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Disney Funds Research and Development Labs

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Walt Disney Corporation will be funding two research labs at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in Switzerland. The labs will do work in “computer animation, computational cinematography, autonomous interactive characters, robotics and user interfaces” that will be used by Pixar […]

"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" Is a CG-Film Only a CG-Audience Could Love

The other day the phone rang, but I let the answering machine get it. The “caller,” it turned out, was an automated system from one of the big box stores. Their machine and our machine spent a merry few minutes trying to talk to each other, what with the one badgering the other to press […]

Don Hahn's "Alchemy of Animation" Arrives October 7, 2008

Longtime Disney producer Don Hahn has announced that his latest book, The Alchemy of Animation, will be available in stores on October 7, 2008. Hahn stated that “my hope is that it will give everyone a really comprehensive look at the process by which we make animated films at Disney — from traditional animation, to […]

"Wonder Woman" Direct-to-Video Movie Trailer at Worlds Finest

Worlds Finest Online has posted a downloadable version of the trailer to the Wonder Woman direct-to-video movie, which was aired for attendees at last month’s San Diego Comic-Con.

LA Times on Disney's Plans for "Tinker Bell"

The Los Angeles Times has taken a look at Disney’s big push to make the Disney Fairies into a franchise to challenge their wildly successful Disney Princesses line, with Tinker Bell leading the charge (free registration required). According to the article, Disney made $800 million in retail sales of Tinker Bell merchandise last year (vs. […]

Briefly: Anime in Venice; Totoro Forest Project; "Montauk Monster" CN Viral Marketing

* Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea and Mamoru Oshii’s The Sky Crawlers have been selected to screen at the 65th Annual Venice Film Festival. [Nausicaa.net] * GhibliWorld has spoken with Pixar’s Enrico Casarosa about the Totoro Forest Project, which donate artwork to preserve the Sayama Forest (Totoro’s Forest) in Japan. [Nausicaa.net] […]

Marvin the Martian Live-Action/CGI Movie in Development

Variety is reporting that Warner Brothers has begun development of a Marvin the Martian feature film with Alcon Entertainment. Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove (Racing Stripes, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) will produce the movie with Steve Crystal. The movie, based on the famous Looney Tunes character, is reported to be a blend of […]

First Looks at Disney's "The Princess and the Frog" and "Up"; Docter Talks Up "Up"

New video clips are available for the upcoming Disney movies The Princess and the Frog and Up. The Princess and the Frog trailer is at the movie’s official website. A brief clip of Up is at the Animation Guild’s weblog. The Animation Guild weblog has also posted a video interview with Up director Pete Docter, […]

LA Times on China's Reaction to "Kung Fu Panda"

The Los Angeles Times is the latest media outlet to report on the reaction of China’s artistic and political communities to the success of Kung Fu Panda (free registration required). Earlier articles (reported earlier here and here at Toon Zone News) pointed out the self-criticism that came from Chinese filmmakers who complained that it took […]

Judge, Lasseter, and Park Take McCay Awards for Lifetime Achievement

At the San Diego Comic-Con International 2008, ASIFA-Hollywood named King of the Hill creator Mike Judge, Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, and Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park as this year’s recipients of the Windsor McCay Award for their career contributions to the art of animation. The trophies will be awarded to the recipients […]

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