, traditionally animated films. 2D started as the dominant storytelling art form and found itself supplanted by CG midway into the decade. How did that […]

"Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure" Neatly Avoids the Sophomore Slump

by Ed Liuon November 5, 2009
I was as surprised as any when I found myself enjoying the first Tinker Bell direct-to-video movie, despite its long and troubled path from script to screen (and the fact that I am well outside its target demographic of girls too old for Princesses and too young for Hannah Montana). However, it seems that John […]

"Tying Your Own Shoes" Wins Golden Dove Award at Leipzig Festival

by Ed Liuon November 4, 2009
The National Film Board of Canada’s animated documentary “Tying Your Own Shoes” has won the Golden Dove Award at the 52nd International Leipzig Film Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. The film by Shira Avni lets four artists with Down Syndrome provide their own unique perspectives on their work. A trailer for the film, along […]