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Angelina Jolie Joins Cast of "Kung Fu Panda"

by Ed Liuon July 10, 2006
DreamWorks Animation has announced that Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie has joined the cast of Kung Fu Panda, a CGI-animated comedy slated for release in May 2008. Jolie will play Tigress, a martial-arts master who will aid in training Po, the title character voiced by Jack Black. Other cast members include Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, and […]

Press Release: Angelina Jolie Joins Cast of DreamWorks' "Kung Fu Panda"

by Ed Liuon July 10, 2006
ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNER ANGELINA JOLIE JOINS THE CAST OF THE HIGH-KICKING DREAMWORKS ANIMATION COMEDY “KUNG FU PANDA” DreamWorks Animation announced today that Academy Award®-winning actress Angelina Jolie will join Jack Black, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman and Ian McShane in the cast of the computer-animated comedy “Kung Fu Panda.” The film will reunite Jolie and […]

Monster Master: Jun Awazu on "Negadon"

by Ed Liuon July 10, 2006
There are monster movie fans all over the world, but not many will commit years to create their own computer-animated movie, let alone pioneer new techniques in CGI to do it. Luckily, Jun Awazu isn’t a typical monster movie fan. Born on June 4, 1974, Awazu completed a degree in Japanese-style painting before trading an […]

NY Times on "The State of the Art of the Anime Dub"

by Ed Liuon July 10, 2006
The New York Times examines the art of dubbing anime in an article published in the Sunday Arts & Leisure section (registration required). The article covers the gamut of challenges that face anime dubbers, including language and cultural translation issues, casting, “matching the flaps” of Japanese dialogue in an English translation, and generating chemistry between […]

Disney Orders New Season of "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse," Sets "Handy Manny" Debut Date

by Ed Liuon July 10, 2006
An article in The Hollywood Reporter states that Disney has ordered a second season of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, the new learning-focused programming block for pre-schoolers on Playhouse Disney. The article also states that a new animated series entitled Handy Manny, starring Wilmer Valderrama, will debut on September 16, 2006.

J. Torres Brings Wonder Girl to "Teen Titans Go!"

by Ed Liuon July 10, 2006
Newsarama.com has an interview with writer J. Torres about the introduction of Wonder Girl to the Teen Titans Go! comic book. Wonder Girl was one of the original Teen Titans, along with Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, and Speedy, but was never introduced in the animated TV show. Preview artwork by series artist Todd Nauck is […]

PBS to Air "Tintin and I" Documentary

by Ed Liuon July 8, 2006
Tintin and I, a documentary about the famed globe-traveling comic book and cartoon character, will be debuting on P.O.V. on July 11, 2006, on PBS networks. Directed by Anders Ostergaard, the documentary examines the life of Tintin creator Hergé, as well as the social and political contexts for the Tintin stories. The companion website for […]

SciFi Channel to Release "Screw On Head" Premiere Early On-Line

by Ed Liuon July 7, 2006
The SciFi Channel has announced that The Amazing Screw-On Head, an animated pilot based on a Mike Mignola comic book, will debut on July 13 on the SCI FI Pulse broadband channel, two weeks before its broadcast debut. Viewers who watch the show on the Pulse will be able to fill out a survey which […]

Newsday on Rotoscoping and "A Scanner Darkly"

by Ed Liuon July 7, 2006
As part of its coverage of Richard Linklater’s new movie A Scanner Darkly, Newsday has published an article about the new rotoscoping techniques used to animate the film’s actors. The article also discusses the use of rotoscoping, which utilizes drawn animation over film of live-action actors, in a recent Charles Schwab TV advertising campaign. (via […]

Ray Harryhausen Comics Coming from Bluewater Productions

by Ed Liuon July 7, 2006
BlueWater Productions announced a partnership with legendary stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen to produce six new comic book titles, several of which will advance the stories in his most famous science fiction and fantasy films. Three titles are due this year: Wrath of the Titans, 20 Million Miles to Earth, and Sinbad: Rogue of Mars. A […]