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Nic Mathieu to Direct Warner’s ‘Robotech’ Movie

Warner Bros. has signed commercials director Nic Mathieu to direct its much-anticipated live-action movie of Robotech. The film will be produced by Akiva Goldsman and Tobey Maguire, ... Continue Reading →
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A Legendary ‘Calamity’

I am writing this week’s blog on the day that President Barack Obama is being sworn in for his second term. What has that to do with the Toon Trenches? Outwardly, nothing, except ... Continue Reading →
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DVD Picks: Iron Man, Young Justice and Wild Kratts

It’s not a huge week for animated DVD/Blu-ray releases, but there are enough good titles out there to keep the die-hard toon fans happy.     For starters, there’s the ... Continue Reading →
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The Russians Love Their ‘Ice Age’ Too!

The number-one movie at the Russian box office in 2012 was the Fox/Blue Sky blockbuster toon Ice Age: Continental Drift, with $50.1 million in ticket sales. The summer release, which ... Continue Reading →
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WB Announces Hanna-Barbera Animation Honorship

Warner Bros. Animation has announced the details about its 2013 Hanna-Barbera Honorship. The program, which was established in 2005, is open to graduating high school seniors enrolling ... Continue Reading →
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Clips: Key Voicers Discuss ‘Dark Knight Returns Pt. 2'

Warner Bros. has released three cool new interviews with the voice stars of the hotly anticipated finale to director Jay Oliva’s animated feature adaptation of the classic Frank Miller ... Continue Reading →
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Gollum, You Never Looked Better!

The Hobbit’s vfx supervisor Joe Letteri talks about the vfx challenges of returning to J.R.R. Tolkien’s world nine years after the last Lord of the Rings movie cast its spell in ... Continue Reading →
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All the Pretty Digital Pictures

A passing glance at the list of the 10 features which made the vfx Oscar shortlist and will present 10-minute clips at the January 3 Bake-0ff is that many of them are returning champs. ... Continue Reading →
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Pittsburg Animator Leland Hartman Dies at 82

Former Disney and Warner Bros. animator Leland “Lee” Hartman passed away at a nursing facility in Glen Hazel, PA on Dec. 24. He was diagnosed with dementia six years ago, shortly ... Continue Reading →
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‘The Hobbit’ Passes the $500 Million Benchmark

Warner Bros. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has surpassed the $500 million benchmark at the worldwide box office in less than two weeks at the box office. To date, the blockbuster ... Continue Reading →