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Mark Evanier on Origins of Scrappy Doo, Part 2

by Ed Liuon March 19, 2007
Mark Evanier has posted the second chapter on his weblog describing the creation of Scrappy Doo. He describes the Warner Brothers animated character who was the unstated inspiration for Scrappy and digresses briefly into the origins of another Hanna-Barbera animated character before concluding with his successful scripting job that got Scooby Doo renewed for another […]

CartoonBrewFilms.com Launches for On-line Animation

by Ed Liuon March 15, 2007
Jerry Beck and Amid Amidi from the Cartoon Brew weblog have announced the launch of CartoonBrewFilms.com, a website dedicated to showcasing animated short films. The site’s three launch films are Teddy Newton and Bert Klein’s Boys Night Out, Frank Tashlin’s The Lady Said No and Grantray-Lawrence’s The Hope That Jack Built. Beck and Amidi have […]

New "TMNT" Video Featurette Available On-line

by Ed Liuon March 14, 2007
Warner Brothers has release a video featurette for the upcoming TMNT movie, which will put the Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles into a CGI animated world. TMNT is scheduled to open on March 23, 2007.

Disney Announces HD Channels by Early 2008

by Ed Liuon March 14, 2007
Disney has announced that it will launch high-definition versions of four of its flagship cable channels by early 2008 via the DirecTV satellite network. The announced channels include ABC Family HD, Disney Channel HD, and Toon Disney HD. (via TZ member Adam Tyner)

Viacom Sues Google over YouTube Clips

by Ed Liuon March 14, 2007
Media giant Viacom has filed a billion lawsuit against Internet search giant Google over unauthorized clips from Viacom properties posted on the YouTube video sharing site (free registration required). According to the lawsuit, Google has “deliberately chosen not to take reasonable precautions” to prevent unauthorized content from being posted from Viacom properties such as South […]

Ron Perlman on Being Hellboy

by Ed Liuon March 13, 2007
Newsarama has spoken to actor Ron Perlman about the role of Hellboy, focusing on the direct-to-video animated movies. Perlman discusses his favorite aspects of the role, the differences he sees between the live-action Hellboy and the animated Hellboy, and some of his other voice acting roles. Hellboy: Blood and Iron, the second Hellboy Animated movie, […]

Cartoonist Sues SpongeBob

by Ed Liuon March 13, 2007
Cartoonist Troy Walker has filed a lawsuit against Nickelodeon, Viacom, Paramount Studios and Stephen Hillenberg, claiming that SpongeBob SquarePants was stolen from his Bob Spongee character created in 1991. Walker claims that his cartoons and dolls Spongee must have fallen into the hands of one of the producers of SpongeBob. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat […]

Arnold Drake, creator of Beast Boy, 1924 – 2007

by Ed Liuon March 12, 2007
Arnold Drake, veteran comic book writer, passed away in the early morning of March 12, 2007. Drake may be best known to comic book and animation fans as the creator of the Doom Patrol for DC Comics. Doom Patrol introduced the character Beast Boy, who became far better known when he migrated to the New […]

Nakajima Kiyofumi on Running the Ghibli Museum

by Ed Liuon March 12, 2007
On March 10, Yomiuri Online posted an interview with Nakajima Kiyofumi, the director of the Studio Ghibli Museum. GhibliWorld.com has just posted an English translation of the interview, where Nakajima discusses how he landed the job, where. Nakajima succeeds Goro Miyazaki, who vacated the position as museum director to direct Gedo Senki (Tales from Earthsea). […]

Darwyn Cooke, Ty Templeton, Ian Boothby Nominated for 2007 Shuster Awards

by Ed Liuon March 12, 2007
The full list of 2007’s Shuster Award nominees has been released. Created in 2004 to recognize the contributions of Canadian comic book artists and named in honor of Superman’s co-creator Joe Shuster, this year’s list of nominees involves a number of creators affiliated with animation or animated tie-in comics. Darwyn Cooke received multiple nominations for […]