"Sword of the Stranger" Offers Dazzling Style, Satisfying Storytelling

by Todd DuBoison March 15, 2010
If Afro Samurai is the closest thing to the current generation’s Ninja Scroll, studio Bones’ Sword of the Stranger is a genuine step forward for animated samurai action. It does not carry a deep, art house-worthy message or explore bold, new narrative territory. But it brings a captivating, excellently paced story to vivid life with […]

LA Times on Why Disney Changed "Rapunzel" to "Tangled"

by Ed Liuon March 12, 2010
The Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex weblog has delved into Disney’s decision to re-title its upcoming animated feature film Rapunzel to Tangled in an attempt to attract more boys to see the movie (free registration required, read Toonzone News’ earlier coverage here). According to the report, the move was made in response to the disappointing […]

Toonzone Presents: New "Tron: Legacy" Trailer

by Ed Liuon March 10, 2010
Walt Disney Studios has released a new trailer for Tron: Legacy, the sequel to the 1982 movie Tron that was one of the first movies to utilize CGI animation. Tron: Legacy will be released on December 17, 2010.

Disney Releases Bonus Video Clips from "Princess and the Frog" DVD/Blu-ray

by Ed Liuon March 9, 2010
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released several clips and videos from the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of The Princess and the Frog. PRINCESS KISS MONTAGE MUSIC OF NEW ORLEANS (Bonus Feature) FEATURETTE: THE RETURN TO THE ANIMATED MUSICAL (Bonus Feature) WDSHE has also released the following “Fun Facts” about the movie: FUN FACTS […]

"Evangelion 1.01: You Are (Not) Alone" In Thinking There Should Be More Here

by on March 9, 2010
FUNimation has recently released Evangelion 1.11 to DVD. Don’t be misled: This is not the second movie in the Evangelion Rebuild tetralogy. It’s the “fixed” version of 1.01: You Are (Not) Alone. Certain segments were color corrected, and around three minutes of new animation was added. This upgrade is indistinguishable from the original without comparing […]

82nd Academy Awards: "Up" Wins Best Animated Feature, Best Original Score

by Ed Liuon March 8, 2010
The 82nd Academy Awards have all been awarded. Below are the winners in all the categories which had an animated film in contention: Best Animated Feature Film: Disney/Pixar’s Up (Directed by Pete Docter) (08:59 PM EST) (Watch Pete Docter’s acceptance speech at Best Original Song: “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from Crazy […]

"My Neighbor Totoro" – A True Masterpiece from a True Master

by Ed Liuon March 5, 2010
The real problem in attempting to write a review of Hayao Miayzaki’s My Neighbor Totoro is the nagging fear that the English language doesn’t contain enough superlatives to properly convey how truly wonderful the movie is. I do not exaggerate when I say that I believe My Neighbor Totoro is one of the best movies […]

Ed Asner Talks "Up"

by Ed Liuon March 4, 2010
CNN has posted an edited version of an interview with actor Ed Asner, focusing on his role as Carl Fredricksen in Disney/Pixar’s Up and his one-man show Sunrise at Campobello, where he portrays Franklin D. Roosevelt. Among other topics, Asner reveals that he “never stopped loving cartoons” but hadn’t seen a Pixar movie until WALL-E, […]

NY Times on the Making & Marketing of "The Secret of Kells"

by Ed Liuon March 4, 2010
The New York Times has delved into the unlikely success story of The Secret of Kells (free registration required), the independent Irish animated feature film made for €6 million (approx. US$8 million) that managed to snag an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature against stiff competition from Disney, DreamWorks, Pixar, and other Hollywood animation heavy […]

Zack Snyder’s "Guardians of Ga’Hoole" Retitled to "Legend of the Guardians"

by Ed Liuon March 4, 2010
The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision weblog is reporting that Guardians of Ga’Hoole, an animated movie to be directed by Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300), has been retitled Legend of the Guardians. The movie adapts a book series by Kathryn Lasky about a group of kidnapped owls seeking the guardians of the title. The movie will star […]