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"Baldr Force EXE:" The World is Virtual, the Suck is Real

The first five minutes or so of Baldr Force EXE are clever, tense, fast-paced, and tremendously effective. Four members of a police force known as FLAK have been dropped into a virtual reality world, embodying themselves in giant, heavily armed robot mechs to investigate a mysterious mass murder. The team is ambushed and exterminated by […]

Film & Video Interviews Nina Paley on "Sita Sings the Blues"

The Film & Video website has posted an interview with independent animator Nina Paley about her film Sita Sings the Blues, which tells the parallel tales of The Ramayana and her own painful breakup with her husband. The interview digs into many technical details on the production of the movie and the many problems that […]

Jeffrey Katzenberg Profiled at Cannes

The Associated Press has published a profile of Jeffrey Katzenberg, co-founder and CEO of DreamWorks Animation SKG, as the studio’s latest film, Kung Fu Panda, debuts at the Cannes Film Festival. Katzenberg details how he became an animation executive by accident at Walt Disney under Michael Eisner, the founding of DreamWorks, and how envy of […]

Nina Paley's Path to "Sita Sings the Blues"

It’s not every filmmaker who can combine an ugly divorce, an ancient Indian epic, and the work of a 1920′s blues singer to produce their first feature film, but Nina Paley isn’t just any filmmaker. Paley’s professional career began as an underground cartoonist, with Nina’s Adventures, her semi-autobiographical first comic strip, spreading to a number […]

"Origin: Spirits of the Past" SE: Very Pretty, But Haven't We Seen This Before?

The good news and the bad news about Origin: Spirits of the Past (or Gin-iro no Kami no Agito in the original Japanese) is that it feels a lot like a Hayao Miyazaki movie. The bad news is that Origin breaks precious little new ground in animated storytelling, but the good news is that Studio […]

Sylvain Chomet's "The Illusionist" First Footage to Screen at Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival will host the first public screening of footage from The Illusionist, the new animated film by Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville). The movie is based on a combination of original material and previously unproduced material by Jacques Tati, and will be produced with a combination of hand-drawn animation and CGI. […]

Toon Zone Picks the Top 5 Iconic Cars of Animation

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! To commemorate the double-header of the new Speed Racer cartoon on the Nicktoons network and the live-action movie by the Wachowski brothers, the staff of Toon Zone News has put together our list of the top iconic animated cars. We’ve limited our to 5 in honor of Speed Racer’s […]

WALL•E to Join Disney Theme Park Casts; Director Stanton Interviewed

The Screamscape website is reporting that a life-sized animatronic version of WALL•E, the lead robot character in the upcoming Disney/Pixar movie, will begin appearing at Disney theme parks in the United States. The 3-foot tall robot should be joining Disney’s iconic characters in time for the release of WALL•E in late June 2008. (via Toon […]

"Ghost in the Shell" The Individual Eleven Can't Even Make One Good Movie

After the successful, if highly flawed, Laughing Man movie, based upon the first season of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, it is of no surprise to see a second movie based on Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: 2nd GIG. Now, thanks to Bandai and Manga Entertainment, the latest Ghost in the […]

Ex-CFO of Pixar May Face Charges for Mishandled Stock Options

Ann Mather, the former CFO for Pixar Animation Studios, has been informed that the Securities and Exchange Commission planned to recommend civil proceedings against her over stock option irregularities, according to the Los Angeles Times (free registration required). The announcement came to light from a regulatory filing from Google, Inc., where Mather is a board […]

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