According to Home Media Retailing magazine, Discotek Media is entering the North American anime distribution marketplace with Animal Treasure Island from Toei. The 1971 film features animation and consulting by Hayao Miyazaki. Other titles coming soon from Discotek include Puss n’ Boots (1969), Taro the Dragon Boy (1979), and several Lupin III films.
An article in Business Today Egypt profiles AK Comics. Headquartered in Egypt, AK publishes comic books featuring several Arab superheroes. They are also entering into several licensing agreements and are working on an animated TV series which they hope to sell to a satellite network early next year.
The New York Times has published an article about DC Comics’ Infinite Crisis and the changes it has in store for DC’s iconic superhero characters (registration required). Infinite Crisis #1 hits comic book stands today, after a nearly year-long run-up. In related news, DC Editor Dan DiDio was interviewed by Newsarama.com about Infinite Crisis. The […]
DC Comics has released information about upcoming trade paperback releases scheduled for January and February of 2006. Of special note is DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore, which will collect all the remaining uncollected stories Moore wrote for DC including his Superman tales “For the Man Who Has Everything” (on which the Justice League […]
A fire at Aardman Animations’ warehouse in Bristol has destroyed props and sets from their earlier films. Aardman spokesman Arthur Sheriff stated that Aardman’s “whole history has been wiped out” from the loss of all the materials from Chicken Run and the first three Wallace and Gromit short films. No injuries were reported as a […]
A public service advertisement by UNICEF has obliterated the Smurfs’ home village through an aerial bombardment. The public service announcement, to be aired in Belgium next week, is meant to raise funds for a program to rehabilitate former child soldiers in Burundi. The animated cartoon was produced with the approval of the family of the […]
Stop-motion animation has never achieved the same popular success as the hand-drawn variety. Its painstaking production, which involves photographing small models moving in miniscule increments a frame at a time, would drive away all but the most dedicated filmmakers, and the days of shooting to obtain mere minutes of film demand patience well beyond the […]