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Animated Shorts on "Monster House," Lou Scheimer Conclusion

by Ed Liuon July 19, 2006
Steve Fritz’s current “Animated Shorts” column for Newsarama.com has a review of the upcoming Monster House and the conclusion of his interview with Filmation Studios founder Lou Scheimer. Scheimer talks about the good and bad effects Filmation’s He-Man had on the studio and animation as a whole, and also discusses the 1988 demise of the […]

Dwayne McDuffie talks "Justice League Heroes" Video Game

by Ed Liuon July 19, 2006
Dwayne McDuffie has spoken to Comic Book Resources about his contributions to the Justice League Heroes video game, coming soon from Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment. McDuffie talks about changing gears from the Justice League Unlimited versions of the iconic DC superheroes for the more comic-based versions in the video game, and also discusses the integration […]

Platypus Comix Interviews Tom Ruegger on "Tiny Toons," "Batman"

by Ed Liuon July 18, 2006
Platypus Comix has posted the second part of an interview with Tom Ruegger, focusing on his tenure on Tiny Toon Adventures. The interview covers everything from how Ruegger got started on the show, explanations of early concept artwork, and the problems encountered during production. The end of the interview reaches Ruegger’s time on Batman The […]

LA Times Goes Behind the Scenes of "Avatar: The Last Airbender"

by Ed Liuon July 18, 2006
The Los Angeles Times‘ Kids Reading Room has posted a five-part series going behind the scenes of Nickelodeon’s hit show Avatar: The Last Airbender (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, and part 5). The series covers the basics behind creating an animated show from the script process all the way to final post-production. […]

Bryan Fuller Talks "Amazing Screw-On Head"

by Ed Liuon July 18, 2006
Newsarama.com has interviewed Bryan Fuller, executive producer of The Amazing Screw-On Head, a new animated series coming from SciFi with the pilot available for viewing now on the SciFi Pulse website. The interview covers Fuller’s past as on critically acclaimed but low-rated shows as Wonderfalls and Dead Like Me, Screw-On Head creator Mike Mignola’s involvement […]

LA Times on Rapid Rise of "Monster House" Director

by Ed Liuon July 18, 2006
The Los Angeles Times has published an article spotlighting 29-year old Gil Kenan, a first-time director who was entrusted by Sony to direct the $75-million CGI feature film Monster House (free registration required). (via Jerry Beck’s Cartoon Brew weblog, which also has a link to an artist’s weblog with concept art)

BBC Radio 2 Talks Mickey Mouse Music

by Ed Liuon July 17, 2006
A series of documentaries on the BBC Radio 2 website examines the use of music in Walt Disney’s animated films. The broadcasts are available in streaming RealPlayer format. (via Mark Evanier’s weblog)

Hayao Miyazaki Preparaing Next Film

by Ed Liuon July 17, 2006
Nausicaa.net has a report that director Hayao Miyazaki is preparing to make his next film, according to a translated report from a Toshio Suzuki interview from the TBS program R30. No real details were provided, other than pointing out that the title contains two “no” (の) characters, something his films are known for in Japan.

NY Times on PBS's Ruff Ruffman, Animated Canine Reality TV Host

by Ed Liuon July 17, 2006
An article in the New York Times profiles Ruff Ruffman, the star of Fetch! on PBS (registration required). The show centers on a reality TV program for kids that PBS approves before discovering that it is being broadcast by a dog. Ruff provides color commentary as the child contestants on the show face down “a […]

New Book Analyzes Carl Barks' Duckburg Comics

by Ed Liuon July 17, 2006
A new book by Thomas Andrae examines the work of writer/artist Carl Barks, creator of Scrooge McDuck and many denizens of the town of Duckburg that formed the foundation for Disney’s animated DuckTales cartoons. The book, titled Carl Barks and the Disney Comic Book: Unmasking the Myth of Modernity, examines Barks’ comics as a “satire […]