The March issue of Wired magazine contains a cover story titled “How Digital Animation Conquered Hollywood,” now available on the Wired website. The article covers subjects as diverse as pure CGI-animation, performance capture (as in King Kong), “green screening” (as in Sin City), and digital compositing (as with glass and reflection effects in Steven Spielberg’s […]
DreamWorks Animation SKG has just announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2005, reporting net income of $63.2 million (or 61 cents per share) on revenues of $172.9 million. These numbers represent a significant drop from 4Q 2004 results ($192 million profit on $495.7 million revenue), but were still significantly higher than Wall […]
Writer Andrew Dabb has been interviewed by Comicon.com’s PULSE News about his work on the G.I. Joe Sigma 6 licensed comic book published by Devil’s Due Publishing. Among other topics, Dabb discusses his artistic influences, the challenges in writing for younger audiences, and his favorite members of the G.I. Joe team. Five preview pages are […]
A report on the Lyris Lite weblog is stating that the UK and Australian DVD release of Ren and Stimpy Season 1 and 2 has been censored. Slightly over 3 minutes have been cut from the “Out West” cartoon to conform to British Board of Film Censors regulations, which prohibit the depiction of hanging as […]
AtomFilms has just launched their “AtomFilms To Go” service, which allows people to download short films optimized for display on portable devices such as Sony’s PSP and Apple’s iPod Video. Included in the launch titles are several animated offerings, including Bill Plympton’s “Your Face” and “Vampz,” which depicts vampire sibling rivalry.
A post at the Los Angeles Times‘ “Channel Island” weblog notes that a live-action version of the Simpsons opening sequence posted on YouTube.com has been a rampaging success. Originally commissioned by director Chris Palmer and UK ad agency Devilfish, the ad has spread throughout the Internet with incredible speed, achieving the “viral marketing” goals of […]
Jeannie Schulz, the widow of famed Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz, has been profiled in an article syndicated by the Los Angeles Times. The article goes into Jeannie Schulz’s life and her marriage to Charles Schulz, her stewardship of the Peanuts legacy and the Charles Schulz Museum and Research Center, and how she finds balance through […]
The latest Animated Shorts column at Newsarama.com has interviewed Terry Kalagian, Cartoon Network VP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions. Among the topics discussed are the ratings for CN’s various anime properties, new acquisitions (or the inability of Kalagian to say anything about them), and details behind the airing of Marvel’s new animated movies.
Pixar Animation Studios announced profits of $30.9 million on revenues of $55.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2005, for earnings of $0.25 per diluted share. These results are significantly lower than those from a year ago, whose $55.2 million profit rivaled this past quarter’s entire profit. However, the quarterly numbers capped off Pixar’s most […]