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Movie Studios Keeping Close Eye on "Cars" on iTunes; Retailers Offer DVD Incentives

A report in Variety states that movie studios are keeping a close watch on sales of Disney/Pixar’s Cars on DVD and as a digital download from the Apple iTunes Store. Cars can be purchased at the iTunes Store for $12.99, significantly lower than most retailers will be charging for the DVD. The price discrepancy is […]

"Cars" on DVD: Built for Comfort, Not for Speed

Pixar has a lot to live up to. This would be true if their only contributions to film were technological, considering the many breakthroughs they made in the field of computer animation. However, when one considers an unbroken streak of critical and box-office successes, a series of disappointing CGI-animated movies from other studios, and the […]

"Cars" DVD Provides Great Flick But Is Light On Extras

Conventional wisdom would be that the film comes first and the DVD second in the review. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I’m going to switch it up. That way, I don’t have to blunt the criticisms of the DVD with retroactive apologetic tone nor end it on a downer note at all. (Our fellow […]

"Flushed Away" Ranks 3rd in Weekend Box Office with $19.1m

DreamWorks/Aardman’s Flushed Away came in third in the box office estimates from this past weekend, with its projected take of $19.1 million coming in just short of the #2 spot taken by Disney’s The Santa Clause 3. Despite the somewhat disappointing results for Flushed Away (DreamWorks’ Over the Hedge opened with $38 million in ticket […]

State of Image Comics According to Exec. Director Eric Stephenson

Eric Stephenson, executive director of Image Comics, has given a lengthy interview to Newsarama.com about the state of the company and its current slate of titles. Among other topics, Stephenson discusses the many different anthology comics from Image, ranging from the Flight anthologies from 2004 and 2005 and the 2 Afterworks collections, which feature comics […]

2007 Best Animated Feature Film Oscar Candidates Announced

Sixteen films have been announced as candidates for the 2007 Best Animated Film Academy Award. The full list (in alphabetical order by title) is: The Ant Bully (Warner Brothers) Arthur and the Invisibles (Weinstein Co/MGM) Barnyard (Paramount) Cars (Disney/Pixar) Curious George (Universal) Everyone’s Hero (20th Century Fox) Flushed Away (DreamWorks Animation) Happy Feet (Warner Brothers) […]

NY Times on "Hellboy: Sword of Storms"

The New York Times has published a brief article about Hellboy: Sword of Storms, the direct-to-video animated movie based on the comic book by Mike Mignola (registration required). The article contains comments by actor Ron Perlman on what it’s like to be Hellboy and from creator Mike Mignola on the success of the property and […]

"Persepolis" Animated Production Blog and Stills On-line

A production weblog has been started for Persepolis, an animated film based on the graphic novel memoirs of the same name by Marjane Satrapi. The weblog will track Satrapi’s progress as the days of her youth in post-revolution Iran are chronicled in animated form. Several still photos from the film are available on the official […]

Animation Guild on Pixar Storytelling Techniques

Kevin Koch, President of the Animation Guild (Local 839 IATSE), has made two weblog postings summarizing Andrew Stanton’s keynote on Pixar Animation Studio’s storytelling techniques (click for part 1 and part 2). The postings include several behind-the-scenes anecdotes on the story development of both Toy Story films, Finding Nemo, A Bug’s Life, and Monsters, Inc. […]

Toon Zone Interviews Don Hahn on a "Nightmare" Project

Examine the credits of some of the most acclaimed animated films and you’ll find Don Hahn listed as the producer for many of them. He began his career as an assistant animator for Pete’s Dragon, and moved up to associate producer for Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His first credit as producer for a feature length […]

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