Cable TV Ratings: "SpongeBob" Most Watched, Cartoon Network Down

by on June 23, 2010
SpongeBob SquarePants was the only animated program to place in the cable top 25 for the week of June 14 – 20, 2010. SpongeBob placed in six positions in the top 25, which is ranked by total viewers, ranging from 3.7 to 3.9 million viewers. The highest rated episode aired on Wednesday morning at 11:30AM […] Interviews Bobby Podesta, Mike Venturi and Jason Katz on "Toy Story 3"

by Eileen Cruzon June 23, 2010 has posted an interview with Toy Story 3 supervising animators, Bobby Podesta and Mike Venturini, and story supervisor Jason Katz. In the interview, they discuss revisiting characters, introducing new ones, the differences between animating toys and humans and working with a contingent of animators who had grown up on the Toy Story franchise.

Briefly: Variety@Annecy; "Lava Kusa" & DW in India; Poopdeck Pappy Statue

by Ed Liuon June 22, 2010
* Variety covers the Annecy Animation Festival, from the premiere of Universal’s Despicable Me and Pixar’s “Day and Night” short film, the recognition for Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, and the buzz generated by Patrice Leconte’s work-in-progress The Suicide Shop. * Lava Kusa – The Warrior Twins is set to premiere in India on June […]

Disney Releases 8-Minute Sneak Peek of "Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue"

by Ed Liuon June 21, 2010
Disney has released an 8-minute preview clip from Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, the next DTV movie in the Disney Fairies franchise slated for release on September 21, 2010: Also, check out Toonzone’s coverage of the roundtable discussion with Tinker Bell & the Great Fairy Rescue director Bradley Raymond and producer Helen Kalafatic.

"Toy Story 3" Takes $110.3M in Debut Weekend; News Article Roundup

by Ed Liuon June 21, 2010
In its debut weekend, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 took in $110.3 million to win the box office race well ahead of the #2 contender (Sony’s remake of The Karate Kid, which took $29.9 million). The ticket sales are also sizeably above Pixar’s previous best-launch (The Incredibles, which took in $70.5 million in its opening weekend), […]

"Toy Story 3": Sweet to Threepeat

by on June 21, 2010
The third installment is always the one that never seems to really work for a film franchise. Outside of stand-alones like Goldfinger and adaptations like Return of the King, I can’t think of a single “third movie” that didn’t disappoint. Even The Godfather couldn’t pull it off. So let it be known that Toy Story […]

Toonzone Presents 5 More "Toy Story 3" Video Clips

by Ed Liuon June 18, 2010
Disney/Pixar has released 5 new video clips from Toy Story 3, playing now in theaters. Welcome to Sunnyside Made for Each Other Playtime Tea Party “To Reset Your Buzz Lightyear…” Toy Story 3 is in theaters now. Check out some of Toonzone News’ other Toy Story 3 videos and news below: Toonzone Presents “Toy Story […]

Toonzone Chats with Brad Raymond & Helen Kalafatic on Next "Tinker Bell" DTV Movie

by Ed Liuon June 18, 2010
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, the next direct-to-video movie in Disney’s Tinker Bell franchise, is due out on September 21, 2010, but Toonzone News was able to sit in on a virtual roundtable session with director Bradley Raymond and producer Helen Kalafatic. Bradley Raymond’s career began at Don Bluth Productions, where he was […]

LAT: Has Pixar Contracted Sequelitis?

by on June 17, 2010
Is Pixar becoming too sequel-oriented? That’s the question that the Los Angeles Times teases in a thumbsucker article. The paper notes that this Friday’s highly anticipated Toy Story 3 will be followed by sequels to Cars and Monsters Inc., and that a brand-new Pixar feature won’t hit theaters until 2012. The writers also gesture at […]

"Mary and Max" Blu-ray Is a Truffle of the Finest Bittersweet Chocolate

by Ed Liuon June 16, 2010
With Mary and Max and his Oscar-winning short film “Harvie Krumpet,” writer and director Adam Elliot can stand proudly with modern-day stop-motion masters like Nick Park and Henry Selick. The animation of Mary and Max is gorgeous and expressive, giving Mary an endearing awkwardness that never quite disappears as she goes from child to adult […]