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"WALL-E" Takes $63.1 million in Debut Weekend; Panda's Kung Fu is Still Strong

On its debut weekend, Disney/Pixar’s WALL-E took the top spot in the weekend box office race with an estimated $62.5 million in ticket sales. Analysts had expected an opening in the $50-60 million range. The results are tied with Monsters, Inc. to be Pixar’s third biggest opening, sitting right behind The Incredibles ($70.5 million in […]

A Haunting Tale of the End of the World in "WALL-E"

I’ve been mourning the death of George Carlin all week, and in my recent searches of the Net I found his appearance on Inside the Actors Studio. In that episode, he said something of note: “To me, using technology to fix the mess made by technology is what [humanity is] planning to do, and it […]

Vancouver Sun on the Genesis of "WALL•E"

The Vancouver Sun has taken a look into the making of WALL•E, the Disney/Pixar movie which opens this Friday. The article notes the happy coincidence that brings the movie out just in time to capitalize on a growing environmental awareness, and chats with director Andrew Stanton about the long path from idea to screen with […]

Work Begins on "Kung Fu Panda" Sequel, 2D Cartoon for DVD

The Animation Guild’s weblog is reporting that work has begun on the sequel movie to Kung Fu Panda at DreamWorks Animation. The same report states that, “animators are hand-drawing new material for the DVD of Kung Fu Panda.” (via Toon Zone member Dudley)

Newsarama Interviews Billy West on "Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs" DTV

Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has interviewed voice actor Billy West on his multiple roles in the newly released direct-to-video movie Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs. West discusses the latest plot twists in the on-going Leela/Fry relationship, the next two DTV Futurama movies, and his other upcoming projects.

PR: Watership Down Deluxe Edition on October 7 from Warner Home Video

An animation classic from the novel that enthralled the world… Watership Down Deluxe Edition October 7 from Warner Home Video Burbank, Calif, June 23, 2008 – On October 7, Warner Home Video will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic fantasy film favorite with the DVD debut of Watership Down Deluxe Edition. Adapted from British […]

"Kung Fu Panda" Received with Enthusiasm in Asia

Variety reports a good reception for DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda in South Korea and China’s Sichuan province. Even though the movie slipped to the #2 box office spot in South Korea this past weekend, Kung Fu Panda‘s $20.7 million box office take from 3.3 million admissions has made it the most successful animated feature […]

Laika Preps "Coraline" Film and Pitches More to Come

Variety is reporting on the slate of projects underway at Laika Studios, the animation studio owned by Nike’s Phil Knight after he purchased the famed Will Vinton studios. Their first feature film will be Coraline, a stop-motion project directed by Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. The movie […]

"Watership Down" 30th Anniversary DVD Coming October 7, 2008

Warner Home Video has announced that a 30th Anniversary edition of Watership Down will be released on October 7, 2008. The groundbreaking animated movie based on the novel by Richard Adams followed a warren of rabbits struggling for survival in the English countryside. The cast included an array of famous British actors, including John Hurt, […]

"The Jungle Book 2": Bungle in the Jungle

Normally, I try to let the bad movies—even the bad sequels to beloved classics—roll off my back. After all, what with Sturgeon’s Law and all (“Ninety percent of everything is crud”) it’s rarely any use getting worked up. And you have to be a little forgiving: animators and directors and writers have mortgages and tuitions, […]

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