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Donald Duck Comes in Third in Finnish Presidential Election

In a presidential runoff election in Finland, perennial write-in candidate Aku Ankka came in third behind socialist Tarja Halonen and conservative Sauli Niinasto. Ankka is better known by his English name of Donald Duck, whose comic books are wildly popular in Finland. Halonen was the ultimate winner of the election. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat […]

"Ultimate Avengers" DVD Press Conference News

Comicon.com’s PULSE News covers a Marvel press conference about the New X-Men comic book and the Ultimate Avengers direct-to-video animated DVD. The movie was extremely well received at its debut at Wondercon, and a sequel is already planned for a July release.

Pixar's "Cars" at Wondercon

A report at IESB covers Pixar’s Cars previews at Wondercon this past weekend. The report describes two clips from the movie and some “behind the scenes” discussion with the Pixar staff. Other expected animation news did not seem to materialize. A summary of the comic book related news can be found at Tom Spurgeon’s Comics […]

2 Arrested in Murder of "Curious George" Collaborator

Two men have been arrested in the murder of Allen Shalleck, reported earlier this week. Shalleck was a collaborator with author Margaret Rey for 28 Curious George books. He also directed 104 five-minute Curious George short films which aired on the Disney Channel. The police are reporting that both of the arrested men have admitted […]

Disney Trades Sportscaster for Cartoon Rabbit

Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog notes that the Walt Disney Company has traded ABC sportscaster Al Michaels to Universal/NBC in return for the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Oswald is an animated cartoon character created by Walt Disney in 1927, pre-dating Mickey Mouse; Universal has held the rights to Oswald’s cartoons for 77 years. […]

NTV's Hayao Miyazaki Interview Available On-line

Nausicaa.net is reporting that an interview with director Hayao Miyazaki aired on Japan’s NTV is available now at Ghibli World. The short film, currently unsubtitled, contains footage of the short films which can only be seen at the Studio Ghibli Museum.

Dark Horse Announces "Peanuts" Collectible Statuettes

Dark Horse’s licensing division has announced a lineup of collectible statuettes based on Charles Schulz’s Peanuts characters. The statuettes will be 4-5 inches high and will be modeled on vintage “syroco” figurines. Charlie Brown will inaugurate the line in September 2006 and will be followed by Lucy, Linus, Schroder, Pig Pen, Peppermint Patty, Sally, Snoopy, […]

Allen Shalleck, "Curious George" Collaborator, Found Dead in Florida

Editor, writer, and director Allen Shalleck has been found dead on the driveway of his mobile home in Florida. Shalleck, 76, co-edited several Curious George books and also helped write and direct 104 animated Curious George short films. The police are treating the death as a possible homicide.

VIZ Media on 2005 Results and 2006 Plans

Newsarama.com’s ongoing “State of the Union” feature has interviewed Evelyn Dubocq, Director of Public Relations at VIZ Media. Among the topics discussed are the merger of VIZ and ShoPro, the success of Naruto and Fullmetal Alchemist, and the company’s plans for 2006.

Warren Buffett: Cartoon Character

Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and known in financial circles as the “Oracle of Omaha,” will be lending his voice to a cartoon character, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times (free registration required). The movie, entitled The Secret Millionaire’s Club, will be produced by DIC Entertainment Holdings and is intended at […]

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