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"Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!" DTV Coming September 4, 2007

by Ed Liuon May 23, 2007
Warner Home Video has announced a new Scooby-Doo direct-to-video animated movie. Titled Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!, the movie will take Scooby and his friends to the Himalayas to search for the Abominable Snowmonster. The movie will be released on September 4, 2007, with a suggested retail price of $19.98, and there are plans to broadcast the […]

Marjane Satrapi Talks "Persepolis" at Cannes Film Festival

by Ed Liuon May 23, 2007
Author and graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi has been interviewed by the International Herald Tribune at the Cannes Film Festival, where the animated version of her memoir Persepolis opened to good reviews recently. The graphic novel and animated movie cover Satrapi’s girlhood in Iran during the years of the Islamic Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War. (via […]

Dark Horse’s Jeremy Barlow on "Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures" Comics

by Ed Liuon May 23, 2007
Series editor Jeremy Barlow has been interviewed about the Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures comic book series, based on the animated shorts by Genndy Tartakovsky on Cartoon Network. Barlow details the target audience for the comics, which restrictions come from Lucasfilm and which are self-imposed, and past and upcoming plot elements. A three page preview […]

Animated Penguin Causes Controversy in South Florida

by Ed Liuon May 23, 2007
A cartoon on PBS Sprout is the center of a controversy with a South Florida mother, who claims that the cartoon’s title is a euphemism for male genitalia by some Hispanics. The cartoon, Pingu, centers on a young penguin and his adventures in his frozen environment and has existed for nearly 20 years. The mother […]

CalArts Graduates’ Tough Job Market

by Ed Liuon May 23, 2007
An article in the Los Angeles Daily News notes the difficulty that many graduates of the California Institute for the Arts graduates have finding jobs in the animation industry. The article follows a CalArts job fair and how some animators have had success using YouTube to post their animated films. (via Cartoon Brew)

Berke Breathed on "Mars Needs Moms," "Opus," and More

by Ed Liuon May 23, 2007
Quick Stop Entertainment has posted an interview with Berke Breathed, the creator of the Bloom County, Outland, and Opus comic strips and author of the recently released Mars Needs Moms children’s book. Among other topics, Breathed discusses the what happened to the animated A Wish for Wings that Work special, the aborted Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed […]

Top Directors Declare the Future is 3-D

by Ed Liuon May 22, 2007
Several directors and studio heads detail the impact that 3-D movies will have on their creative and business decisions in an article in the New York Times (registration required). The impact of 3-D on the bottom-line on films like Meet the Robinsons and The Polar Express are noted, as well as the recent news that […]

GameTap to Animate Lara Croft

by Ed Liuon May 22, 2007
The GameTap broadband entertainment network will be presenting animated adventures of Lara Croft, the heroine of the Tomb Raider video game franchise, in honor of her 10th anniversary. The network has enlisted the aid of a number of comic book and animation creators for Lara’s adventures, including Peter Chung, Jim Lee, Warren Ellis, Cully Hamner, […]

Iran Protests "Persepolis" Screening at Cannes Film Festival

by Ed Liuon May 21, 2007
The Iranian Farabi Cinema Foundation has sent a letter of protest to the French Embassy in Tehran over the screening of the animated movie Persepolis at the Cannes Film Festival. The government-affiliated organization claimed that the movie, “has presented an unrealistic face of the achievements and results of the glorious Islamic Revolution in some of […]

NY Times on the Faith-Based Mockery of "Moral Orel"

by Ed Liuon May 21, 2007
The New York Times has taken a look at Adult Swim’s Moral Orel (registration required), a stop-motion animated satire of religious hypocrisy that is often described as a parody of the classic Davey & Goliath TV show. The article describes how creator Dino Stamatopoulos views the show, the unsurprising backlash from conservative Christian organizations, and […]