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New Yorker Magazine Profiles George Daugherty, Wovewy Conductor for Live Looney Tunes Orchestra

by Ed Liuon May 26, 2015
The New Yorker has profiled George Daughterty, conductor for the “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” program since he started the concert series in 1989. The series pairs original Looney Tunes cartoons (including “What’s Opera, Doc?”, “Corny Concerto,” and “The Rabbit of Seville”) with live orchestral accompaniment. Among other topics, Mr. Daughterty discusses how he started […]
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LA Times on Growing Number of Women Enrolling at CalArts Animation Program

by Ed Liuon May 26, 2015
The Los Angeles Times uses a visible rise in the number of women enrolled in the renowned CalArts animation program as a barometer for the rise of women on the creative side of the animation industry overall. While the character animation program debuted in 1975 with only two female students, the current CalArts class is […]

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Cartoon Network UK Mixes It Up With 'Mixels Rush' App Game

by Grant Whiteon May 21, 2015
Cartoon Network UK have announced the launch of new game ‘Mixels Rush’. A joint development between Cartoon Network and the LEGO Group, Mixels focuses on various tribes of crazy creatures who can use their special ability to combine together into powerful new forms. The game, available on iOS, Android and Amazon devices, sees players guide […]

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SpongeBob Treat Truck to Distribute Free Snacks for World Oceans Day

by Ed Liuon May 20, 2015
EVERYONE’S FAVORITE SPONGE IS COMING ASHORE FOR WORLD OCEANS DAY! Celebrating the Home Entertainment Debut of the New Hit Movie, SpongeBob Treat Truck Will Distribute Free Bikini Bottom Snacks, Plus Reusable Totes And Tips On Helping The World’s Oceans SpongeBob SquarePants is coming ashore in 8 cities across the U.S., bringing laughter, joy, and SpongeBob […]
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UK Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Cartoonito Announce June Highlights

by Grant Whiteon May 20, 2015
Summer is upon us and the temperature is rising with Cartoon Network UK’s June highlights. From 1st, weeknights at 6pm bring brand new episodes of Uncle Grandpa followed by brand new episodes of Steven Universe at 6:30pm. The channel also plans to premiere’ Xiaolin Showdown’sequel Xiaolin Chronicles, focussing on young monks in training who must […]

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How New York City Launched the Animation Industry - An AMPAS Event with Tommy Stathes and J.J. Sedelmaier

by Ed Liuon May 20, 2015
On May 19, 2015, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted a screening of some of the earliest animated short films ever made, hosted by early animation archivist, collector, and historian Tommy Stathes with renowned animator J.J. Sedelmaier. Academy director of New York programs and membership Patrick Harrison introduced the event by noting […]
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John Stephenson, Voice Actor, 1923 - 2015

by Ed Liuon May 18, 2015
Writer Mark Evanier reports the passing of veteran voice actor John Stephenson on Friday, May 15, 2015, at the age of 91. While the cause of death was not stated, Mr. Stephenson had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for some time and had been living in a nursing home. Mr. Stephenson’s career began in 1948, when […]

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Toonzone Interviews Tommy Stathes and J.J. Sedelmaier on Early New York Animation

by Ed Liuon May 18, 2015
Many animation fans have seen and even purchased collections of public domain cartoons on home video, but Tommy José Stathes used those earliest collections (on VHS tapes in the 1990’s) as a springboard to become an early animation historian, archivist, and preservationist, with a focus on the earliest animated cartoons produced from the 1900’s to […]
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NFB Web Documentary "Do Not Track" Gets Animated for Fourth Episode

by Ed Liuon May 15, 2015
Is your mobile phone spying on you? NFB’s web documentary series Do Not Track on Internet privacy gets animated for fourth episode “A cautionary tale about the web as a menacing, all-seeing eye” – The New York Times Do Not Track – Episode 4 (Clip) from National Film Board of Canada on Vimeo. May 12, […]