"How to Train Your Dragon": Slap It Hard on the Nose

by on March 29, 2010
I’d sure like to think that all the nasty things I’ve said over the years about DreamWorks Animation and its pseudo-entertainments have shamed its employees into finally doing better. Of course, I must reluctantly admit that I’m not important enough for them to have noticed me, let alone to have started taking cues from my […]

Yahoo! Movies Hosts "MegaMind" Trailer

by Ed Liuon March 26, 2010
Yahoo! Movies has posted the trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s MegaMind: The site also features a high-definition version. The movie is slated for release on November 5, 2010.

Rope of Silicon Hosts Trailer for Sylvain Chomet’s "The Illusionist"

by Ed Liuon March 25, 2010 has posted the Russian trailer for Sylvain Chomet’s latest movie, The Illusionist. The movie is based on an unproduced script by Jacques Tati, and is scheduled to open in French theaters on May 5, 2010. The movie currently does not have an American distributor.

Zack Snyder on "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole"

by Ed Liuon March 25, 2010 caught up with director Zack Snyder at the ShoWest 2010 conference to talk about Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, the animated film he is directing based on the book series by Kathryn Lasky. Among other topics, Snyder discusses the differences between directing an animated film and a film with heavy CGI […]

Toonzone Presents New Video Clip from "Lord of the Rings" Animated Remastered DVD

by Ed Liuon March 24, 2010
Warner Home Video has released a new video clip and several stills from the upcoming remastered release of Ralph Bakshi’s animated feature film The Lord of the Rings: Click on any of the images below to enlarge to full-size:

"Fantastic Mr. Fox:" Cussing Good Fun, If Not Quite Fantastic Enough

by Ed Liuon March 24, 2010
I find Wes Anderson’s greatest asset also tends to be his greatest liability. He is an exceptionally clever filmmaker, but that cleverness seems to alternate between quirky, unconventional entertainment (Rushmore) and insufferably pretentious self-indulgence (The Royal Tenenbaums). So, I freely admit that I walked into Fantastic Mr. Fox with mixed feelings. In the end, I […]

NY Times on the Look of "How to Train Your Dragon"

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2010
The New York Times has examined how famed cinematographer Roger Deakins influenced the look of DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming movie How to Train Your Dragon (registration required). Deakins’ is an Oscar-nominated cinematographer on films like A Beautiful Mind, The Shawshank Redemption, and several Coen Brothers movies, and his comments with the film’s co-directors Dean DeBlois and […]

"The Princess and the Frog": The Beignets and the Bogged-Down

by on March 23, 2010
Everyone knows the story of the frog prince. A prince was turned into a frog, and it took a kiss by a princess to turn him back to human. Disney has turned the classic fairy tale on its tail (as well as moved it to New Orleans) by having the kiss turn the princess into […]

What’s Wrong with Disney Feature Animation? – Part 2

by Ed Liuon March 22, 2010
Continued from Part 1 of What’s Wrong with Disney Feature Animation? MERCHANDISE VS. MEDIA The 1990’s and 2000’s saw a massive rise in Disney’s merchandising efforts, such as the extremely successful launch of the Disney Princesses franchise itself. One might even argue that Disney is now essentially a merchandising company that makes its own media, rather than a […]

"Tinker Bell & the Great Fairy Rescue" Available Sept 21, 2010; New Stills & Video

by Ed Liuon March 20, 2010
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue will be available on DVD, Blu-ray combo pack, and download on September 21, 2010. Three new stills have been released from the movie, along with new video clip. Click on any of the photos below to enlarge: The official trailer […]