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Pixar’s Sanjay Patel on "Little Book of Hindu Deities"

by Ed Liuon January 29, 2007 has spoken to Pixar animator Sanjay Patel about his recently released book The Little Book of Hindu Deities, a primer on the Hindu pantheon aimed at younger readers. Patel discusses his aesthetic choices, how own personal history colored the reasons for doing the book, and how it went from a self-published volume to a […]

"Everything Will Be OK" Wins Jury Prize in Shorts at Sundance

by Ed Liuon January 29, 2007
Don Hertzfelt’s animated short film “Everything Will be OK” has won the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival (note: link goes to PDF file). The win is notable because animated shorts compete alongside live-action ones at Sundance. (via Amid Amidi at Cartoon Brew)

Wall Street Journal on Life After Shrek for DreamWorks

by Ed Liuon January 26, 2007
An article in the Wall Street Journal talks with DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg about the upcoming slate of projects coming from the studio, including the third Shrek film, Jerry Seinfeld’s animation debut Bee Movie, Jack Black’s Kung Fu Panda, and the Madagascar TV series for Nickelodeon. Katzenberg notes that a year has been added […]

"Secret of NIMH" Special Edition and High-Definition DVDs on the Way

by Ed Liuon January 26, 2007
A posting on Don Bluth’s website states that The Secret of NIMH has just been remastered for HD DVD (see note dated Jan 17, 2007), and that they are hoping that it will be available by June or July 2007. The comment also states, “We’re told that the new color master will be made available […]

CBR Visits "TMNT" Studio

by Ed Liuon January 26, 2007
Comic Book has published an account of a visit to Imagi Animation Studio to check on TMNT, the latest film in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. Producer Thomas K. Gray and director Kevin Munroe discuss topics such as the decision to use CGI animation, the direction the movie will take, the involvement of […]

PR: Krypto The Superdog and Gerald McBoing Boing to Join Boomerang Line-up in Feb

by Ed Liuon January 26, 2007
Classic Characters Krypto The Superdog and Gerald McBoing Boing to Join Boomerang Line-up in February Two New Series Bring Comedy and Adventure to Boomerang for Feb. 5 Debut, Monday-Friday, 6 and 7 p.m. One’s faster than a speeding bullet and able to chase cars in a single bound. The other can mimic almost any sound […]

Kevin Munroe on Mako in "TMNT"

by Ed Liuon January 25, 2007
A brief article on Sci Fi Wire notes the last role of the actor Mako in the upcoming TMNT movie. Mako, who provided the voices of Aku in Samurai Jack and Uncle Iroh in Avatar the Last Airbender, passed away last July, but recorded enough material to be used in the final cut of TMNT, […]

Debra Kennedy, VP of Marketing and Licensing, on FUNimation Channel Year One

by Ed Liuon January 25, 2007
The latest Animated Shorts column interviews Debra Kennedy, VP of Marketing and Licensing at FUNimation, about the first year of the FUNimation Channel. Among the topics discussed are the growth of the network over multiple distribution channels, the network’s plans for high-definition broadcasting, and the relationship between FUNimation and the FUNimation Channel. Other topics in […]

Phil Morris Voices King Faraday in "DC: The New Frontier" DTV

by Ed Liuon January 25, 2007
In an interview at Kryptonsite, a Smallville news and fan website, Lucy Lawless is providing the voice for Wonder Woman in the direct-to-video animated movie based on DC: The New Frontier. Morris states that, “I’m playing King opposite [the Martian Manhunter] in the cartoon,” which probably casts him as King Faraday, a DC Comics character […]

Pope Condemns ‘Toons and Video Games that Promote Violence, Anti-Social Behavior

by Ed Liuon January 25, 2007
The Vatican has issued a statement by Pope Benedict XVI for the 41st World Communications Day, with the theme of “Children and the Media: A Challenge for Education.” Attracting the most attention is the Pope’s statement that, “Any trend to produce programmes and products – including animated films and video games – which in the […]