Animation historian Jerry Beck has written an article for Variety magazine with his picks for the 10 most influential cartoons in animation history. The list includes such works as Winsor McCay’s Gertie the Dinosaur, Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira, and Matt Groening’s The Simpsons. (via Beck’s Cartoon Brew weblog)
An article in the New York Times covers the pressure on Pixar Animation Studios on the upcoming film Cars (registration required), noting that it is poised to extend Pixar’s critical and box-office winning streak past that of Walt Disney himself. Several comments by film director and Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter delve into the […]
Legendary comic book and animation artist Alex Toth passed away on Saturday, May 27. According to his son Eric, Toth passed away at his drawing/writing table. In addition to being a seminal comic book artist of the 1960s and 1970s, Toth was responsible for the character designs of many of Hanna-Barbera’s most recognizable animation properties, […]
Director Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly debuted at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday, and the director and stars spoke to the press and the audience at the film’s first screening. The film uses the same animated rotoscoping techniques Linklater used in Waking Life to adapt a novel by acclaimed science fiction writer Phillip K. […]
Steve Fritz’s latest “Animated Shorts” column on Newsarama.com covers Fox TV’s Sunday night “Animation Domination” block of programming, which will run animated programming from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM on Sunday nights, including The Simpsons, King of the Hill, and Family Guy. Other news covered in the column includes more information on the Futurama direct-to-DVD […]
Newsarama.com has spoken to writer Larry Hama about his upcoming three issue mini-series for G.I. Joe Declassified. The mini-series will chronicle the earliest days of the comic book counter-terrorist team.
The original Dragon Ball Z manga will be coming to an end this summer. The manga by Akira Toriyama is one of the most popular comics in history and was the basis for a wildly successful anime. The July 2006 issue of VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump magazine will have a special Dragon Ball Z commemorative […]
GhibliWorld.com has published an article on the press conference held at the opening of the Aardman Animations exhibit currently on display at the Ghibli Museum. The fan site has also posted the translation of part 2 of an interview with Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki. (via Nausicaa.net)
Nausicaa.net is reporting that animation is complete on Studio Ghibli’s Tales from Earthsea. Based on the fantasy novels by Ursula K. LeGuin, the movie is directed by Goro Miyazaki. It is expected to be released in July 2006 in Japan.
Writer, artist, and scholar Scott McCloud (Superman Adventures) has announced the “Making Comics 50 State Tour,” in conjunction with the release of his new book Making Comics. McCloud and his entire family will be traveling through all 50 states for signings, speaking engagements, and seminars along the route, which will begin in September 2006 in […]