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Disney Animation Resurrects Cartoon Shorts, Cuts Staff

by Ed Liuon December 4, 2006
The New York Times is reporting that the Walt Disney Studios has several animated short films in production now (registration required), intending to release them along with new feature films as a bonus. The new shorts will be used to train animation talent and spot potential new directors for animated feature films, and will be […]

GameTap’s New "Sam & Max" Promotional Animated Shorts

by Ed Liuon December 1, 2006
A press release from GameTap and Telltale Games announces new weekly animated shorts based on Steve Purcell’s Sam & Max: Freelance Police, to promote new episodes of the Sam & Max video game. The shorts will be done using machinima, using the game’s own engine to produce a short film, and will be posted every […]

Shirley Walker 1945 – 2006

by Ed Liuon November 30, 2006
The SoundtrackNet website is reporting that composer Shirley Walker has passed away at the age of 61 due to a brain aneurysm. Walker provided the music for Batman the Animated Series, Superman the Animated Series, The Zeta Project, the HBO Spawn series, and Batman Beyond. She also was a composer for the live-action Flash series, […]

Penny Farthing Press to Turn "The Loch" into Animated Short Film

by Ed Liuon November 29, 2006
Penny Farthing Press has announced that it will be adapting their children’s book The Loch into an animated short film. The Loch was written by Penny Farthing Press editor-in-chief Marlaine Maddux and illustrated by talent coordinator Courtney Huddleston, and focuses on four friends embarking on “a traditional rite of passage called The Knowledge Journey” in […]

Director Carlos Saldanha on "Ice Age 2"

by Ed Liuon November 29, 2006
The current Animated Shorts column at Newsarama.com is headlined by a feature story speaking to director Carlos Saldanha about Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, which has just been released on DVD. Among other topics, Saldanha discusses the casting of Queen Latifah as new female mammoth Ellie, the creation of the “Fire Dance” sequence, and the […]

Marvel Posts "Invincible Iron Man" Trailer and Screenshots

by Ed Liuon November 29, 2006
Marvel has posted a trailer and several screenshots of the Invincible Iron Man direct-to-video movie coming in January, 2007. The trailer is in Flash format. (via Comic Book Resources Comics Reel)

Clamp Profiled in NY Times

by Ed Liuon November 28, 2006
The New York Times has profiled Clamp, the Japanese four-woman manga studio that has produced some of manga and anime’s biggest recent hits, including Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits, and Tsubasa (registration required). The article examines the studio’s manga output, the differences between the American and Japanese comic system, and why there seem to be more women […]

AvatarSpirit.net Interviews Voice Actor Crawford Wilson (UPDATED Nov 27)

by Ed Liuon November 27, 2006
The AvatarSpirit.net fan site has posted part 1 of an interview with Crawford Wilson, the voice actor who plays “Jet” on Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender. Wilson discusses his character and how his one-episode role turned into something more substantial in the second season. (UPDATED Nov 27, 2006): AvatarSpirit.net has posted part 2 of the […]

Schedule and Programming for Animation Show 3 Announced

by Ed Liuon November 27, 2006
A partial program and schedule has been released for Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt’s third Animation Show film festival. The festival scheduling will work differently than it has in the past, switching to concert-style screenings in specific cities for a few days rather than a traditional art-house theatrical run. (via Amid Amidi at Cartoon Brew)

NY Times on Animating Trial of the Chicago Eight

by Ed Liuon November 27, 2006
The New York Times has a feature article on Chicago 10, a documentary directed by Brett Morgen (On the Ropes, The Kid Stays in the Picture) that will use animation mixed in with other film and audio sources (registration required). The documentary will chronicle the trial of the Chicago 8 in December 1969, where the […]