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"Appleseed Ex Machina" is Satsifying Sci-Fi Cheese

by Ed Liuon March 16, 2008
It’s no secret by now that computer graphics have changed the way animation is made, from the use of computer effects to enhance hand-drawn animation to the fully CGI-animated movies taking over the multiplexes. CGI has even spawned its own sub-genres, from the fully rendered movies of Pixar and DreamWorks to the Flash animators of […]

Toon Zone Interviews Steve Purcell About "Sam & Max the Animated Series"

by Ed Liuon March 16, 2008
Cartoonist Steve Purcell’s resume reads like a cult nerd hit-list. When he was a boy, he would parody his younger brother’s comic strips, eventually creating Sam and Max, a duo of freelance detectives. Sam is a man-sized dog shamus in a shabby suit and Max was…well, you’ll see what Max is. During the 1980’s black-and-white […]

"Horton" Undone by Hackery

by Maxie Zeuson March 15, 2008
About two-thirds of the way through Blue Sky Studios’ Horton Hears a Who, JoJo, the young son of the mayor of Whoville, escapes from his bedroom window and heads for the town’s abandoned observatory. To get there he must swing out on a mobile-supported bucket across a gaping chasm and then shoot himself skyward on […]

Brad Bird to Direct Live-Action "1906"

by Maxie Zeuson March 13, 2008
Brad Bird has signed on to direct 1906, a film about a college student who while investigating his father’s murder uncovers deceptions that have left the city of San Francisco vulnerable to fire, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will mark Bird’s live-action feature directorial debut. Bird is revising James Dalessandro’s adaptation of his […]

To Bee or Not to Bee? Uh, Not to Bee

by Maxie Zeuson March 13, 2008
Are there any actual, live human beings in Hollywood? Or is everyone in Tinsel Town like Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?—just a CG-animated thing pretending to be human? On TV and in the magazines, all of them—the actors, the writers, the agents, the executives; the personal assistants, the gofers, the pool cleaners, the […]

"101 Dalmatians" Platinum Edition DVD Easily Wins Best in Show

by Ed Liuon March 4, 2008
On the surface, Disney’s 101 Dalmatians seems rather similar to Lady and the Tramp, which had been released 6 years earlier. Both films break from the Disney tradition of adapting fairy tales. Both films center on a pair of dogs who stray off for a variety of adventures before finally returning to the safety of […]

Toon Zone News Presents an Exclusive Look Behind the Scenes at "101 Dalmatians"

by Ed Liuon March 3, 2008
In association with Walt Disney Home Entertainment, Toon Zone News is proud to present a selection of behind-the-scenes artwork from 101 Dalmatians, the classic animated film from 1961 that is coming to Disney’s Platinum Edition DVD on March 8, 2008. In the late 1950’s to early 1960’s, Disney’s feature animation studios were making a transition […]

"Justice League: The New Frontier": The Brave and the Bold and the Little Bit Bonkers

by Maxie Zeuson February 28, 2008
Justice League: The New Frontier opens with two of the loveliest animated sequences ever glimpsed outside a Brad Bird film. In the prologue an unseen artist paints and narrates a spooky tale about the rise and incipient return of the monstrous “Centre.” The colors are bold but perhaps slightly divergent from the usual primaries; the […]

"Justice League" Flying Again

by Maxie Zeuson February 27, 2008
Warner Bros. on-again, off-again Justice League movie is officially back “on” again, Variety reports. The studio is still aiming for a 2009 release. Cast options connected to the picture had expired, but no changes appear to be in the works. Adam Brody will play the Flash; Rapper Common plays Green Lantern; Armie Hammer Jr. is […]

WonderCon 2008 Round-Up: "New Frontier," "Clone Wars," and "WALL*E"

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2008
Several web sites are providing animation-related news and panel reports from this past weekend’s WonderCon, held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. Comic Book Resources and Newsarama both have reports about the Darwyn Cooke panel, where the writer/artist talked about The New Frontier as a graphic novel and the upcoming 75-minute direct-to-video movie, […]