Nickelodeon has ordered a third season of 20 episodes for the hit show Avatar: the Last Airbender. The new episodes will premiere in 2007. In the meantime, an hour-long animated movie titled The Fury of Aang is scheduled to debut on July 14, 2006. (via TZ Forum Member RBryanA)
Writer Mark Evanier is reporting the passing of voice actor Lennie Weinrib at the age of 71. Weinrib’s career in voice acting lasted nearly 40 years, with his most memorable roles being the voice of H.R. Pufnstuf and Scrappy-Doo.
Steve Fritz’s latest “Animated Shorts” column for Newsarama.com contains part 1 of a 2-part feature interviewing Lou Scheimer, one of the key members of the Filmation Studios. Scheimer details his entry into the business working for legends like Chuck Jones and Joseph Barbera, his connection to Bozo the Clown, and the con job that led […]
ICv2.com is reporting that the Sojitz Corporation’s Japan Content Investments (JCI) investor group has made a “substantial” investment in A.D. Vision. CEO and founder John Ledford will remain as ADV’s CEO and majority shareholder. The article states that the investment will allow ADV Films to raise its output of anime titles and expand its operations […]
Writer/artist Steve Purcell has spoken to Comic Book Resources about the new Sam and Max webcomics and video game coming soon from Telltale Games. While the focus is on Sam & Max’s comic and video game incarnations, Purcell also briefly discusses their life as a Saturday morning cartoon.
Cartoon Brew’s Amid Amidi has interviewed filmmaker Garrett Gilchrist about his restoration of Richard Williams’ The Thief and the Cobbler. The fan-driven project aims to re-create the original cut of the movie before investors seized control of the film and hired another studio to complete it, significantly altering it in a futile attempt to make […]
Steve Fritz’s “Animated Shorts” column for Newsarama.com has a feature this week about the Witchblade anime series. Based on the comic book property from Top Cow, the series is being produced by Studio Gonzo (Samurai 7 and Gantz). Top Cow COO and President Matt Hawkins and VP of Creative Affairs for GDH International Eric Calderon […]
The Supreme Court has refused to hear a case that might have allowed the grandaughter of A.A. Milne to recapture the copyright to Winnie the Pooh. Clare Milne sought to use a 1976 copyright law to recapture the rights which her grandfather bequeathed to a trust upon his death in 1956; the Walt Disney Corporation […]
The Animation Podcast has posted part 1 of its podcast interview with Disney animator Burny Mattinson, who joined the Disney Animation studio while Walt Disney was still alive and has had a career spanning over 50 years. (via Jerry Beck’s Cartoon Brew weblog)
The Los Angeles Times has profiled the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive (free registration required), an organization dedicated to collecting and preserving significant animation production material for professional animators, students, and the general public. The article includes numerous comments by archive director Stephen Worth and renowned animator John Kricfalusi. The animation archive’s website and weblog can be […]