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Publishers Weekly on Cable TV Effect on Graphic Novel Sales

by Ed Liuon October 17, 2006
Thomas J. McLean of Publishers Weekly has written an article analyzing how a hit anime show often leads to a surge in manga sales, while similar ratings hits for cartoons based on American superhero comics often have little or no effect on comic sales, including for tie-in books such as Justice League Adventures or Teen […]

Disney Mandates Nutritional Standards for Cross-Marketing Deals

by Ed Liuon October 17, 2006
The Walt Disney Company has announced that it will institute minimal nutritional standards as part of any licensing deal it signs with food companies (registration required). The new guidelines will prohibit marketing deals where “total fat exceeds 30 percent of calories for main and side dishes and 35 percent for snacks, saturated fat exceeds 10 […]

Toon Zone Interviews Don Hahn on a "Nightmare" Project

by Ed Liuon October 17, 2006
Examine the credits of some of the most acclaimed animated films and you’ll find Don Hahn listed as the producer for many of them. He began his career as an assistant animator for Pete’s Dragon, and moved up to associate producer for Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His first credit as producer for a feature length […]

Patrice Holloway, "Valerie" on "Josie & the Pussycats" 1948 - 2006

by Ed Liuon October 16, 2006
Singer/songwriter Patrice Holloway passed away on October 1, 2006, due to a heart attack. Holloway was the singing voice of Valerie Brown, the tambourine player for the fictional band Josie and the Pussycats, during the first season of their eponymous cartoon. Before her singing role as Valerie, Holloway recorded records for Motown and Capitol Records […]

JustMyShow.com Posts "Peanuts" Director Bill Melendez Podcast (Part 1)

by Ed Liuon October 16, 2006
JustMyShow.com has posted part 1 of a podcast/phone call with Bill Melendez, director/producer of many of the most beloved Peanuts animated TV specials, including It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas. A bonus clip also includes comments from Melendez on performing Snoopy for the cartoons. (via Cartoon Brew weblog)

NY Times on Nickelodeon vs. Disney

by Ed Liuon October 16, 2006
The New York Times looks at the ratings race for children and teen programming, focusing on current front-runner Nickelodeon and rising challenger the Disney Channel (registration required). The article notes that none of Nickelodeon’s new programming has achieved superstar status on the order of Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, or Rugrats, while also […]

The Trouble With Being Goro Miyazaki

by Ed Liuon October 16, 2006
A profile in the New York Times reveals the trials that Goro Miyazaki has endured since the release of Gedo Senki (Tales from Earthsea) (registration required), including critical comments by Earthsea author Ursula K. LeGuin and the inevitable comparisons to his father, renowned animation director Hayao Miyazaki.

Image Metrics Promises "Soul Transference" in New CGI Animation Technique

by Ed Liuon October 16, 2006
An article in the New York Times spotlights the software from a company called Image Metrics which “lets a computer map an actor’s performance onto any character virtual or human, living or dead” (registration required). The technique promises less restrictive and more accurate digital recreation than the state-of-the-art motion capture used by films like The […]

Head Writer Rob Hoegee Talks "Legion of Superheroes"

by Ed Liuon October 16, 2006
Rob Hoegee, series story editor and head writer for the KidsWB’s Legion of Superheroes cartoon, has been interviewed by Comic Book Resources about his duties on the show. Hoegee talks about his background as story editor for Teen Titans and what goes into scripting an episode for the show.

"Thinking Animation" Disney Presentation Available for Download

by Ed Liuon October 13, 2006
Angie Jones and Jamie Oliff, authors of Thinking Animation: Bridging the Gap Between 2-D and CG, have posted a QuickTime movie of an hour-long presentation given on September 26, 2006, at the Disney animation studios. Participants in the presentation include animators and producers Floyd Norman and Richard Taylor, animation historian Jerry Beck, and Jones and […]