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NY Times on the Making & Marketing of "The Secret of Kells"

The New York Times has delved into the unlikely success story of The Secret of Kells (free registration required), the independent Irish animated feature film made for €6 million (approx. US$8 million) that managed to snag an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature against stiff competition from Disney, DreamWorks, Pixar, and other Hollywood animation heavy […]

Zack Snyder's "Guardians of Ga'Hoole" Retitled to "Legend of the Guardians"

The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision weblog is reporting that Guardians of Ga’Hoole, an animated movie to be directed by Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300), has been retitled Legend of the Guardians. The movie adapts a book series by Kathryn Lasky about a group of kidnapped owls seeking the guardians of the title. The movie will star […]

"Ponyo": Waves of Cute on a High Quality Blu-ray

Ponyo is one of those films a mere review can’t do justice to. Oh sure, I can try to explain how beautiful the painted backdrops are, how meticulous the animation is in replicating real physical actions (not to mention how stunning the environmental effects are), and how the story is engaging without your typical “three […]

"Castle In The Sky": Lofty Goals?

Legends speak of a castle, sailing high through the air, known as Laputa. One man has seen the island and lived to tell about it, but his crazy stories have left him an outcast. His son means to find this island in order to prove his father right, and he may get his wish after […]

New "Ponyo" Movie and Bonus Feature Video Clips

In conjunction with its upcoming release on DVD and Blu-ray disc, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has made several video clips from Ponyo available in streaming video: TEACHING PONYO FREE CAR RIDE PONYO RETURNS MOVIE TRAILER BONUS FEATURE: TELLING THE STORY PONYO AND FUJIMOTO In addition, The New York Times is the exclusive host for […]

"Shrek Forever After" to Open Tribeca Film Festival 2010

DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. has announced that Shrek Forever After, the fourth and ostensibly final film in the Shrek franchise, will open the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 21, 2010, about a month in advance of its scheduled opening on May 21, 2010.

Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter on "Ponyo"

In conjunction with its release on home video this week, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released the following article and interview with Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter about Ponyo. In it, Miyazaki details some of the inspirations for Ponyo, why there is are no computer graphics in the movie at all, his rationale behind […]

Welcome to Toonzone's Miyazaki Week

To commemorate the release of Ponyo on DVD and Blu-ray on March 2, 2010, Toonzone is kicking off Miyazaki Week: 5 days of reviews and essays on the work of Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki. OK, fine, that’s a business week, but “Miyazaki Business Week” sounds like a magazine. Work with us, here. To many fans […]

Reuters Speaks with John Lasseter About Animation

Reuters has posted a short Q&A with Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter about a variety of topics, including whether he worries if a Pixar film will stumble, how he feels about last year’s slate of animated movies, the changes he’s instituted at Disney since becoming Chief Creative Officer, and what he thinks the secret […]

LA Times on Turning "Dante's Inferno" from Epic Poem to Video Game and DTV Movie

The Los Angeles Times has taken a look at Dante’s Inferno, the new video game and direct-to-video animated movie, both of which are based on the classic epic poem by Dante Alighieri (free registration required). The article covers the departures from the source material, the anthology approach to the film, and the connections between the […]

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