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NY Times on Overly Talky Cartoons

The New York Times‘ Arts & Leisure section published an article by Charles Solomon commenting on the excessively talkative cartoon films coming out of the major studios today (registration required). He condemns films such as Chicken Little, Madagascar, and Hoodwinked for being overstuffed with dialogue. These movies stand in contrast to the examples set by […]

WizardWorld L.A. News Roundup: "Ultimate Avengers" Voice Actors Panel, "Gargoyles"

This past weekend’s WizardWorld Los Angeles comic convention was the platform for DC, Marvel, and other American comic book companies to make several new announcements. The Comics Reporter’s “Collective Memory” feature is the best single source for all the news reports filed about the con. Of particular interest to animation fans are the panel discussion […]

Japanese "Earthsea" Translator Speaks About Ghibli Film

Studio Ghibli has posted an article written by Masako Shimizu about her connections to Ghibli’s Tales from Earthsea movie. Shimizu is the Japanese translator of the original Earthsea novels written by Ursula K. LeGuin. (via Nausicaa.net)

"South Park" vs. Scientology: Round 2

Many news outlets are reporting rumors that a rebroadcast of the “Trapped in a Closet” episode of South Park was pulled due to threats from Hollywood star Tom Cruise. The episode, originally broadcast last year and originally scheduled to re-air last Wednesday, made fun of the Church of Scientology and Tom Cruise specifically. Representatives for […]

NY Daily News: "Avatar" to Go to iTunes

An article in the New York Daily News on the success of Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender states that the first season of the show will be available on Apple’s iTunes Music Store, along with the second season premiere. According to comments made in the article by series creators Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the […]

Preview of Frank Espinosa's "Rocketo" Debuts at Image Comics

Comic Book Resources has posted a press release and preview of Frank Espinosa’s Rocketo, which moves from the (now defunct) Speakeasy Comics to Image Comics with issue #7. Espinosa is an animator best known for his work with classic Looney Tunes characters, and Rocketo is his creator-owned series about a post-apocalyptic map maker. A trade […]

Greg Weisman Talks New "Gargoyles" Comics

Writer Greg Weisman has been interviewed by Comic Book Resources about the new Gargoyles comic book coming from Slave Labor Graphics later this year. Weisman addresses many details about the cartoon’s past and the comic book future.

Animated "Fantastic Four" to Cartoon Network This Fall

An article in Variety confirms that Cartoon Network has acquired exclusive domestic TV rights to the new Fantastic Four animated series. The show is a co-production of Marvel Studios and French animation firm Moonscoop. Cartoon Network has commissioned 26 episodes of the series, which will begin airing this fall. (via Franklin Harris’ Graphic Novelties weblog)

Adam Beechen Talks "Robin: One Year Later"

Writer Adam Beechen (Justice League Unlimited) has spoken to Newsarama.com about his upcoming run on Robin: One Year Later and his plans for Gotham City’s Boy Wonder. The article contains preview art which may spoil a plot point in Beechen’s first issue. Robin #148, Beechen’s first issue, will hit comic book stands next Wednesday, March […]

Theatre Owners Hope for Animation Salvation in 2006

An article in the Los Angeles Times about the ShoWest convention addresses the lackluster box office performance of 2005 (free registration required), where theatre owners complained about the terrible movies produced throughout the year. Of interest to animation fans is the fact that studios used animated features to demonstrate their new commitment to quality. Disney/Pixar’s […]

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