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Disney Debuts On-Line Subscription Service for Preschoolers

by Ed Liuon February 17, 2006
Disney has debuted a $50 a year service targeted at pre-schoolers, according to a report in the New York Times (registration required). The fee and an 85 megabyte download will grant access to Playhouse Disney Preschool Time Online, which will host Web features and downloadable content like “fast-playing games and TV-like animation.” In a related […]

Saturn Awards Nominate "Howl," "Wallace & Gromit"

by Ed Liuon February 16, 2006
The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Films has named the latest Saturn Award nominees. The nominees for Best Animated Film are Howl’s Moving Castle, Chicken Little, Corpse Bride, Hoodwinked, Madagascar, and Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. (via Nausicaa.net)

Chuck Austen Talks Comics, Internet Hatred, and "Tripping the Rift"

by Ed Liuon February 16, 2006
A two-part interview with writer Chuck Austen has been posted at Comic Book Resources (part 1 and part 2). Austen was a frequent target of Internet rampage while he was writing comic books for DC and Marvel, but he achieved some success with the animated Tripping the Rift on the Sci Fi Channel, which he […]

UMDs Lagging, Studios Cut Back

by Ed Liuon February 16, 2006
A report in Daily Variety states that sales of movies on UMD for the PlayStation Portable are lagging, and that Sony, Paramount, and Time Warner are all cutting back on their offerings in the new format (subscription required, RottenTomatoes.com summarizes the article). The only successful movies on the format seem to be TV comedy shows, […]

Joe Roth on Pixar/Disney Deal

by Ed Liuon February 16, 2006
Joe Roth has been interviewed by About.com about his work with Revolution Studios and the Disney/Pixar merger. Roth is a board member at Pixar Animation Studios and a former chairman of Walt Disney Studios. Among other things, Roth states his belief that, “Pixar will totally infuse Disney with its own stuff.” (via Internet Movie Database […]

"Tales from Earthsea" Voice Casting Announcement

by Ed Liuon February 16, 2006
Nausicaa.net has posted voice casting information for the studio’s upcoming Tales from Earthsea film, with Bunta Sugawara (Kamaji in Spirited Away) cast as Ged and Junichi Okada as Prince Arren.

"Zoom Suit" #1 Preview On-Line

by Ed Liuon February 16, 2006
An 8-page preview for Zoom Suit #1 is available at Newsarama.com. The comic by John Taddeo and Billy Dallas Patton is based on Taddeo’s award-winning short film of the same title. The comic is being published by Superverse Comics and is available for pre-order now for an April release date.

Craig Kyle Talks "Ultimate Avengers" DVD

by Ed Liuon February 15, 2006
Steve Fritz has spoken to Craig Kyle, Marvel Enterprises VP of Creative Development for Animation, about the upcoming Ultimate Avengers DVD. The interview contains spoilers for both The Ultimates comic book source and the direct-to-video movie.

"Bambi II" Sells 2.6 Million Units in 1 Week

by Ed Liuon February 15, 2006
Disney has issued a press release trumpeting 2.6 million unit sales for the Bambi II DVD in its first week of release. The sequel, made to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the original movie, will be placed on sales moratorium after 70 days.

Donald Duck Comes in Third in Finnish Presidential Election

by Ed Liuon February 15, 2006
In a presidential runoff election in Finland, perennial write-in candidate Aku Ankka came in third behind socialist Tarja Halonen and conservative Sauli Niinasto. Ankka is better known by his English name of Donald Duck, whose comic books are wildly popular in Finland. Halonen was the ultimate winner of the election. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat […]