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Peter Kleinow, Stop-Motion Animator, 1934 – 2007

by Ed Liuon January 10, 2007
The Cartoon Brew weblog is reporting that stop-motion animator Peter Kleinow passed away last Saturday, January 6, 2007, at the age of 72. Kleinow animated both the original Gumby and Davey & Goliath TV shows, the original robot Terminator in the 1984 science fiction movie of the same name, and commercials with characters like the […]

Penguins Making Waves in Ads, Thanks to Animated Versions

by Ed Liuon January 10, 2007
The New York Times notes a wave of penguin-themed advertisements coming soon (registration required), crediting their success as pitchmen to the successes of DreamWorks’ Madagascar and Warner Brothers’ Happy Feet, in addition to the live-action sleeper hit March of the Penguins. The trend may not let up any time soon, with penguins appearing in ad […]

James Cameron’s "Avatar" to Break New Ground in CGI Animation

by Ed Liuon January 10, 2007
An article in the New York Times details the innovations behind James Cameron’s upcoming movie Avatar (registration required), an ambitious project that will use a variety of new technologies and techniques to integrate computer-generated animation and live-action footage. The work will involve both motion-capture and traditional CGI effects work with innovations like a camera that […]

Studio Ghibli Releasing More Foreign Films in Japan; Plans Film with Foreign Director

by Ed Liuon January 9, 2007
Nausicaa.net is reporting that Studio Ghibli is branching out further into film distribution in Japan, focusing on bringing foreign animated films to Japanese movie theaters after a successful run of the French Le Roi et L’Oiseau. The next film to be brought to Japan by Ghibli will be My Love by Aleksandr Petrov, to be […]

Luc Besson Talks "Arthur and the Invisibles"

by Ed Liuon January 9, 2007
Newsarama.com has posted an interview with Luc Besson, director of the forthcoming Arthur and the Invisibles. Besson discusses the genesis of the movie, the many valued contributions of artist/designer Patrice Garcia, and the live-action/CGI hybrid technique he used for the film.

New "TMNT" Images Available

by Ed Liuon January 8, 2007
Comic Book Resources has posted several new images of the TMNT movie, showing the titular ninja turtles and their master Splinter. The movie is scheduled for release at the end of March.

"The Replacements," "Yin Yang Yo!" Renewed for New Seasons

by Ed Liuon January 8, 2007
Toon Disney’s Yin Yang Yo! has been renewed for a second season of 26 half-hour episodes. Since its debut in September, the show has received the highest ratings of all shows in Toon Disney’s Jetix programming block. The show centers on Yin and Yang, two hyperkinetic tween rabbits learning the mystic martial art of Woo […]

Chris Yost on the New X-Men and X-23

by Ed Liuon January 8, 2007
Writer Chris Yost has been interviewed by Comicon.com’s PULSE News about his work on New X-Men for Marvel Comics. Yost discusses the current state of affairs for the younger, newer generation of X-Men and how the work differs from the writing he and his writing partner Craig Kyle did for X-Men Evolution. Special focus is […]

AvatarSpirit.net Interviews Voice Actor Jessie Flower (UPDATED)

by Ed Liuon January 5, 2007
AvatarSpirit.net has posted part 1 of an interview with voice actor Jessie Flower on her roles on Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender. This section includes answers on how her earlier role as Meng is related to her current recurring role as Earthbending master Toph and how she gets into character as Toph. UPDATED 05-Jan-2007: Part […]

Pixar-based Rides Coming to Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

by Ed Liuon January 5, 2007
The Walt Disney Corporation announced several new attractions and rides that will be rolled out to their amusement parks and resorts internationally throughout 2007. Included in the list are several attractions built around Pixar Animation Studios movies, including several Finding Nemo underwater attractions, a comedy club experience based on Monsters Inc, and a racing ride […]