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JustMyShow.com Posts "Peanuts" Director Bill Melendez Podcast (Part 1)

by Ed Liuon October 16, 2006
JustMyShow.com has posted part 1 of a podcast/phone call with Bill Melendez, director/producer of many of the most beloved Peanuts animated TV specials, including It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas. A bonus clip also includes comments from Melendez on performing Snoopy for the cartoons. (via Cartoon Brew weblog)

NY Times on Nickelodeon vs. Disney

by Ed Liuon October 16, 2006
The New York Times looks at the ratings race for children and teen programming, focusing on current front-runner Nickelodeon and rising challenger the Disney Channel (registration required). The article notes that none of Nickelodeon’s new programming has achieved superstar status on the order of Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, or Rugrats, while also […]

The Trouble With Being Goro Miyazaki

by Ed Liuon October 16, 2006
A profile in the New York Times reveals the trials that Goro Miyazaki has endured since the release of Gedo Senki (Tales from Earthsea) (registration required), including critical comments by Earthsea author Ursula K. LeGuin and the inevitable comparisons to his father, renowned animation director Hayao Miyazaki.

Image Metrics Promises "Soul Transference" in New CGI Animation Technique

by Ed Liuon October 16, 2006
An article in the New York Times spotlights the software from a company called Image Metrics which “lets a computer map an actor’s performance onto any character virtual or human, living or dead” (registration required). The technique promises less restrictive and more accurate digital recreation than the state-of-the-art motion capture used by films like The […]

Head Writer Rob Hoegee Talks "Legion of Superheroes"

by Ed Liuon October 16, 2006
Rob Hoegee, series story editor and head writer for the KidsWB’s Legion of Superheroes cartoon, has been interviewed by Comic Book Resources about his duties on the show. Hoegee talks about his background as story editor for Teen Titans and what goes into scripting an episode for the show.

"Thinking Animation" Disney Presentation Available for Download

by Ed Liuon October 13, 2006
Angie Jones and Jamie Oliff, authors of Thinking Animation: Bridging the Gap Between 2-D and CG, have posted a QuickTime movie of an hour-long presentation given on September 26, 2006, at the Disney animation studios. Participants in the presentation include animators and producers Floyd Norman and Richard Taylor, animation historian Jerry Beck, and Jones and […]

VIZ Media Announces New Pokémon DVDs, Manga, and Activity Books

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2006
VIZ Media has announced a flood of new Pokémon material coming to store shelves this holiday season. Top on the list is the Pokémon Season One Boxed Set, containing all 26 episodes of the first season that introduced fans to Ash and Pikachu. The boxed set will be available in November 2006 with a suggested […]

Press Release: VIZ Media Announces a Variety of New Pokémon Materials

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2006
VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES A VARIETY OF NEW POKÉMON ANIMATED SERIES AND MANGA TITLES TO DELIGHT FANS THIS FALL New Releases Make Fun Gift Selections For The 2006 Holiday Season San Francisco, CA, October 12, 2006 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, […]

"Little Mermaid" Sells 4 Million DVDs in 1 Week

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2006
Disney’s The Little Mermaid Platinum Edition 2-disc DVD set has sold over 4 million copies in its first week of release. The sales make it the top-selling animated DVD debut in October. The movie was also available as a digital download from the iTunes Store for $12.99; Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment Bob Chapek stated […]

Dark Horse Announces New "Gremlins" Products

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2006
Dark Horse Comics has announced vinyl figures and a PVC figure set based on Roald Dahl’s Gremlins, with release dates in November and January, respectively. Dahl’s Gremlins was illustrated by Walt Disney animation artists and was to be an animated feature film until the project was shelved. Read the full press release here.