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PopPhoto on How to Print a 3-D "Coraline" Puppet

PopPhoto.com has taken a look at the 3-D printing technology from a company called Objet that enabled Laika Animation Studios to print puppets for Coraline. Objet’s line of printers spray layers a UV curable liquid that hardens into a solid, which allowed Laika to produce more than 200,000 unique facial expressions for its title character […]

"My Neighbor Totoro" Screening at ToonSeum on Feb 22, 2009

The ToonSeum in Pittsburgh, PA, will be hosting a special screening of My Neighor Totoro on Sunday, February 22, 2009, as part of their “Reel Fun Workshops.” Children who attend the workshop, which runs from 2:00 – 4:30 PM, will also get to create some animation themselves and meet Kris Boban, an animator on the […]

"Madagascar 2": Shrek Goes to "Africa"

So, what would happen if your dropped Shrek into Africa? Something similar to Madagascar 2, I’d guess. It’s not quite as pop-culture-riffic as the ogre’s films, but it works at the same vein of extremely self-conscious and pop-culture savvy “comedy”, or what passes for comedy these days. It’s funny, to be sure, but more in […]

NY Times on "Sita Sings the Blues;" Airing on NY PBS Station on March 7, 2009

The New York Times has taken a look at Nina Paley’s film Sita Sings the Blues (free registration required), her animated movie that adapts the Hindu epic The Ramayana with events in her own life set to the music of 1930′s blues singer Annette Hanshaw. The article follows the painful divorce from her husband that […]

Disney XD Launches; NY Times on the "Boy-Focused, Girl-Inclusive" Network

At midnight on Friday, February 13, 2009, Toon Disney quietly went off the airwaves and was replaced by Disney XD, the new network that is currently described by Disney executives as “boy-focused, girl-inclusive,” with programming targeted to appeal to boys aged 6-14. The New York Times has taken a look at the new network (free […]

NYCC2009: One Note Samba - Thoughts on This Year's Con

New York Comic Con #4 is done now. Random thoughts while I can still remember them. – Don’t think this is the big wrap-up. There’s still more NYCC stuff coming. I have roundtable interviews about Wonder Woman with Bruce Timm, Lauren Montgomery, and Michael Jelenic coming up. – I should point out that I took […]

New York Comic Con 2009: Complete On-Site Coverage and Photo Gallery

Toon Zone News is proud to be back at the 2009 New York Comic Con for the best animation-related news on the Internet. Stay tuned for continuing coverage live from the Con all weekend long. Links to all of Toon Zone’s coverage so far can be found here, or by searching for “NYCC2009,” and make […]

NYCC2009: A Roundtable Discussion with "Up"'s Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera

Pete Docter’s long career with Pixar Animation Studios has meant he’s worked on many of the studio’s most beloved films, including both Toy Story movies, WALL-E, and his directorial debut Monsters, Inc. Jonas Rivera has also been with the studio for quite some time, starting off as an assistant on Toy Story and working his […]

"Coraline": Be Careful What You Wish For

“Careful what you wish… Careful what you say Careful what you wish you may regret it Careful what you wish you might just get it” What would you do if you could open a magic door to another world where everything is the way you think it should be? Where your mom likes to cook, […]

NYCC2009: The "Wonder Woman" DTV Panel Report

Immediately after the world premiere of the Wonder Woman direct-to-video animated movie, the New York Comic Con hosted a panel discussion with director Lauren Montgomery, producer Bruce Timm, and writer Michael Jelenic, led by DC Sr. VP of Creative Affairs Gregory Noveck. Noveck reminded the audience that Wonder Woman would be released on March 3, […]

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