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2013 Emmy Nominations Announced

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The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. Categories with an animated property in contention are: Outstanding Animated Program Bob’s Burgers “O.T.: The Outside Toilet” (FOX/20th Century Fox Televsion) Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness “Enter the Dragon” (Nickelodeon/DreamWorks Animation & Nickelodeon Productions) Regular Show: The […]

DreamWorks Animation Unveils 12-Picture Slate to Run Through 2016; Fox Gives Dates for "Epic" and "Rio 2"

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DreamWorks Animation, SKG, Inc. has announced an ambitious 12-film slate, scheduling the dozen films for release through 2016. The films include a number of sequels and new projects: The Croods (March 22, 2013) Turbo (July 19, 2013) Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Nov. 1, 2013) Me and My Shadow (March 14, 2014) How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June 20, 2014) […]

Movie-Based Animated Programs: Hope For The Future?

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I have long been a proponent of movie-based animated programs. Perhaps I am unusual in that regard, but if I like a movie, I would like to see as much of its world as possible. Sure, it might not be as excellently portrayed on a TV budget, but at least you get to see its […]

"Kung Fu Panda 2" Blu-ray: Inner Peace Through a Great Set of Bonuses

I don’t have very much more to say about Kung Fu Panda 2 from my review of the theatrical release, even after watching the film a few more times on Blu-ray. Sequels are almost never as good as the original films, and while that’s still true of Kung Fu Panda 2, it’s still quite close […]

"Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness" - Only Half a Loaf of Kung Fu

Anything worth doing is worth overdoing, and there may be no animation studio in Hollywood who embraces that maxim more thoroughly than DreamWorks Animation. If one takes their chief executive at face value, they never work on any projects that aren’t destined from the outset for three- to four-movie sagas with spinoffs and TV specials […]

Toonzone News Interview: James Hong Talks "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness"

The scene at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank was a delight. James Hong, a veteran actor with over five hundred television and film credits was in the midst of a voice recording session for the new series, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, which is set to premiere on Nickelodeon next month. Under the […]

SDCC2011: Nickelodeon Unveils "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness"

Attachment 3597 Nickelodeon held a panel featuring their new animated series, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, at this week’s San Diego Comic-Con. The series is based on the hit CG animated movies produced by DreamWorks Animation and features the further adventures of the cuddly, panda dragon warrior, Po (Mick Wingert), and his comrades, the […]

"Kung Fu Panda" Takes 2nd @ Box Office; Opens to Protest and Big Sales in China

DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda took second place at the box office in its debut weekend, earning an estimated $47.835 million in sales over the 3 day weekend and $62.2 million for the 4-day holiday weekend. The totals put it behind the original movie’s box office when it was released three years ago ($60.3 million […]

"Kung Fu Panda 2" - The Panda's Kung Fu Continues to Be Strong

The only two martial arts movies I can think of that really deviate significantly from a few stock narratives are Zhang Yimou’s Hero and the Jet Li vehicle Fearless. After that, even the truly great examples of the genre like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the Once Upon a Time in China series, Enter the Dragon, […]

Future Spotlight: Kung Fu Panda: Legends Of Awesomeness

People tend to have mixed feelings when it comes to making an animated series based on a movie.  I can’t say that I blame them, as so much effort is put into the creation of a movie, in establishing its characters and the world in which they inhabit, that it almost feels sacrilegious to then […]

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