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"Princess and the Frog" Gets More Criticism for Cajun Stereotypes

Disney’s upcoming animated movie The Princess and the Frog has drawn a protest from The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL), which claims that the character Ray the firefly is “a continuation of the stereotyping of Cajun people, which is inaccurate,” adding that the Disney movie is only the latest in a […]

Christopher Meloni on Being Hal Jordan for "Green Lantern: First Flight"

On the eve of the release of Green Lantern: First Flight, Warner Brothers Animation has released a press release interview with Christopher Meloni, who lends his acting talents to bring lead character Hal Jordan/Green Lantern to life. Among other topics, Meloni discusses how he approached Hal Jordan, the helpful feedback he got from some friends […]

SDCC2009: Disney 3-D and Animation Panel Photos and Stills

The Walt Disney Company has made several photos and stills available from the 3-D panel and the Disney Animation panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International. The 3-D panel was moderated by Patton Oswalt and host to directors Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland), Robert Zemeckis (A Christmas Carol), and Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy). All […]

Marvel's Joe Quesada on Increased Input for Animation, "Black Panther" Delay

In his latest “Cup O’ Joe” interview, Marvel Comics’ Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada expanded on earlier comments on his added responsibilities for creative input for Marvel’s animation and movie projects, saying “I suspect that my involvement will be on creating new concepts, reviewing proposals, scripts, art and so on.” He also relayed the news that BET’s […]

VIZ Media Announces "Ponyo" Tie-in Books, Miyazaki "Starting Point" Collection

VIZ Media has announced several new books relating to famed Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki and his latest movie Ponyo, which will be released in North America on August 14, 2009. There will be three direct tie-in books for the movie, including the 4-volume official film comic (suggested retail price $9.99 per volume), a Ponyo […]

Tricia Helfer Discusses "Green Lantern: First Flight"

The latest PR interview from Warner Bros. Animation has been released in promotion of Green Lantern: First Flight. Tricia Helfer is the latest cast member to be interviewed, discussing her role as the Green Lantern Boodikka. Among other topics, Helfer discusses how she moved from being a farmgirl to a runway model to an actress, […]

Why Do People Like Pixar?

I’m pretty sure we’ve all been there. The argument as to what makes Pixar such a highly praised animation studio and their movies so successful. Is it because their movies are extremely promoted? Is it because of peer pressure? Or is it because their movies are simply that good? For quite a while, I’ve wondered […]

"South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut" Blu-ray Coming Soon

Paramount announced that it plans to bring the 1999 theatrical feature, South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut to Blu-ray on 10/13/09. Special features will include commentary with Matt Stone and Trey Parker, a “What Would Brian Boitano Do” music video, and three theatrical trailers in HD. [Source: Blu-ray.com ]

Wall Street Analyst: "Dead Wrong" About "Up"; Still Rates Disney "Sell"

The New York Times reports that one of the Wall Street analysts expressing doubt about the earning power of Disney/Pixar’s Up has admitted he was “dead wrong” in the face of the movie’s cumulative domestic box office haul of $268 million thus far. Earlier this year in April (read Toon Zone’s earlier coverage), Richard Greenfield […]

"Transformers 2" Just Beats Out "Ice Age 3" at Weekend Box Office

A tight box office race over the July 4th holiday weekend has yielded a narrow win for Transformers 2 (in its third week of release) over Ice Age 3 (which debuted last Wednesday). Transformers 2 can claim a box office take of $42.4 million to bring its total take to $293.5 million, while Ice Age: […]

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