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NYCC2009: W!LDBRAIN on "Team Smithereen" and "Yo Gabba Gabba!"

The W!LDBRAIN panel at the 2009 New York Comic Con was hosted by Chief Marketing Officer Mike Polis; Marge Dean, head of W!LDBRAIN’s animation studio in San Francisco; and Bob Higgins, head of creative in New York City. Higgins began with a quick rundown of his career from his start at Warner Bros. Entertainment to […]

NYCC2009: Marvel Animation Panel Report

On hand to give the state of the union for Marvel Animation were Cort Lane, Director of Animation Development and Eric Rollman, President of Marvel Animation. The Hulk Vs. DTV and upcoming Black Panther show were briefly mentioned, though no news was announced. The success of the animated series Wolverine and the X-Men was touched […]

"Coraline" News Blitz: Articles, Interviews, and Features Around the Web

Laika’s stop-motion feature film Coraline has been featured in arts articles across the Internet: Director Henry Selick has been interviewed by the Orlando Sentinel, HollywoodChicago.com, and ComingSoon.net. Among other topics, Selick discusses how appropriate the movie is for children (describing it as “for brave children of all ages,” as are the rest of his films), […]

PR: A Backstage Look at Animation's Big Night

Royce Hall from the stage A Backstage Look At ASIFA-Hollywood’s Annie Awards  The after-party featured a gourmet meal and the music of the Blue Hawaiians We aren’t your typical paparazzi. It was only six months ago that our creative aspirations drove us out of Orlando, Florida to pursue careers as animated filmmakers. It is conventional […]

"Coraline" Article Roundup: NYT on 3-D; Teri Hatcher on Being the Other Mother

The New York Times has taken a look at the upcoming movie Coraline, focusing on the fact that it is the first stop-motion animated movie that was filmed with the intent of projecting it in 3-D for audiences (free registration required). Coraline director Henry Selick is quoted as saying, “I saw that everyone that was […]

Briefly: Hatcher on "Coraline;" WALL-E Award; "Raven" Update; 3-D Eye Diagnosis

* Teri Hatcher has discussed her role as the Other Mother in Coraline, noting that most of her other work is “inappropriate” for her 11-year old, and joked that several parents she knew declared ‘No more sleepovers at Hatchers’ house’ after watching a screening of the movie. [Women's Wear Daily] * The Producers Guild of […]

Toon Zone Interviews Don Hahn on "The Alchemy of Animation"

Most animation fans know that Disney experienced a resurrection in its animated feature films starting in the late 1980′s and early 1990′s, with The Little Mermaid in the vanguard, followed closely by the Oscar-nominated Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King. What two of those four movies have in common is veteran producer […]

Walt Disney Presents Pre-Production Artwork of Maleficent for "Sleeping Beauty"

In conjunction with the release of Sleeping Beauty in a 2-disc Platinum Edition DVD and Blu-ray disc, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has made the following artwork available of pre-production artwork for Maleficent, the evil fairy queen who remains one of Disney’s most memorable screen villains: There are also several images of video reference of […]

The Passions of Henry Selick: A "Coraline" Interview

The last stop in my tour of Laika Animation was to have a sitdown with Henry Selick himself, the great stop-motion animator and the writer/director of this project. Henry’s a guarded guy, but he was willing to be open with us and answer our questions with great insight and humor. In this roundtable interview, Henry […]

On Set with "Coraline": A Tour Through Laika Animation

The building that housed upwards of 57 active sets in tandem for a stop-motion animated film (a new record, by the way) is an inconspicuous-looking building several miles outside of Portland, Oregon. There’s nothing so ostentatious as the kind of studios you’d find in Hollywood, be it a Warner Bros water tower or a massive […]

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