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Berke Breathed on "Mars Needs Moms," "Opus," and More

by Ed Liuon May 23, 2007
Quick Stop Entertainment has posted an interview with Berke Breathed, the creator of the Bloom County, Outland, and Opus comic strips and author of the recently released Mars Needs Moms children’s book. Among other topics, Breathed discusses the what happened to the animated A Wish for Wings that Work special, the aborted Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed […]

Top Directors Declare the Future is 3-D

by Ed Liuon May 22, 2007
Several directors and studio heads detail the impact that 3-D movies will have on their creative and business decisions in an article in the New York Times (registration required). The impact of 3-D on the bottom-line on films like Meet the Robinsons and The Polar Express are noted, as well as the recent news that […]

GameTap to Animate Lara Croft

by Ed Liuon May 22, 2007
The GameTap broadband entertainment network will be presenting animated adventures of Lara Croft, the heroine of the Tomb Raider video game franchise, in honor of her 10th anniversary. The network has enlisted the aid of a number of comic book and animation creators for Lara’s adventures, including Peter Chung, Jim Lee, Warren Ellis, Cully Hamner, […]

Iran Protests "Persepolis" Screening at Cannes Film Festival

by Ed Liuon May 21, 2007
The Iranian Farabi Cinema Foundation has sent a letter of protest to the French Embassy in Tehran over the screening of the animated movie Persepolis at the Cannes Film Festival. The government-affiliated organization claimed that the movie, “has presented an unrealistic face of the achievements and results of the glorious Islamic Revolution in some of […]

NY Times on the Faith-Based Mockery of "Moral Orel"

by Ed Liuon May 21, 2007
The New York Times has taken a look at Adult Swim’s Moral Orel (registration required), a stop-motion animated satire of religious hypocrisy that is often described as a parody of the classic Davey & Goliath TV show. The article describes how creator Dino Stamatopoulos views the show, the unsurprising backlash from conservative Christian organizations, and […]

NY Times on Satoshi Kon’s "Paprika"

by Ed Liuon May 21, 2007
The New York Times has taken a look at Satoshi Kon’s Paprika (registration required), speaking with the director about the motivating themes of the movie and some of the cultural hurdles that the movie will face with American audiences. Paprika will open in New York City this Friday, May 25, 2007, and open in Los […]

DreamWorks and HP Turn Shrek’s Princess Fiona into Marketing Icon

by Ed Liuon May 18, 2007
An article in the Los Angeles Times follows the advertising resulting from the teaming of DreamWorks Animation and Hewlett-Packard for Shrek the Third (free registration required), centering on Princess Fiona in videos posted on a channel of YouTube.

Bandai Opens “Freedom” Official Website

by Ed Liuon May 17, 2007
Bandai Visual has opened the virtual doors for the Freedom website. The site is dedicated to the six-volume Freedom anime series directed by Shuhei Morita (Kakurenbo – Hide & Seek). The series is set in the 23rd Century on a Lunar colony, and tells a tale of a repressive society and the threat of revolt. […]

“My Cyberchase Summer” Initiative Begins June 4

by Ed Liuon May 17, 2007
PBS Kids’ Cyberchase will launch a three-month on-air and online initiative to keep kids’ math skills sharp over the summer. “My Cyberchase Summer” will begin on Monday, June 4, 2007, and run through August 27, with fan-favorite episodes broadcasting on PBS paired with downloadable content on the official Cyberchase website. Read the full press release […]

VIZ Sponsors Interactive Manga Lounge at Tezuka Art Exhibition in San Francisco

by Ed Liuon May 17, 2007
VIZ Media will be sponsoring a special interactive manga lounge at the “Tezuka; The Marvel of Manga” exhibition, which opens at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum from June 2 to September 9, 2007. The manga lounge opened on May 13, and will close with the exhibition. Full exhibition details can be obtained at the […]