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"Howl's Moving Castle" to Receive Hollywood Film Festival Award

Nausicaa.net is reporting that Howl’s Moving Castle will be receiving the Hollywood Animation of the Year Award at the Hollywood Film Festival’s Awards Gala on October 24. The same referring article at Nausicaa.net also reveals the role that My Neighbor Totoro‘s theme song “Sampo” (Stroll) played in the space shuttle Discovery‘s latest mission.

Pixar's Joe Ranft Killed in Car Accident

News outlets are reporting that Pixar’s Joe Ranft was killed on Tuesday in a car accident. Ranft was riding in a vehicle which veered off the road and fell 130 feet before landing near the mouth of the Navarro River. In addition to working on stories and storyboards on Pixar movies, Ranft also voiced Heimlich […]

Wallace and Gromit Feature Film Gets North America Debut at Toronto Film Festival

Wallace and Gromit — The Curse of the Were-Rabbit will be getting its North American debut at the Toronto Film Festival next month. The movie is the second feature-length film from Aardman Animations and will be released in the United States on October 7.

NYT on the State of Webcomics

The New York Times has examined the state of webcomics (free registration required), noting controversies within the comic book field about the subject, the convergence of comics and animation in many of the best webcomics, and availability issues with webcomics today. The article is drawing fire in the webcomics community, with the most detailed and […]

"Howl's Moving Castle," "My Neighbor Totoro" DVDs Scheduled for Spring 2006 Release

Nausicaa.net is reporting that Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro are scheduled for a Spring 2006 release on DVD, according to a trailer on Disney’s website for the Studio Ghibli DVD collection.

Frank Espinosa Talks "Rocketo" Comics

Frank Espinosa has spoken to ComicBookResources.com about Rocketo, his new comic book series set after a major cataclysm. Espinosa’s prior work included redesigning the Looney Tunes characters for Warner Brothers in 1992 and 2002. Rocketo is published by Speakeasy Comics, and issue #1 is available at comic book stores starting today.

Dan Slott Profiled at NJ.com

Comic book writer Dan Slott (Batman Adventures, She-Hulk) was interviewed by NJ.com as part of their coverage of the Mid-Jersey Comicon, held this past weekend in Bordentown, NJ. She-Hulk #1, the relaunch of Slott’s critically acclaimed series for Marvel Comics, is available for pre-order this month for an October street date.

Charles Schulz 9th Most Beloved Dead Celebrity

Marketing Evaluations has released its slightly morbid Most Beloved Dead Celebrities list, which places Peanuts creator Charles Schulz in slot #9. The rest of the top 10 included Lucille Ball, John Wayne, John Ritter, and Jackie Gleason.

National Cartoon Museum to Move to Empire State Building

An article in the New York Times notes that the National Cartoon Museum will be moving to new space in the Empire State Building in New York City (free registration required). The museum, founded by Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker, is scheduled to open in 2006 with gallery spaces dedicated to the history of comics […]

"Rocky & Bullwinkle" Season 3 DVD Set Coming Soon

Writer Mark Evanier notes the upcoming release of Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends: The Complete Third Season on his weblog, with a brief follow-up message expanding on the contents of the set.

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