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"Business Week" on Imagi Animation Studios

Business Week magazine has profiled Imagi Animation Studios, the new animation studio that produced the TMNT movie and is currently working on CGI animated adaptations of Gatchaman and Astro Boy. The article briefly covers the history of the company from making artificial Christmas trees to doing CGI feature film animation and continues on to discuss […]

Bryan Konietzko Talks "Avatar"

Bryan Konietzko, co-creator of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender, has given an interview to Animation World Magazine about the show. The article focuses on Konietzko’s path from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he met the other Avatar co-creator Michael DiMartino, all the way to today, with the show in its third season and […]

Top Ten Anime and Manga Properties For Q3 2007

ICv2 reports that while the manga market gained sales for the third quarter of 2007 (particularly in the seinen and josei demographics), the anime market has been hit hard, with a 23% drop in sales compared to 2006′s 19% drop. They report that the first volume of Witchblade sold very well, though nothing as of […]

Michael DiMartino on "Avatar" Season 3

Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has 10 questions and answers with Michael Dante DiMartino, co-creator of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender, about the show’s third season. Among the topics discussed are the live-action movie adaptations to be directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the common themes throughout the three seasons so far, and assorted questions about events in […]

"Wall Street Journal" on Internationalizing Cartoon Characters

The Wall Street Journal examines the growing practice of “transcreating” cartoon characters for export from the United States to international markets (registration required). The article makes note of the newer versions of the Powerpuff Girls and Spider-Man created for Japanese and Indian markets, respectively, and also highlights Chinese versions of Disney’s Mickey Mouse that resembles […]

Schulz Family Upset by Upcoming Biography of "Peanuts" Creator

The New York Times is reporting that several of Charles M. Schulz’s family is upset over Schulz and Peanuts, an upcoming biography by David Michaelis which often depicts the creator of the Peanuts comic strip as a depressed and cold individual constantly pursuing women (free registration required). Schulz’s son Monte and daughter Amy Schulz Johnson […]

"Gumby Essentials": Return of the Lean, Green, Mirth Machine

I remember watching Gumby’s eternally syndicated adventures in the afternoons during summer vacation, and soon became a lifelong fan of the unique textural appeal of Claymation. Yet I hadn’t seen the series in more than a decade due to its recent absence from TV. Thankfully that drought has been brought to an end by the […]

"Astro Boy" Teaser Poster Revealed; Animator Jakob Jensen Interviewed

A movie poster for Imagi Animation Studios’ Astro Boy film has been revealed. The movie will be a CGI-animated adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s seminal anime character, and is currently scheduled for release in 2009. UPDATED: The Hollywood Reporter has spoken with animator Jakob Jensen about the challenges and successes in animating Astro Boy at Imagi […]

Warner Home Video Lands "Peanuts" Distribution Deal

Warner Home Video has signed a worldwide distribution deal with United Media, Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, and Lee Mendelson Film Productions for the Peanuts video library, including classic Peanuts cartoons and TV specials, direct-to-video programs, and new media. The press release states that new Peanuts DVDs will be released starting with a deluxe edition […]

PR: Warner Announces an Exclusive, Worldwide Distribution Agreement for 'Peanuts'

October 03, 2007 – Warner Home Video (WHV) has entered a multi-year, exclusive worldwide home video distribution deal with United Media (a.k.a.United Feature Syndicate, Inc.), Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, and Lee Mendelson Film Productions for Peanuts, the acclaimed syndicated comic strip which generated highly successful television programs revered by generations of viewers globally. The […]

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