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LA Times Looks Back at Walt Disney’s Impact on American Culture

by Ed Liuon December 18, 2006
On the 40th anniversary of Walt Disney’s death from lung cancer, The Los Angeles Times has published an editorial examining Disney’s place as an American icon in the national culture (free registration required). The editorial is by Neal Gabler, whose recent biography of Disney has garnered significant popular and critical acclaim. Gabler refuses to pigeonhole […]

Chris Sanders No Longer Directing Disney’s "American Dog"

by Ed Liuon December 18, 2006
At the Cartoon Brew weblog, Amid Amidi is reporting that Chris Sanders, director of Lilo and Stitch, has been removed as the director for Disney’s animated film American Dog. The move was supposedly made during the recent layoff of 160 employees at Disney Features Animation, although Sanders does not seem to have been one of […]

"Postcards from Buster" 2nd Season After "Two Moms" Controversy

by Ed Liuon December 18, 2006
The New York Times is reporting on the abbreviated second season of Postcards from Buster on PBS (registration required), which began in November and will run through February. The animation/live-action hybrid series made headlines in January 2005 when an episode showed the animated Buster visiting a real-life family in Vermont that had two mothers, which […]

Marvel Animated Soundtracks Available on iTunes

by Ed Liuon December 17, 2006
Marvel has issued a press release announcing that the soundtracks to Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, and The Invincible Iron Man are available for purchase and download on the iTunes Store. Individual tracks are 99-cents while the full soundtracks are $9.99 each. Read the full press release.

Press Release: Soundtracks to Marvel Animated Films Available on iTunes

by Ed Liuon December 17, 2006
Soundtracks to Marvel Animated Films Available on iTunes Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2 and Iron Man lead the charge Listen up Marvel fans, the soundtracks for Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2 and Invincible Iron Man are now available on iTunes! Each soundtrack is performed by a live orchestra and composed by Emmy Award-winning composer Guy […]

Pop Matters on "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

by Ed Liuon December 17, 2006
The Pop Matters website has posted an article about the making of A Charlie Brown Christmas, the perennial holiday classic about Charles Schulz’s Peanuts gang discovering the true meaning of Christmas. Interviewed for the article are Bill Melendez, director, animator, and voice of Snoopy; and Jeannie Schulz, widow of Charles Schulz. (via Mark Evanier’s weblog)

Neil Gaiman on "Coraline" Movie Status

by Ed Liuon December 15, 2006
Neil Gaiman’s latest weblog entry discusses his recent visit to the set of Coraline, the stop-motion animation adaptation of his children’s novella which will be directed by Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas). Earlier entries note that Gaiman is very pleased with the state of the film, although he is reluctant to say more until […]

CBS Considering New "Star Trek" Web Cartoon; Producer Interviewed

by Ed Liuon December 15, 2006
The Trek Movie Report website is reporting that CBS is considering new Star Trek web cartoons as the next product in the venerable science fiction franchise. The site spoke to David Rossi, producer and writer, who discussed the setting and drives behind the new webtoons. The webtoons would be 5-6 minute mini-episodes similar to Cartoon […]

Evan Dorkin on New "Shin-Chan" and "Simpsons" Comics

by Ed Liuon December 15, 2006
Writer Evan Dorkin’s latest weblog entry indicates that he and his wife Sarah Dyer are continuing to “punch-up” new episodes of Crayon Shin-Chan, although he does not have any idea when or if new episodes will be appearing on Adult Swim. He also updates on a Bart Simpson comic script for Bongo Comics. (via Heidi […]

Have Yourself a Very Adult Swim Christmas

by Ed Liuon December 14, 2006
Adult Swim has announced the final schedule for its Christmas Eve holiday marathon, running from 10 PM to 2 AM (Eastern and Pacific) on December 24. Scheduled programming includes holiday episodes of Futurama, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Family Guy, Morel Orel, and the Venture Brothers, plus an episode of Assy McGee that has nothing to […]