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Elbert Tuganov, "Father of Estonian Animation", 1920 – 2007

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2007
Cartoon Brew’s Amid Amidi is reporting the passing of Elbert Tuganov, the father of Estonian animation, on March 22, 2007 at the age of 87. Tuganov’s career in animation began during World War II, producing most of his output for Estonia’s Tallinnfilm state film studio under its Nukufilm puppet animation division.

"LA Times" on "TMNT"

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2007
The Los Angeles Times takes a look at this week’s TMNT, which will attempt to bring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back to the forefront of American pop culture. Director Kevin Munroe is quoted extensively throughout the article, which also takes a look back at the three earlier, live-action outings. Read Toon Zone News’ review […]

"Avatar" Co-Creators on Season 3 Finale

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2007
Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have spoken to SciFi Wire about season 3 of Avatar the Last Airbender, promising that the season will culminate with a big climactic fight between the title character and the Fire Lord. DiMartino stated that, “Book three is all mapped out, and much of it is written.” DiMartino also discusses […]

Pixar Artists on "The Ancient Book of Myth and War"

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2007
Comicon.com’s PULSE News has interviewed four Pixar artists about The Ancient Book of Myth and War, an art book that revolves around the two themes in the title. Organized by Scott Morse, the book’s contributors also include Lou Romano, Don Shank, and Nate Wragg. The book will be the subject of a gallery exhibition at […]

"The Condor": Paved with Good Intentions

by Ed Liuon March 22, 2007
One of the most mocked and reviled superhero cartoons is Challenge of the Super Friends, and no characters received more scorn than the politically correct superhero additions. Apache Chief, the Samurai, and El Dorado may have been created with good intentions, but any goodwill they generated was far outweighed by their propagation of exactly those […]

More Details on Hayao Miyazaki’s "Ponyo on a Cliff"

by Ed Liuon March 21, 2007
Nausicaa.net has posted a few more details about Ponyo on a Cliff, Hayao Miyazaki’s next animated film currently scheduled for release in the summer of 2008. The movie will supposedly feature parent/child relationships as a central theme of the film, and was inspired by the elder Miyazaki’s musings on his contentious relationship with his son […]

"Witchblade Anime" Preview from Wizard World Los Angeles

by Ed Liuon March 21, 2007
At last weekend’s Wizard World Los Angeles comic convention, representatives from Studio Gonzo, FUNimation, and Top Cow comics gave audiences the first look at the English dubbed Witchblade anime, and also a preview of the Witchblade manga titles coming later this year. In addition to the sneak preview, the panel participants also detailed how this […]

Mike Mignola’s "Busiest Year Ever" as Hellboy Hits Comics, Film, and Animation

by Ed Liuon March 20, 2007
Newsarama.com has interviewed Mike Mignola on the many different Hellboy-related projects coming out this year, including new Hellboy/BPRD-related comic books, the sequel to the 2004 live-action movie, and the Hellboy Animated direct-to-video movies. Mignola discusses the plans for each and how they differ from each other.

Animated Shorts Interviews Bruce Timm (UPDATED with Part 2)

by Ed Liuon March 20, 2007
Newsarama.com’s Animated Shorts column has posted part 1 of an interview with Bruce Timm, discussing his early career in animation with Filmation, Don Bluth, Ralph Bakshi, and the early days of Batman. UPDATED March 20, 2007: Part 2 of the interview has been posted, where Timm discusses the new direct-to-video movies coming soon. Timm discusses […]

"Avatar" Co-Creators Support Shyamalan’s Live-Action Version

by Ed Liuon March 20, 2007
A brief notice on SciFi Wire quotes the co-creators of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender supporting the live-action movie version to be written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko both expressed great enthusiasm for the project and Shyamalan’s work in particular, and stated that it was, “too soon to comment […]