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Penny Farthing Press to Turn "The Loch" into Animated Short Film

by Ed Liuon November 29, 2006
Penny Farthing Press has announced that it will be adapting their children’s book The Loch into an animated short film. The Loch was written by Penny Farthing Press editor-in-chief Marlaine Maddux and illustrated by talent coordinator Courtney Huddleston, and focuses on four friends embarking on “a traditional rite of passage called The Knowledge Journey” in […]

Director Carlos Saldanha on "Ice Age 2"

by Ed Liuon November 29, 2006
The current Animated Shorts column at Newsarama.com is headlined by a feature story speaking to director Carlos Saldanha about Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, which has just been released on DVD. Among other topics, Saldanha discusses the casting of Queen Latifah as new female mammoth Ellie, the creation of the “Fire Dance” sequence, and the […]

Marvel Posts "Invincible Iron Man" Trailer and Screenshots

by Ed Liuon November 29, 2006
Marvel has posted a trailer and several screenshots of the Invincible Iron Man direct-to-video movie coming in January, 2007. The trailer is in Flash format. (via Comic Book Resources Comics Reel)

Clamp Profiled in NY Times

by Ed Liuon November 28, 2006
The New York Times has profiled Clamp, the Japanese four-woman manga studio that has produced some of manga and anime’s biggest recent hits, including Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits, and Tsubasa (registration required). The article examines the studio’s manga output, the differences between the American and Japanese comic system, and why there seem to be more women […]

AvatarSpirit.net Interviews Voice Actor Crawford Wilson (UPDATED Nov 27)

by Ed Liuon November 27, 2006
The AvatarSpirit.net fan site has posted part 1 of an interview with Crawford Wilson, the voice actor who plays “Jet” on Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender. Wilson discusses his character and how his one-episode role turned into something more substantial in the second season. (UPDATED Nov 27, 2006): AvatarSpirit.net has posted part 2 of the […]

Schedule and Programming for Animation Show 3 Announced

by Ed Liuon November 27, 2006
A partial program and schedule has been released for Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt’s third Animation Show film festival. The festival scheduling will work differently than it has in the past, switching to concert-style screenings in specific cities for a few days rather than a traditional art-house theatrical run. (via Amid Amidi at Cartoon Brew)

NY Times on Animating Trial of the Chicago Eight

by Ed Liuon November 27, 2006
The New York Times has a feature article on Chicago 10, a documentary directed by Brett Morgen (On the Ropes, The Kid Stays in the Picture) that will use animation mixed in with other film and audio sources (registration required). The documentary will chronicle the trial of the Chicago 8 in December 1969, where the […]

"Last Unicorn" 25th Anniversary DVD Announced

by Ed Liuon November 27, 2006
AnimatedBliss.com is reporting that a 25th Anniversary Edition DVD of The Last Unicorn will be released on February 6, 2007. The movie — based on the novel of the same name by Peter S. Beagle, who also wrote the screenplay — stars Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury, and Rene Auberjonois in a fantasy adventure […]

Joan Borsten on Soviet Propaganda Cartoons

by Ed Liuon November 24, 2006
The latest Animated Shorts column at Newsarama.com has an extensive feature on the newly released Animated Soviet Propaganda: From The October Revolution To Perestroika DVD set. The article chronicles the history of Soviet animation and includes extensive comments from Joan Borsten, president of Films by Jove, which released the set. Other news in the column […]

Craig Kyle and Chris Yost Interviewed at Marvel.com

by Ed Liuon November 24, 2006
Writers Craig Kyle and Chris Yost have been interviewed by Marvel.com about their current and upcoming comics work, most of which will focus on X-23 — a mutant “daughter” of Wolverine created for both the comics and the X-Men Evolution animated show. The two also give a brief status report about their Hollywood projects, including […]