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SDCC09 Panels and Screening News: "Owly," Disney Animation, 3-D

More details are emerging for panels, screenings, and exhibitions at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International 2009. Thursday’s programming schedule is up at the official San Diego Comic-Con International website, and news around the web focuses on some specific animation-related panels:

* Top Shelf Productions and Sprite Animation Studios will be unveiling an animated short based on Owly, the comic book series by Andy Runton. The short will be screened throughout the con at Top Shelf’s booth (#1721). [PR Newswire]

* Disney has announced its 2009 panel lineup. The 3-D panel on Thursday, July 23, 2009, will be at 11:00 AM, and will feature directors Robert Zemeckis and Tim Burton, along with producers Sean Bailey and Steve Lisberger. The Animation Panel will be on Friday, July 24, 2009, at 12:45 PM; the panel will host Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki along with Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter and animation directors Lee Unkrich, Kirk Wise, Ron Clements and John Musker. Both panels will be hosted by Patton Oswalt. [FirstShowing.net]

* A separate panel will be dedicated to James Cameron’s Avatar, also on July 23, 2009. Disney’s 3-D panel and the Avatar panel will mark the first time the convention has screened 3-D footage. [Hollywood Reporter]

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