The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Cartoon Network has signed a worldwide licensing deal with Mattel for action figures and other toys based on the network’s shows (free registration required). The first wave of toys to be released under the pact will hit shelves in 2007.
Newsarama.com has interviewed actor J.K. Simmons, focusing primarily on his roles as Asst. Police Chief Will Pope in The Closer, as Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man feature films, and as General Wade Eiling in Justice League Unlimited. The latter role arose due to his voice-over work in commercials and has led […]
The Los Angeles Times has published a lengthy profile of Dr. Ed Catmull, Pixar’s co-president and current president of Disney Features Animation (free registration required). The article covers Catmull’s management approach, centered around building a “talent-ocracy” where management is shaped around the talent rather than vice-versa, and the warm reception he has received at Disney.
Disney/Pixar’s Cars led the weekend box office with an estimated take of .8 million. However, the number seems to have disappointed Wall Street, with Disney’s stock price taking a minor hit in the morning before a partial recovery as of press time. In comparison, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo had opening weekend box office numbers […]
Writer Mark Evanier has reported the passing of writer and editor George Kashdan last Saturday at the age of 78, “apparently from complications relating to a stroke.” Kashdan wrote and edited many of DC’s earliest comic books, overseeing the launches of monthly comic book titles for Aquaman, Metamorpho, and Teen Titans. Kashdan also contributed to […]
Imagi Animation Studios has announced that they are producing a CGI animated feature-length movie based on Gatchaman, a.k.a. G-Force. The film will be written and directed by Kevin Munroe, who has handled both duties for the CG Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and is produced in association with Tatsunoko Production of Japan, Inc. No release date […]
Image Comics has announced that Afterworks 2, the anthology trade paperback by artists from Pixar Animation Studios, will be expanding from 200 pages to 360 pages. The price of the book will not change from the initially solicited $24.99. In addition, two on-line previews from the book are available. ComicBookResources.com has an 18-page preview of […]
The Onion A.V. Club has published a list of the top 13 Memorably Unpopular Characters from Popular TV, with Scrappy-Doo landing the #1 spot above Oliver Martin (The Brady Bunch), Dawn Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Livia Soprano (The Sopranos). Pokémon‘s Pikachu landed the #7 spot behind Barney the Dinosaur and Urkel (Family Matters).
Warner Home Video, Hearst Entertainment, and King Features Syndicate have come to an agreement which will lead to the home video release of classic Popeye cartoons. Specifically, Warner has the rights to all 231 Popeye animated shorts released theatrically between 1933 and 1957 and multiple shorts released for TV between 1960 and 1987. According to […]
Bernard Loomis, a legendary toy industry figure, passed away from heart disease on Friday at the age of 82 (registration required). Loomis was instrumental in tying toys to TV programming; his first attempt to bring a “Hot Wheels” cartoon to TV in 1969 failed, but he eventually succeeded with a Strawberry Shortcake animated program in […]