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Animated Shorts Interviews Bruce Timm (UPDATED with Part 2)

by Ed Liuon March 20, 2007
Newsarama.com’s Animated Shorts column has posted part 1 of an interview with Bruce Timm, discussing his early career in animation with Filmation, Don Bluth, Ralph Bakshi, and the early days of Batman. UPDATED March 20, 2007: Part 2 of the interview has been posted, where Timm discusses the new direct-to-video movies coming soon. Timm discusses […]

"Avatar" Co-Creators Support Shyamalan’s Live-Action Version

by Ed Liuon March 20, 2007
A brief notice on SciFi Wire quotes the co-creators of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender supporting the live-action movie version to be written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko both expressed great enthusiasm for the project and Shyamalan’s work in particular, and stated that it was, “too soon to comment […]

WFMU Pays Tribute to Walter Tetley, Voice of Sherman (of "& Mr. Peabody")

by Ed Liuon March 20, 2007
The weblog of Jersey City radio station WFMU has posted a lengthy appreciation of voice actor Walter Tetley, whose career began in radio and then extended to being Sherman of the “Sherman and Mr. Peabody” segments of Rocky & Bullwinkle. Tetley was born with a rare hormonal disorder that prevented the full effects of puberty, […]

Alan Burnett to Write "Superman/Batman" in June

by Ed Liuon March 19, 2007
The latest DC Comics advance solicitation information for June 2007 has been released, and reveals that Alan Burnett will be writing a six-part story arc for Superman/Batman. Superman/Batman #37 will begin “Torment,” which promises to “challenge Batman’s and Superman’s very souls.” Burnett has served as writer and producer for Batman the Animated Series, Superman the […]

Anime Network to Televise American Anime Awards

by Ed Liuon March 19, 2007
ADV has announced that the Anime Network will be airing its “all access” coverage of this year’s American Anime Awards, held at the 2007 New York Comic Con in February. The coverage will be aired on March 23 (broadcast) and April 5 (Video on Demand).

Song Yang Aims for "Bad Girl" to be Chinese Cartoon Icon

by Ed Liuon March 19, 2007
An article in the Independent Online Edition profiles Chinese cartoonist Song Yang, whose Bad Girl comic is spreading to a variety of other media, including animation and advertising. The comic’s heroine, Little P, reflects life in China’s cities, focusing on fashion and the latest mobile phones. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat)

NY Times Profiles Amy Poehler

by Ed Liuon March 19, 2007
The New York Times has profiled actress and comedian Amy Poehler (registration required) and her ascent through Hollywood. The article closes with her upcoming projects, one of which is the animated show The Mighty B on Nickelodeon where Poehler plays the title character, “a girl she described as “superoptimistic and a super spaz.”

Peter Pan Platinum Edition: Faith and Trust and a Little Bit of Digital Remastering

by Ed Liuon March 19, 2007
According to one of the special features on Disney’s Peter Pan Platinum Edition, Walt Disney took on the title role in a school production of the original J.M. Barrie stage play. During the climactic duel scene, Disney was hoisted aloft by a block and tackle system, only to end up sailing into the audience. Despite […]

ASIFA Posts Alex Toth Model Sheets

by Ed Liuon March 19, 2007
The ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive Project weblog has posted several model sheets by renowned artist Alex Toth for a variety of classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons, including Johnny Quest, Shazzan, and The Herculoids. (via Tom Spurgeon’s Comics Reporter)

NY Times on "Pale Force"’s Jim Gaffigan

by Ed Liuon March 19, 2007
The New York Times has profiled stand-up comedian and actor Jim Gaffigan, who is half of the animated superhero duo Pale Force with sidekick Conan O’Brien (registration required). The article details how Gaffigan meets audience members after all his shows, how his star has slowly risen in Hollywood, and describes the multiple roles he fills […]