"Monsters vs. Aliens": "3D" Means "Dull, Dismal, and Disposable"

by Maxie Zeuson October 5, 2009
From the local Department of Wishful Thinking: I really would like to believe that there are actual talented people working at DreamWorks Animation. I would, further, like to believe that they are given very large paychecks with which to salve their lacerated consciences. It’s a nicer little fantasy than what a film like Monsters vs. […]

NY Times on Development of 3-D Versions of "Toy Story"

by Ed Liuon October 3, 2009
The New York Times has taken a look at the development of the 3-D versions of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 (free registration required). Disney Chief Creative Officer and director of both movies John Lasseter again described the process as “digital archaeology” to get the older movies running on the studio’s current hardware. The […]

Two New Videos on Disney's "The Princess and the Frog"

by Ed Liuon October 3, 2009
Disney has released two new video featurettes about The Princess and the Frog, the upcoming animated movie that will introduce Tiana, Disney’s first black princess, in a revamped version of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale that has been moved to early 20th century New Orleans. The Princess and the Frog opens in New York and […]

New "Princess & the Frog" Video Clips; Offers Discounted Preview Tickets

by Ed Liuon September 28, 2009
Walt Disney Studios has released two new video clips from the upcoming movie The Princess and the Frog, which will be the studio’s return to hand-drawn animated musical films. The first is a clip from the movie where the two title characters meet for the first time: The second clip is a video podcast delving […]

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” […]