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J.J. Sedelmaier and Tommy Stathes

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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"Ralph Bakshi: Rotoscope Auteur" Film Series at Trylon Microcinema

by Dr. Daedaluson May 19, 2015
In the month of August, the Trylon Microcinema in Minneapolis, Minnesota will be showing five films from legendary director Ralph Bakshi.  The five films are Wizards (1977), American Pop (1981), Cool World (1992), Heavy Traffic (1973), and The Lord of the Rings (1978).  Wizards, American Pop, and Cool World will be shown in 35mm, while […]

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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, […]

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Giamatti, Goodman, Thorne, Stallone, and Dawson Lead Voice Cast of "Ratchet & Clank" Movie

by Ed Liuon May 13, 2015
At the Cannes Film Festival, the Hollywood Reporter states that Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Sylvester Stallone, and Rosario Dawson have been cast in the CG animated feature Ratchet & Clank, based on the Sony PlayStation video game title. In addition, some voice talent from the original games will reprise their roles in the […]

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X-Men Spinoff The New Mutants Looks To Be Finally Happening

by Alex Beanon May 13, 2015
The X-Men spinoff movie that X-Men fans have been anxiously awaiting – “The New Mutants” – appears to be on its way down the yellow brick road as Fox announced that they had put director Josh Boone [“Fault in our Stars”] on the movie development job. First appearing in 1982, the angst-y teenage New Mutants […]
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Being Two Different Kinds of Batman, the Roger Craig Smith Way

by Ed Liuon May 12, 2015
When we last spoke with voice actor Roger Craig Smith, he had just begun playing Captain America in Marvel’s Avengers Assemble and the dastardly Ripslinger in DisneyToon’s Planes, in addition to his earlier iconic roles as Sonic the Hedgehog in several earlier video games and as the assassin Ezio in the Assassin’s Creed video games. […]