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 […]
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 […]
Toy Story was a groundbreaking film when it debuted in 1995. Being the first computer animated feature film, it stood out and gave us a glimpse what was possible, and created numerous new animation jobs here in the U.S. Obviously, CG animation has progressed by leaps and bounds since 1995. Wouldn’t Toy Story look dated […]
An expanded version of the “Pixar: 25 Years of Animation” exhibition will open at the Oakland Museum of California from July 31, 2010 to January 9, 2011. The exhibit, which launched in 2005 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City (read Toonzone’s review of the original show here) will show art and […]
Several articles on DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon are around the web in advance of its premiere tomorrow, March 26, 2010: Comic Book Resources covers a press conference on the film attended by co-director Dean DeBlois, author of the original novel Cressida Cowell, and producer Bonnie Arnold. Among the topics discussed are the […]
In its debut weekend, DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon took the top spot at the box office with an estimated .3 million in ticket sales. However, the amount represents a 27% drop from last year’s $59.3 million take for Monsters vs. Aliens on the same weekend, which is triggering concern among Hollywood analysts […]
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 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.
RopeOfSilicon.com 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.
ComingSoon.net 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 […]