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"Princess and the Frog" Score Ruled Ineligible for Oscar

Variety reports that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has ruled that the score to The Princess and the Frog is ineligible for an Academy Award for violating the Academy rule prohibiting “scores… diminished in impact by the predominant use of songs.” The rule was created in the 1990′s after a series of […]

Cartoon Universe: Introduction

We all live in a cartoon universe. Think about it – animation is almost omnipresent in our daily lives.  One of the nation’s largest media companies is, at its heart, an animation studio.  Japan’s image is now associated with its certain kind of animation.  And America’s most recognizable and admired man is not the president, […]

NY Times on Blue Sky Studios vs. the Big Boys

The New York Times has taken a look at Blue Sky Studios, the CGI production house owned by 20th Century Fox that currently is the only consistent competition for the likes of Pixar and DreamWorks Animation Studios (free registration required). The article examines the studio’s history from its first commercials for Ducolax to its quirky […]

NY Times on "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" Oscar Odds

The New York Times has taken a look at The Fantastic Mr. Fox and its chances for taking an Academy Award away from the current frontrunner: Disney/Pixar’s Up (free registration required). Among other topics, the article notes how Fantastic Mr. Fox has won best animated film awards from both the New York Film Critics Circle […]

Willem Dafoe on Being a Thark for "John Carter of Mars"

io9.com has spoken with actor Willem Dafoe on his role in Disney’s John Carter of Mars, to be directed by Pixar’s Andrew Stanton and based on the novel A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Dafoe will play the Martian Thark warrior Tars Tarkas, and his comments to io9 detail why the material appeals […]

Manga Entertainment to Release "Summer Wars" in UK in Sept 2010

Anime News Network is reporting that Manga Entertainment will release Summer Wars in September 2010 in the United Kingdom. The movie is the latest film from Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time), and centers on “a modern-day family on a midsummer adventure.” A DVD and Blu-ray release are planned. There is no word […]

Producers Guild Nominates "Up" for Best Picture

The Producers Guild of America has released their nominees for the PGA Awards, with Disney/Pixar’s Up landing a berth among the 10 nominees for “Best Picture,” as well as one of the five nominations for “Best Animated Feature.” The other nominees for Best Animated Feature are 9, Coraline, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The Princess […]

'The Princess and the Frog' Nominated for Multiple NAACP Image Awards

In a Dec. 22nd NewsBlaze.com interview with Keith David, voice of Dr. Facilier in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, the interviewer leaked news that the film had been nominated for “7 or 8 Image Awards,” including one for David’s performance in the film. The 2010 NAACP Image Awards will not be officially announced until […]

Best Animated Feature of 2009: "Coraline"

This week, Toon Zone News looks back at 2009 by reposting our reviews of what we felt was the best that the year had to offer. Whatever else may be said about 2009, it was an auspicious year for animated features. It brought new films from Pixar (Up) and Hayao Miyazaki (Ponyo); Walt Disney’s return […]

Warner Home Video Releases New Images from "Justice League" and "Halo" DTVs

Warner Home Video has released several new screenshots from two upcoming direct-to-video animated movies: Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths and Halo Legends. Click on any image to enlarge: JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS HALO LEGENDS For more information on Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, check out our earlier coverage: “Justice League: Crisis […]

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