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Bob Bergen Voice Acting Seminar in NYC in May; One-Man Show in LA Starts in April

by Ed Liuon April 2, 2007
Voice actor Bob Bergen, the current voice of Porky Pig, will be offering his 2-day workshop on voice acting in New York City on May 5-6, 2007. The workshop will cover topics such as audition techniques, do’s and dont’s for demo tapes, agent/client relationships, and creating and sustaining characters. The seminar will be $400, with […]

Platform International Animation Festival Tickets On Sale Now

by Ed Liuon April 2, 2007
Tickets and weekend passes for the Platform International Animation Festival are on sale now. Special discount pricing will be in effect throughout the month of April. The festival itself will take place from June 25 – 30 in Portland, OR, with more details available at the official festival website. Full pricing details are in the […]

Sony Pictures Signs Aardman Features to 3-Year Deal

by Ed Liuon April 2, 2007
Sony Pictures Entertainment has signed Aardman Features to a three-year, first-look deal, according to Variety. While no first movie has been announced, Aardman executives have said that four scripts are in various stages of development and that one of them is a new Wallace & Gromit movie by Nick Park. Aardman had previously had a […]

"Meet the Robinsons" Lands #2 Box Office with $25.1m Take

by Ed Liuon April 2, 2007
Disney’s Meet the Robinsons took the number 2 spot at the box office over the weekend, with a estimated $25.1 million in ticket sales. Warner Bros’ TMNT dropped from first to fourth place in its second week of release with an estimated $9.16 million box office take. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

HMV Teams with Aardman to Replace Nipper with Gromit

by Ed Liuon April 2, 2007
Music retailer HMV’s new advertising campaign in the United Kingdom will use Aardman’s Gromit to temporarily replace “Nipper,” the iconic dog character listening to a gramophone. Gromit, the canine half of Aardman’s famous “Wallace & Gromit” films, will replace Nipper at advertising aimed at children to promote new DVD releases. Nipper will keep his place […]

RingTales to Animate "New Yorker" Cartoons for iTunes

by Ed Liuon April 2, 2007
The New Yorker magazine has teamed with a company called RingTales to animate a selection of its cartoons for download on Apple’s iTunes Store. The downloads will be free, thanks to a sponsorship from the advocacy site drugfree.org. RingTales founders Jim Cox and Michael Fry hope to expand to more animated comic strips in the […]

Drinky Crow Debuts on Adult Swim May 13, 2007

by Ed Liuon April 2, 2007
The Drinky Crow Show will debut on Adult Swim on Sunday, May 13, 2007, with an 11-minute pilot titled “Mermaid.” The show was created by Tony Millionaire and Eric Kaplan, and is based on Millionaire’s Maakies comic strip. The pilot was directed by Igor Kovalyov (The Rugrats Movie), and its ratings will determine whether the […]

New York Anime Festival Debuts at the Javits Center in December 2007

by Ed Liuon April 2, 2007
Reed Exhibitions has issued a press release announcing the debut of the New York Anime Festival running from December 7 – 9, 2007, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in midtown Manhattan. The new exhibition will build on the success of the New York Comic Con, and will focus purely on the growing legions […]

"Prince of Tennis" DVD Set Coming in April

by Ed Liuon April 2, 2007
VIZ Media has announced a 3-disc boxed set of Prince of Tennis, the popular anime series about tennis prodigy Ryoma Echizen and his adventures on and off the tennis court. The boxed set will contain all 13 episodes of the first season and will be priced at $39.98. Read the full press release here.

Walt Disney DVD Loyalty Program Includes "Meet the Robinsons"

by Ed Liuon April 2, 2007
Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment has announced that Disney’s feature film Meet the Robinsons will be included the Disney Movie Rewards program. In the past, the Disney Movie Rewards program has only used DVD sales to grant points that can be redeemed for prizes and rewards. The full details on eligibility are available in the […]