VIZ Media Announces "Ponyo" Tie-in Books, Miyazaki "Starting Point" Collection

by Ed Liuon July 22, 2009
VIZ Media has announced several new books relating to famed Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki and his latest movie Ponyo, which will be released in North America on August 14, 2009. There will be three direct tie-in books for the movie, including the 4-volume official film comic (suggested retail price $9.99 per volume), a Ponyo […]

Tricia Helfer Discusses "Green Lantern: First Flight"

by Ed Liuon July 15, 2009
The latest PR interview from Warner Bros. Animation has been released in promotion of Green Lantern: First Flight. Tricia Helfer is the latest cast member to be interviewed, discussing her role as the Green Lantern Boodikka. Among other topics, Helfer discusses how she moved from being a farmgirl to a runway model to an actress, […]

Why Do People Like Pixar?

by Javeon July 15, 2009
I’m pretty sure we’ve all been there. The argument as to what makes Pixar such a highly praised animation studio and their movies so successful. Is it because their movies are extremely promoted? Is it because of peer pressure? Or is it because their movies are simply that good? For quite a while, I’ve wondered […]

"South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut" Blu-ray Coming Soon

by Dr. Daedaluson July 13, 2009
Paramount announced that it plans to bring the 1999 theatrical feature, South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut to Blu-ray on 10/13/09. Special features will include commentary with Matt Stone and Trey Parker, a “What Would Brian Boitano Do” music video, and three theatrical trailers in HD. [Source: ]

Wall Street Analyst: "Dead Wrong" About "Up"; Still Rates Disney "Sell"

by Ed Liuon July 10, 2009
The New York Times reports that one of the Wall Street analysts expressing doubt about the earning power of Disney/Pixar’s Up has admitted he was “dead wrong” in the face of the movie’s cumulative domestic box office haul of $268 million thus far. Earlier this year in April (read Toon Zone’s earlier coverage), Richard Greenfield […]

"Transformers 2" Just Beats Out "Ice Age 3" at Weekend Box Office

by Ed Liuon July 6, 2009
A tight box office race over the July 4th holiday weekend has yielded a narrow win for Transformers 2 (in its third week of release) over Ice Age 3 (which debuted last Wednesday). Transformers 2 can claim a box office take of $42.4 million to bring its total take to $293.5 million, while Ice Age: […]

Nancy Cartwright Speaks with Brad Bird

by Ed Liuon July 1, 2009
In her latest column at AWN, actor Nancy Cartwright speaks with Brad Bird (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille) in a career-spanning interview starting with a tour of the Disney animation studios as a boy and moving on to making his first animated short at 14, his time at Cal Arts, working for Disney, Steven […]

"Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" Coming to DVD and Blu-ray September 29, 2009

by Ed Liuon June 29, 2009
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, the next DC Universe animated movie, will be released on September 29, 2009, on single- and double-disc DVD and Blu-ray disc. The movie will adapt Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness’ inaugural story arc of the Superman/Batman comic book, and will re-unite Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, and Clancy Brown as Batman, Superman, and […]

Did You Know This Was Anime? – The Last Unicorn

by Todd DuBoison June 28, 2009
Allow me an introduction. This is an anime column for everyone. This means exactly what it implies. With any luck some anime fans will learn a lot, but this is targeted to all of you animation buffs. The word “anime,” after all, is basically Japanese shorthand for animation. Outside of Japan, of course, we associate […]

Pixar Grants Girl’s Dying Wish to See "Up"

by Ed Liuon June 21, 2009
The Orange County Register is reporting that Pixar Animation Studios helped to grant the dying wish of a young girl with a rare form cancer. 10-year old Colby Curtin was a victim of vascular cancer, but her wish to see Pixar’s Up looked like it would go unfulfilled after she took a turn for the […]