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"All-Star Superman": This Star Burns Twice as Bright

Conventional wisdom says that Superman isn’t as popular as Batman because he’s too powerful and too perfect, and thus audiences can’t sympathize or identify with him the same way they can identify with the definitively human Batman. I think this argument is a big steaming load. If one accepts the conventional criticism that superhero comics […]

"Timmy Time: Timmy Steals the Show" Is an All Ages Delight

Unfortunately, the Timmy Time DVD suffers from many of the same frustrations that made Lionsgate’s earlier releases of Shaun the Sheep so frustrating. This DVD contains only five episodes of the show, leading to a running time less than 45 minutes. Timmy Time is also a show that’s produced and broadcast in widescreen, but this […]

DreamWorks in Another Legal Battle Over "Kung Fu Panda"

A recent story in the Hollywood Reporter states that DreamWorks Animation is engaged in yet another round of litigation over the 2008 hit film Kung Fu Panda. An artist by the name of Jayme Gordon claims that he submitted a similar proposal for a martial arts film featuring a panda protagonist multiple times at The […]

Toonzone Interviews Peter S. Beagle on the Blu-ray Release of "The Last Unicorn"

An award-winning writer and fantasy novelist, Peter S. Beagle has created an impressive and growing body of work since his first novel was published in 1960. Among his creations are the novels A Fine and Private Place and Tamsin, the screenplay for Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 adaptation of The Lord of the Rings and the episode […]

Fox Animation Studios To Adapt "Ferdinand"

A recent report by Vulture states that Fox Animation Studios has recently acquired the rights to The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson. The tale of the pacifist bull is reportedly being directed by Carlos Saldanha who has previously helmed all three Ice Age films and the upcoming Rio.

Washington Post Interviews Sylvain Chomet on "The Illusionist"

The Washington Post‘s Comic Riffs weblog has interviewed French animation director Sylvain Chomet on his latest movie, The Illusionist, now in a limited US theatrical run and one of three contenders for a Best Animated Feature Academy Award (alongside Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon). Among other topics, Chomet discusses how famed […]

Cars DTV Spinoff "Planes" Announced; "Toy Story" Characters Returning in Short Films

Variety reports that www.disney.com, a direct-to-video movie spinning off from Disney/Pixar’s Cars, with a slated release date of Spring 2013. The movies will be produced by DisneyToon Studios, which also produces the Tinker Bell direct-to-video movies. The same article also notes that the Toy Story characters will return to the big screen in 2 new […]

Hollywood Reporter Interviews Michel Ocelot @ Berlin

The Hollywood Reporter has interviewed French animation director Michel Ocelot (Kirikou and the Sorceress) at the 61st Annual Berlin International Film Festival, where his newest film Tales of the Night will be the first 3-D animated movie to screen in that venerable festival’s competition. Among other topics, Ocelot discusses the inspirations for his movies, the […]

"Cars" Passes $8 Billion in Sales; Cast and Crew Discuss "Cars 2"

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Disney/Pixar’s Cars has passed the billion mark in global retail sales, which breaks out to over 200 million die-cast cars sold so far among the other licensed merchandise for the movie. The article also talks with John Lasseter (director of Cars and Cars 2, and current Chief Creative Officer for […]

Emily Mortimer on Voicing Holley Shiftwell in "Cars 2"

Spinoff Online has spoken with actor Emily Mortimer at Toy Fair 2011 about her role as Holley Shiftwell in Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2. Among other topics, Mortimer discusses how she’s still not really how big of a role her character plays in the final film, the organic process of making an animated movie and how it […]

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