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"Akira" Blu-ray: Still Da Bomb After Two Decades

I’ll never forget the first time I saw the 1988 animated feature film Akira. It was Saturday morning on the Sci-Fi Channel, back in the ’90s when that was their timeslot for Japanese anime. While I had somewhat enjoyed my samplings of anime to that point, Akira really impressed and intrigued me. Here was a […]

2008 Academy Awards: "WALL-E" Wins Best Animated Feature, "Bashir" Loses Out

The 81st annual Academy Awards are underway, and all awards have been announced for categories with an animated film in contention. The animated winners are: BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: WALL-E (Walt Disney) Dir. by Andrew Stanton (21:06 EST) BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM: “La Maison en Petits Cubes” A Robot Communications Production, Kunio Kato (21:09 EST) […]

Max Fleischer's Gulliver's Travels to DVD and Blu-ray March 10, 2009

Koch Entertainment and E1 Entertainment have officially announced their release of Max Fleischer’s Gulliver’s Travels on DVD and Blu-ray on March 10, 2009. The movie was the second feature-length animated film, and made groundbreaking use of rotoscoping techniques and exploited the considerable technical skill of the Fleischer studios to retell Jonathan Swift’s classic novel. The […]

Lionsgate Releases "Battle for Terra" Trailer

Lionsgate Films has released a trailer for Battle for Terra, a CGI animated feature film scheduled for release on May 1, 2009. The movie chronicles the struggles on a peaceful alien planet named Terra which faces destruction from human colonization. The movie is directed by Aristomenis Tsirbas, the digital artist on Hellboy and Titantic, and […]

IFC Talks to Henry Selick on "Coraline"

IFC.com has interviewed director Henry Selick about directing Coraline. Among other topics, Selick discusses how children process scary stories like Coraline, what scared him as a child, the painstaking stop-motion animation process, filming in 3-D, in-jokes and references that may or may not be present in the movie, and how he feels about the fact […]

"Wonder Woman" and First "Green Lantern" Footage at Wondercon on Feb 27, 2009

The direct-to-video animated movie Wonder Woman will be screening at Wondercon in San Francisco at the Moscone Center on February 27, 2009, at 6:00 PM. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and voice cast of the movie, including producer Bruce Timm and actor Virginia Madsen, who plays Queen Hippolyta […]

PopPhoto on How to Print a 3-D "Coraline" Puppet

PopPhoto.com has taken a look at the 3-D printing technology from a company called Objet that enabled Laika Animation Studios to print puppets for Coraline. Objet’s line of printers spray layers a UV curable liquid that hardens into a solid, which allowed Laika to produce more than 200,000 unique facial expressions for its title character […]

"My Neighbor Totoro" Screening at ToonSeum on Feb 22, 2009

The ToonSeum in Pittsburgh, PA, will be hosting a special screening of My Neighor Totoro on Sunday, February 22, 2009, as part of their “Reel Fun Workshops.” Children who attend the workshop, which runs from 2:00 – 4:30 PM, will also get to create some animation themselves and meet Kris Boban, an animator on the […]

"Madagascar 2": Shrek Goes to "Africa"

So, what would happen if your dropped Shrek into Africa? Something similar to Madagascar 2, I’d guess. It’s not quite as pop-culture-riffic as the ogre’s films, but it works at the same vein of extremely self-conscious and pop-culture savvy “comedy”, or what passes for comedy these days. It’s funny, to be sure, but more in […]

NY Times on "Sita Sings the Blues;" Airing on NY PBS Station on March 7, 2009

The New York Times has taken a look at Nina Paley’s film Sita Sings the Blues (free registration required), her animated movie that adapts the Hindu epic The Ramayana with events in her own life set to the music of 1930’s blues singer Annette Hanshaw. The article follows the painful divorce from her husband that […]

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