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Newsweek Names Steve Jobs, John Lasseter in List of 50 Most Powerful People for 2009

by Ed Liuon December 22, 2008
Newsweek‘s cover story “The Story of Power” contains their “highly subjective list of the most powerful people who will figure in the era over which [US President Barack] Obama will preside.” Sitting at #34 and #35, respectively, are Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple and co-founder of Pixar, and John Lasseter, chief creative officer at Disney/Pixar. […]

"The Sky Crawlers" - Mamoru Oshii's Latest Film Just Crawls

by Ed Liuon December 18, 2008
Mamoru Oshii’s The Sky Crawlers (Sukai Kurora) is a deep and heartfelt work about the ever-growing generation of Japanese youth that refuses to grow up and move into adulthood as their parents did before them. I know this because of the helpful instructions Oshii gave the audience in a videotaped message before the movie’s New […]

Jeffrey Katzenberg Digs into the Future of 3-D Movies and "Monsters vs. Aliens"

by Ed Liuon December 17, 2008
Newsarama has posted two parts of a three-part interview with DreamWorks Animation SKG CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. In part 1, Katzenberg elaborates on why he believes that 3-D movies are the third revolutionary event in moviemaking (after synchronized sound and color), how he came to this conclusion, what kinds of opportunities true 3-D filmmaking offers, and […]

Disney/Pixar Posts New Video Clip from "Up"

by Ed Liuon December 16, 2008
The official website for Disney/Pixar’s Up has posted a new streaming video clip from the movie (click on the flying house when the Flash interface finishes loading). The new trailer for the movie is also available in streaming video, and in QuickTime and Windows Media formats. The movie is directed by Pete Docter and Bob […]

NY Times Speaks with Ari Folman on "Waltz with Bashir"

by Ed Liuon December 15, 2008
The New York Times has profiled director Ari Folman, director of the biographical animated documentary Waltz with Bashir (free registration required). The movie chronicles Folman’s time in the Israeli Army during the 1982 Lebanon war, telling the story of his own younger self at the time and the massacre of hundreds to thousands of Palestinians […]

"Bolt," "Kung Fu Panda," "WALL-E," "Waltz with Bashir" Get Golden Globe Nominations

by Ed Liuon December 11, 2008
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced the nominees for the 2008 Golden Globe Awards. The nominees for Best Animated Feature Film are Disney’s Bolt, DreamWorks Animation SKG’s Kung Fu Panda, and Disney/Pixar’s WALL-E. The animated film Waltz with Bashir also landed a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Bolt and WALL-E also landed in […]

Variety on the Problems of 3-D Animation for Oscars in 2009

by Ed Liuon December 11, 2008
Variety has examined some of the problems that may result from the many animated movies being released in 2009 which will have 3-D versions. Specifically, the limited ability to watch 3-D movies nationwide might mean that members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will not be able to see an animated movie […]

PR: Alfred Molina Discusses His Role as Ares in "Wonder Woman"

by Ed Liuon December 10, 2008
ALFRED MOLINA DISCUSSES HIS ROLE AS ARES, THE GOD OF WAR, IN “WONDER WOMAN,” THE NEXT DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED ORIGINAL MOVIE COMING TO DVD AND BLU-RAY ON MARCH 3, 2009 (click on any image to enlarge to full 1920×1080 high-definition resolution) Alfred Molina makes villainy a suave, ruthless affair as the voice of Ares, the […]

Free Comic Book Day 2009 Gold Sponsors: Simpsons, Cars, Clone Wars, TF Animated

by Ed Liuon December 10, 2008
The 2009 Free Comic Book Day Gold Sponsors have been announced. Highlights for animation fans include: Bongo Comics: 2009 Free for All Publisher: Bongo Comics The comic company that brings you The Simpsons and Futurama in the fantastic four-color format joins with retailers to reel in new readers. This special issue features a comic cornucopia […]

Don Hahn Interviewed on "Beauty & the Beast" 3-D, "Alchemy of Animation"

by Ed Liuon December 10, 2008
The /Film website spoke with Disney producer Don Hahn about a variety of topics in their latest podcast interview, ranging from his long career making animated movies, trends in animation, his new book The Alchemy of Animation, and the upcoming re-release of Beauty and the Beast in 3-D. Regarding Beauty and the Beast 3-D, Hahn […]