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"Frozen" Takes 2014 Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film

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The 2014 Golden Globe Awards were given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, with Disney’s Frozen winning the Best Animated Feature Film award, beating out Universal/Illumination’s Despicable Me 2 and DreamWorks Animation SKG’s The Croods. The only other category with something animated in contention was the Best Foreign Language Film category, where Studio Ghibli’s […]

"Frozen" Bounces Back to Top Box Office Spot in Week 6

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Disney’s Frozen made a surprisingly strong showing in its sixth weekend of release, with $20.7 million (estimated) in ticket sales moving it back to the top spot at the box office ahead of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (which had grossed more than Frozen at the box office since the latter film’s release on […]

Lawsuit Roundup: "Robinson Curiosite" vs. "Robinson Sucroe", "Frozen" vs. "Frozen Land"

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The Canadian Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Canadian animator Claude Robinson in a copyright infringement lawsuit against animation firm Cinar over Robinson’s proposal for a cartoon character titled “Robinson Curiosite.” After submitting his proposal to a number of production companies over 20 years ago, Cinar brought the extremely similar show Robinson Sucroe to […]

Wall Street Journal on Hollywood vs. Vancouver Over China's Animation Market

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The Wall Street Journal‘s China weblog has noted recent efforts to promote Vancouver-based animation studios for content partnerships with Chinese companies, with Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson touring the country last week with digital animation executives in tow touting lower production costs and tax incentives vs. Hollywood animation studios. Hollywood has spent significant money and resources […]

Disney to Shut Down Pixar Canada Studio

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Variety reports that the Walt Disney Company will be shutting down its branch of Pixar Animation Studios based out of Vancouver, Canada, focusing its animation efforts solely in the main Pixar campus in Emeryville, CA. The studio was originally able to take advantage of tax incentives offered in Vancouver, and the shuttering of the studio […]

Film Roman Developing Original Animated Programming Slate

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The Hollywood Reporter covers an initiative at animation studio Film Roman to develop a slate of new animated programs, signifying a major branch from its roots in work-for-hire animation best known as the studio behind The Simpsons (as well as Beavis and Butt-Head, King of the Hill, Ultimate Spider-Man, and Dan Vs., among others). In […]

PR: Jill King Named SVP, Sponsorship Group, for Turner Broadcasting's Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media Group

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Jill King Named Senior Vice President, Sponsorship Group For Turner Broadcasting’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media Group   Jill King has been named senior vice president, sponsorship group for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media (AYAKM), it was announced today by Brenda Piper, chief marketing officer for AYAKM. In this […]

NY Times on the Troubled Production of "Foodfight!"

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The New York Times has analyzed the troubled rise and eventual fall of Foodfight!, a CGI animated movie that promised an all-star cast and a plot that would do for licensed advertising characters what Toy Story did for toys, only to face interminable delays before a quiet direct-to-video release this past May. Among other topics, […]

"Disney's Planes" Takes in $22.2M in Debut Weekend for #3 Box Office Spot

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Disney’s Planes took in an estimated $22.2 million (estimated) in ticket sales in its premiere weekend for a third-place finish at the box office behind Elysium ($30.4M) and We’re the Millers ($26.56M). While the movie had a modest production budget (reported to be about $50 million), it is also the third straight animated family film […]

Toonzone Interviews Voice Actor Debi Derryberry

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Multi-talented Debi Derryberry has had quite a ride to get where she is in the voiceover industry today. After graduating with a pre-med degree from UCLA, she traveled to Nashville with aspirations of being a country music singer, and while she soon got work in Music City, her distinctive voice meant it was primarily getting […]

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