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DreamWorks' Plight

People were stunned earlier this year when DreamWorks’ “Kung Fu Panda” swept the Annie Awards while Pixar’s “Wall-E” didn’t win in a single category. While quality is subjective and people are entitled to believe that “Wall-E” was the superior film, I was somewhat disturbed by the number of people who refused to give DreamWorks’ any […]

LA Times: Sony's Hope for Animated Film Success is "Cloudy"

The Los Angeles Times analyzes Sony’s hopes that the newly released Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs will be its gateway into animated feature film market (free registration required). Their animated feature film division has produced three movies in seven years (Open Season, Surf’s Up, and Open Season 2), none of which gained much traction […]

D23 Expo 2009: Complete On-Site Coverage (UPDATED Sept 17, 2009)

Toon Zone News’ Jeffrey “TheVileOne” Harris was on site at the inaugural D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA. Links to all our coverage so far can be found here, and by a search on the news for “D23-09.” D23 2009: What’s Going On At Disney’s First Ever D23 Convention? D23 2009: “The Princess And The Frog” […]

D23 2009: John Lasseter Talks Up the Future of Disney and Pixar Animation

Early on Sunday, the final day of the D23 2009 Convention, Disney and Pixar Animation Chief Creative Officer, John Lasseter, hosted an event to talk about the future of Disney Animation and Pixar Animation and their upcoming slates. He reinforced Disney’s current and positive vision of moving forward with both traditional and computer animated features. […]

LA Times on the Hard Sell of "The Princess and the Frog"

The Los Angeles Times took note of the publicity push Disney is planning for The Princess and the Frog, its return to feature-length hand-drawn animated movies and the first animated movie to star a black princess (free registration required). The push, which began this past weekend at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA (read Toon […]

Timothy Dalton Joins "Toy Story 3" Cast; More Disney & Pixar Casting Revealed

The Hollywood Reporter is relaying that Timothy Dalton will be joining the cast of Toy Story 3, playing “a worthy thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants.” Dalton is best known as the fourth actor to portray James Bond. The same story repeats the news of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi’s casting in Rapunzel, but adds a […]

D23 2009: "Toy Story 3" Presentation Headlines the D23 Convention

A final Toy Story mega-event headlined the end of the D23 convention, assuring that the first ever D23 conference would end on a high note. The proceedings started at the D23 Arena situated next to the Anaheim Convention Center with the same trailer for the Toy Story/Toy Story 2 3D double-feature that John Lasseter debuted earlier in […]

D23 2009: John Lasseter Sets the Record Straight on "Ant-Man," Pixar Sequels

In the last week, rumors had circulated that Pixar was thinking of producing a feature based on the Marvel Ant-Man comics, a project that has been in development for the past several years, most recently with director and writer Edgar Wright on board. At a D23 press conference, Disney/Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter responded […]

D23 2009: What's Going On At Disney's First Ever D23 Convention?

For better or worse, the brand of Disney has become a worldwide cultural phenomenon, all stemming from the mind and vision of Walt E. Disney who created the character of Mickey Mouse in the 1920′s.  Bob Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, decided to organize this first ever fan convention for the […]

Disney Releases New Trailer for "The Princess and the Frog"

Disney has released a new trailer for The Princess and the Frog, the new animated musical comedy that will mark the studio’s return to hand-drawn animated feature films and also star Disney’s first black princess character. The Princess and the Frog will open in New York City and Los Angeles on November 25, 2009, and […]

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