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Toon Talk: The 2007 Toon Talk Awards
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Family entertainment is no longer strictly Disneys game, thus

Non-Disney Movie of the Year:

In the year that brought the final volume of the saga to bookstores and headline-making revelations from author J.K. Rowling, the latest film adaptation was none to shabby either. Credit goes to director David Yates for helming the best in the series so far.

And finally, what was the DVD bonus goodie that was worth the purchase price alone?

DVD Extra of the Year:

Remy and Emile, stars of this years movie of the year, host an irreverent, hilarious and even educational look at the genus Rattus. With its mix of old and new school animation, this short single-handedly made the otherwise lackluster Ratatouille DVD worth owning.

And lets not forget

Honorable Mentions:

Michael Giacchino for his Parisian music hall-influenced score for Ratatouille; the special effects team behind Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End; whoever thought to put that nifty retro Disneyland ticket booklet in with Disneyland: Secrets, Stories and Magic.

Now that 2007 is almost behind us, what do we have to look forward to in 2008?

Coming Soon*:

In theaters, Disney will give us The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (May 16), Wall-E (June 27), Bolt (November 26) and Bedtime Stories (December 25). Of note from other studios will be The Spiderwick Chronicles (February 15) and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (May 22) from Paramount, Dr. Seuss Horton Hears a Who! from Fox (March 14), Kung-Fu Panda from DreamWorks (June 6) and Where the Wild Things Are (October 3) and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (November 21), both from Warner Bros.

For DVDs, well have new editions of The Aristocats (February 5), 101 Dalmatians (March 4) and Sleeping Beauty (October 7), the latter two being Platinum releases. Enchanted will come home in time for Easter, while new DVD titles will include the third Little Mermaid movie (August 26) and the brand new Tinker Bell (October 28). We can also expect Prince Caspian and Wall-E to hit DVD by the end of the year, plus the next wave of Walt Disney Treasures should be available just in time for Christmas next year.

*All release dates subject to change at the whim of studio executives.

So be sure to toon in to Toon Talk in 2008, which begins our eighth year of bringing you all the talk about the latest in Disney film and DVD.

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-- Posted January 4, 2008

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