The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has issued a statement condemning Cartoon Network’s claim that their Tickle U. block of programming will aid in developing a child’s sense of humor. The CCFC claims that the block is a ploy designed for marketing rather than education or development, while Cartoon Network counter-claims that they maintain a […]
Yahoo! News reports that actor Brock Peters has passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 78. He is best known for his role as Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird. Animation fans will recognize him as the voice of Lucius Fox in Batman: The Animated Series and numerous other voices in animation […]
The schedule for this year’s New Yorker festival has been released. It includes two panels about animation (one of which will feature Brad Bird, Trey Parker, and Matt Stone) and a preview screening of Wallace & Gromit — The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. The festival is scheduled for the weekend of September 23-25. (via Heidi […]
ADV Films has begun exploiting BitTorrent, a file sharing system renowned for enabling digital piracy, to advertise its films, according to a report in the New York Times (free registration required). After a successful trial advertising Madlax in July, ADV has assembled more extensive promotional packages for Gilgamesh and Goddanar specifically for release on BitTorrent. […]
To begin its week-long coverage of the 5th anniversary of Marvel’s “Ultimate” line of comics, Newsarama.com has posted a time-capsule of articles published before the line was firmly established. Coverage this week will interview multiple Ultimate Marvel creators and delve into the future of the imprint.
Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced that it will be offering 300 comic books targeted for reading on cellular phones. This number nearly triples their current output and is less than half that offered by their top rivals in the market. The cell phone manga is often enhanced with pop-up frames and vibration effects, with sound-effects […]
Treehouse Animation, makers of the “LEGO Star Wars: Revenge of the Brick and Clone Trooper Orchestra” animated shorts, will be publishing The Trap-Door Maker, billed as a prequel to Gaston Leroux’s 1911 novel The Phantom of the Opera. Two pages of preview artwork and the cover are provided with the article.
Stung by recent accusations of corporate malfeasance, the board of directors of the Walt Disney Company has adopted a new provision which will compel any board member to resign if a majority of shareholders withhold their votes during his or her re-election. The announcement comes as Disney is fending off accusations of poor working conditions […]