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Top 5 Martial Arts Fights of Animation

Hit with emotional content! Below, we’ve selected our picks for the Top 5 Animated Martial Arts Fights. Our main standard for judgment was that these fights had to work as both “Animation” and “Martial Arts.” It wasn’t enough for a bout to be well-choreographed and well-animated if it could have been done as well or […]

"Kung Fu Panda" Getting TV Series

Nickelodeon has ordered 26 episodes of Kung Fu Panda: The Series, the network announced last week. The order comes on the heels of the recent successful launch of The Penguins of Madagascar on the network. The DreamWorks comedy will be adapted from the 2008 animated film and chronicle the adventures of Po the martial arts […]

"Kung Fu Panda" Dominates 36th Annual Annie Award Nominations

ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nominees for the 36th annual Annie Awards, “recognizing the year’s best animated features, television productions, commercials, video games and short subjects.” DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda racked up 17 nominations, including Best Animated Feature and the awards for directing, character animation, character design, and writing. Disney’s Bolt earned 9 nominations, with […]

"Kung Fu Panda" Has Real Kick on DVD and Blu-ray

, along with the closing credits). In some ways, it’s a bit of a disappointment when the movie shifts to a more traditional 3-D CGI style. This disappointment doesn’t last long, though, since the CGI on display is beautiful, especially on the Blu-ray edition of the movie. We’re reaching a point when the technological leaps […]

"Kung Fu Panda" Sequel Coming on June 3, 2011

DreamWorks Animation has announced that the sequel to Kung Fu Panda is scheduled to hit theaters on June 3, 2011. Jack Black and Angelina Jolie will return, along with other unnamed members of the original voice cast.

LA Times on China's Reaction to "Kung Fu Panda"

The Los Angeles Times is the latest media outlet to report on the reaction of China’s artistic and political communities to the success of Kung Fu Panda (free registration required). Earlier articles (reported earlier here and here at Toon Zone News) pointed out the self-criticism that came from Chinese filmmakers who complained that it took […]

New York Times on "Kung Fu Panda"'s Success in China

The New York Times has taken a look at the success of Kung Fu Panda in China (free registration required), discussing how many in China are asking why an American studio could produce a movie using Chinese symbolism when Chinese moviemakers cannot. The article also briefly follows Asian-influenced entertainment in Western art from Gilbert & […]

"Kung Fu Panda" Success in China Triggers Introspection and Questions

The Guardian has noted that the success of DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda in China (previously reported by Toon Zone News here) has triggered a round of soul-searching in the country asking why Hollywood could make such a sucessful movie using Chinese symbols when China itself cannot. The movie’s popularity caused a parliamentary cultural affairs […]

Work Begins on "Kung Fu Panda" Sequel, 2D Cartoon for DVD

The Animation Guild’s weblog is reporting that work has begun on the sequel movie to Kung Fu Panda at DreamWorks Animation. The same report states that, “animators are hand-drawing new material for the DVD of Kung Fu Panda.” (via Toon Zone member Dudley)

"Kung Fu Panda" Received with Enthusiasm in Asia

Variety reports a good reception for DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda in South Korea and China’s Sichuan province. Even though the movie slipped to the #2 box office spot in South Korea this past weekend, Kung Fu Panda‘s $20.7 million box office take from 3.3 million admissions has made it the most successful animated feature […]

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