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Mark Evanier on Disney's "Oswald"

Writer Mark Evanier has posted a history of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit on his weblog. He follows Oswald’s winding path through Hollywood, which has finally returned him to his roots at Disney in return for sportscaster Al Michaels, and even details how a Presidential assassination caused trouble for the character.

NY Times on "Ultimate Avengers" DVD

The New York Times takes a look at the Ultimate Avengers DVD and the deal between Lions Gate Home Entertainment and Marvel that birthed it (registration required). Marvel Studios chairman Avi Arad and Lions Gate president Steve Beeks are briefly quoted discussing the economics of the decision and their sales expectations.

"The Phantom" Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Comicon.com’s PULSE News has posted a feature article commemorating the 70th anniversary of Lee Falk’s The Phantom comic strip. In addition to the newspaper comic strip (still in syndication from King Features Syndicate) and several comic books, Falk’s mysterious purple-clad crime-fighter has starred in two feature films (one 1943 serial and one cult-favorite 1996 film […]

Marty Sklar Steps Down as Disney's Head Imagineer

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Marty Sklar is stepping down as principal creative executive of the Walt Disney Imagineering division (free registration required). The 72-year old Sklar is one of the few remaining Disney employees who worked closely with Walt Disney, who stated that he planned to retire after the 50th anniversary of […]

Disney Debuts On-Line Subscription Service for Preschoolers

Disney has debuted a $50 a year service targeted at pre-schoolers, according to a report in the New York Times (registration required). The fee and an 85 megabyte download will grant access to Playhouse Disney Preschool Time Online, which will host Web features and downloadable content like “fast-playing games and TV-like animation.” In a related […]

Saturn Awards Nominate "Howl," "Wallace & Gromit"

The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Films has named the latest Saturn Award nominees. The nominees for Best Animated Film are Howl’s Moving Castle, Chicken Little, Corpse Bride, Hoodwinked, Madagascar, and Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. (via Nausicaa.net)

Chuck Austen Talks Comics, Internet Hatred, and "Tripping the Rift"

A two-part interview with writer Chuck Austen has been posted at Comic Book Resources (part 1 and part 2). Austen was a frequent target of Internet rampage while he was writing comic books for DC and Marvel, but he achieved some success with the animated Tripping the Rift on the Sci Fi Channel, which he […]

UMDs Lagging, Studios Cut Back

A report in Daily Variety states that sales of movies on UMD for the PlayStation Portable are lagging, and that Sony, Paramount, and Time Warner are all cutting back on their offerings in the new format (subscription required, RottenTomatoes.com summarizes the article). The only successful movies on the format seem to be TV comedy shows, […]

Joe Roth on Pixar/Disney Deal

Joe Roth has been interviewed by About.com about his work with Revolution Studios and the Disney/Pixar merger. Roth is a board member at Pixar Animation Studios and a former chairman of Walt Disney Studios. Among other things, Roth states his belief that, “Pixar will totally infuse Disney with its own stuff.” (via Internet Movie Database […]

"Tales from Earthsea" Voice Casting Announcement

Nausicaa.net has posted voice casting information for the studio’s upcoming Tales from Earthsea film, with Bunta Sugawara (Kamaji in Spirited Away) cast as Ged and Junichi Okada as Prince Arren.

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