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Hard Times Hit Australian Studio Behind "Happy Feet 2"

Australian website if.com.au reports that Dr D Studios, the production company behind the recently released Happy Feet 2, is facing an uncertain future. Several reasons for the studio’s uncertain prospects were offered, some of which were conflicting or disputed by principals, including a massive staff reduction due to contract expirations and a corporate restructuring; potential […]

Pixar Releases Long "Brave" Theatrical Trailer

Pixar Animation Studios has posted a full-length trailer for its thirteenth feature film “Brave”, due in theaters on June 22nd, 2012. A fairy tale set in 10th century Scotland, “Brave” tells the story of Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer that wants to seek out her own path in life and defies an ancient […]

PR: GKIDS Brings Complete Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective to NYC, LA, Chicago, DC, & Other Major Markets

GKIDS BRINGS COMPLETE STUDIO GHIBLI FILM RETROSPECTIVE TO IFC CENTER 15 TITLES FROM 1984 TO 2008 INCLUDING HAYAO MIYAZAKI MASTERPIECES “SPIRITED AWAY” “PRINCESS MONONOKE” “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO” “CASTLE IN THE SKY” “NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND” ***NEW 35MM PRINTS*** DEC 16 TO JAN 12 AT IFC CENTER ADVANCE TICKETS AT WWW.GKIDS.COM RETROSPECTIVE TO […]

PR: Disney to Release "Lady & the Tramp" and "Cinderella" on Blu-ray Diamond Editions in 2012

DISNEY TO RELEASE TWO AMAZING CLASSICS FROM THE VAULT IN 2012… LADY AND THE TRAMP & CINDERELLA BOTH FILMS WILL SOON BE ADDED TO THE COMPANY’S PRESTIGOUS COLLECTION OF BLU-RAY™ HI-DEF DIAMOND EDITION CLASSICS Burbank, Calif., November 11, 2011 – The Walt Disney Studios proudly announces the addition of LADY AND THE TRAMP and CINDERELLA […]

NY Times Posts John Lasseter Answers to Reader Questions

The New York Times has posted answers to reader-submitted questions for Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter. Among the topics discussed are Lasseter’s influences, his favorite animated film, his thoughts on hand-drawn vs. CGI animation, and Pixar’s attitude towards sequels.

John Lasseter Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, Talks "Cars 2"

Disney/Pixar executive John Lasseter was awarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 1, 2011, in a ceremony that featured several stars from Pixar’s films and executives from Disney and Pixar: In conjunction with the ceremony, the following interview with Lasseter was released about the release of Cars 2 on DVD, […]

Toonzone Presents a Virtual Roundtable with Rob Gibbs, "Mater's Tall Tales" Director

Q: How long does it usually take to complete an animated short like “Air Mater?” ROB GIBBS: “Air Mater” was unique in that we were starting a new studio in Vancouver, Canada and it was to be their first project, so it took a little longer than the previous shorts. From start to finish we […]

Toonzone News Interview: James Hong Talks "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness"

The scene at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank was a delight. James Hong, a veteran actor with over five hundred television and film credits was in the midst of a voice recording session for the new series, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, which is set to premiere on Nickelodeon next month. Under the […]

"Winnie the Pooh" (2011): A Sweet Little Smackerel of a Movie on Blu-ray

Most of the praise and criticism I have for Winnie the Pooh is nearly identical to that of the original Disney film, at least plot-wise. Stating that the movie meanders around somewhat aimlessly and without much strong narrative drive isn’t a criticism, since that’s apparently exactly what the Disney Animation Studios were aiming for both […]

Disney Posts U.S. Trailer For Studio Ghibli's "The Secret World of Arrietty"

The Walt Disney company has posted an English-dubbed trailer for Studio Ghibli’s The Borrower Arrietty, which has been localized as The Secret World of Arrietty in the United States. Directed by Studio Ghibli animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi with screenplay by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa, the film tells the story of a family of small people […]

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