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Prescott Wright, co-founder of ASIFA-SF and Ottowa Int’l Animation Fest, 1935 – 2006

by Ed Liuon January 2, 2007
The Cartoon Brew weblog is relaying the information that Prescott Wright passed away on December 28, 2006, at the age of 71. Wright was a co-founder of the Ottowa International Animation Festival and of ASIFA-San Francisco.

"Robin Hood: Most Wanted Edition" Misses the Mark as a Film

by Ed Liuon December 29, 2006
Robin Hood is one of the world’s truly enduring fictional characters. The outlaw who robs from the rich to give to the poor has always had obvious popular appeal, and Robin’s roguish charm and wily intelligence place him alongside classic trickster figures of myth and folklore. The thief and his merry men have been film […]

Cinematical on Cartoon Oscar Lobbying

by Ed Liuon December 28, 2006
The Cinematical weblog is reporting on Hollywood studio efforts to lobby for the 2006 Best Animated Film Academy Award. Writer Jennifer DeFilippo notes that the increased number of releases and the continued success of Happy Feet over Casino Royale at the box office has led to studio lobbying comparable to live-action Oscar efforts. (via Heidi […]

NY Times on Savion Glover’s Lack of Credit for "Happy Feet"

by Ed Liuon December 28, 2006
The New York Times discusses tap-dancer Savion Glover’s role in the hit CGI-animated film Happy Feet, and the lack of recognition of his part (registration required). Glover is a famed Broadway tap-dancer and Sesame Street alumnus who was motion-captured to provide the dancing for Mumble, the lead penguin of the movie, but is largely unrecognized […]

Guy Michelmore on Making Marvelous Scores for "Ultimate Avengers" and "Iron Man"

by Ed Liuon December 28, 2006 has posted an interview with composer Guy Michelmore about writing the scores to the Ultimate Avengers and Invincible Iron Man direct-to-video animated movies. The interview also links to 4 free MP3 files of Michelmore’s music, yielding one song each from Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, The Invincible Iron Man, and Dr. Strange.

"A Charlie Brown Christmas:" The Finest Christmas Cartoon of All Time

by Ed Liuon December 24, 2006
According to producer Lee Mendelson, the two top executives at CBS reacted negatively when they watched A Charlie Brown Christmas for the first time in 1965. “It seems a little flat…a little slow,” said one of them. The other said they would still air it since it was finished and paid for, but wouldn’t order […]

Dick Van Dyke: Computer Animator

by Ed Liuon December 22, 2006
The Los Angeles Times discusses 3-D computer-generated animation and effects with famed actor Dick Van Dyke (free registration required), who has dabbled in effects and animation since appearing in Disney’s Mary Poppins. Van Dyke’s latest acquisitions are some of computer caricatures of himself from Night at the Museum, about which he stated, “I do a […]

Australia/New Zealand Release of "Tales from Earthsea" in 2007

by Ed Liuon December 22, 2006 is reporting that Madman Entertainment has secured the rights to distribute Studio Ghibli’s Tales from Earthsea in Australia and New Zealand. The movie will begin its theatrical run in mid-2007.

Screen Novelties on Restoring Rudolph, Santa Stop-Motion Puppets

by Ed Liuon December 21, 2006
The Screen Novelties weblog has posted an article on restoring the original stop-motion puppets for Santa Claus and the title character used in Rankin-Bass’ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The work entailed significant repair, since the puppets were used as Christmas ornaments for nearly 30 years in the household of a former Rankin-Bass employee. The puppets […]

Celebrity Casting for "TMNT"

by Ed Liuon December 21, 2006
The newest movie in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise (titled simply TMNT) has picked up some star voice casting. A report on the Patrick Stewart Network website states that Stewart will provide the voice for the insane tech-industrialist Max Winters. Meanwhile, an article in USA Today states that Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire […]