Toon Zone Podcast: Rough Draft Studio’s Rich Moore on "Bender’s Big Score"

by Ed Liuon November 20, 2007
Animation producer and director Rich Moore of Rough Draft Studios is our guest on the latest episode of the Toon Zone Podcast. Interviewed by producer Karl Olson and Daily News editor Ian Lueck (Speedy Boris), Moore talks to us about his break into the business, the hardest scene to direct in The Simpsons Movie, and […]

"Beowulf" Presents Beautiful Solutions to Non-Existent Problems

by Ed Liuon November 19, 2007
I must confess that I walked into Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf with several pre-conceptions and biases. On the one hand, I have never been too impressed with Zemeckis’ baby technology of motion-captured animation. The Polar Express plummeted straight down the “Uncanny Valley” with its creepy mannequins, and Monster House was solid entertainment with animation that was […]

Disney Pushes Princesses to Newborns; Hints to Upcoming Disney Projects

by Ed Liuon November 19, 2007
The Los Angeles Times reports on an expansion of the Disney Princesses merchandising phenomenon, stating that a new line of consumer goods will be aimed at mothers with newborns (free registration required). It will include Disney Princess-branded cribs, infant changing mats, and other infant goods, even while the Princess line continues to draw criticism for […]

"Beowulf," "Bee Movie" Take Top 2 Spots for Weekend Box Office

by Ed Liuon November 19, 2007
Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf has won the top box office spot for the weekend with an estimated gross of $28.1 million. The motion-captured CGI animated movie usurped DreamWorks Animation Studio’s Bee Movie, which landed in second place with a gross of $14.3 million for a running domestic box office total of $93.9 million.

Warner Brings Their Oscar Winning Toons to DVD

by Dan Collinson November 18, 2007 reports that Warner Brothers is making a DVD box set of their Oscar winning toons as well as the nominees in the Academy Awards Animation Collection. 15 Winners is a collection of 15 Oscar winning toons all on one DVD including 7 Tom & Jerry cartoons as well as Tweety Pie, Speedy Gonzales, For […]

"Ratatoing": How Low Can You Go? A Lot Lower Than You Want to Know

by Ed Liuon November 18, 2007
You’ll see them in supermarkets and toy stores everywhere: the inexpensive DVDs that are clear ripoffs of whatever animated movie has just hit the theaters. You may have even wondered to yourself, “How bad can they really be?” Unsurprisingly, the answer is “pretty damn bad.” With nothing better to do with $8.00, I decided to […]

Sniffing Out the Rat Patootie in "Ratatouille"

by on November 18, 2007
It seems churlish to criticize a movie like Ratatouille, which is so ardent for the culinary arts and so tremblingly tender over the creative ones. It and its creators speak so feelingly of the joy of creating and consuming fine things—which, in this age of McDonalds and rap music, is a rare thing. The movie […]

"Naruto" Joins Direct2Drive for Downloads

by Ed Liuon November 17, 2007
VIZ Media has announced that their hit anime series Naruto has joined Bleach and Death Note in IGN Entertainment’s Direct2Drive digital retail store. New episodes of Naruto will be available for purchase and download at a price of $1.99 per episode. Read the full press release here.

"Friendsgiving" Brings "Foster’s" Marathon to Cartoon Network on Thanksgiving

by Ed Liuon November 17, 2007
Cartoon Network has announced a “Friendsgiving” marathon of episodes for Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2007. The marathon will run from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Eastern/Pacific) and will include an encore airing of the Emmy-nominated episode “Good Wilt Hunting” and will end with a new episode “The Little Peas.” […]

"Who Wants to Be a Voice Actor?" at NY Anime Festival on December 9

by Ed Liuon November 17, 2007
The New York Anime Festival has announced the “Who Wants to Be a Voice Actor?” contest to be held at the Festival on December 9, 2007, at 12:30 PM. The contest will be hosted by New York City studios NYAV Post and TripWire Productions, with NYAV’s Michael Sinterniklaas and TripWire’s Tom Wayland being co-hosts and […]