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TV Ratings: "SpongeBob" Tops All of TV with Kids 2-11

For the week of June 14 – 20, SpongeBob SquarePants scored the most spots for animation on TV (both broadcast and cable) in the kid 2-11 demo, placing 8 out of the top 10. SpongeBob was also the only animated program in the cable top 25 for the week, in total viewers. Following are lists […]

Lasseter Getting Co-Director Credit on "Cars 2"

John Lasseter will receive co-director credit on Cars 2, Jim Hill Media reports. It was widely rumored that Lasseter was exercising a strong hand on the sequel, but Hill says Disney executives have officially confirmed that Lasseter will take a credit on the final film. (h/t: News In Film)

New "Batman: Under the Red Hood" Video Clip Released

Warner Home Video has released the following video clip from Batman: Under the Red Hood. The summary provided by Warner Home Video is: The 54-second clip features an encounter between Batman and Red Hood. In the film, Batman faces his ultimate challenge as the mysterious Red Hood takes Gotham City by firestorm. One part vigilante, […]

"Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW" Gets YouTube Sneak Peek

The first 22 minutes of Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW are now available for viewing on YouTube, Anime News Network reports. The feature-length film comes from the creators of R.O.D. Read or Die and Kamichu! It will be released in Japan later this month. (h/t: GWOtaku)

Cable TV Ratings: "SpongeBob" Most Watched, Cartoon Network Down

SpongeBob SquarePants was the only animated program to place in the cable top 25 for the week of June 14 – 20, 2010. SpongeBob placed in six positions in the top 25, which is ranked by total viewers, ranging from 3.7 to 3.9 million viewers. The highest rated episode aired on Wednesday morning at 11:30AM […]

MakingOf.com Interviews Bobby Podesta, Mike Venturi and Jason Katz on "Toy Story 3"

MakingOf.com has posted an interview with Toy Story 3 supervising animators, Bobby Podesta and Mike Venturini, and story supervisor Jason Katz. In the interview, they discuss revisiting characters, introducing new ones, the differences between animating toys and humans and working with a contingent of animators who had grown up on the Toy Story franchise.

Briefly: Variety@Annecy; "Lava Kusa" & DW in India; Poopdeck Pappy Statue

* Variety covers the Annecy Animation Festival, from the premiere of Universal’s Despicable Me and Pixar’s “Day and Night” short film, the recognition for Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, and the buzz generated by Patrice Leconte’s work-in-progress The Suicide Shop. * Lava Kusa – The Warrior Twins is set to premiere in India on June […]

Disney Releases 8-Minute Sneak Peek of "Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue"

Disney has released an 8-minute preview clip from Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, the next DTV movie in the Disney Fairies franchise slated for release on September 21, 2010: Also, check out Toonzone’s coverage of the roundtable discussion with Tinker Bell & the Great Fairy Rescue director Bradley Raymond and producer Helen Kalafatic.

"Toy Story 3" Takes $110.3M in Debut Weekend; News Article Roundup

In its debut weekend, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 took in $110.3 million to win the box office race well ahead of the #2 contender (Sony’s remake of The Karate Kid, which took $29.9 million). The ticket sales are also sizeably above Pixar’s previous best-launch (The Incredibles, which took in $70.5 million in its opening weekend), […]

"Toy Story 3": Sweet to Threepeat

The third installment is always the one that never seems to really work for a film franchise. Outside of stand-alones like Goldfinger and adaptations like Return of the King, I can’t think of a single “third movie” that didn’t disappoint. Even The Godfather couldn’t pull it off. So let it be known that Toy Story […]

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