An item in the New York Times notes the influence Hanna-Barbera’s Yogi Bear has had on animation (registration required). Noting that Yogi himself is a pastiche of then-current pop culture sources, the article further points out how Yogi and other Hanna-Barbera characters were innovators by instigating a practice of cultural homage that has continued to […]
An article in The New York Times notes the use of a zoetrope-like device in the “Pixar: 20 Years of Animation” exhibit opening this week at the Museum of Modern Art (registration required). The device — inspired by a similar installation at the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo — combines a strobe light and 3-D […]
Newsarama.com is reporting that a new Witchblade anime series will be debuting in Japan in April 2006. The series will transplant the Witchblade story to Japan rather than re-using the Sara Pezzini character from the existing Witchblade comic books and TV series. Twenty-six episodes are planned; Kodansha will also release a tie-in manga series.
Several previews for comic books have been released throughout the web. AVAILABLE AT COMIC SHOP STANDS NOW – The Webcomics Examiner has selected the best Webcomics of 2005, and included links to all the selected webcomics. – previews for next week’s Marvel and DC Comics releases, and has also made the Street Fighter #0 preview […]
The 48th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been released, and two animated feature films have picked up nominations in the Film/TV/Visual Media category. The Incredibles picked up a nomination for Best Score Soundtrack Album and “Believe” by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri from The Polar Express picked up a nomination for Best Song.
A report by the National Academy of Sciences has sharply criticized the marketing practices of the food and beverage industries, especially the use of popular cartoon characters like SpongeBob SquarePants and Shrek to sell junk food to children. The report recommends Congress take action to restrict marketing practices if the food companies do not act […]
USA Today is reporting that Disney will replace Christopher Robin with an as-yet-unnamed 6-year-old girl character in an animated Winnie the Pooh series to be released in 2007. The computer-generated series My Friends Tigger and Pooh will be only one of several events arranged for the 80th anniversary of the Pooh character.
Writer Adam Beechen has been interviewed by Comic Book Resources about his imminent takeover of DC Comics’ Robin solo comic book title in the wake of DC’s Infinite Crisis crossover. Beechen talks about his approach to the title and the character, describing it as “teenage CSI,” and the frustrations of not being able to talk […]
Film critic and historian Leonard Maltin has been interviewed by DVD Talk Radio about the latest releases in the Walt Disney Treasures Collection. Maltin also talks about the state of animation and the relationship between Hayao Miyazaki and Walt Disney. A 7MB MP3 file of the 10-minute interview is available for downloading.