"Fantastic Mr. Fox:" Cussing Good Fun, If Not Quite Fantastic Enough

by Ed Liuon March 24, 2010
I find Wes Anderson’s greatest asset also tends to be his greatest liability. He is an exceptionally clever filmmaker, but that cleverness seems to alternate between quirky, unconventional entertainment (Rushmore) and insufferably pretentious self-indulgence (The Royal Tenenbaums). So, I freely admit that I walked into Fantastic Mr. Fox with mixed feelings. In the end, I […]

NY Times on the Look of "How to Train Your Dragon"

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2010
The New York Times has examined how famed cinematographer Roger Deakins influenced the look of DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming movie How to Train Your Dragon (registration required). Deakins’ is an Oscar-nominated cinematographer on films like A Beautiful Mind, The Shawshank Redemption, and several Coen Brothers movies, and his comments with the film’s co-directors Dean DeBlois and […]

"The Princess and the Frog": The Beignets and the Bogged-Down

by on March 23, 2010
Everyone knows the story of the frog prince. A prince was turned into a frog, and it took a kiss by a princess to turn him back to human. Disney has turned the classic fairy tale on its tail (as well as moved it to New Orleans) by having the kiss turn the princess into […]

What’s Wrong with Disney Feature Animation? – Part 2

by Ed Liuon March 22, 2010
Continued from Part 1 of What’s Wrong with Disney Feature Animation? MERCHANDISE VS. MEDIA The 1990’s and 2000’s saw a massive rise in Disney’s merchandising efforts, such as the extremely successful launch of the Disney Princesses franchise itself. One might even argue that Disney is now essentially a merchandising company that makes its own media, rather than a […]

"Tinker Bell & the Great Fairy Rescue" Available Sept 21, 2010; New Stills & Video

by Ed Liuon March 20, 2010
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue will be available on DVD, Blu-ray combo pack, and download on September 21, 2010. Three new stills have been released from the movie, along with new video clip. Click on any of the photos below to enlarge: The official trailer […]

Disney Releases Interview with Ron Clements & John Musker on "Princess & the Frog"

by Ed Liuon March 19, 2010
In conjunction with the release of The Princess and the Frog on DVD and Blu-ray disc, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released the following press release interview with Ron Clements and John Musker, directors of The Princess and the Frog as well as many of Disney’s recent animated classics such as The Little Mermaid […]

What’s Wrong with Disney Feature Animation? – Part 1

by Ed Liuon March 16, 2010
“There is always an easy solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.” — H.L. Mencken What’s wrong with Walt Disney Feature Animation? The Princess and the Frog‘s $24.2 million opening weekend and $104 million total box office take (which comes $1 million short of covering its production costs) was a major box-office […]

"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.