Toons of the 2000s: Next Decade Speculation

by Eileen Cruzon December 17, 2009
Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. One of the most challenging tasks to take on during a decade of undeniable and sometimes drastic change is to predict what happens next. Will broadcast television die? Is Blu-ray to become the dominant format? What direction will anime take if the industry continues on its […]

Next Studio Ghibli Film "Karigurashi no Arrietty" Announced

by Ed Liuon December 16, 2009
GhibliWorld is reporting that the next Studio Ghibli film will be titled Karigurashi no Arrietty, and is based on the children’s book The Borrowers by Mary Norton. The movie will be directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who was the chief animator for Hayao Miyazaki’s short film “Imaginary Flying Machines” and the animation director for the short […]

"Coraline" and "Up" on AFI’s Top 10 Movies for 2009

by Ed Liuon December 14, 2009
The American Film Institute has released its official selection of the top 10 TV and film series of 2009 for the 10th annual AFI Awards, with Coraline and Up joining The Hangover, The Hurt Locker, The Messenger, Precious, A Serious Man, A Single Man, Sugar, and Up in the Air on the top 10 films […]

LA Times on John Lasseter’s Hands in Making Disney Toys

by Ed Liuon December 14, 2009
The Los Angeles Times has taken a look at the hands-on involvement of Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter in Disney’s toy merchandising (free registration required). The article notes that Lasseter has made numerous specific demands of toy manufacturers to maintain faithfulness to the original Disney and Pixar properties, and also that merchandise for The Princess […]

"Princess & the Frog" Takes $24.2M in 1st Weekend; More News Articles Around the Web

by Ed Liuon December 14, 2009
Disney’s The Princess and the Frog took the #1 spot at the box office in its first weekend of wide release with $24.2 million in ticket sales. The number was on the lower-end of analyst expectations, but is still the highest-grossing opening for an animated film in December. Elsewhere on the web, more articles about […]

"The Princess and the Frog": Acceptable But Familiar

by SB20xxon December 14, 2009
The Princess and the Frog is safe territory for Disney’s return to 2D animation. It feature princesses, handsome princes, evil baddies who bring temptations of riches (and ulterior motives!), “clock strikes midnight” deadlines, and lavish musical numbers that are all throwbacks to not only their earliest work, but to their late ’80s/early ’90s blockbusters. In […]

"Mushi-Shi" Will Take Your Demons–And Your Interest–Away

by on December 13, 2009
The Mushi are creatures that surround humanity, but are never seen by most. Akin to supernatural snails or the like, they are harmless to most, outside of their innate taste for sight and sound. These small creatures are tracked and battled by the Mushi-Shi, or masters of the Mushi. One such Mushi master is Ginko, […]

"The Princess and the Frog" News Story Round-Up

by Ed Liuon December 11, 2009
Several news stories about Disney’s The Princess and the Frog are being published in time for the movie’s nationwide release today, December 11, 2009: The Star-Telegram discusses how John Lasseter began re-hiring many animators laid off when Disney shuttered its hand-drawn animation division, and also looks at the research for the character design. The Wall […]

LA Times Chats with Best Animated Film Contenders

by Ed Liuon December 11, 2009
The Los Angeles Times has spoken with several directors, producers, and other crew members of the contenders for this year’s Best Animated Feature Film award: Laika’s Coraline, Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, Fox’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, Disney/Pixar’s Up, Focus Features’ 9, and Disney’s A Christmas Carol.

Elijah Wood & Robin Williams May Return for "Happy Feet 2"

by Ed Liuon December 11, 2009
The Hollywood Reporter states that Elijah Wood and Robin Williams are in talks to reprise their roles in Happy Feet 2, the sequel to the Oscar-award winning Happy Feet. Director George Miller is slated to write and produce the movie as well, and voice recording is expected to begin in late January/early February 2010. Details […]