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Review: “The Smurfs 2” – Not Smurfin’ Awful But Not Smurftacular

by Classic Speedyon December 11, 2013
When The Smurfs live-action/CG animation film was announced, there was a sizable portion of the original show’s fanbase that considered it an abomination. Despite that backlash, it made a ton of money, so it must’ve done something right. I suspect that many of its viewers had never seen the original cartoon, so this was their […]

Visual Effects Oscars Down To Top 10

by Alex Beanon December 10, 2013
The 86th Academy Award presentation is closing fast – less than three months away now – and the list of the films under consideration for a Best Visual Effects award has officially been narrowed to 10. They are, in alphabetical order… “Elysium” “Gravity” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” “Iron Man 3” “The Lone Ranger” […]

Saving Mr. Banks Multi-Touch Book Trailer

by Alex Beanon December 10, 2013
“Saving Mr. Banks” – Disney’s upcoming feature film starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson as it details Walt Disney’s [Hanks] pursuit of British author P.L. Travers [Thompson] to get her Mary Poppins books brought to the big screen – has its own multi-touch book version that went live today. The multi-touch book details the story […]

Magee To Sit In Silver Chair

by Alex Beanon December 10, 2013
A fourth movie in “The Chronicles of Narnia” film franchise is in the works and it looks like it will be “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair” after writer David Magee [“Life of Pi”] was hired as writer for the movie. There was always going to be a fourth film in the franchise but […]

ToonZone Holiday Gift Guide Idea # 37 – The CG Story

by Alex Beanon December 10, 2013
Still flailing around for holiday gift ideas for that special person in your life who genuflects at the temple of the animation industry? Flail no more, your holiday gift holy grail may have arrived with the publication of “The CG Story: Computer Generated Animation and Special Effects” by Christopher Finch. The 368-page book [yes, book, […]

Indiana Jones Lives Again At Disney

by Alex Beanon December 10, 2013
When Disney purchased the Star Wars empire from George Lucas last year in a massive multi-billion dollar deal, they also purchased some of the rights to the “Indiana Jones” film franchise, which Lucas owned within his Lucasfilm Corporation. Disney essentially bought Lucasfilm and Indy but Lucas had previously cut a deal with Paramount for distribution […]


Disney’s “Frozen” Takes #1 at Box Office in 2nd Week, Sets Post-Thanksgiving Record

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison December 9, 2013
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen saw continued success during its second week at the box office, grossing a total of $31.6 million to seize first place from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and its $27 million gross. The film has now earned a total of $134.3 million domestically in the United States and an estimated worldwide […]

X-Men: Apocalypse Receives A Release Date

by Alex Beanon December 6, 2013
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” isn’t even out yet and already the next film in the X-Men series has already been given a release date and begun to be promoted by director Bryan Singer. But that’s how it works in the movie biz these days. Apocalypse – in case you are unaware or forgot the […]