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Imagi Studios and Summit Entertainment to Show "Astro Boy" at Anime Expo 2008

Imagi Animation Studios and Summit Entertainment will be showing off their new CGI animated feature film Astro Boy at this year’s Anime Expo 2008 in Los Angeles, CA, from July 3-6, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The movie is based on the seminal anime and manga by Osamu Tezuka. A special edition Astro […]

Andrew Stanton on Influences, Biblical and Otherwise, on "WALL-E"

Christianity Today has posted an interview with WALL-E director Andrew Stanton, directly addressing some of the biblical references and inspirations that made their way into the movie, as well as discussing how Stanton’s faith was expressed in the film. Among other things, Stanton discusses how female lead robot EVE’s name was not an accident and […]

"The Sword in the Stone": Disney's Camelot Is a Silly Place

If you are the parent of a small child, you should definitely have Disney’s The Sword in the Stone in your DVD collection. If you are a Disney completist or are otherwise interested in the history of the studio, you should also make sure that you own this movie. And if you’d just like to […]

Variety on Rising Costs of Marketing Cartoon Movies

Variety has taken a look at the rising cost of marketing animated feature films, especially from DreamWorks Animation and Disney. The article notes that Disney’s WALL-E is set to become the most marketed movie this year, with DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda coming close behind. The article examines how the arms race between these studios began […]

"WALL-E" Takes $63.1 million in Debut Weekend; Panda's Kung Fu is Still Strong

On its debut weekend, Disney/Pixar’s WALL-E took the top spot in the weekend box office race with an estimated $62.5 million in ticket sales. Analysts had expected an opening in the $50-60 million range. The results are tied with Monsters, Inc. to be Pixar’s third biggest opening, sitting right behind The Incredibles ($70.5 million in […]

A Haunting Tale of the End of the World in "WALL-E"

I’ve been mourning the death of George Carlin all week, and in my recent searches of the Net I found his appearance on Inside the Actors Studio. In that episode, he said something of note: “To me, using technology to fix the mess made by technology is what [humanity is] planning to do, and it […]

Vancouver Sun on the Genesis of "WALL•E"

The Vancouver Sun has taken a look into the making of WALL•E, the Disney/Pixar movie which opens this Friday. The article notes the happy coincidence that brings the movie out just in time to capitalize on a growing environmental awareness, and chats with director Andrew Stanton about the long path from idea to screen with […]

Work Begins on "Kung Fu Panda" Sequel, 2D Cartoon for DVD

The Animation Guild’s weblog is reporting that work has begun on the sequel movie to Kung Fu Panda at DreamWorks Animation. The same report states that, “animators are hand-drawing new material for the DVD of Kung Fu Panda.” (via Toon Zone member Dudley)

Newsarama Interviews Billy West on "Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs" DTV

Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has interviewed voice actor Billy West on his multiple roles in the newly released direct-to-video movie Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs. West discusses the latest plot twists in the on-going Leela/Fry relationship, the next two DTV Futurama movies, and his other upcoming projects.

PR: Watership Down Deluxe Edition on October 7 from Warner Home Video

An animation classic from the novel that enthralled the world… Watership Down Deluxe Edition October 7 from Warner Home Video Burbank, Calif, June 23, 2008 – On October 7, Warner Home Video will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic fantasy film favorite with the DVD debut of Watership Down Deluxe Edition. Adapted from British […]

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