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RZA to Provide Soundtrack to "Afro Samurai"

FUNimation Entertainment has announced via press release that hip-hop artist RZA will be providing the soundtrack to Afro Samurai, a new animated series from Japan’s Studio Gonzo scheduled to debut on Spike TV this fall. The title character is a samurai, voiced by Samuel L. Jackson, hunting down his father’s murderer. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The […]

Dave Johnson on "Ben 10," "Legion," and Bruce Timm Projects

Men of Action member Dave Johnson has been interviewed by Newsarama about his new sketchbook collection being published this August. The sketchbook includes several of his animation designs, including those for Cartoon Network’s Ben 10. At the end of the interview, Johnson states that he is working on the new Legion show with James Tucker, […]

Disney to Sell Downloadable Films via CinemaNow

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Walt Disney Company will begin selling movies over the Internet through CinemaNow Inc (free registration required), with the CGI animated Chicken Little being named as a launch title. It is expected that the movies will be available on the same day as the DVD release for $19.95 […]

Jerry Beck on 10 Most Influential Cartoons

Animation historian Jerry Beck has written an article for Variety magazine with his picks for the 10 most influential cartoons in animation history. The list includes such works as Winsor McCay’s Gertie the Dinosaur, Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira, and Matt Groening’s The Simpsons. (via Beck’s Cartoon Brew weblog)

John Lasseter Talks "Cars"; Confirms New 2-D at Disney

An article in the New York Times covers the pressure on Pixar Animation Studios on the upcoming film Cars (registration required), noting that it is poised to extend Pixar’s critical and box-office winning streak past that of Walt Disney himself. Several comments by film director and Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter delve into the […]

Alex Toth 1928 - 2006

Legendary comic book and animation artist Alex Toth passed away on Saturday, May 27. According to his son Eric, Toth passed away at his drawing/writing table. In addition to being a seminal comic book artist of the 1960s and 1970s, Toth was responsible for the character designs of many of Hanna-Barbera’s most recognizable animation properties, […]

Linklater on "A Scanner Darkly" at Cannes

Director Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly debuted at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday, and the director and stars spoke to the press and the audience at the film’s first screening. The film uses the same animated rotoscoping techniques Linklater used in Waking Life to adapt a novel by acclaimed science fiction writer Phillip K. […]

"Animated Shorts" on Fox TV's "Animation Domination"

Steve Fritz’s latest “Animated Shorts” column on Newsarama.com covers Fox TV’s Sunday night “Animation Domination” block of programming, which will run animated programming from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM on Sunday nights, including The Simpsons, King of the Hill, and Family Guy. Other news covered in the column includes more information on the Futurama direct-to-DVD […]

Larry Hama on His Return to "G.I. Joe"

Newsarama.com has spoken to writer Larry Hama about his upcoming three issue mini-series for G.I. Joe Declassified. The mini-series will chronicle the earliest days of the comic book counter-terrorist team.

"Dragon Ball Z" Manga to End in Summer 2006

The original Dragon Ball Z manga will be coming to an end this summer. The manga by Akira Toriyama is one of the most popular comics in history and was the basis for a wildly successful anime. The July 2006 issue of VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump magazine will have a special Dragon Ball Z commemorative […]

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