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"Wreck-It Ralph" Takes in $33.05M in Week 2 for #2 Spot at Box Office

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Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph raked in another .056 million (estimated) at the box office in its second week, representing a respectable 32.6% drop from its premiere weekend and bringing its cumulative box office total up to $93.690 million. The movie came in second to the latest James Bond outing Skyfall, which broke records with its $87.8 […]

"Hotel Transylvania 2" Planned for September 25, 2015 Release

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Sony Pictures Animation is penciling in a release date of September 25, 2015, for Hotel Transylvania 2, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The first film, directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, was a surprise hit with a $258 million worldwide gross so far, making it Sony Pictures Animation’s highest-grossing title to date. No director is attached to […]

10 Animated Shorts Eligible for 2012 Academy Awards

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The Hollywood Reporter has listed the 10 animated short films eligible for nomination in this year’s Best Animated Short Film category: “Adam and Dog,” Minkyu Lee, director (Lodge Films) “Combustible,” Katsuhiro Otomo, director (Sunrise Inc.) “Dripped,” Leo Verrier, director (ChezEddy) “The Eagleman Stag,” Mikey Please, director, and Benedict Please, music scores and sound design (Royal […]

Lucille Bliss, Voice Actor, 1916 - 2012

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Cartoon Brew reports the passing of voice actor Lucille Bliss on Thursday, November 8, 2012, at the age of 96 of unstated causes. Bliss’s career stretched to the dawn of the television age, whose voiceover career began as the first TV cartoon character Crusader Rabbit (1949). Bliss went on to hundreds of voiceover jobs in […]

Platform International Animation Festival: Ladislas Starewitch

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October 26, LOS ANGELES, CA—Platform’s International Animation Festival, in collaboration with  CalArts and Redcat, kicked off its three day event with a showcase of films by legendary stop-motion pioneer Ladislas Starewitch.  Born to Polish parents in 1882, Starewitch grew up in Russia, but lived most of his life in Paris. Starewitch was a key figure […]

Platform International Animation Festival: Toonzone Interviews "Adventure Time" Creator Pendleton Ward

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A graduate of the CalArts Animation Program, Pendleton Ward went on to work at Frederator Studios and wrote and storyboarded for The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack before going on to create the hit series Adventure Time in 2010. Following the “Awesome” Cartoon Network panel at the Platform International Animation Festival, Toonzone News caught up to […]

Platform International Animation Festival: Best of World Student Animation: Highlights of Annecy 2012

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October 26, LOS ANGELES, CA—As part of Platform’s International Animation Festival, a selection of films animated by students was screened.  Picked straight from this year’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival, these are the best animated student films the world has to offer.  Animation is such a diverse medium full of possibility that anything can happen, […]

Platform International Animation Festival: Toonzone Interviews Katsuhiro Otomo on His New Short Hi-No-Yojin: Combustible

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Katsuhiro Otomo debuted as a manga writer/artist in 1973 and is known for such works as Domu and Akira. Otomo directed the animated adaptation of Akira in 1988, which went on to become highly influential in the world of animation. Otomo also directed 2004’s Steamboy; his most recent work is a short film “Combustible (Hi-No-Yojin).” […]

New TMNT Toyline Receives Advance UK Release 24th November 2012

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The toyline to accompany Nickelodeon’s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series is due for UK release 1st December 2012. However, the line (created by Playmates and licensed by Flair for UK distribution) will receive two advance releases on 24th November.  The Eastbourne branch of toy chain Kids Stuff will host a special launch event that […]

PR: New "Chuggington" DVD "Safari Adventures" Takes Fans on an Animal-Packed Expedition

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NEW ‘CHUGGINGTON’ DVD ‘SAFARI ADVENTURES’ TAKES FANS ON AN ANIMAL-PACKED EXPEDITION Preschoolers Nationwide Are in Store for Jungle-Sized Fun with Anchor Bay Entertainment’s Latest Release – February 12, 2013 November 7, 2012 – All aboard the adventure train!  Preschoolers from coast-to-coast will go wild for “Safari Adventures,” the newest addition to the “Chuggington™” DVD series from Anchor Bay Entertainment.  Featuring six traintastic […]

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