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Disney Announces Specs for "Whisper of the Heart" R1 DVD

Nausicaa.net has posted some details for Disney’s region 1 DVD release of Studio Ghibli’s Whisper of the Heart. The 2-disc set will be released on March 7, 2006, and will include a “behind the microphone” special feature, original storyboards, and trailers and TV spots.

"Fantastic Four": Cheese On!

Last Fall there was much talk of how Pixar’s superb The Incredibles was a perfectly imagined take on Marvel Comics’ First Family of superheroes: the Fantastic Four. Oddly there was no talk of lawsuits. Maybe that was for fear of bad publicity, as this year Fox brought the four to the big screen for their […]

Animation Upstarts Take Aim at Pixar, Dreamworks

An Associated Press article profiles several small animation studios seeking to challenge the market dominance of animation frontrunners Pixar Animation Studios and Dreamworks Animation SKG. The studios mentioned include Orphanage Animation Studios (who recently hired Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory creator Genndy Tartakovsky), Wild Brain, and CritterPix.

C.S. Lewis Would Have Preferred Animation for "Narnia"

A letter from 1959 posted by the website nthposition.com reveals that C.S. Lewis was opposed to a live-action adaptation of his Narnia works, stating that “Anthropomorphic animals, when taken out of narrative into actual visibility, always turn into buffoonery or nightmare.” A brief follow-up comment notes that, “Cartoons (if only Disney did not combine so […]

"Totoro," "Howl," "Whisper" Coming to DVD March 2006

Ultimate Disney reports that the next wave of Ghibli discs, which will include Miyazaki’s latest, Howl’s Moving Castle, as well as Whisper of the Heart and the new release of My Neighbor Totoro, is scheduled for release in the U.S. on March 7, 2006. [via the Miyazaki Mailing List]

"Chicken Little" May Herald More 3-D Digital Projection

An article in the Los Angeles Times states that Chicken Little‘s digital 3-D version has been a real winner at the box-office (free registration required). The 3-D version of the movie earned more than double the amount of the normal version per screen on its opening weekend despite (or perhaps because of) an additional cost […]

"Chicken Little" Still On Top

Disney’s first computer-animated effort is beginning to show some surprising legs at the box office, coming in at #1 for the second straight week. In its second weekend, the flick grossed about $32 million according to early studio estimates, a drop of just 20% from last weekend. Its current cume, $80 million, while less than […]

Official Confirmation on TCM's Ghibli Presentations (Updated 11/11)

Toon Zone News now has official confirmation regarding TCM’s previously announced plans to feature Ghibli movies during the month of January. Each Thursday in January, TCM will present classic Ghibli animation. Each film will be presented first in its English-dubbed format, with an encore presented later with the original Japanese-language track. The only exception to […]

Toon Zone Podcast Episode 1

You read right, Toon Zone News has a podcast! On the show this week: Ben Applegate, chief editor Karl Olson, staff reviewer and podcast producer Matthew Williams, graphics editor Chad Bonin, a.k.a. Knux Five, staff reviewer and Toonami Forum moderator Listen to the thrilling talking, focused on such exciting topics as: Is Pixar facing a […]

Pixar Reports Third Quarter Financial Results

Pixar Animation Studios on Tuesday announced financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended October 1, 2005. For the quarter, Pixar earned $27.4 million or $0.22 per diluted share on revenues of $45.8 million. These results compare to earnings of $22.4 million or $0.19 per diluted share on revenues of $44.5 million, achieved in the […]

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