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Isaac Hayes Spokesperson Denies "South Park" Rumors

A spokesperson for soul singer Isaac Hayes has publicly refuted rumors that Hayes had a stroke in January, and that his decision to quit South Park was made by someone other than Hayes himself. Hayes’ sudden departure was attributed to an episode of South Park that poked fun at the Church of Scientology, while Roger […]

Jim Hill on the Death of "Gnomeo & Juliet," Retooling of "Robinsons"

Disney-watcher Jim Hill has stated that Disney’s Gnomeo and Juliet has been axed by incoming creative executives John Lasseter and Ed Catmull. The CGI-animated film was to re-tell Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with garden gnomes, set to a soundtrack by British rocker Elton John. The same report also states that a workprint of Meet the […]

Disney's "Kingdom Hearts II" Ships

A press release notes that the Kingdom Hearts II role-playing game for the PlayStation 2 has shipped to North America. The sequel to 2002′s Kingdom Hearts is a co-production of Buena Vista Games, Inc. and Square Enix, and features a lineup of original characters next to classic characters from Disney animated movies and Square/Enix role-playing […]

Disney's "The Wild" to Debut at El Capitan Theatre April 14

A press release from Disney states that The Wild will debut at the El Capitan theatre in Los Angeles, running from April 14 to May 11. The CGI-animated movie follows a set of animals from the New York Zoo who hit the mean streets to save one of their own. Viewers will also get a […]

"20 Years of Pixar" Exhibit at London's Science Museum April 1

The “Pixar: 20 Years of Animation” exhibit will be opening at London’s Science Museum on April 1, running through to June 10, 2006. The museum’s “Talk Animation!” series will also host 3 separate Pixar artists to speak about their work with the studio: April 3: Loren Carpenter, Senior Scientist April 5: Dan Mason, Animator April […]

Buy Stan Lee's Benz

A post on writer Mark Evanier’s weblog directs readers to an eBay listing where Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee is selling his Mercedes-Benz 420 SEL gray touring sedan. According to the listing, the car has 48,500 miles on the odometer, and the winning bidder will be able to get the car autographed by Lee “on […]

"Wallace & Gromit," "Madagascar," and "Corpse Bride" Up for Reuben Awards

The National Cartoonists Society has just announced most of the nominees for the 60th Annual Reuben Awards. Nominees in the “Animation Feature” category are Nick Park (Director, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit), Craig Kellman (Character Designer, Madagascar), and Carlos Grangel (Character Designer, Corpse Bride). Nominees for the Animation Television category should be […]

NY Times on Nick's "Wonder Pets"

The New York Times has a profile article on Nickelodeon’s Wonder Pets, a new animated series in the Nick Jr. programming block (registration required). The show was created by Josh Selig, an alumnus of Sesame Street and Little Bill, and makes novel use of “photo-puppetry” animation and musical accompaniment to tell stories of a trio […]

Buzzscope Interviews John Taddeo and Billy Dallas Patton on "Zoom Suit"

Buzzscope.com’s Ronee Garcia Bourgeois has interviewed John Taddeo and Billy Dallas Patton, writer and artist for Zoom Suit. The comic book is based on Taddeo’s award-winning animated short film about a boy who finds a suit of battle armor and becomes a superhero. The first issue of the comic is currently scheduled to ship in […]

Hudson Reporter on Felix the Cat

An article in the Hudson Reporter summarizes the life of Otto Messmer and his animated creation Felix the Cat, who was one of animation’s earliest film stars. The impetus for the article was apparently Messmer’s formative years spent in West Hoboken, NJ (now Union City). (via Tom Spurgeon’s Comics Reporter)

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