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Bill Plympton Animates Music Video for Kayne West

An animated music video by Bill Plympton for Kayne West’s “Heard ‘Em Say” debuted on MTV on Monday, November 21. Plympton’s 12 Tiny Christmas Tales is also one of several programs on a “viewer’s choice” poll at CartoonNetwork.com. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog)

Derek Lamb, Animated Short Film Maker 1936 - 2005

Derek Lamb, a producer of animated short films, passed away on November 5 due to cancer at the age of 69 (registration required). Lamb won two Academy Awards for the short films Every Child and Special Delivery. He also co-produced the animated lead-in for PBS’s Mystery!, which featured art by Edward Gorey.

"Teen Titans Go!" Writer J. Torres Interviewed by Global Nation

J. Torres, writer of the Teen Titans Go! tie-in comic book, has been interviewed by Global Nation about his career in the comic book industry. The interview ranges over almost all of Torres’ comic book work, including his debut Copybook Tales, his work on Teen Titans Go!, his upcoming comics Lola: A Ghost Story and […]

Adam Beechen Talks "Justice League Unlimited" Comics

Writer Adam Beechen and his work on the Justice League Unlimited tie-in comic book have gotten a feature article at Comic Book Resources. Topics include how he landed the job, how he deals with continuity and the show, and his feelings on the highs and lows of the comic so far.

Joe Kubert Talks Current Comics Projects

Writer/artist Joe Kubert, founder of the Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, has been interviewed by Newsarama about two of his current comics projects: Jew Gangster, an original graphic novel about a young Jewish boy who joins an organized crime syndicate; and Sgt Rock: The Prophecy, a six-issue series set in World War II […]

Comics Previews for November 18: Hero Squared, Spider-Man/Black Cat, She-Hulk

The following comics previews are available on the web: – Buzzscope.com has 8-page preview of Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, and Joe Abraham’s Hero Squared #3. – Newsarama.com hosts an interview with Giffen and DeMatteis. An interview with Giffen and DeMatteis contains several more preview pages and covers for their upcoming mini-series Planetary Brigade. Both comics […]

Academy Announces Best Animated Feature Competitors

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 10 animated films submitted for nomination as the Best Animated Feature of 2005. The films are: Chicken Little (Disney) Howl’s Moving Castle (Disney) Valiant (Disney) Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (DreamWorks) Madagascar (DreamWorks) Robots (Fox) Steamboy (Triumph Films) Gulliver’s Travels (Pentamedia/Weinstein […]

"Meet the Robinsons" to Get Digital 3-D Presentation

Walt Disney Pictures has announced that Meet the Robinsons will have a digital 3-D version when it is released to theatres in December 2006. The studio’s 3-D version of Chicken Little has done better than expected in its release, garnering $26,000 per screen vs. $10,961 per screen for the regular version.

Mattel Lands Master Toy License for "Naruto"

Viz Media has selected Mattel as their master toy licensee for Naruto. Mattel also owns the toy license for Zatch Bell!, and many in the industry believe that these two manga licenses will aid the toymaker as it loses Barbie marketshare to Bratz.

"Zoom Suit" Wins Grand Festival Award at Berkeley Festival

Zoom Suit, an animated short film by former Marvel Entertainment Brand Manager John Taddeo, has won the Grand Festival Award of the 2005 Berkeley Video & Film Festival. Apparently, the short may also lead to a live-action feature film version of Zoom Suit. The short film may be seen on-line at Taddeo’s website at www.superverse.com.

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