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"BusinessWeek" Debunks "Disney Buys Pixar" Rumors

by Ed Liuon January 17, 2006
An article in BusinessWeek on-line debunks the oft-repeated rumor that the Walt Disney Corporation will buy Pixar Animation Studios and make Steve Jobs the CEO of Disney. The two companies were reported close to renewing their distribution deal, but neither will comment publicly about the negotiations.

Dennis Marks, R.I.P.

by Ed Liuon January 16, 2006
Writer Mark Evanier is reporting the passing of animation writer Dennis Marks. Marks’ career stretches back to the late 1960s, with work on Batfink, Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space, Transformers, and the Tom and Jerry and Jetsons feature films. He was also the head writer for Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends and the […]

LA Times on Making "Hoodwinked"

by Ed Liuon January 16, 2006
The Los Angeles Times covers the background of the CGI feature film Hoodwinked, ultimately focusing on the seemingly overnight success of writer/directors Cory and Todd Edwards and Tony Leech (free registration required). The article covers their prior works and the long, bumpy path from concept to release.

NY Times Talks CN's Anime

by Ed Liuon January 16, 2006
A slightly condescending article in the New York Times Arts section delves into what it judges as the anime series on Cartoon Network which defy anime stereotypes (registration required). Among the shows judged worthy are Naruto, Samurai Champloo, and Fullmetal Alchemist.

"Ben 10" Team Talks to Newsarama

by Ed Liuon January 16, 2006
The Man of Action studio team has been interviewed by Newsarama.com about Ben 10, one of the new shows on Cartoon Network’s Saturday morning lineup. The team includes Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Steven Seagle, and Duncan Rouleau, all of whom have had tenures on a number of comic book superhero franchises, including Action Comics, Uncanny […]

"The Incredibles" Tops 2005 DVD Sales Charts

by Ed Liuon December 30, 2005
Home Media Research has released a list of the 10 top-selling DVDs of 2005, with Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles landing the top spot with 17.38 million copies sold. In all, half of the titles on the list are animated movies, with DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar and Shark Tale tying for 3rd place with 10 million each in […]

"Naruto" Licensing Marches On

by Ed Liuon December 30, 2005
ICv2 is reporting that two new firms have signed up to produce licensed Naruto merchandise. Basic Fun will be producing iPod covers and keychains, while Great Eastern Entertainment will manufacture wall scrolls, patches, wrist cuffs, headbands, caps, more key chains, and buttons.

Exporting SpongeBob to China

by Ed Liuon December 29, 2005
The New York Times talks about Nickelodeon’s efforts to bring its programming to China (registration required), detailing the hurdles its parent company Viacom must clear from the Chinese government and from Chinese parents who may be even more restrictive on what their children are allowed to watch. The Wild Thornberries and CatDog are already broadcast […]

Dan Slott on "She-Hulk"'s 100th Issue

by Ed Liuon December 28, 2005
Writer Dan Slott (Batman Adventures) has spoken to Newsarama.com about the upcoming She-Hulk 2 #3, which is also the 100th solo issue for the Jade Giantess if one starts from the 1980 Savage She-Hulk #1. The story involves a run-in with the Time Variance Authority, which is threatening to remove She-Hulk from history after she […]

Vincent Schiavelli 1948 - 2005

by Ed Liuon December 27, 2005
Character actor Vincent Schiavelli died yesterday, December 26, of lung cancer at his home in Sicily at age 57. Schiavelli was a memorable presence in film and television, appearing in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series, and the James Bond film Tomorrow Never […]