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AvatarSpirit Posts "Track Team" Music Interview Pt. 3

AvatarSpirit.net has posted the third and final installment of their interview with the Track Team, the group that provides all the music for Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender. This installment includes information about specific themes and how they were created.

Le Guin Posts Impressions of "Tales from Earthsea"; Explains Delay in US Release

Writer Ursula K. LeGuin has published a lengthy article explaining the context behind Studio Ghibli’s Gedo Senki (Tales from Earthsea) and a detailed explanation of her impressions of the film. LeGuin’s Earthsea series of novels were the basis for the movie, as well as the SciFi Channel live-action adaptation released in 2004. According to LeGuin, […]

China to Ban Foreign Cartoons in Prime Time

News reports are stating that government regulators in China have banned foreign cartoons on TV between 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM in an effort to protect China’s native animation studios. The ban has not been formally announced, but is supposed to be put into effect on September 1. The ban will affect all foreign-made cartoons, […]

Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 4 DVD Specs Announced

The specifications for the 4-disc Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 4 and the 2-disc Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Vol. 4 have been released by Warner Home Video. No information on special features or extras was announced as of publication time. (via Cartoon Brew)

Marvel Announces "Teen Avengers" Direct-to-DVD In Development

During their second quarter financial results conference call, Marvel Entertainment announced that an animated direct-to-DVD feature titled Teen Avengers was in development. No other information on the title was provided, such as whether it is based on the Young Avengers comic book title by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung. The same call also revealed that […]

Taking a Dim View of "A Scanner Darkly"

There are few science fiction writers who have had as large of an impact on pop culture as Philip K. Dick. Underappreciated in his own time, Dick’s prolific imagination rooted itself in the belief that objective reality did not truly exist – a perception exacerbated by a powerful sense of paranoia and a long stretch […]

Making "Foster's" Part 2; "Foster's" on iTunes

The second of a series on producing an episode of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends has been posted on the series’ production weblog. This installment deals with story outlines and dealing with Cartoon Network and the dreaded Broadcast Standards and Practices (BS & P) department. A second post on the weblog notes that the first […]

UPDATED: "Variety" and "Financial Times" on CGI Cartoon Glut

An article on Variety.com discusses Jerry Beck’s Cartoon Brew, most of which have had lower-than-expected box-office returns. The article begins with the industry assumption that CGI animation was a sure-fire formula for box-office success, which was partially responsible for the current increase of CGI animated films, and goes on to analyze current and upcoming CGI […]

Scott McCloud Announces East Coast "Making Comics" Tour Leg

Comic book writer/artist Scott McCloud (Superman Adventures) has announced the dates and locations of the first leg of his 50-state Making Comics tour. The tour will begin on September 5 in New York City as Making Comics is released, and will visit locations in Cambridge, MA; Syracuse, NY; Princeton, NJ; Bethesda, MD; Washington, DC; White […]

Authors Want to Know How "Peanuts" Changed Your Life

Two authors are collecting anecdotes on how Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts comic strips, cartoons, and characters have affected people. The anecdotes will be collected for a book tentatively titled Security Blankets: How Charles M. Schulz Touched Our Lives. Anecdotes should be between 500-600 words and can be submitted at PeanutsStories.com. (via Tom Spurgeon’s Comics Reporter)

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