Two New "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" Video Clips, Stills Released (UPDATED)

by Ed Liuon September 28, 2009
On the eve of its release on DVD and Blu-ray disc, Warner Bros. Animation has released a second video clip from Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, the upcoming direct-to-video animated movie based on the graphic novel by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness. The new clip pits Superman and Batman against the Silver Banshee, Mr. Freeze, Captain Cold, […]

"Leaf Men" to be Chris Wedge of Blue Sky's Next Project

by MonkeyFunkon September 25, 2009
It has been announced that the next feature to be directed by Chris Wedge for Blue Sky Studios and Fox Animation will be an adaptation of William Joyce’s children’s book, The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs. Wedge previously attempted to take the project to Pixar, although Fox prevented this move at the last […]

"Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf & Death" Full-Frame Folly, Blu-ray Better Bet

by Ed Liuon September 22, 2009
Twenty years ago, Nick Park finally finished “A Grand Day Out,” a stop-motion short film he had been working on for nearly six years, starring a good-natured, cheese-loving inventor named Wallace and his faithful, mute, and far more intelligent dog Gromit. The pair clearly had staying power, delivering three more short films, one full-length feature, […]

DreamWorks' Plight

by The Huntsmanon September 21, 2009
People were stunned earlier this year when DreamWorks’ “Kung Fu Panda” swept the Annie Awards while Pixar’s “Wall-E” didn’t win in a single category. While quality is subjective and people are entitled to believe that “Wall-E” was the superior film, I was somewhat disturbed by the number of people who refused to give DreamWorks’ any […]

LA Times: Sony's Hope for Animated Film Success is "Cloudy"

by Ed Liuon September 19, 2009
The Los Angeles Times analyzes Sony’s hopes that the newly released Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs will be its gateway into animated feature film market (free registration required). Their animated feature film division has produced three movies in seven years (Open Season, Surf’s Up, and Open Season 2), none of which gained much traction […]

D23 Expo 2009: Complete On-Site Coverage (UPDATED Sept 17, 2009)

by Ed Liuon September 17, 2009
Toon Zone News’ Jeffrey “TheVileOne” Harris was on site at the inaugural D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA. Links to all our coverage so far can be found here, and by a search on the news for “D23-09.” D23 2009: What’s Going On At Disney’s First Ever D23 Convention? D23 2009: “The Princess And The Frog” […]

D23 2009: John Lasseter Talks Up the Future of Disney and Pixar Animation

by Jeffrey Harrison September 15, 2009
Early on Sunday, the final day of the D23 2009 Convention, Disney and Pixar Animation Chief Creative Officer, John Lasseter, hosted an event to talk about the future of Disney Animation and Pixar Animation and their upcoming slates. He reinforced Disney’s current and positive vision of moving forward with both traditional and computer animated features. […]

LA Times on the Hard Sell of "The Princess and the Frog"

by Ed Liuon September 15, 2009
The Los Angeles Times took note of the publicity push Disney is planning for The Princess and the Frog, its return to feature-length hand-drawn animated movies and the first animated movie to star a black princess (free registration required). The push, which began this past weekend at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA (read Toon […]

Timothy Dalton Joins "Toy Story 3" Cast; More Disney & Pixar Casting Revealed

by Ed Liuon September 15, 2009
The Hollywood Reporter is relaying that Timothy Dalton will be joining the cast of Toy Story 3, playing “a worthy thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants.” Dalton is best known as the fourth actor to portray James Bond. The same story repeats the news of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi’s casting in Rapunzel, but adds a […]

D23 2009: "Toy Story 3" Presentation Headlines the D23 Convention

by Jeffrey Harrison September 14, 2009
A final Toy Story mega-event headlined the end of the D23 convention, assuring that the first ever D23 conference would end on a high note. The proceedings started at the D23 Arena situated next to the Anaheim Convention Center with the same trailer for the Toy Story/Toy Story 2 3D double-feature that John Lasseter debuted earlier in […]