Author Archive

"Tales from Earthsea’s" Hit Debut Weekend; Goro Miyazaki Interview

by Ed Liuon July 31, 2006 is reporting that Gedo Senki (Tales from Earthsea) beat out all its competition at the box office on its debut weekend, taking in at least 10 billion yen according to early estimates. The same article also links to an English language interview with director Goro Miyazaki published by the Daily Yomiuri.

Making "Foster’s Home" via Craig McCracken

by Ed Liuon July 31, 2006
Craig McCracken has begun a series of posts on the Foster’s production weblog taking readers through the process of creating an episode of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Part 1 covers the Story Meeting.

National Library of Medicine to Screen Rare Medical Cartoons in October

by Ed Liuon July 31, 2006
Jerry Beck’s Cartoon Brew weblog is reporting that several medical cartoons from the 1920’s to the 1960’s will be screened in a special weekend event titled “The Cartoon Medicine Show: Animated Cartoons from the Collection of the National Library of Medicine”. The screenings will be held on October 25 – 26 at 6:00 PM at […]

Old TimeToons Find Home on Black Family Channel

by Ed Liuon July 31, 2006
Jerry Beck’s Cartoon Brew weblog is reporting that several older animated shorts are being aired regularly on the Black Family Channel, offered on some digital cable channel packages. Mentioned specifically are King Leonardo and Friends and several public-domain Warner Brothers cartoons.

Mainstream Media on Animation Tech Advances

by Ed Liuon July 31, 2006
The Los Angeles Times details how the “Massive” system was used in the production of The Ant Bully (free registration required). Originally created by Stephen Regelous for animating massive battle sequences for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the system was used in The Ant Bully to control vast crowds of computer-generated ants. The system […]

The Track Team Talks "Avatar" Music

by Ed Liuon July 28, 2006 has posted the first of a 3-part interview with the Track Team’s Jeremy Zuckerman, half of the team that creates the music for Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender. Zuckerman discusses how he and his musical partner Benjamin Wynn formed the Track Team, how they landed the Avatar job, and how they interact with the […]

More Tad Stones on "Hellboy: Sword of Storms"

by Ed Liuon July 27, 2006
Director Tad Stones has been interviewed by SciFi Wire, the news service of the SciFi Channel, about the animated movie Hellboy: Sword of Storms. Stones discusses how he and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola met while working on Disney’s Atlantis, and discusses the change from an animated series to two animated movies. Related story: IGN Interviews […]

Craig Kyle Talks "Dr. Strange" DTV

by Ed Liuon July 27, 2006
Now Playing Magazine has posted an article with Craig Kyle, animation VP for Marvel Comics, which focuses on the Doctor Strange direct-to-video animated movie that is expected to follow Ultimate Avengers 2 and Iron Man. Kyle tackles the challenges of storytelling where the lead character is very unsympathetic for more than half the movie, and […]

Disney Returns to 2-D Animation with "The Frog Princess"

by Ed Liuon July 27, 2006
Disney stated on Wednesday that it begun producing a traditional 2-D animated movie with directors Ron Clements and John Musker. The movie is titled The Frog Princess, and promises to put a female spin on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale. No information on a projected release date was given. (via Internet Movie Database Daily […]

Animated Shorts on "Ant Bully," "Broken Saints"

by Ed Liuon July 26, 2006
The latest Animated Shorts column at includes an interview with John S. Davis (sic), president and founder of DNA and director of the upcoming film The Ant Bully. Davis deals with the founding of his studio in Dallas, TX, how he picked up the film and the star power behind the voices in the […]