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Hong Kong Disneyland Opening Smooth

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Hong Kong Disneyland theme park experienced a smooth opening on Monday, September 12 (free registration required). Trial runs of the park running at or near capacity resulted in reports of excessively long lines and other problems.

Tim Burton Talks "Corpse Bride" at Toronto Film Festival

From its debut at the Toronto Film Festival, director Tim Burton spoke to the San Jose Mercury News about Corpse Bride, his new stop-motion animated feature film, which opens in the United States on September 23. The film is one of the festival’s early successes, and many critics are predicting that it will be Burton’s […]

Simpsons' Radioactive Man...No More!

An article at Comicon.com’s PULSE News speaks to Bongo Comics Creative Director Bill Morrison about the cancellation of Radioactive Man and its transformation into the Simpsons Super Spectacular, which will also feature comics starring Pieman and Bartman. In stores now, the book features work by Ty Templeton, Batton Lash, and Chuck Dixon.

"South Park" and "Clone Wars Volume 2" Win Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards

Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume 2 has won the Creative Arts Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Animated Program (one hour or more), while South Park won the award for Outstanding Animated Program (less than one hour).

Curious George vs. Nazi Germany

An article in the New York Times details the story behind the new book The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H. A. Rey by Louise Borden (free registration required). The mischievous monkey will star in an animated feature film with Will Ferrell and on a new animated series […]

Cartoonists Gather for Toonfest 2005 at Disney Birthplace

A press release notes that Toonfest 2005 is scheduled for September 16-17 in Marceline, MO, which was the childhood hometown of Walt Disney. Special guests will include Tom Wilson (Ziggy), Jim Borgman (Zits), Tony Baxter (Senior Vice President of Creative Devlopment at Walt Disney Imagineering), and Charles Solomon (animation critic).

How the Cartoon Museum Moved to the Empire State Building

The Stamford Advocate has published an article detailing how the Cartoon Museum found space in the Empire State Building. The Cartoon Museum holds nearly 200,000 pieces of cartoon artwork in print and film media.

Hayao Miyazaki Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Venice Film Festival

Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki received a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival on Friday, September 9. In statements to the press, he stated that he was unconcerned at the relatively poor performance of his movies outside of Japan and claimed he nearly skipped the award ceremony, feeling that lifetime achievement awards are for […]

Burden Big for "Chicken Little"

The Los Angeles Times briefly notes the importance that the Walt Disney Company is placing on Chicken Little, the CGI-animated feature film scheduled for release on November 4. The studio is placing particular importance on the film in the face of their recent animated film flops and the possible ending of the Disney-Pixar partnership.

Disney Holds Shanghai Disneyland Due to China Media Rules

An article in the New York Times states that the Walt Disney Company is refusing to progress on talks for a Shanghai Disneyland theme park until it receives assurances that it can broadcast Disney shows on Chinese television (free registration required). Stricter Chinese media ownership regulations issued on August 1 essentially bar foreign television channels […]

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