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2005 Annie Award Nominations Announced

The 2005 Annie Award Nominations have been announced. DreamWorks’ Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit was nominated for awards in 16 categories, including Best Animated Feature, easily making it the top-nominee. The Annie Awards ceremony will be held on February 4, 2006.

Leonard Maltin Interviewed on Disney and Animation

Film critic and historian Leonard Maltin has been interviewed by DVD Talk Radio about the latest releases in the Walt Disney Treasures Collection. Maltin also talks about the state of animation and the relationship between Hayao Miyazaki and Walt Disney. A 7MB MP3 file of the 10-minute interview is available for downloading.

"G.I. Joe Special Missions: Manhattan" One-Shot Comic Coming in February

Devil’s Due Publishing has announced G.I. Joe Special Missions: Manhattan, a one-shot comic coming in February 2006 and available for pre-order now. The 48-page one-shot comic will feature a story involving a race for a biological weapon, with character profiles and a backup story introducing America’s Elite Pets.

"Gundam Seed Destiny" Manga Picked Up by Del Rey Manga

Del Rey Manga has announced the acquisition of the English-language rights to Gundam Seed Destiny, the latest manga series in the Gundam franchise. The story revolves around subterfuge that threatens to re-ignite the war between the Naturals and the Coordinators. The first volume will go on sale in July 2006.

Disney Announces Specs for "Whisper of the Heart" R1 DVD

Nausicaa.net has posted some details for Disney’s region 1 DVD release of Studio Ghibli’s Whisper of the Heart. The 2-disc set will be released on March 7, 2006, and will include a “behind the microphone” special feature, original storyboards, and trailers and TV spots.

LA Times on the Ironies of "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

The Los Angeles Times has published a feature article about A Charlie Brown Christmas, detailing the progression of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts newspaper strip into the beloved animated special (free registration required). Among other facts, the newspaper notes that Schulz was highly reluctant to do the show at all, but then became the only one involved […]

Animation Upstarts Take Aim at Pixar, Dreamworks

An Associated Press article profiles several small animation studios seeking to challenge the market dominance of animation frontrunners Pixar Animation Studios and Dreamworks Animation SKG. The studios mentioned include Orphanage Animation Studios (who recently hired Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory creator Genndy Tartakovsky), Wild Brain, and CritterPix.

2005 Forbes 15 Richest Fictional Characters List

Forbes magazine has updated its 15 Richest Fictional Characters list for 2005. Santa Claus takes the top place with infinite assets. Animated characters include Richie Rich ($17B), Lex Luthor of Superman ($10.1B), C. Montgomery Burns of The Simpsons ($8.4B), Disney’s Scrooge McDuck ($8.2B), Bruce Wayne of Batman ($6.5B), and Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians […]

"Rudolph" Animation Puppets Found

A report on cartoonbrew.com states that several of the original animation puppets for Rankin/Bass’ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer have been found. The puppets were apparently owned by a former Rankin/Bass employee, who used them as yearly Christmas decorations. The report states that the puppets have been purchased to be restored and displayed at comic book […]

Comics Previews for December 1: Season of the Witch, Jonah Hex, Marvel Zombies

Several comics previews are available on-line. AVAILABLE NOW – The complete first issue of Season of the Witch is available at Newsarama.com. The comic, about a teenaged girl transported to a magic world, is by Jai Nitz and Kevin Sharpe and is published by Image Comics. The same article also contains a five-page preview of […]

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