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To Bee or Not to Bee? Uh, Not to Bee

Are there any actual, live human beings in Hollywood? Or is everyone in Tinsel Town like Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?—just a CG-animated thing pretending to be human? On TV and in the magazines, all of them—the actors, the writers, the agents, the executives; the personal assistants, the gofers, the pool cleaners, the […]

"101 Dalmatians" Platinum Edition DVD Easily Wins Best in Show

On the surface, Disney’s 101 Dalmatians seems rather similar to Lady and the Tramp, which had been released 6 years earlier. Both films break from the Disney tradition of adapting fairy tales. Both films center on a pair of dogs who stray off for a variety of adventures before finally returning to the safety of […]

Toon Zone News Presents an Exclusive Look Behind the Scenes at "101 Dalmatians"

In association with Walt Disney Home Entertainment, Toon Zone News is proud to present a selection of behind-the-scenes artwork from 101 Dalmatians, the classic animated film from 1961 that is coming to Disney’s Platinum Edition DVD on March 8, 2008. In the late 1950′s to early 1960′s, Disney’s feature animation studios were making a transition […]

"Justice League: The New Frontier": The Brave and the Bold and the Little Bit Bonkers

Justice League: The New Frontier opens with two of the loveliest animated sequences ever glimpsed outside a Brad Bird film. In the prologue an unseen artist paints and narrates a spooky tale about the rise and incipient return of the monstrous “Centre.” The colors are bold but perhaps slightly divergent from the usual primaries; the […]

"Justice League" Flying Again

Warner Bros. on-again, off-again Justice League movie is officially back “on” again, Variety reports. The studio is still aiming for a 2009 release. Cast options connected to the picture had expired, but no changes appear to be in the works. Adam Brody will play the Flash; Rapper Common plays Green Lantern; Armie Hammer Jr. is […]

WonderCon 2008 Round-Up: "New Frontier," "Clone Wars," and "WALL*E"

Several web sites are providing animation-related news and panel reports from this past weekend’s WonderCon, held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. Comic Book Resources and Newsarama both have reports about the Darwyn Cooke panel, where the writer/artist talked about The New Frontier as a graphic novel and the upcoming 75-minute direct-to-video movie, […]

Tour Helps Introduce Oscar Shorts Nominees to Hollywood

The artists nominated for Best Animated Short almost always come from outside the Hollywood system, which means they can feel a little lost when they go to the Oscars. In recent years, then, TheStar.com reports, Ron Diamond of Acme Filmworks has set up the Oscar Showcase Tour, which takes nominees to San Francisco and Los […]

"Aristocats" Sticks to DVD Charts

Disney’s The Aristocats fell from third place to twelfth on the DVD sales charts in the most recent recorded period, Video Business Online reports. Family Guy Presents Blue Harvest slipped from eleventh to sixteenth.

"Persepolis" Is a True Milestone in Animated Filmmaking

After a movie has garnered a certain amount of hype, watching it can be a bit of a challenge. There are very, very few movies that actually deserve all the hype that they get. The feedback from disappointed moviegoers can even end up creating a backlash that can overwhelm whatever merits the movie might have […]

"Coraline" Trailer Available in QuickTime and YouTube

Writer Neil Gaiman has posted the trailer for Coraline, the movie adaptation of his novella directed by Henry Selick (Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach). The trailer is available in a QuickTime version and on YouTube. The movie is scheduled for release in 2009.

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