Bruce Hart, a composer and lyricist, has passed away at the age of 68 due to lung cancer (registration required). Hart’s best known lyrics are for the theme song to Sesame Street, but he was also the composer for the famous Free to Be…You and Me, which mixed live-action and animation for a legendary TV […]
A report at Jim Hill Media is deducing that Enchanted, a new hybrid animated/live-action movie, will resurrect the currently moribund Disney hand-drawn animation division. Hill states that the movie, which features an animated fairy-tale princess flung into live-action modern-day Manhattan by an evil queen, will use traditional hand-drawn animation for its fairy-tale segments. Prior reports […]
This week’s Animated Shorts column at Newsarama.com features LeSean Thomas, co-director of the Boondocks animated series on Adult Swim. Thomas discusses his path from comics to animation, his animation influences, and his upcoming projects in animation and comics. Other features in the column include an article about Dougal, an upcoming CGI film from the Weinstein […]
A report in Variety states that the Chinese government has banned foreign films that mix human and animated characters, as done in Space Jam or Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The ban will only apply to future films. At least one industry analyst belives the ban is driven by a desire to boost China’s domestic animation […]
Surveillance video camera footage has caught superhero Spider-Man brazenly robbing a comic book shop in broad daylight. A man in a Spider-Man mask walked into Dream World Comic Books of Culver City, CA, smashed a display case, grabbed several rare comics, and fled the scene on foot. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog)
A group of Catholic bishops in New Zealand is protesting an upcoming episode of South Park. The seven bishops sent an open letter to all Catholics to boycott the news services and advertisers of TV3. The episode has drawn criticism from New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and from Muslim groups expressing solidarity with Catholics. […]
The Chicago Tribune has published an article about otaku (“fanboy”) culture in Japan and the growing impact their lifestyle is having on the Japanese economy. The article also addresses the psychology behind one particularly fervent anime collector and how the growing otaku population both mirrors and affects Japanese society as a whole.