A report by the National Academy of Sciences has sharply criticized the marketing practices of the food and beverage industries, especially the use of popular cartoon characters like SpongeBob SquarePants and Shrek to sell junk food to children. The report recommends Congress take action to restrict marketing practices if the food companies do not act […]
USA Today is reporting that Disney will replace Christopher Robin with an as-yet-unnamed 6-year-old girl character in an animated Winnie the Pooh series to be released in 2007. The computer-generated series My Friends Tigger and Pooh will be only one of several events arranged for the 80th anniversary of the Pooh character.
Writer Adam Beechen has been interviewed by Comic Book Resources about his imminent takeover of DC Comics’ Robin solo comic book title in the wake of DC’s Infinite Crisis crossover. Beechen talks about his approach to the title and the character, describing it as “teenage CSI,” and the frustrations of not being able to talk […]
Film critic and historian Leonard Maltin has been interviewed by DVD Talk Radio about the latest releases in the Walt Disney Treasures Collection. Maltin also talks about the state of animation and the relationship between Hayao Miyazaki and Walt Disney. A 7MB MP3 file of the 10-minute interview is available for downloading.
Devil’s Due Publishing has announced G.I. Joe Special Missions: Manhattan, a one-shot comic coming in February 2006 and available for pre-order now. The 48-page one-shot comic will feature a story involving a race for a biological weapon, with character profiles and a backup story introducing America’s Elite Pets.
Del Rey Manga has announced the acquisition of the English-language rights to Gundam Seed Destiny, the latest manga series in the Gundam franchise. The story revolves around subterfuge that threatens to re-ignite the war between the Naturals and the Coordinators. The first volume will go on sale in July 2006.
The Los Angeles Times has published a feature article about A Charlie Brown Christmas, detailing the progression of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts newspaper strip into the beloved animated special (free registration required). Among other facts, the newspaper notes that Schulz was highly reluctant to do the show at all, but then became the only one involved […]
An Associated Press article profiles several small animation studios seeking to challenge the market dominance of animation frontrunners Pixar Animation Studios and Dreamworks Animation SKG. The studios mentioned include Orphanage Animation Studios (who recently hired Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory creator Genndy Tartakovsky), Wild Brain, and CritterPix.