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How Animated Dodos Got Into Evolution/Intelligent Design Movie

by Ed Liuon May 8, 2006
An article from the University of Southern California about Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus covers the contribution of veteran animator Tom Sito to the film. Sito’s resume includes classic films ranging from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? to The Little Mermaid to Shrek; Sito is currently an adjunct faculty instructor at USC. Sito and […]

NY Times on the Secret Origins of "Over the Hedge"

by Ed Liuon May 8, 2006
The New York Times details the path taken from newspaper comics section to silver screen for the upcoming Over the Hedge feature film (registration required). The movie from DreamWorks Animation is scheduled for release on May 19.

Rare 1st Edition Preston Blair "Animation" Book On-Line (UPDATED)

by Ed Liuon May 5, 2006
The first half of a rare 1st edition of Preston Blair’s Animation textbook is available at the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive Project weblog. Originally published in 1947, the book used several characters from MGM without permission, which resulted in the book being pulled and replaced with a new version that is still in print. The second […]

Pixar Shareholders Approve Disney Merger

by Ed Liuon May 5, 2006
Pixar shareholders approved the takeover of the company by the Walt Disney Company in a special shareholders meeting held on Friday, May 5. The all-stock deal is valued at more than $7.4 billion.

Free Comic Book Day Hits on May 6, 2006

by Ed Liuon May 5, 2006
Free Comic Book Day will be hitting comic shops across the United States and Canada tomorrow, May 6, 2006. Full information about the day and the comics to be given away by participating stores can be found at the Free Comic Book Day website, and individual publishers describe their offerings and why they are participating […]

SEC Drops DreamWorks Animation Probe

by Ed Liuon May 5, 2006
DreamWorks Animation SKG has stated that the SEC will drop an informal probe investigating the company begun nearly a year ago (free registration required, see Toon Zone’s earlier coverage of this news). The investigation came after the company reported lower-than-expected earnings due to disappointing home video sales of Shrek 2. The SEC documentation filed with […]

"Animated Shorts" on IFC Toons and Toonami Jetstream

by Ed Liuon May 4, 2006
The latest “Animated Shorts” column on Newsarama.com contains a profile of the growing animated content available on the Independent Film Channel, including Samurai 7 and Bob Balaban’s Hopeless Pictures. Discussions with IFC VP of Acquisitions and Scheduling Jerry Lentz also reveals details about the channel’s MediaLab initiative, intended to showcase up-and-coming animators. The second half […]

Simon Furman Talks "Transformers: Stormbringer"

by Ed Liuon May 3, 2006
Writer Simon Furman has spoken to Newsarama about Transformers: Stormbringer, a four-issue mini-series coming from IDW Publishing in July. The series will focus on a human-free zone on Cybertron, and will attempt to address the fans’ call for “intense, full blown giant robot (sans humans) action.” Several preview pages are included in the article.

DreamWorks Posts $12.3M Profit, 73% Drop from Last Year

by Ed Liuon May 2, 2006
DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. reported a .3 million profit for the financial quarter that ended on March 31, 2006, representing a 73% drop from the same quarter a year ago. The profit was largely driven by home video sales of Madagascar, with no revenue generated by Shrek 2 or Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of […]

Hayao Miyazaki to Announce Next Film on May 5

by Ed Liuon May 2, 2006
A news report on Nausicaa.net states that famed director Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli will announce his next film project on May 5, 2006, as part of an interview commemorating Children’s Day in Japan.