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Pixar Cancels "Newt"

Pixar has cancelled its Newt, one of its previously announced upcoming films, The Pixar Blog reports, citing an email from a Walt Disney Company representative. The CG-animated feature, to be directed by Gary Rydstrom, director of the short film “Lifted,” was about a forced romance between the last remaining male and female blue-footed newts. The […]

Top 5 Martial Arts Fights of Animation

Hit with emotional content! Below, we’ve selected our picks for the Top 5 Animated Martial Arts Fights. Our main standard for judgment was that these fights had to work as both “Animation” and “Martial Arts.” It wasn’t enough for a bout to be well-choreographed and well-animated if it could have been done as well or […]

"Shaolin Hand Lock": The Joyless Lock Club

The Shaolin Hand Lock is a fearsome attack that can effectively kill an opponent in seconds. It has only one weakness, and that’s an attack to the sides, which can easily be deflected by a metal vest. Only one family knows of this attack, and most of them have been taken out by the murderous […]

"The 14 Amazons:" When Effort Trumps Skill

I am a child of the 70′s who grew up in the New York metro area, which means I have many fond memories of misspent Saturday afternoons watching Hong Kong kung-fu action movies on Channel 5. I didn’t realize it at the time, but most of those vintage chop-socky films were the work of the […]

"Hong Kong Godfather" Offers Entertainment You Can't Refuse

I have never seen a Shaw Brothers movie before. Come to that, I don’t think I have ever seen an honest-to-goodness, 1970s-style chop-sockey movie before. I know their reputation, of course, so I had an idea of what I was in for with Hong Kong Godfather. But I wasn’t expecting this kind of entertainment from […]

"Opium and the Kung Fu Master": You Don't Need Drugs to Enjoy This

For reasons known only to its marketing staff, FUNimation recently provided toonzone with copies of four of its Shaw Brothers movie releases. In a similar spirit of devil-may-care fecklessness, we have actually decided to review them—even though their cartooniness is at best only metaphorical. Starting today, then, we will be bringing you “Kung Fu Week.” […]

"Batman: Under the Red Hood" Coming to DVD and Blu-ray on July 27, 2010

Warner Home Video has officially announced that the Batman: Under the Red Hood DVD and Blu-ray discs will be released on July 27, 2010. The latest direct-to-video movie from Warner Brothers Animation is based on the DC Comics graphic novel by Judd Winick, who also wrote the screenplay to the movie. The movie stars Bruce […]

"G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero - The Movie" on DVD and Blu-ray July 27, 2010

Shout! Factory has announced that G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero – The Movie will be released on DVD and a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on July 27, 2010. The 1987 animated movie (separate from the 2009 live-action movie) follows the animated highly-trained special missions force against the ruthless forces of Cobra and their new allies: […]

"The Great Mouse Detective": Of Mice and Mysteries

I suppose I’m confessing to a form of thought crime when I say so, but there it is: I was never much of a fan of Disney’s Katzenberg-era animated features. I liked The Little Mermaid well enough. But I thought the admittedly lavish Beauty and the Beast an odious perversion of the original fairy tale; […]

"Monsters Inc. 2" Confirmed with Release Date, "Bear and the Bow" Retitled

Walt Disney Studios chairman Richard Ross announced a retitling of Disney/Pixar’s The Bear and the Bow and confirmed long-standing rumors of a sequel to Monsters, Inc., with both getting release dates in 2012, according to coverage in the Hollywood Reporter of a studio discussion and presentation. The Bear and the Bow is now titled Brave, […]

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