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Disney Reports 1Q 2007 Profit of $1.7 Billion

by Ed Liuon February 7, 2007
The Walt Disney Company announced a net income of $1.7 billion for the first quarter of 2007, on earnings of $9.725 billion. The profit is more than double the profit from the same quarter a year ago, although the final number was boosted by one-time sales of assets.

Kelly Hu on Voicing Okiku in "Afro Samurai"

by Ed Liuon February 7, 2007
Actress Kelly Hu has been interviewed by Newsarama.com about a variety of her current projects, including her role as Okiku in Spike’s Afro Samurai, as well as her roles as a “massage therapist” on the ABC sitcom In Case of Emergency and as Lady Deathstrike in X-2.

Emanuele Luzzati, Oscar-Nominated Animator, 1921 – 2007

by Ed Liuon February 7, 2007
Italian animator Emanuele Luzzati has died at his home in Genoa, Italy, at the age of 85. Luzzati’s colorful and dreamlike artistic style yielded two Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Short Film (or the equivalent category): one in 1965 for The Thieving Magpie (La Gazza Ladra) and one in 1973 for Pulcinella. Luzzati also […]

Finalists Announced for 2007 American Anime Awards

by Ed Liuon February 7, 2007
The final list of candidates for the American Anime Awards has been announced: Best Actor Johnny Yong Bosch (Akira, Bleach, Eureka 7) Crispin Freeman (Hellsing Ultimate, Noein, Revolutionary Girl Utena) Richard Hayworth (Rurouni Kenshin) Yuri Lowenthal (Naruto) Vic Mignogna (Fullmetal Alchemist, Macross) Best Actress Luci Christian (Princess Tutu) Susan Dalian (Naruto) Mary Elizabeth (Ghost in […]

Public TV Plans Latino Network to Include Dubbed Animation

by Ed Liuon February 7, 2007
A report in the New York Times details the expected announcement of V-me, a new public broadcasting network aimed at Latino populations in major American cities (registration required). The expected programming palette will be a mix of original and dubbed programming. Franny’s Feet and Lunar Jim, two animated children’s shows, were cited by name to […]

"Hellboy Animated" Interviews with Creator Mike Mignola and Director Tad Stones

by Ed Liuon February 6, 2007
Newsarama.com’s “Animated Shorts” column has posted an interview with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola about the Hellboy Animated direct-to-video films. Mignola discusses his past work in animation, from Disney’s Atlantis to an aborted New Gods series for Warner Brothers; the difference between working in comics and animation; and why SciFi’s Amazing Screw-on Head makes him uncomfortable. […]

Peter S. Beagle on "The Last Unicorn" 25th Anniversary

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2007
Peter S. Beagle is one of those creators who proves that the universe is not fair in distributing talent. His first novel, A Fine and Private Place, was written when he was at the ripe old age of 19, and he followed it up with a huge library of highly beloved novels that get categorized […]

Disney and Robert Zemeckis Team for Performance Capture Animation Studio

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2007
The Walt Disney Company announced that it has entered into a deal with director Robert Zemeckis (The Polar Express) to establish a new film company that will develop 3-D animated movies using performance-capture technology. The deal stipulates that Zemeckis will produce and direct an undisclosed number of movies for the film company.

LA Times on "Tekkon Kinkreet," American-directed Anime

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2007
The Los Angeles Times has profiled director Michael Arias, the American-born director of the anime movie Tekkon Kinkreet (free registration required). The movie is based on a manga series by Taiyo Matsumoto, and (according to the times) is the first major anime feature film to have a non-Japanese director. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat)

Voice Casting Calls Held for Miyazaki’s Next Film

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2007
According to Nausicaa.net, the Studio Ghibli production diary notes that casting has begun for Hayao Miyazaki’s next film, with 160 children attending the audition. Details about the next film are still pending.