A post at the Los Angeles Times‘ “Channel Island” weblog notes that a live-action version of the Simpsons opening sequence posted on YouTube.com has been a rampaging success. Originally commissioned by director Chris Palmer and UK ad agency Devilfish, the ad has spread throughout the Internet with incredible speed, achieving the “viral marketing” goals of […]
Jeannie Schulz, the widow of famed Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz, has been profiled in an article syndicated by the Los Angeles Times. The article goes into Jeannie Schulz’s life and her marriage to Charles Schulz, her stewardship of the Peanuts legacy and the Charles Schulz Museum and Research Center, and how she finds balance through […]
The latest Animated Shorts column at Newsarama.com has interviewed Terry Kalagian, Cartoon Network VP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions. Among the topics discussed are the ratings for CN’s various anime properties, new acquisitions (or the inability of Kalagian to say anything about them), and details behind the airing of Marvel’s new animated movies.
Pixar Animation Studios announced profits of $30.9 million on revenues of $55.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2005, for earnings of $0.25 per diluted share. These results are significantly lower than those from a year ago, whose $55.2 million profit rivaled this past quarter’s entire profit. However, the quarterly numbers capped off Pixar’s most […]
The official website for Pixar’s Cars has opened with content about the film. Jim Hill has run through the material available there now, pointing out highlights of the site along with in-jokes and missing content. Cars is scheduled for release in the U.S. on June 9, 2006. In a related story, Hill has also written […]
The following interview was conducted with Eric Bresler, director of documentary film Otaku Unite!, at the New York Comic-Con on Februrary 25 and 26, with some supplemental questions being answered over e-mail. Toon Zone: What is Otaku Unite!? Eric Bresler: Otaku Unite! is a documentary on the history of Japanese animation fandom in the United […]
Max the Mutt Animation School will be conducting a workshop on writing for comics with writer/artist Ty Templeton (Batman Adventures, Bigg Time), beginning March 23, 2006, at the school’s campus in Toronto. Enrollment is limited, and full details can be found at the Max the Mutt Animation School website.