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Disney and Robert Zemeckis Team for Performance Capture Animation Studio

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2007
The Walt Disney Company announced that it has entered into a deal with director Robert Zemeckis (The Polar Express) to establish a new film company that will develop 3-D animated movies using performance-capture technology. The deal stipulates that Zemeckis will produce and direct an undisclosed number of movies for the film company.

LA Times on "Tekkon Kinkreet," American-directed Anime

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2007
The Los Angeles Times has profiled director Michael Arias, the American-born director of the anime movie Tekkon Kinkreet (free registration required). The movie is based on a manga series by Taiyo Matsumoto, and (according to the times) is the first major anime feature film to have a non-Japanese director. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat)

Voice Casting Calls Held for Miyazaki’s Next Film

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2007
According to Nausicaa.net, the Studio Ghibli production diary notes that casting has begun for Hayao Miyazaki’s next film, with 160 children attending the audition. Details about the next film are still pending.

"Legion of Superheroes," "The Batman," "Foster’s," "Camp Lazlo" Renewed

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2007
According to a post at the Animation Guild weblog, several Warner Brothers animated shows have been greenlit for new seasons. On Cartoon Network, Ben 10, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, and Camp Lazlo have all been renewed, although the TAG blog states that Camp Lazlo may be facing its final season with this renewal. On […]

"Cinderella III" Makes Real Movie Magic

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2007
Even before seeing it, Disney fans are citing many reasons to dislike Cinderella III. It’s another direct-to-video sequel from the Disney studios, joining a crowded field of sequels that range from the pretty good to the nearly unwatchable. It’s also a sequel to one of the studio’s most beloved animated classics, even though the original’s […]

"Batman: Harley and Ivy" TPB Coming in July 2007 (UPDATED: Ninja Scroll TPB in Aug)

by Ed Liuon February 2, 2007
DC Comics has released a list of trade paperbacks and hardcovers coming from June to August 2007. Bruce Timm and Paul Dini’s Batman: Harley and Ivy three-issue mini-series will be collected for a July 2007 release, along with a backup story originally published in Batman: Gotham Knights #14. Other books of interest include Batman: Ego […]

PvP Launches Online Animated Series

by Ed Liuon February 2, 2007
A press release from Blind Ferret Entertainment is announcing the release of the first episode of PVP: The Animated Series, available to subscribers at www.pvponline.com. The first season will run 12 episodes, with a DVD to follow.

New "Garfield" Animated Series on the Way

by Ed Liuon February 2, 2007
Writer Mark Evanier has posted a release from Paws, Inc., announcing that a new Garfield animated series is in the works. Evanier confirmed the release’s statement that he will write the series, and further stated that he will be voice directing as well. There is no information at this time about when the series will […]

New Wallace and Gromit Project in the Works

by Ed Liuon February 1, 2007
A day after the announcement that DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Studios would be ending their partnership, Aardman spokesperson Aaron Sheriff has stated that, “There is a project on the table right now” for Wallace and Gromit, the studio’s most famous stars. The characters will be done in Aardman’s trademark claymation rather than the CGI used […]

Frank Welker Hints at New "Transformers" Series

by Ed Liuon February 1, 2007
On his official website, voice actor Frank Welker stated that he is not going to be voicing any characters in the upcoming live-action Transformers movie. However, he did state that, “They are doing a new series based on our old shows which neither Peter nor I were cast.” He further states that Corey Burton will […]