"Toy Story 1 and 2": As Good as They Were in ’95 and ’99

by SB20xxon March 30, 2010
Toy Story was a groundbreaking film when it debuted in 1995. Being the first computer animated feature film, it stood out and gave us a glimpse what was possible, and created numerous new animation jobs here in the U.S. Obviously, CG animation has progressed by leaps and bounds since 1995. Wouldn’t Toy Story look dated […]

Expanded Pixar Exhibition to Open at Oakland Museum of California in July 2010

by Ed Liuon March 29, 2010
An expanded version of the “Pixar: 25 Years of Animation” exhibition will open at the Oakland Museum of California from July 31, 2010 to January 9, 2011. The exhibit, which launched in 2005 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City (read Toonzone’s review of the original show here) will show art and […]

"How to Train Your Dragon" News Article Roundup (UPDATED March 29, 2010)

by Ed Liuon March 29, 2010
Several articles on DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon are around the web in advance of its premiere tomorrow, March 26, 2010: Comic Book Resources covers a press conference on the film attended by co-director Dean DeBlois, author of the original novel Cressida Cowell, and producer Bonnie Arnold. Among the topics discussed are the […]

"How to Train Your Dragon" Flies to Top of Box Office with $43.3M Weekend

by Ed Liuon March 29, 2010
In its debut weekend, DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon took the top spot at the box office with an estimated .3 million in ticket sales. However, the amount represents a 27% drop from last year’s $59.3 million take for Monsters vs. Aliens on the same weekend, which is triggering concern among Hollywood analysts […]

"How to Train Your Dragon": Slap It Hard on the Nose

by on March 29, 2010
I’d sure like to think that all the nasty things I’ve said over the years about DreamWorks Animation and its pseudo-entertainments have shamed its employees into finally doing better. Of course, I must reluctantly admit that I’m not important enough for them to have noticed me, let alone to have started taking cues from my […]

Yahoo! Movies Hosts "MegaMind" Trailer

by Ed Liuon March 26, 2010
Yahoo! Movies has posted the trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s MegaMind: The site also features a high-definition version. The movie is slated for release on November 5, 2010.

Rope of Silicon Hosts Trailer for Sylvain Chomet’s "The Illusionist"

by Ed Liuon March 25, 2010 has posted the Russian trailer for Sylvain Chomet’s latest movie, The Illusionist. The movie is based on an unproduced script by Jacques Tati, and is scheduled to open in French theaters on May 5, 2010. The movie currently does not have an American distributor.

Zack Snyder on "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole"

by Ed Liuon March 25, 2010 caught up with director Zack Snyder at the ShoWest 2010 conference to talk about Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, the animated film he is directing based on the book series by Kathryn Lasky. Among other topics, Snyder discusses the differences between directing an animated film and a film with heavy CGI […]

Toonzone Presents New Video Clip from "Lord of the Rings" Animated Remastered DVD

by Ed Liuon March 24, 2010
Warner Home Video has released a new video clip and several stills from the upcoming remastered release of Ralph Bakshi’s animated feature film The Lord of the Rings: Click on any of the images below to enlarge to full-size:

"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 […]