VIZ Media on 2005 Results and 2006 Plans

Newsarama.com’s ongoing “State of the Union” feature has interviewed Evelyn Dubocq, Director of Public Relations at VIZ Media. Among the topics discussed are the merger of VIZ and ShoPro, the success of Naruto and Fullmetal Alchemist, and the company’s plans for 2006.

Warren Buffett: Cartoon Character

Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and known in financial circles as the “Oracle of Omaha,” will be lending his voice to a cartoon character, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times (free registration required). The movie, entitled The Secret Millionaire’s Club, will be produced by DIC Entertainment Holdings and is intended at […]

Newsarama Hosts Exclusive "Ultimate Avengers" Clip

Newsarama.com has posted an exclusive clip from Ultimate Avengers: the Movie, the direct-to-video animated movie coming in two weeks from Marvel Entertainment and Lion’s Gate. The clip is in Windows Media format.

Curious George's Long Strange Trip from Page to Screen

A lengthy article in the Los Angeles Times details the long journey Curious George has taken from classic children’s book to the film incarnation coming to multiplex screens on Friday, February 10, 2006. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog)

Andreas Deja Talks Up "Bambi II"

Veteran animator and animation consultant Andreas Deja has spoken to Comicon.com’s PULSE News about Bambi II, the direct-to-video sequel to Disney’s classic film. Deja speaks about his role in the making of the film and his reactions to seeing the final finished product.

Nick Park and Steve Box Talk "Wallace & Gromit"

The San Francisco Examiner spoke to Aardman animators Nick Park and Steve Box about their work on Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. The brief article goes into the demands of the stop-motion process and what the future has in store for the duo.

Samuel L. Jackson Briefly Talks "Afro Samurai"

Actor Samuel L. Jackson spoke to Sci Fi Wire briefly about Comic Book Resources Comic Reel column, coming later this year on Spike TV. Jackson stated that his work on the five episodes is complete, and that future episodes will depend on how well the show is received. (via Comic Book Resources Comic Reel column)

Mike Parobeck Memorial Posted

George Khoury has posted a lengthy tribute at Newsarama.com to the late Mike Parobeck. Parobeck is best known for his lengthy tenure on the tie-in comics to Batman the Animated Series, where he would give away two fully-rendered sketches per month to the best letter column correspondents. Parobeck died due to complications with diabetes in […]

"Wallace & Gromit" Sweep Annie Awards

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit swept the 33rd Annual Annie Awards, winning all 10 of the awards it was nominated for. A full list of the nominees and winners is available at the Annie Awards web site.

Myron Waldman 1908 - 2006

Animation director Myron Waldman passed away at the age of 97 on the morning of February 4. Waldman was a key figure in the heyday of the Fleischer Studios, working on Betty Boop, Superman, Popeye the Sailor, and Raggedy Ann and Andy. Animation historian and enthusiast Jerry Beck has posted an appreciation at CartoonBrew.com, and […]

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