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DreamWorks Animation Teams Up With Studio Mir

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DreamWorks Animation has signed a co-production deal with South Korea’s Studio Mir – creators of the popular “The Legend of Korra” series. The pair will develop up to four series over the next four years. Each series will consist of 78 episodes. Source: Variety

Hayao Miyazaki To Be Recipient Of Honorary Academy Award

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Celebrated Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki will be one of four recipients of an honorary Academy Award when the award show is aired next year. Miyazaki is a three-time nominee for the Oscar – winning in 2002 for “Spirited Away” and nominated for “Howl’s Moving Castle” [2006] and “The Wind Rises” [2013]. Joining Miyazaki as honorary […]

NY Times Looks at Ari Folman's "The Congress"

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The New York Times has taken a look at The Congress, the latest live-action/animated hybrid film from director Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir). The movie is adapted from The Futurological Congress by renowned science fiction author Stanislaw Lem, and centers on actor Robin Wright playing a version of herself, and the aftermath of a final […]

Sundance Animated Shorts Coming to Theaters Starting September 26, 2014

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The Hollywood Reporter notes that the Sundance Film Festival is rolling out a 95-minute program of animated shorts to theaters, set to premiere at the Sundance Sunset Cinemas in Los Angeles on September 26, 2014. More dates and cities are to be announced in the coming weeks. The program will include 4 shorts from the […]

Otakon 2014: Ed Chavez of Vertical Press on How to License Manga

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Ed Chavez of Vertical, Inc. did a panel presentation at Otakon 2014 on several of Vertical’s upcoming publications and gave an overview of the process of licensing manga and other publications from Japan. Upcoming Vertical releases include Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, a retrospective of Satoshi Kon’s manga works entitled Dream Fossil-The Complete Satoshi […]

Otakon 2014: Tony Oliver's Adventures in Voice Acting

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Tony Oliver, voice of numerous anime and video game characters over the many years of his career, gave a panel presentation on some of the ways to train yourself to be a voice actor. His first piece of advice, as is heard from pretty much any voice actor that on “How do you become a […]

Marvel Skipping the "Big Hero 6" Movie Party

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Although Disney’s upcoming animated feature Big Hero 6 is based on a Marvel Comics superhero team (and comic book mini-series of the same name), The Hollywood Reporter states that Marvel is not planning any tie-ins to the movie, citing the lack of any Big Hero 6 tie-ins for the November 2014 advance solicitations (when the […]

Liz Holman, Animator, 1953 - 2014

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A paid obituary in the Los Angeles Times reports that Emmy-winning animator Liz Holman has passed away at the age of 61. Holman had battled cancer for a long time. After earning an MFA in Film Graphics from the prestigious Cal Arts academy in 1979, Holman worked in the animation industry for 25 years at […]

Otakon 2014: Interview - Masao Maruyama on Studio MAPPA and its Works

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Masao Maruyama’s storied career spans the lifetime of the modern anime industry itself. He started out with Mushi Productions before going on to found the animation studio Madhouse in 1972, where he spent over four decades producing scores of noteworthy anime titles and working with some of the finest talent in the business. Such series […]

John Stevenson to Direct Animated "Noah's Ark" Comedy for Unified Pictures

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ACADEMY AWARD®-NOMINATED DIRECTOR JOHN STEVENSON TO DIRECT ANIMATED COMEDY ADVENTURE INSPIRED BY “NOAH’S ARK” FOR UNIFIED PICTURES Unified Pictures announced today that Academy Award®-nominated director John Stevenson (“Kung Fu Panda”) will direct the company’s first CG- animated feature inspired by “Noah’s Ark,” which is slated for completion in 2016. The animated comedy adventure is inspired […]

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