Disney Trades Sportscaster for Cartoon Rabbit

Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog notes that the Walt Disney Company has traded ABC sportscaster Al Michaels to Universal/NBC in return for the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Oswald is an animated cartoon character created by Walt Disney in 1927, pre-dating Mickey Mouse; Universal has held the rights to Oswald’s cartoons for 77 years. […]

NTV's Hayao Miyazaki Interview Available On-line

Nausicaa.net is reporting that an interview with director Hayao Miyazaki aired on Japan’s NTV is available now at Ghibli World. The short film, currently unsubtitled, contains footage of the short films which can only be seen at the Studio Ghibli Museum.

Dark Horse Announces "Peanuts" Collectible Statuettes

Dark Horse’s licensing division has announced a lineup of collectible statuettes based on Charles Schulz’s Peanuts characters. The statuettes will be 4-5 inches high and will be modeled on vintage “syroco” figurines. Charlie Brown will inaugurate the line in September 2006 and will be followed by Lucy, Linus, Schroder, Pig Pen, Peppermint Patty, Sally, Snoopy, […]

Allen Shalleck, "Curious George" Collaborator, Found Dead in Florida

Editor, writer, and director Allen Shalleck has been found dead on the driveway of his mobile home in Florida. Shalleck, 76, co-edited several Curious George books and also helped write and direct 104 animated Curious George short films. The police are treating the death as a possible homicide.

VIZ Media on 2005 Results and 2006 Plans

Newsarama.com’s ongoing “State of the Union” feature has interviewed Evelyn Dubocq, Director of Public Relations at VIZ Media. Among the topics discussed are the merger of VIZ and ShoPro, the success of Naruto and Fullmetal Alchemist, and the company’s plans for 2006.

Warren Buffett: Cartoon Character

Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and known in financial circles as the “Oracle of Omaha,” will be lending his voice to a cartoon character, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times (free registration required). The movie, entitled The Secret Millionaire’s Club, will be produced by DIC Entertainment Holdings and is intended at […]

Newsarama Hosts Exclusive "Ultimate Avengers" Clip

Newsarama.com has posted an exclusive clip from Ultimate Avengers: the Movie, the direct-to-video animated movie coming in two weeks from Marvel Entertainment and Lion’s Gate. The clip is in Windows Media format.

Curious George's Long Strange Trip from Page to Screen

A lengthy article in the Los Angeles Times details the long journey Curious George has taken from classic children’s book to the film incarnation coming to multiplex screens on Friday, February 10, 2006. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog)

Andreas Deja Talks Up "Bambi II"

Veteran animator and animation consultant Andreas Deja has spoken to Comicon.com’s PULSE News about Bambi II, the direct-to-video sequel to Disney’s classic film. Deja speaks about his role in the making of the film and his reactions to seeing the final finished product.

Nick Park and Steve Box Talk "Wallace & Gromit"

The San Francisco Examiner spoke to Aardman animators Nick Park and Steve Box about their work on Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. The brief article goes into the demands of the stop-motion process and what the future has in store for the duo.

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