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Toonzone Presents "Tales from Earthsea" Trailer; Opens in Limited US Run Aug 13, 2010

Walt Disney Studios and Studio Ghibli will be releasing Tales from Earthsea in a limited theatrical release on August 13, 2010 in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Honolulu (Collider.com reports theaters and showtimes, h/t to Nausicaa.net). The movie was directed by Goro Miyazaki and is based on the “Earthsea” series of novels […]

What is Animation?

Recently, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the group responsible for the eponymous Academy Awards) decided that the technique of motion capture will no longer be considered to be “animation”. So, what does this mean for any animated Oscar hopefuls? According to AMPAS, the new definition for “animation” is something that consists of […]

"Batman: Under the Red Hood" Premieres at San Diego Comic-Con Jul 23, 2010; New Video

Warner Home Video has announced that Batman: Under the Red Hood will be getting its premiere at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 23, 2010, at 8:00 PM in Ballroom 20. The movie will be coming to DVD and Blu-ray disc on July 27, 2010. The following new video clip has also been […]

"Twilight" Can't Eclipse "Toy Story 3", "Airbender"

Toy Story 3 grossed $30.2 million during its third weekend in release, which was good enough for the Pixar-Disney hit to claim third place during a highly competitive holiday weekend. To date, the threequel has grossed $289.0 million. The Last Airbender, M. Night Shyamalan’s live-action adaptation of the hit animated series, came in second with […]

Anime Expo 2010: Day 2

The Anime Expo 2010 adventure continued on Friday.  I started the day at the Geneon Universal industry panel which I recapped in another story.  Geneon is now back under the banner of Universal International Pictures.  Attendees received a fancy bag that also featured a Japanese anime preview magazine.  Now, if only I knew Japanese.  ANIME […]

Anime Expo 2010: FUNimation Licenses 17 Properties, Announces New Simulcasts

FUNimation has announced the licensing of a total of 17 properties at Anime Expo 2010. 7 new to the United States properties and 10 relicenses of previous Geneon releases. New to the United States are Darker than BLACK Season 2; Shakugan no Shana season 2, movie and OVA; Toaru Majutsu no Index; Toaru Kagaku no […]

"Toy Story 3" Bombs in Russia

Toy Story 3 is a hit in the United States and most international territories, but it’s a bomb in Russia, the Los Angeles Times reports. In its first ten days in release the Pixar feature took in less than $5 million at Russian box offices. That compares to the $38 million that Shrek Forever After […]

"Alice in Wonderland": Down a Very Shallow Rabbit-Hole

Poor Walt Disney. He loved Lewis Carroll’s Alice books, and for years tried to put them onto the big screen. The Alice Comedies, which more or less launched his company, took a clear inspiration from Carroll’s classics. In the 1936 short “Thru the Mirror,” Disney sent Mickey Mouse through the looking glass, to grow and […]

TV Ratings: "SpongeBob" Tops All of TV with Kids 2-11

For the week of June 14 – 20, SpongeBob SquarePants scored the most spots for animation on TV (both broadcast and cable) in the kid 2-11 demo, placing 8 out of the top 10. SpongeBob was also the only animated program in the cable top 25 for the week, in total viewers. Following are lists […]

Lasseter Getting Co-Director Credit on "Cars 2"

John Lasseter will receive co-director credit on Cars 2, Jim Hill Media reports. It was widely rumored that Lasseter was exercising a strong hand on the sequel, but Hill says Disney executives have officially confirmed that Lasseter will take a credit on the final film. (h/t: News In Film)

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