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Virtual Roundtable with "How to Train Your Dragon" Co-Directors

Right before the DVD and Blu-ray release of DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon, Toonzone News was able to participate in a virtual roundtable discussion with the film’s co-screenwriter/directors Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, where we discussed adapting the movie from the source material, visual designs for the characters in the movie (especially the […]

NYAF2010: Gundam 00 Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer is Flawed but Entertaining!

On the final day of NYAF 2010 the long awaited Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Movie: A wakening of the Trailblazer premiered with English subtitles just a mere month after the Japanese release. For Gundam fans this was quite the treat and judging from the line that formed, probably the most anticipated movie premiere during NYAF. […]

NYCC2010: "The Secret of Kells" Panel

As I sat down by The Secret of Kells panel, I looked around. Most of the audience seemed to be made up of animation students (you can tell because half of them had out sketch pads drawing Aisling in various poses), and there was someone going around giving out Aisling temporary tattoos to every member […]

"The Secret of Kells": Yes, It Really Is That Good

The Secret of Kells is an Irish animated film that premiered to rave reviews and was nominated for Best Animated Picture at the 2010 Academy Awards. (It lost to Pixar’s Up). Does it really deserve all that praise and hype? I myself was a bit skeptical, but after hearing nothing but good things, I decided […]

NYCC2010: The DCU First Look Panel

On Friday night the IGN theater at the Javits Center was packed full for the DC Universe First Look panel, which proved to be a great show for the fans in attendance. Gary Miereanu of Warner Home Animation played host at the podium throughout the panel for executive producer Bruce Timm and Superman/Shazam: The Return […]

NYCC2010: Intro to Animation Voice-Acting with Stevie Vallance

Voice actor and director Stevie Vallance about to put some volunteers to work. On Saturday at the New York Comic Con, Emmy-winning actor and director Stevie Vallance offered a briefer version of her “Tooned In!” one-day workshop, which teaches actors with all levels of experience (including none) how to get started in animation voice acting. […]

"Beauty and the Beast" Diamond Edition: Beauty of a Movie, Beastly Bugs in Bonuses

One of the near-universal fairy tales is “Beauty and the Beast,” with the same basic story being told with variations in almost every major culture in the world. The earliest reference to a tale like “Beauty and the Beast” is a second-century Roman text by Lucius Apuleius, but it is based on an even earlier […]

John Lasseter Directs New Cars Short

John Lasseter, Toy Story director and Chief Creative Officer at both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios has directed a new Cars Toons short titled “Heavy Metal Mater”. It will air on Disney Channel on Friday, October 8th at 9:30 p.m ET/PT as well as on Disney XD the following Friday, October 15 at 7:27 […]

Toonzone Interviews Paige O'Hara & Robby Benson on Being "Beauty & the Beast"

As part of the publicity for the new re-release of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Blu-ray, Toonzone News was able to interview the voice actors who portrayed the title characters: Paige O’Hara (Belle) and Robby Benson (the Beast) via an Internet video feed. Click the image below to begin playing the video, which runs […]

Disney to Push "Toy Story 3" for Best Picture

A report in the New York Times states that Disney is preparing a full-scale push for Toy Story 3 to win this year’s Oscar for Best Picture, noting several other studios preparing pushes for their films after the presumed frontrunner, The Social Network, did not perform as well as expected at the box office. The […]

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