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Cranium Hires Nick Exec for "Gametoons"

An article in the Los Angeles Times covers game developer Cranium, Inc.’s hiring of Nickelodeon executive Albie Hecht (free registration required). Hecht’s Worldwide Biggies, Inc. will oversee Cranium’s efforts to develop downloadable “gametoons” that will “combine mysteries and puzzles with the storytelling of animated cartoons.”

NY Times on the Origins of California Institute of the Arts

In advance of an exhibition opening at the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Times covers the MoMA web site (registration required).The article covers CalArts’ roots with Walt Disney and the achievements of its alumni list, including Tim Burton, Stephen Hillenburg, Henry Selick, and John Lasseter. “Tomorrowland: CalArts in Moving Pictures” will be on […]

Mark Evanier on Peter Beagle vs. Animated "Last Unicorn"

Writer Mark Evanier has posted an entry on his weblog pointing out a legal battle between writer Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn, and Granada International, the current holder of the rights to the much-beloved animated adaptation of Beagle’s novel. The details from Beagle’s point of view are available in full at Conlan […]

Gemstone's John Clark Talks "Duck Tales" Comic Collection

Editor John Clark from Gemstone Publishing has spoken to Comicon.com’s PULSE News about the new Greatest DuckTales Stories Vol. I trade paperback, which reprints six classic Carl Barks Duck stories that were adapted for the DuckTales cartoon. Several preview pages are provided along with the interview. The book should be arriving in comic book stores […]

"Negadon the Monster from Mars": Mars Needs More Monsters

One of the great joys of growing up in suburban New Jersey in the 1980′s was the 4:30 movie on ABC. Each week brought five new films grouped by a common theme, and there was no theme that would bring joy to an elementary-to-middle-school boy’s heart faster than Giant Monster Movie week (personally, the only […]

John Lasseter on Disney Deal and His Secret Origin Story

John Lasseter of Pixar is the subject of a new interview in Fortune magazine. Among other topics, Lasseter describes his fears on the Disney merger deal and how Disney CEO Bob Iger set those fears to rest, his origins as a hand-drawn animator, his path to becoming a CGI animation pioneer, and an interesting test […]

"Tales from Earthsea" Nearly Finished; Second Trailer Available

Nausicaa.net is reporting that Studio Ghibli’s Tales from Earthsea is nearly complete, according to a post on the movie’s production diary website. They also link to the second trailer for the movie, available from the official movie website.

Dragon's Lair Comic Coming in July

Arcana Studios has issued a press release trumpeting the upcoming Dragon’s Lair comic book mini-series they will be publishing beginning in July. Based on animator Don Bluth’s famous laserdisc-based video game of the same name, the series focuses on heroic knight Dirk the Daring and his adventures to rescue Princess Daphne from an evil dragon […]

Bonnie Arnold: Pushing the State of the Heart "Over the Hedge"

Bonnie Arnold’s resume may not look very long, but it includes an impressive array of top films, from Dances with Wolves to Pixar’s Toy Story to Disney’s Tarzan. Her latest credit is as the producer for DreamWorks’ Over the Hedge, based on the comic strip by Michael Fry and T. Lewis. Arnold spoke to Toon […]

DC Comics Announces 4th Quarter Collected Editions

DC Comics has announced the trade paperbacks, hardcovers, and other collected editions to be released between August and December, 2006. Included in the list is the Absolute DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke, coming in October, which will include all 6 issues of the original mini-series plus a pin-up gallery, deleted scenes, and more […]

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