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Disney to Release "Magic Gourd" This Summer for Chinese Market

by Ed Liuon May 17, 2007
The Walt Disney Company will release a Chinese-language movie this summer as the first co-production with the China Film Group. The Magic Gourd will be based on a novel by Zhang Tianyi about a young boy who finds a gourd that fulfills magic wishes. Animation was handled by Hong Kong animation studio Centro Digital Pictures, […]

Warner Bros. and Animal Logic Team for More Movies

by Ed Liuon May 17, 2007
Warner Brothers has signed a deal to develop more digitally animated movies with Sydney-based Animal Logic, building on the successful collaboration between the two companies to produce the Oscar-winning Happy Feet. Three projects will begin development immediately.

Tad Stones on "Hellboy: Blood and Iron" DVD Bonuses

by Ed Liuon May 16, 2007
Tad Stones has detailed some of the retailer incentives that will be offered with the upcoming Hellboy: Blood and Iron direct-to-video DVD movie, including comic book bundles from Wal-Mart, a Hellboy Animated action figure from Best Buy, and a Lobster Johnson magnet from several other retailers.

Six Point Harness Offers Flash Animation Essentials Seminar May 19-20

by Ed Liuon May 16, 2007
Flash animation studio Six Point Harness is offering a 2-day seminar on the essentials of Flash animation in Los Angeles this weekend, May 19-20, 2007. Presents will include Chris Prynoski of Titmouse, Aaron Simpson of WB and JibJab, and animator Eric Pringle (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends). Details on how to enroll are at Six […]

Nebula Awards for "Howl’s Moving Castle," Peter Beagle’s "Two Hearts"

by Ed Liuon May 16, 2007
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have awarded it’s 2007 Nebula Award for Best Script to Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle and the Best Novelette award to Peter S. Beagle’s Two Hearts. Howl’s Moving Castle was released in June, 2005, and is based on the novel by Diana Wynne Jones. Two Hearts is […]

Eric Calderon Talks "Afro Samurai"

by Ed Liuon May 16, 2007
DVD Talk has interviewed Eric Calderon, associate producer of Studio Gonzo’s Afro Samurai. Among other topics, Calderon discusses how the project went from a toy on a shelf to a mini-series on Spike TV and a DVD coming out this month.

Gollum Mo-Cap Tech May Get Used for "Tintin" Movies

by Ed Liuon May 16, 2007
Daily Variety is reporting that Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg will be using 3-D motion capture technology to make three back-to-back films based on Tintin, Georges Remi’s famous globe-trotting comic strip hero. Spielberg is quoted in the article as saying, “Peter and I felt that shooting them in a traditional live-action format would simply not […]

NY Times Profiles Tony Millionaire

by Ed Liuon May 16, 2007
The New York Times ran a profile of cartoonist Tony Millionaire on the eve of Sunday’s premiere of The Drinky Crow Show on Adult Swim (registration required). The article covers the origins of the cartoon and Millionaire’s artistic inspirations.

Directing Shrek: Toon Zone Interviews "Shrek the Third" Director Chris Miller

by Ed Liuon May 16, 2007
Chris Miller began his career at DreamWorks in 1998 as a story artist on Antz, the studio’s first animated comedy. In the 9 years since then, Miller has been stepping into more and larger creative roles at DreamWorks, adding dialogue writer, voice actor, and story editor credits to his résumé on Madagascar and both Shrek […]

Criminal Charges Dropped for Guerilla ATHF Marketers

by Ed Liuon May 13, 2007
On Friday, Boston prosecutors dropped criminal charges against Peter Berdovsky and Sean Stevens, the “guerilla marketers” who triggered a day of bomb scares on January 31 while promoting Adult Swim’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force. The two apologized in court, stating that they had no idea that their campaign would cause a scare. As part of […]