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"Up", "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and "Coraline" Nominated at the BAFTAs

It has been announced that Up, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Coraline have been nominated for the Orange British Academy Film Awards in the Animated Film category. In addition, Up has been nominated for Original Screenplay, Music and Sound. Fantastic Mr. Fox has also been nominated for Music. The three nominees in the Short Animation category […]

Best Animated Feature of 2009: "Coraline"

This week, Toon Zone News looks back at 2009 by reposting our reviews of what we felt was the best that the year had to offer. Whatever else may be said about 2009, it was an auspicious year for animated features. It brought new films from Pixar (Up) and Hayao Miyazaki (Ponyo); Walt Disney’s return […]

"Coraline" and "Up" on AFI's Top 10 Movies for 2009

The American Film Institute has released its official selection of the top 10 TV and film series of 2009 for the 10th annual AFI Awards, with Coraline and Up joining The Hangover, The Hurt Locker, The Messenger, Precious, A Serious Man, A Single Man, Sugar, and Up in the Air on the top 10 films […]

Stop Motion: The Handmade 3D Animation

Prior to the holidays, I was at the movie theater to see an animated feature, of course, and one of the trailers before it started was for “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” an animated feature based on a Roald Dahl book. And as I sat watching the trailer, this momentary thought crossed my brain. “Hey, that’s […]

LA Times on Wes Anderson and "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

The Los Angeles Times has taken another look at Wes Anderson’s animation debut with Fantastic Mr. Fox (free registration required), noting the director’s self-described neophyte status at stop-motion and demanding requirements for the animators while directing the movie’s London crew from an apartment in Paris. The article takes note of the many in-jokes and references […]

"Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection" Vol. 7 Coming in October

The seventh volume of the Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection series, which is slimmed down versions of the much meatier, 4-disc Golden Collection sets, has been announced for 10/13/09. All the cartoons on the seventh set have appeared on previous Golden Collections. It is priced at $26.99. Cartoons included, as sorted by which Golden Collection they […]

"Coraline" Coming to DVD and Blu-ray on July 21, 2009

Universal has announced that the stop-motion animated movie Coraline will be coming to DVD and Blu-ray disc on July 21, 2009. The single disc DVD, 2-disc DVD Collector’s Edition, and Blu-ray high-definition version will all contain 2-D and 3-D versions of the movie along with four pairs of 3-D glasses, with the Blu-ray and 2-disc […]

"Daffy Duck's Quackbusters" Coming to DVD

According to TVShowsOnDVD.com, the 1988 Looney Tunes compilation film, Daffy Duck’s Quackbusters, will be released to DVD on 8/4/09 for $14.99. The film weaves in numerous Looney Tunes shorts such as “Daffy Dilly”, “Transylvania 6-5000″, “Claws For Alarm”, “Hyde and Go Tweet”, as well as two new shorts, “Night of the Living Duck” and “The […]

3-D Roundup: LA Times on Future of 3-D; BBC on "Monsters vs. Aliens" & "Coraline"

The Los Angeles Times has taken a long, hard look at the future of 3-D movies in theaters (free registration required), stating that the success of the 3-D version of DreamWorks Animation’s Monsters vs. Aliens “has directors and studio executives quickly reconsidering which, and how many, of their future film projects can be reworked into […]

"Coraline"'s Henry Selick Gets Tex Avery Animation Award from AFI

The American Film Institute has awarded its Tex Avery Animation Award to Henry Selick, director of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline, at the AFI’s Dallas International Film Festival. Local station WXII spoke with Selick briefly about the award and the legacy of Tex Avery, the labor of love in making Coraline, and the challenges […]

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