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"Hollywood Reporter" Lays Odds on Animated Oscars

by Ed Liuon November 10, 2006
The Hollywood Reporter has published two separate articles on Academy Award contenders for this year’s Best Animated Feature Film and Best Animated Short Film. (via Amid Amidi on Cartoon Brew, who is quoted in both articles along with Cartoon Brew co-editor Jerry Beck)

Alan Moore to Appear on "The Simpsons"

by Ed Liuon November 10, 2006
Comic book writer Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta) will be guest-starring on an upcoming episode of The Simpsons, providing the voice for his on-screen animated counterpart. According to several news reports, Moore is a long-time fan of the series, as well as South Park. The plot of the episode involves a competing comic book […]

An Inside Look at Pixar’s "Cars"

by on November 10, 2006
Toon Zone was recently given the opportunity to talk with a variety of folks who worked on Pixar’s latest movie, Cars. Often the director is the most well known name associated with a film, but it takes the hard work of many people to truly make a great movie. The following will look at not […]

"The Little Mermaid": Plentiful Two-Disc Makes You a Part of Her World

by on November 10, 2006
As a kid I watched The Little Mermaid more than I did any other Disney movie in my collection. I honestly couldn’t tell you why I preferred this one over the others, but it seemed that for months I’d watch it once a day and rarely break away from it. Perhaps it was the animation […]

Fox to Distribute Certain DiC shows to DVD

by Dan Collinson November 9, 2006
Tvshowsondvd.com and Variety.com report that 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has signed a five-year deal with DiC Productions. They will distribute the line of toons from Inspector Gadget, Madeline, Care Bears, and Dennis the Menace. DiC currently has a deal with Fox on the Strawberry Shortcake line of DVDs.

Movie Studios Keeping Close Eye on "Cars" on iTunes; Retailers Offer DVD Incentives

by Ed Liuon November 9, 2006
A report in Variety states that movie studios are keeping a close watch on sales of Disney/Pixar’s Cars on DVD and as a digital download from the Apple iTunes Store. Cars can be purchased at the iTunes Store for $12.99, significantly lower than most retailers will be charging for the DVD. The price discrepancy is […]

Seinfeld on "Bee Movie" Trailer

by Ed Liuon November 9, 2006
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has spoken to USA Today about the live-action trailer for Bee Movie, his CGI animated comedy coming from DreamWorks Animation Studios in November 2007. The article describes the trailer as “the first of two live-action spoofs” partially meant to justify why doing the film in animation is better than live-action. (via Amid […]

"Cars" on DVD: Built for Comfort, Not for Speed

by Ed Liuon November 9, 2006
Pixar has a lot to live up to. This would be true if their only contributions to film were technological, considering the many breakthroughs they made in the field of computer animation. However, when one considers an unbroken streak of critical and box-office successes, a series of disappointing CGI-animated movies from other studios, and the […]

"Cars" DVD Provides Great Flick But Is Light On Extras

by on November 9, 2006
Conventional wisdom would be that the film comes first and the DVD second in the review. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I’m going to switch it up. That way, I don’t have to blunt the criticisms of the DVD with retroactive apologetic tone nor end it on a downer note at all. (Our fellow […]

"Class of 3000" Debut Scores Big in Ratings

by Ed Liuon November 9, 2006
A press release from Cartoon Network states that Class of 3000 is the biggest ratings hit for the network since 2004, ranking #1 for the kids 6-11, boys 6-11, and boys 2-11 demographics according to Nielsen Media Research. The prior record holder was the debut of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Read the full press […]