There’s something deeply appealing about outlaw heroes: the good-hearted people who are forced by circumstances to live just outside the law. Some, like Robin Hood, do so for personal glory and in the name of the greater good. Others, like Han Solo, do so largely because the money’s better in the shady corners of the […]
At the San Diego Comic-Con, the Gumby Essentials DVD set was announced. The DVD will contain Gumby episodes from the 1960’s, 1970’s, and 1980’s selected by Gumby creator Art Clokey. All the cartoons on the collection will be digitally remastered, and the 1950’s cartoons will be fully restored to their original 11-minute running time. The […]
The stereotypical comic book fan can recite lengthy histories of their favorite Marvel or DC Comics characters from memory, but often has little or no knowledge about the people who were instrumental in creating those characters. Recently, the audience for comics has grown well beyond the audience seeking serial fiction starring their favorite superheroes, and […]
Cartoon Brew is reporting that animation producer, director, and screenwriter Alexander Tatarski (a.k.a. Aleksandr Tatarskiy) has passed away at the age of 57. Tatarski was one of the founders and managing directors of Pilot Animation Studios in 1988, Russia’s first privately-owned animation studio and the country’s largest producer of animation. He was also the president […]
Interviews and articles are increasing in advance of The Simpsons Movie‘s premiere this Friday, July 27, 2007. Animated Shorts at Newsarama has interviewed Simpsons producer Mike Scully on the long process of creating the movie and the likelihood of another one. Meanwhile, LA Weekly has published an extensive interview/profile with Matt Groening, covering the complete […]
The New York Times Magazine has interviewed Matt Groening about The Simpsons in advance of the Simpsons theatrical movie opening this Friday in theaters (registration required). The brief interview delves into some technical details about the movie, his political views, the prospect of Homer and Marge getting divorced, and where the Simpsons’ Springfield is located.
The New York Times has profiled the direct-to-video animated movie The New Frontier (registration required), posting the first public image from the movie. In the accompanying article, writer/artist Darwyn Cooke discusses how his nearly 400-page graphic novel was condensed into a 70-minute movie with the help of collaborators such as Bruce Timm, Stan Berkowitz, Glenn […]
Adult Swim has announced details on the final two episodes of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, airing on July 15 and July 22, 2007, at 11:45 PM (Eastern/Pacific). The show, which premiered along with the Adult Swim network, stars the Hanna-Barbera superhero as an alcoholic lawyer representing popular animated such as Grape Ape, Apache Chief, […]
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has interviewed Fred Seibert, head of the Frederator animation studio. Seibert describes a number of projects in progress, including a Samurai Jack movie, a project based on the Neverhood video game, an anthology film called Seven Deadly Sins, and the Random Cartoons short series for Nickelodeon.