Andreas Deja on Designing Mama Odie for "The Princess and the Frog"

by Ed Liuon April 16, 2010
Jim Hill Media has posted highlights from a talk given by Andreas Deja at a recent Ryman Arts career event, where the Disney animator discussed the thought processes behind designing and animating Mama Odie (and her seeing-eye snake Juju) for The Princess and the Frog. Among other topics, Deja discusses the thinking behind Mama Odie’s […]

Disney Releases "The Great Mouse Detective" Video Clips and Stills

by Ed Liuon April 14, 2010
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released several video clips and stills from The Great Mouse Detective Mystery in the Mist Edition DVD, which was released yesterday, April 13, 2010: Featurette: Scotland Yard (bonus) Featurette: Sleuth (bonus) Basil of Baker Street (film) Basil’s Experiment (film) On the Trail (film) Basil’s Calculations (film) Click on any […]

Bakshi’s "Lord of the Rings": Better Than It Looks

by on April 9, 2010
Movies are movies, and books are books; and it is usually unfair to judge an adaptation from one medium to another by comparing it to the original. But sometimes it can’t be helped. Judged on its own, Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is an abysmal failure: […]

"The Lord of the Rings": Potential Energy That Never Becomes Kinetic

by Ed Liuon April 8, 2010
Some of that faithfulness to Tolkien’s prose doesn’t serve the movie terribly well. Several of the actors’ line readings strain so hard to stay true to Tolkien’s words that they forget to bring life to his language. William Squire’s Gandalf and Annette Crosbie’s Galadriel are especially susceptible to this, although Squire is also competing with […]

New Video Clips & Stills from "The Lord of the Rings" Remastered Deluxe Edition

by Ed Liuon April 6, 2010
Toonzone News is proud to host the following three clips from Ralph Bakshi’s animated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, which is being released by Warner Home Video in a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack today, April 6, 2010. Warner Home Video has also made the following stills from the movie available. Click on […]

"Up" Nominated for Hugo Award

by on April 5, 2010
Pixar’s film Up has been nominated for a Hugo award, in the category Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form. The other nominees for the award are Avatar, District 9, Moon and Star Trek. The Hugo awards are presented annually to the year’s best works of fantasy and science fiction. [Source: Hugo Awards Website]

Henry Selick Signs with Disney to Make Stop-Motion Movies

by Ed Liuon April 1, 2010
Variety is reporting that Henry Selick has signed a deal to return to the Walt Disney Company to make stop-motion animated movies for Disney/Pixar. Selick will establish a studio in the San Francisco Bay Area, putting him in close proximity to Pixar’s Emeryville, CA studio, and plans to “write and direct features based on both […]

LA Times on "The Secret of Kells"

by Ed Liuon April 1, 2010
The Los Angeles Times has taken a look at The Secret of Kells (free registration required). The article, which contains some small spoilers for the movie, digs into the movie’s visual and thematic inspirations from the actual Book of Kells and some other old Irish folktales and legends. It also includes a quote from Pixar’s […]

LA Times on Animated Features’ Critical vs. Box Office Success

by Ed Liuon March 31, 2010
The Los Angeles Times has compared the box-office success of several recent animated films vs. the critical reaction to them, noting that box office receipts “tend to favor the lesser movies.” As examples, the article cites the successful but panned Shrek sequels vs. movies like Coraline or Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit that […]

CBR Talks with Nina Paley on "Sita Sings the Blues"

by Ed Liuon March 30, 2010
Comic Book Resources has spoken with Nina Paley about her film Sita Sings the Blues, which mixes her own life with the Indian epic The Ramayana set to a soundtrack with songs by blues singer Annette Hanshaw. Among other topics, Paley discusses the “soul crushing” work doing the syndicated comic strip Fluff, how she self-taught […]