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CulturePulp Interviews Marjane Satrapi on "Persepolis"

Mike Russell’s “CulturePulp” webcomic has published a webcomic interview with Marjane Satrapi on Persepolis, her autobiographical graphic novel and animated movie. The web comic is based on a 40-minute interview which Russell has provided along with an extra-large PDF version of the webcomic. (via Tom Spurgeon’s Comics Reporter)

"Toy Story" Trilogy to Get Full 3-D Treatment in 2009-10

A press release from the Walt Disney Company is stating that the two existing Toy Story movies will be released in digital 3-D versions starting in 2009 in advance of the release of Toy Story 3, which will also be released in 3-D. The first Toy Story movie will be released to theaters in 3-D […]

Ghibli's "Ponyo on a Cliff" Scheduled for Mid-July Release in Japan

Nausicaa.net is linking to a report from Variety Japan stating that Hayao Miyazaki’s next feature film, Ponyo on a Cliff, is currently scheduled for release in mid-July 2008. More information about the movie will be released after the Tokyo International Anime Fair at the end of March.

"Ratatouille" Scores Five Oscar Nominations

Brad Bird’s Ratatouille will compete for five Oscars in this year’s Academy Awards, including Best Animated Feature and Best Writing (Original Screenplay). Nominations for the 80th Annual Academy Awards were announced this morning. In the Animated Feature category, Ratatouille will be competing with Persepolis and Surf’s Up. The Pixar film has also been nominated in […]

Animex Festival Coming to Teesside in February

The University of Teesside will host the Animex International Festival during the week of February 4, GazetteLive.com reports. The festival, which celebrates both animation and computer games, will include speakers representing Sony Pictures Imageworks, DreamWorks, Pixar, and Toonranch Consulting. Surf’s Up and Finding Nemo will be among the films screened at the gathering.

Max Fleischer Getting Spotlight at Anima 2008

The films of Max Fleischer will be showcased at Belgium’s Anima 2008 festival, which runs from February 1st through the 9th, AWN reports. Fleischer’s work will be represented with a collection of short films and two features. The festival will also include a look at Polish animation and showings of Le Chevalier d’Eon and The […]

Nina Paley Seeks Funds to Get "Sita Sings the Blues" to Berlin

Independent animator Nina Paley has posted a public plea for donations to fund a 35mm print of her film Sita Sings the Blues for screening at the 58th Annual Berlin International Film Festival in February. A master print will cost $30,000, with additional costs for surround sound, and Paley has stated that she still needs […]

"Justice League: The New Frontier" HD DVD Date Pushed Back; Final Specs Released

The High-Def Digest website is reporting final specs for the Justice League: The New Frontier direct-to-video animated movie on DVD, HD DVD, and Blu-ray disc. All 3 versions of the movie will include a set of common special features, including two audio commentary tracks, three documentaries, and three bonus episodes of Justice League Unlimited (including […]

"Persepolis" Snubbed for Best Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has issued the shortlist of nine films eligible for “Best Foreign Language Film.” Notable for its absence is Persepolis, the animated adaptation of Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel memoir that was a heavy favorite in early Oscar race speculation. The movie is still eligible for a nomination in […]

"Ratatouille" Wins Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature

The 65th Annual Golden Globe awards named Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille the best animated feature film of 2007, beating out DreamWorks Animation’s Bee Movie and 20th Century Fox’s The Simpsons Movie.

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