Author Archive

Lennie Weinrib 1935 – 2006

by Ed Liuon June 28, 2006
Writer Mark Evanier is reporting the passing of voice actor Lennie Weinrib at the age of 71. Weinrib’s career in voice acting lasted nearly 40 years, with his most memorable roles being the voice of H.R. Pufnstuf and Scrappy-Doo.

"Animated Shorts" Interviews Filmation’s Lou Scheimer

by Ed Liuon June 28, 2006
Steve Fritz’s latest “Animated Shorts” column for contains part 1 of a 2-part feature interviewing Lou Scheimer, one of the key members of the Filmation Studios. Scheimer details his entry into the business working for legends like Chuck Jones and Joseph Barbera, his connection to Bozo the Clown, and the con job that led […]

Sojitz Corporation Invests in A.D. Vision

by Ed Liuon June 27, 2006 is reporting that the Sojitz Corporation’s Japan Content Investments (JCI) investor group has made a “substantial” investment in A.D. Vision. CEO and founder John Ledford will remain as ADV’s CEO and majority shareholder. The article states that the investment will allow ADV Films to raise its output of anime titles and expand its operations […]

Steve Purcell Talks "Sam and Max"

by Ed Liuon June 27, 2006
Writer/artist Steve Purcell has spoken to Comic Book Resources about the new Sam and Max webcomics and video game coming soon from Telltale Games. While the focus is on Sam & Max’s comic and video game incarnations, Purcell also briefly discusses their life as a Saturday morning cartoon.

Garrett Gilchrist on Restoring "The Thief and the Cobbler"

by Ed Liuon June 26, 2006
Cartoon Brew’s Amid Amidi has interviewed filmmaker Garrett Gilchrist about his restoration of Richard Williams’ The Thief and the Cobbler. The fan-driven project aims to re-create the original cut of the movie before investors seized control of the film and hired another studio to complete it, significantly altering it in a futile attempt to make […]

"Animated Shorts" on "Witchblade" Anime

by Ed Liuon June 26, 2006
Steve Fritz’s “Animated Shorts” column for has a feature this week about the Witchblade anime series. Based on the comic book property from Top Cow, the series is being produced by Studio Gonzo (Samurai 7 and Gantz). Top Cow COO and President Matt Hawkins and VP of Creative Affairs for GDH International Eric Calderon […]

Supreme Court Refuses Pooh Copyright Case

by Ed Liuon June 26, 2006
The Supreme Court has refused to hear a case that might have allowed the grandaughter of A.A. Milne to recapture the copyright to Winnie the Pooh. Clare Milne sought to use a 1976 copyright law to recapture the rights which her grandfather bequeathed to a trust upon his death in 1956; the Walt Disney Corporation […]

Animation Podcast Talks to Legendary Disney Animator Burny Mattinson

by Ed Liuon June 26, 2006
The Animation Podcast has posted part 1 of its podcast interview with Disney animator Burny Mattinson, who joined the Disney Animation studio while Walt Disney was still alive and has had a career spanning over 50 years. (via Jerry Beck’s Cartoon Brew weblog)

LA Times on ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive

by Ed Liuon June 26, 2006
The Los Angeles Times has profiled the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive (free registration required), an organization dedicated to collecting and preserving significant animation production material for professional animators, students, and the general public. The article includes numerous comments by archive director Stephen Worth and renowned animator John Kricfalusi. The animation archive’s website and weblog can be […]

Todd Nauck on "Teen Titans Go!," "Wildguard," and Spidey

by Ed Liuon June 21, 2006
Artist Todd Nauck has spoken to about the projects he is working on at the moment, including his creator-owned Wildguard superhero series, his work on the Teen Titans Go! tie-in comic book, and a fill-in gig on Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man with Peter David, his former creative partner on DC’s Young Justice comic.