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Mark Evanier Remembers "The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan"

A post in writer Mark Evanier’s weblog provides a behind-the-scenes look at Hanna-Barbera’s The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan animated series. Evanier discusses the origins of the series in 1972, including the novel attempt to cast all Chinese (or Asian) actors in the leading roles and the problems that resulted. The tie-in comic book […]

Dini Confirms Harley Quinn Episode of "The Batman" This Fall

In a post on his weblog, writer Paul Dini has confirmed that he will be scripting an episode of WB’s The Batman which will debut Harley Quinn into that animated continuity. He expects that the episode will debut this fall. The same blog entry also provides some details on his upcoming run on Detective Comics […]

Seth MacFarlane vs. FCC and "South Park" at Stanford

Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, spoke at the Stanford University Memorial Auditorium last week, with his comments being reported by the Stanford Daily student newspaper. Among the topics discussed were tussles with the FCC, the history of Family Guy and its production, and his opinion on the lampooning of Family Guy on recent episodes […]

"Nausicaa" Voice Actor to Appear at Anime Boston

Sumi Shimamoto will be appearing at the Anime Boston convention, which runs from May 26-28. Shimamoto is the voice actress for the title character of Studio Ghibli’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds, and has also provided voices for Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro, My Neighbor Totoro, and Princess Mononoke. (via Nausicaa.net)

NY Times Covers the Return of "Captain Planet"

An article in the New York Times covers the return of Captain Planet to the airwaves (registration required), starting last Earth Day on Boomerang with new episodes never before broadcast in the United States. The article covers the history of the show and Ted Turner’s influence on it, along with the state of the Captain […]

"Gedo Senki" ("Tales from Earthsea") Synopsis Posted

Ursula K. LeGuin, the author of the Earthsea series of novels, has posted an English translation of the plot synopsis for Studio Ghibli’s Gedo Senki (Tales from Earthsea). The movie will be directed by Goro Miyazaki and is scheduled for release in Japan in July 2006. (via Nausicaa.net)

Studio Ghibli Ranked Number 1 Consumer Brand in Japan

A survey by Nikkei BP Consulting has named Studio Ghibli as the top-ranked business-to-consumer brand in Japan, ahead of Toyota. The studio also ranked 4th or higher in all the sections organized by demographic.

NY Times on Robert Smigel and SNL's "Saturday TV Funhouse"

The New York Times has profiled comedian and animator Robert Smigel in advance of the April 29 airing of Saturday TV Funhouse, which will collect the best of his animated shorts originally aired on Saturday Night Live (registration required). Among other topics, the article covers Smigel’s career through Hollywood, the often last-minute rush to get […]

"Flight" Volume 3 On-line Previews and Interview

Comic Book Resources has posted two articles about Flight Volume 3, an anthology of comics by an assortment of talent. The first article contains four previews and an interview with Kazu Kibuishi, the organizer and driving force behind the Flight anthologies, while the second contains previews of 13 different stories, including one by famed indie […]

Man of Action Members Talk "Ben 10"

Newsarama.com has interviewed Steven Seagle, Joe Casey and Duncan Rouleau, three-quarters of “Man of Action,” regarding Ben 10–their show on Cartoon Network. The studio is composed of comic book industry veterans who are moving into alternate media. The interview covers that move and its effects, the progress of the show, their involvement in it, and […]

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