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Toon Zone Presents: A Virtual Roundtable with Pete Docter & Bob Peterson on "Up"

In the pre-release run-up for Disney/Pixar’s Up, Wall Street analyst Richard Greenfield expected a poor reception for the movie, stating, “We doubt younger boys will be that excited by the main character” and also added a complaint about the lack of a female lead. About three months later, Greenfield became perhaps one of the only […]

Toons of the 2000s: The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation - Part 2

You are reading Part 2 of The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation.  Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Stop-Motion   Let’s take a quick respite from the studio breakdown to talk about stop-motion animation. This retrospective blog post is about 3D CG and 2D animation, so […]

"Up": Thumbs Up, Mostly

When was the last time you watched a film starring a senior citizen? Yes, there are a few out there (David Lynch’s The Straight Story springs to mind), but they’re pretty rare, especially in conventional Hollywood, which goes for “young and beautiful” 99% of the time. What’s even more rare is that Pixar’s Up treats […]

"Monsters Inc" Blu-ray: We Scare in High-Definition Because We Care

Monsters Inc. has taken up permanent residence on my “Top 5 Pixar Movies” list, jockeying for position with both Toy Story movies and The Incredibles. In addition to the personal reasons I’ll discuss later, the movie is thoroughly charming and hilariously funny, while also using the fantastic elements of the story to wittily comment on […]

"Disney's A Christmas Carol": Zombies, Not Ghosts, of Christmas

Let’s start with the basics: Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol long ago turned into a cartoon, at least in the public imagination. The story is utterly familiar, and Dickens’s already caricatured crackpots have become stereotypes. Few of us, probably, can easily see past the story’s surfaces (worn and crinkly, like disused wrapping paper) to the […]

Toons of the 2000s: The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation - Part 1

You are reading Part 1 of The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation.  Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. The 00′s were a rough decade for theatrically released, traditionally animated films. 2D started as the dominant storytelling art form and found itself supplanted by CG midway into the decade. How did that […]

"Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure" Neatly Avoids the Sophomore Slump

I was as surprised as any when I found myself enjoying the first Tinker Bell direct-to-video movie, despite its long and troubled path from script to screen (and the fact that I am well outside its target demographic of girls too old for Princesses and too young for Hannah Montana). However, it seems that John […]

"Tying Your Own Shoes" Wins Golden Dove Award at Leipzig Festival

The National Film Board of Canada’s animated documentary “Tying Your Own Shoes” has won the Golden Dove Award at the 52nd International Leipzig Film Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. The film by Shira Avni lets four artists with Down Syndrome provide their own unique perspectives on their work. A trailer for the film, along […]

DreamWorks Animation Posts $19.6M Profit in 3Q 2009; No "Monsters vs. Aliens" Sequel

DreamWorks Animation SKG reported net income of $19.6 million on revenues of $135.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2009. The profit marks a 48% decline from the same period a year ago, but still beat analyst expectations. Much of the profit this quarter was driven by home video and pay TV revenue from […]

NY Times on Disney's Marketing Blitz for "A Christmas Carol"

The New York Times has taken a look at the massive marketing blitz the Walt Disney Company is putting behind Robert Zemeckis’ motion-capture CGI animated adaptation of A Christmas Carol (free registration required). Among other factors, the Disney studio is in need of a hit after losing money in the most recent quarter and successful […]

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