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CGI "Gatchaman" Coming from Imagi Animation Studios

by Ed Liuon June 9, 2006
Imagi Animation Studios has announced that they are producing a CGI animated feature-length movie based on Gatchaman, a.k.a. G-Force. The film will be written and directed by Kevin Munroe, who has handled both duties for the CG Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and is produced in association with Tatsunoko Production of Japan, Inc. No release date […]

Afterworks 2 Ups Page Count; Previews On-Line

by Ed Liuon June 8, 2006
Image Comics has announced that Afterworks 2, the anthology trade paperback by artists from Pixar Animation Studios, will be expanding from 200 pages to 360 pages. The price of the book will not change from the initially solicited $24.99. In addition, two on-line previews from the book are available. ComicBookResources.com has an 18-page preview of […]

Onion A.V. Names Scrappy-Doo "Top Memorably Unpopular Character"

by Ed Liuon June 7, 2006
The Onion A.V. Club has published a list of the top 13 Memorably Unpopular Characters from Popular TV, with Scrappy-Doo landing the #1 spot above Oliver Martin (The Brady Bunch), Dawn Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Livia Soprano (The Sopranos). Pokémon‘s Pikachu landed the #7 spot behind Barney the Dinosaur and Urkel (Family Matters).

Classic "Popeye" Comes to DVD

by Ed Liuon June 7, 2006
Warner Home Video, Hearst Entertainment, and King Features Syndicate have come to an agreement which will lead to the home video release of classic Popeye cartoons. Specifically, Warner has the rights to all 231 Popeye animated shorts released theatrically between 1933 and 1957 and multiple shorts released for TV between 1960 and 1987. According to […]

Bernard Loomis, "The Man Who Invented Saturday Morning," 1923 - 2006

by Ed Liuon June 6, 2006
Bernard Loomis, a legendary toy industry figure, passed away from heart disease on Friday at the age of 82 (registration required). Loomis was instrumental in tying toys to TV programming; his first attempt to bring a “Hot Wheels” cartoon to TV in 1969 failed, but he eventually succeeded with a Strawberry Shortcake animated program in […]

"Tales from Earthsea" Release Date: July 29

by Ed Liuon June 5, 2006
Nausicaa.net is reporting that Studio Ghibli’s newest movie Tales from Earthsea will be released on July 29, 2006. The film is directed by Goro Miyazaki and based on novels by Ursula K. LeGuin.

"Car Talk" Hosts Interviewed on Roles in "Cars"

by Ed Liuon June 5, 2006
Tom and Ray Magliozzi, a.k.a. “Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers” on National Public Radio’s Car Talk, have been interviewed by Cars.com about their roles in the upcoming Cars film from Disney/Pixar. The two detail how they got the roles and the difference between voice acting and radio and promise that the movie will be […]

RZA to Provide Soundtrack to "Afro Samurai"

by Ed Liuon June 2, 2006
FUNimation Entertainment has announced via press release that hip-hop artist RZA will be providing the soundtrack to Afro Samurai, a new animated series from Japan’s Studio Gonzo scheduled to debut on Spike TV this fall. The title character is a samurai, voiced by Samuel L. Jackson, hunting down his father’s murderer. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The […]

Dave Johnson on "Ben 10," "Legion," and Bruce Timm Projects

by Ed Liuon June 1, 2006
Men of Action member Dave Johnson has been interviewed by Newsarama about his new sketchbook collection being published this August. The sketchbook includes several of his animation designs, including those for Cartoon Network’s Ben 10. At the end of the interview, Johnson states that he is working on the new Legion show with James Tucker, […]

Disney to Sell Downloadable Films via CinemaNow

by Ed Liuon May 31, 2006
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Walt Disney Company will begin selling movies over the Internet through CinemaNow Inc (free registration required), with the CGI animated Chicken Little being named as a launch title. It is expected that the movies will be available on the same day as the DVD release for $19.95 […]