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Myron Waldman 1908 - 2006

by Ed Liuon February 6, 2006
Animation director Myron Waldman passed away at the age of 97 on the morning of February 4. Waldman was a key figure in the heyday of the Fleischer Studios, working on Betty Boop, Superman, Popeye the Sailor, and Raggedy Ann and Andy. Animation historian and enthusiast Jerry Beck has posted an appreciation at CartoonBrew.com, and […]

Buena Vista Announces Blu-Ray DVD Lineup

by Ed Liuon February 3, 2006
A news capsule from Nausicaa.net notes an article (in Japanese) at Watch Impress stating that Buena Vista has announced a film lineup using the new Blu-Ray DVD format. The movies include several releases from Studio Ghibli, including Gedo Senki (Tales from Earthsea), the still-unreleased feature film. Blu-Ray is a new home video format which uses […]

Josh Blaylock on the State of Devil's Due Publishing

by Ed Liuon February 3, 2006
Josh Blaylock, founder of Devil’s Due Publishing, has spoken to Newsarama.com about the state of his company and its comics properties. Devil’s Due is best known for their G.I. Joe line of comics, including G.I. Joe: America’s Elite and the G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 tie-in comic. They also just recently announced a series of comics […]

"Runners" Graphic Novel Jumps to Animation

by Ed Liuon February 3, 2006
Sean Wang’s Runners: Bad Goods, a science fiction adventure graphic novel, has just been turned into an animated short film by the DAVE School at Universal Studios Orlando. Runners focuses on a motley crew of smugglers who inherit a world of trouble when they take on a mysterious passenger. The film was the final project […]

"Howl's Moving Castle," "Pokemon" Top Japan Box Office in 2005

by Ed Liuon February 2, 2006
An article about the 2005 box office results in Japan reveals that Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle was the top-grossing film with 19.6 billion yen (approx. US$165.4 million). The article also states that Pocket Monster Advanced Generation is taking the number 2 spot with 4.3 billion yen (approx. US$36.3 million). The statement by the Motion […]

Disney/Pixar: "Time" Magazine Hints at Future Films

by Ed Liuon February 2, 2006
A sidebar to a Disney/Pixar news article in Time magazine takes a look at some possible film projects coming from the combined company. Some films mentioned include Ratatouille, about a rat living in a fancy French restaurant; a film noir project from Incredibles director Brad Bird that may be based on Will Eisner’s The Spirit […]

"Teen Titans" Season 1 DVD "Easter Eggs" Revealed

by Ed Liuon February 2, 2006
A posting on the TitansTower.com website reveals several “easter eggs” on disc 2 of the Teen Titans Complete First Season DVD set. The “eggs” appear to contain special interviews, a music video, and artwork, none of which seem to have been on the earlier, single-disc releases. The DVD set will be released on February 7.

Disney/Pixar: John Lasseter Dubbed "The New Walt Disney"

by Ed Liuon February 1, 2006
An article from Reuters states that several animation industry watchers have dubbed Pixar’s John Lasseter “the new Walt Disney.” (No pressure.) Lasseter is set to become the head of Walt Disney’s animation division if the $7.4 billion Disney/Pixar merger concludes successfully this summer.

Matt Fleckenstein on "Family Guy" Comics

by Ed Liuon February 1, 2006
Series writer Matt Fleckenstein has spoken to Newsarama.com about his work on the upcoming Family Guy tie-in comic, coming from Devil’s Due Publishing later this year. Fleckenstein clarifies his writing duties on the show, discusses some basic plot points of his comics, and expounds on the difference between writing for comics and for other media.

DreamWorks Animation Finalizes Paramount Distribution Deal

by Ed Liuon February 1, 2006
DreamWorks Animation SKG has announced that it will begin operating under the new seven-year distribution deal with Paramount Pictures announced last month. In return for a $75 million payment to DreamWorks Animation, Paramount will be responsible for the marketing and distribution of DreamWorks Animation films and will receive an 8% distribution fee.