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KidsWB! Announces "World of Quest," "Eon Kid," "Magi-Nation" and "Will & Dewitt"

by Ed Liuon March 30, 2007
KidsWB! on the CW Network has announced four new shows to join the Saturday morning lineup in the Fall of 2007 alongside a new Spider-Man cartoon and returning shows such as Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! and Legion of Superheroes. The first show, World of Quest, is based on a graphic novel by Jason […]

Animated Shorts Meets the Robinsons’ Robh Ruppel and Joe Moshier

by Ed Liuon March 30, 2007
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts column has spoken with Meet the Robinsons‘ Art Director Robh Ruppel and Character Designer Joe Moshier. The pair discuss their artistic influences and inspirations for the movie, which opens today in theaters nationwide.

Kevin Munroe on "TMNT" and "Gatchaman"

by Ed Liuon March 30, 2007
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts column has interviewed TMNT director Kevin Munroe, discussing how he got started in the animation business, how he got the job to direct TMNT, what works influenced his approach to the ninja turtles, and what it was like to work with the voice acting cast of the movie. He also discusses his […]

Devil’s Due Announces G.I. Joe #25 Cover Character Contest

by Ed Liuon March 30, 2007
Devil’s Due Publishing will be conducting a special contest in conjuction with G.I. Joe: America’s Elite #25 and the 25th anniversary of Hasbro’s “G.I. Joe vs. Cobra” storyline. Starting on March 29, Devil’s Due will begin publish the first of six sections of the cover to G.I. Joe: America’s Elite #25, which will contain all […]

"Avatar" Wins Humane Society of US Award

by Ed Liuon March 30, 2007
AvatarSpirit.net for the “Appa’s Lost Days” episode. The Genesis Award is given to “honor works from the big screen, the small screen and from print media – news and entertainment that convey the message of respect and compassion for animals.” (via AvatarSpirit.net)

PR: Chris Sanders Joins DreamWorks Animation for a "Crood Awakening"

by Ed Liuon March 29, 2007
ACCLAIMED FILMMAKER CHRIS SANDERS JOINS DREAMWORKS ANIMATION FOR A “CROOD AWAKENING” Veteran Animation Writer/Director Sanders to Helm Stone Age Comedy Glendale, CA – March 28, 2007 – DreamWorks Animation today announced that talented filmmaker Chris Sanders is set to helm the upcoming project “Crood Awakening,” a comedy set in the Stone Age. Sanders will be […]

New Speculation on "Song of the South" DVD Release

by Ed Liuon March 28, 2007
A report from the Associated Press is reviving speculation that Disney’s Song of the South may be released on DVD soon. The 1946 film has faced criticism in the past for its depiction of Southern plantation blacks, but also has many fans who have been clamoring for its release. At this year’s Disney shareholders meeting […]

Ralph Bakshi Book Coming in July 2008

by Ed Liuon March 28, 2007
Amid Amidi at Cartoon Brew is reporting that Jon Gibson and Chris McDonnell are working on a biography and art book on groundbreaking animator Ralph Bakshi, scheduled for release in July 2008. The pair have begun a production weblog titled Ralph’s Spot, which is currently soliciting comments and contributions to the book.

Chris Sanders Moves to DreamWorks Animation

by Ed Liuon March 28, 2007
Variety is reporting that director Chris Sanders (Lilo and Stitch) has signed on with DreamWorks Animation, with his first film project to be Crood Awakenings, a comedy about cavemen. A veteran of the Disney Animation Studios, Sanders left Disney earlier this year after creative differences with new studio head John Lasseter over Sanders’ film American […]

Judge Dismisses Three Claims in Pooh Dispute

by Ed Liuon March 28, 2007
U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper threw out three claims brought by the Slesinger family in their long-running copyright dispute with the Walt Disney Company over Winnie the Pooh (free registration required). The Slesingers inherited Pooh copyrights in 1961 and transferred those rights to Disney in exchange for loyalties. However, the partnership turned sour, ending up […]