"Planet 51" Is Just Earthbound

by on November 27, 2009
According to the credits, it took four people to come up with the “original idea” for Planet 51. One wonders how many assistants it takes to remind these four creative types how to breathe. Okay, that’s a cheap, smug, and unfunny wisecrack. But why should I trouble to come up with anything new and good […]

"Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths" Cast Announced, Release Date February 23, 2010

by Ed Liuon November 24, 2009
Warner Home Video has announced that Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, the latest DC direct-to-video animated movie, will be released on February 23, 2010 in the usual 1- and 2-disc DVD sets and Blu-ray disc, as well as through various on-demand and downloadable formats. In the movie, the iconic heroes of the Justice League […]

Toon Zone Presents: Ronnie Del Carmen’s Special Mission – An "Up" Virtual Roundtable

by Ed Liuon November 21, 2009
As a boy growing up in the Philippines, Ronnie Del Carmen was an early devotee of animation, especially of Disney characters like Donald Duck and Dumbo. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising at the University of Santo Tomas, Del Carmen moved to the United States in 1989, with stints working at Warner […]

Ralph Bakshi on a Career with "Mighty Mouse," "Fritz the Cat," and More

by Ed Liuon November 19, 2009
Fulle Circle Productions has posted an interview with Ralph Bakshi, primarily focusing on his work on The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Fritz the Cat. Among other topics, Bakshi discusses how Mighty Mouse got greenlit at CBS and the infamous “flower sniffing” scene that ultimately got the show canceled, working with animation veterans at […]

Hollywood Reporter Goes Behind the Scenes of "Up"

by Ed Liuon November 19, 2009
As part of their coverage of the Academy Awards Nomination process, the Hollywood Reporter has taken a look behind the scenes at Disney/Pixar’s Up, noting an anecdote in the recording studio with Ed Asner, the inspirations for the project, a brief timeline of the movie’s five-year production period, and many more behind-the-scenes trivia factoids about […]

"Up," "G.I. Joe" Top DVD/Blu-Ray Sales Charts

by on November 19, 2009
Video Business reports: Pixar’s $293 million-grossing blockbuster hit Up soared to the top of the DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales charts in its debut week, according to Rentrak. Paramount Home Entertainment’s summer blockbuster G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which grossed $150.2 million in theaters, remained in the Top 3 among the charts. Paramount broke […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Animated Shorts

by on November 18, 2009
Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Short films – that’s where the good stuff is. Sure, TV series and feature films get the mainstream glory, but they are – to crib shamelessly from Ambrose Bierce – merely short films padded. Just look at the things! Ideas good and bad alike get stretched mercilessly […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Significant Headlines from the ’00s

by Ed Liuon November 16, 2009
Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. We wanted to name the biggest news stories for animation as part of our look back at the past decade. We arbitrarily limited candidates to single news stories which, in our opinion, had a significant impact on the art or business of animation, if not the […]

Toons of the 2000s: The End of Broadcast Kids TV – Part 2

by on November 14, 2009
You are reading Part 2 of The End of Broadcast Kids TV. Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Kids’ WB: That’s All Folks? Things looked rosier over at Kids’ WB, thanks mostly to the ongoing success of Pokemon, the resources of Warner Bros. Animation, and the general oversight of WB Network boss Jamie […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Animated Features

by on November 13, 2009
 Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.    This has been a great decade for animated features. Mainstream acceptance of animation has greatly expanded, with a majority of films that would have been ignored in the 70s and 80s getting wide theatrical releases and heavy commercial and critical attention. A lot of this attention […]