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Marvel Mangaverse Character Design Preview

Newsarama.com has posted several character design previews of Marvel Comics’ New Mangaverse – Rings of Fate #1, a mini-series scheduled to begin in January. The series will be written by Marvel editor C.B. Cebulski with artwork by Tommy Ohtsuka.

No Theatrical Release for English-dub "Totoro"

Nausicaa.net has posted a report from the English dub premiere of Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro. The report notes that there are no plans for any theatrical release of the movie and follows up on several Ghibli DVD projects, including the news that a release of Isao Takahata’s Only Yesterday has been shelved indefinitely.

The Long Journey of "Where the Wild Things Are" from Page to Screen

The New York Times has an article detailing the long and arduous process of turning Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are from a book to a movie (registration required). While many earlier versions were envisioned as animation projects, the current film in pre-production will involve live-action animatronic actors with computer-generated faces. Spike Jonze is […]

On-Line Comics Previews for October 21: New X-Men, Stardust Kid, Robotika

The following on-line previews for comics are available now: – Mile High Comics has previews of comics from DC and Marvel scheduled for release on October 26, including Jack Cross #3 (DC) by Warren Ellis and Gary Erksine; Solo #7 (DC) by Mike Allred, et al; Amazing Spider-Man #525 (Marvel) by Peter David and Mike […]

Animated Selections for Variety's "Top 100" Icons: Mickey, H&B

In conjunction with their 100th anniversary, Variety magazine has released their list of the top 100 entertainment icons of the past century. Mickey Mouse joins figures like Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, the Beatles, and Elvis Presley in the top 10. The full list of animation icons includes Bugs Bunny, Betty Boop, the Flintstones, Snoopy, and […]

NY Times Talks to "South Park" Creators on Season 9

On the eve of the second half of their ninth season, the New York Times has spoken to South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone about the current and future plans for the show (registration required). The duo talk about their six-day production schedule, how they develop their shows, and the vague plans they […]

DVD Talk Interviews Richard Golezowski of Aardman

DVDTalk.com has conducted an e-mail interview with Richard Golezowski of Aardman Animation. Golezowski is the director of the on-going Creature Comforts series.

Charles Rocket 1949 - 2005

Actor Charles Rocket (real name Charles Claverie) has been found dead of an apparent suicide. Known for uttering a four-letter word on Saturday Night Live which cost him his job, Rocket provided voice-over work for a number of animated shows, including Batman/Superman Adventures, The Zeta Project, Men in Black, and Titan A.E.

Animated "Mobisodes" Coming to a Cell Phone Near You?

The New York Times covers the growing amount of programming aimed at cell phone and other mobile users (registration required). In addition to spinoffs for network shows 24 and The Simple Life, several upcoming “mobisode” programs will be animated, including Samurai Love God from Viacom. Several animated mobile programs are already available in Japan.

Hayao Miyazaki and Nick Park to Talk at Tokyo Film Festival

Anime News Service is reporting that Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki and Aardman Animation’s Nick Park will be giving a joint talk at the Tokyo Film Festival at 2:30 PM on October 23rd. The talk came about due to “recent friendly work relations” between the two studios. (via Nausicaa.net)

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