Toon Zone Presents: Ronnie Del Carmen’s Special Mission – An "Up" Virtual Roundtable

by Ed Liuon November 21, 2009
As a boy growing up in the Philippines, Ronnie Del Carmen was an early devotee of animation, especially of Disney characters like Donald Duck and Dumbo. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising at the University of Santo Tomas, Del Carmen moved to the United States in 1989, with stints working at Warner […]

Ralph Bakshi on a Career with "Mighty Mouse," "Fritz the Cat," and More

by Ed Liuon November 19, 2009
Fulle Circle Productions has posted an interview with Ralph Bakshi, primarily focusing on his work on The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Fritz the Cat. Among other topics, Bakshi discusses how Mighty Mouse got greenlit at CBS and the infamous “flower sniffing” scene that ultimately got the show canceled, working with animation veterans at […]

Hollywood Reporter Goes Behind the Scenes of "Up"

by Ed Liuon November 19, 2009
As part of their coverage of the Academy Awards Nomination process, the Hollywood Reporter has taken a look behind the scenes at Disney/Pixar’s Up, noting an anecdote in the recording studio with Ed Asner, the inspirations for the project, a brief timeline of the movie’s five-year production period, and many more behind-the-scenes trivia factoids about […]

"Up," "G.I. Joe" Top DVD/Blu-Ray Sales Charts

by Craig Crumptonon November 19, 2009
Video Business reports: Pixar’s $293 million-grossing blockbuster hit Up soared to the top of the DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales charts in its debut week, according to Rentrak. Paramount Home Entertainment’s summer blockbuster G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which grossed $150.2 million in theaters, remained in the Top 3 among the charts. Paramount broke […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Animated Shorts

by Adam Tyneron November 18, 2009
Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Short films – that’s where the good stuff is. Sure, TV series and feature films get the mainstream glory, but they are – to crib shamelessly from Ambrose Bierce – merely short films padded. Just look at the things! Ideas good and bad alike get stretched mercilessly […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Significant Headlines from the ’00s

by Ed Liuon November 16, 2009
Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. We wanted to name the biggest news stories for animation as part of our look back at the past decade. We arbitrarily limited candidates to single news stories which, in our opinion, had a significant impact on the art or business of animation, if not the […]

Toons of the 2000s: The End of Broadcast Kids TV – Part 2

by Matthew Williamson November 14, 2009
You are reading Part 2 of The End of Broadcast Kids TV. Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Kids’ WB: That’s All Folks? Things looked rosier over at Kids’ WB, thanks mostly to the ongoing success of Pokemon, the resources of Warner Bros. Animation, and the general oversight of WB Network boss Jamie […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Animated Features

by Radical Ravenon November 13, 2009
 Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.    This has been a great decade for animated features. Mainstream acceptance of animation has greatly expanded, with a majority of films that would have been ignored in the 70s and 80s getting wide theatrical releases and heavy commercial and critical attention. A lot of this attention […]

"Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths" Trailer Released

by Ed Liuon November 12, 2009
IGN Video is hosting the trailer for the upcoming Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths direct-to-video animated movie: More Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths News & Previews Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths is scheduled for release in Spring 2010.

"Fortune" Magazine Names Steve Jobs CEO of the Decade

by Ed Liuon November 12, 2009
Fortune magazine has named Steve Jobs as CEO of the Decade, citing his work at both Apple and Disney/Pixar, as well as the occasional moments where the two overlapped. Among other reasons, Fortune cites the $5 million investment Jobs made to buy Pixar from Lucasfilm that grew to more than $3 billion when Pixar was […]