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Briefly: Anime in Venice; Totoro Forest Project; "Montauk Monster" CN Viral Marketing

* Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea and Mamoru Oshii’s The Sky Crawlers have been selected to screen at the 65th Annual Venice Film Festival. [Nausicaa.net] * GhibliWorld has spoken with Pixar’s Enrico Casarosa about the Totoro Forest Project, which donate artwork to preserve the Sayama Forest (Totoro’s Forest) in Japan. [Nausicaa.net] […]

Marvin the Martian Live-Action/CGI Movie in Development

Variety is reporting that Warner Brothers has begun development of a Marvin the Martian feature film with Alcon Entertainment. Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove (Racing Stripes, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) will produce the movie with Steve Crystal. The movie, based on the famous Looney Tunes character, is reported to be a blend of […]

First Looks at Disney's "The Princess and the Frog" and "Up"; Docter Talks Up "Up"

New video clips are available for the upcoming Disney movies The Princess and the Frog and Up. The Princess and the Frog trailer is at the movie’s official website. A brief clip of Up is at the Animation Guild’s weblog. The Animation Guild weblog has also posted a video interview with Up director Pete Docter, […]

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 & […]

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