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NY Times on Disney's Move Away from Hand-Drawn Animation

The New York Times covers the path that led to the dissolution of Disney’s hand-drawn animation department (registration required). The article includes extensive comments by David Stainton, current president of Walt Disney Feature Animation.

Preview for Frank Espinosa's "Rocketo" #2

Comic Book Resources has posted a 6-page preview of Frank Espinosa’s Rocketo #2 from Speakeasy Comics. The book is scheduled to be released to comic book stores this Wednesday, September 21.

Comics Previews and Full Issues Available On-Line

Mile High Comics has posted 4-page previews of comics shipping to stores on September 21, including Birds of Prey #86 (DC) by Gail Simone with artwork by Bruce Timm, David Lopez, and Fernando Blanco; and Runaways #8 (Marvel) by Brian K. Vaughan with artwork by Takeshi Miyazawa. Comic Book Resources has posted 6-page previews of […]

"Wallace and Gromit" Movie Gets Raves Down Under

The BBC is reporting that Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is receiving rave reviews in Australia, where the movie has already debuted. The movie is receiving accolades from both mainstream media critics, audience members emerging from the theatres, and people posting to the BBC web site. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean Interviewed About "MirrorMask"

ComicBookResources.com has interviewed writer Neil Gaiman and artist/director Dave McKean about MirrorMask, their new movie debuting on September 30, 2005. Produced with the Jim Henson Company, the movie is intended as a spiritual sequel to the 1980′s cult favorite Labyrinth and promises to mix live-action with an assortment of special effects and animation techniques.

VIZ Media Establishes European Presence

VIZ Media and the London-based Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (CPLG) will be forming a new company, VIZ Media B.V., which will focus on penetrating European comics markets with its manga and animation brands. The company will officially open in Amsterdam on October 3, 2005. (via the Comics Reporter weblog)

Guardian Interviews Hayao Miyazaki

The Guardian’s film section has interviewed Hayao Miyazaki (Howl’s Moving Castle). The interview subjects range from his recent films and his stature in the animation industry to challenges faced in his relationship with Disney and Miramax. (via Nausicaa.net)

Disney and Time-Warner Look Ahead for Wall Street

The New York Times covers the recent announcements that Disney is expecting disappointing results from its movie studio division, while Time Warner is expecting to meet its financial goals for 2005 (free registration required). The Times‘ coverage fails to note that Disney’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Staggs stated that Disney is still on-target to meet […]

Details for "Kimba the White Lion" DVD Set Announced

The Right Stuff International has provided details on their DVD release of Osamu Tezuka’s Kimba the White Lion anime series. The 11-disc limited edition boxed set will include all 52 original episodes of the show, the original Japanese episode 1, deleted scenes, and other extras. The set will be available on November 29 with an […]

Hong Kong Disneyland Opening Smooth

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Hong Kong Disneyland theme park experienced a smooth opening on Monday, September 12 (free registration required). Trial runs of the park running at or near capacity resulted in reports of excessively long lines and other problems.

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