It’s Official – Studio Ghibli Feature Films On Hiatus

by Alex Beanon August 4, 2014
As expected, Studio Ghibli made the announcement that they will be putting their feature film producing on temporary hiatus while concentrating on “restructuring and rebuilding” the famed animation studio. The high cost of the animation production process combined with the Studio Ghibli’s tradition of relying on its own workforce rather than sub-contracting studio work has […]

SDCC2014: “The Boxtrolls” Roundtable Interview with Sir Ben Kingsley

by Christopher Glennonon August 4, 2014
Sir Ben Kingsley is an Oscar-winning actor with nearly fifty years of experience, having appeared in such films as Gandhi (1982), Schindler’s List (1993), and Sexy Beast (2000). He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002 and currently runs his own production company. He plays the villain Snatcher in The Boxtrolls. During the 2014 […]


James Shigeta, Actor, 1929 – 2014

by Ed Liuon July 31, 2014
Actor James Shigeta passed away on July 28, 2014, in Hollywood, CA, at the age of 85, due to pulmonary failure. Shigeta was born in Hawaii but first became an acting and singing star in Japan in the 1950’s while taking Japanese language lessons. His fame in Japan ultimately led to appearances Las Vegas, and […]

SDCC2014: Marvel Animation Presents! Talks Fall Premieres and New DTV

by Christopher Glennonon July 30, 2014
Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television, introduced Cort Lane (VP), Stephen Wacker (VP – animation), and Eric Radomski (SVP) to talk about what’s coming up for Marvel Animation. The upcoming third season of Ultimate Spider-Man, which is titled Web Warriors will be about Spider-Man chasing the Green Goblin throughout other realities and meeting various version of […]


SEC Hits DreamWorks With Turbo Investigation

by Alex Beanon July 29, 2014
In more financial news, DreamWorks Animation is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] after disclosing that they took a $13.5 million hit on last year’s “Turbo” feature film. “Turbo” had a disclosed budget of $135 million but only took in $83 million domestically at the box office. “Turbo” performed much better in […]

‘The Legend of Korra- Book 2: Spirits’ Premieres In UK 30th July

by Grant Whiteon July 29, 2014
Per Nickelodeon UK’s listing page, the first episode of Avatar: The Legend of Korra will premiere in the country on the main Nickelodeon channel 30th July at 8:30pm. Subtitled ‘Spirits’, the second ‘book’ continues the adventures of new Avatar Korra and her friends as their reality is drawn into conflict with the parallel spirit world. […]


Smith Micro Issues Avatar Challenge

by Alex Beanon July 29, 2014
Smith Micro Issues Avatar Challenge Smith Micro Software has joined forces with telecom company Sprint and issued the Avatar Challenge – an education program where students will use Smith Micro’s animation software to create avatar characters with the chance to have their creations viewed and used by millions through Sprint Visual Voicemail, as later this […]


Thomas the Tank Engine Voice Actor Quits, Saying Wages Aren’t Really Useful

by Ed Liuon July 24, 2014
Martin T. Sherman, the voice actor for Thomas, Percy, and Diesel in the U.S. version of Thomas the Tank Engine, has quit the role, stating in an open letter on a fan site that, “It is embarrassing but the reason is that they are paying a very low wage. The terms they are offering are […]

Nickelodeon Pulls “Legend of Korra” TV Premieres; Moves to Digital Distribution

by Ed Liuon July 24, 2014
In a surprise move, Nickelodeon has pulled five upcoming premiere episodes of The Legend of Korra‘s third season, with the last TV episode (“The Terror Within,” episode 8 of this season’s 14) premiering on Friday, July 25, 2014, at 8:00 PM (ET/PT). A subsequent announcement by series co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino (through […]