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Hayao Miyazaki at the Venice Premiere of "Ponyo"

by Ed Liuon September 2, 2008
Directory Hayao Miyazaki was interviewed at the Venice Film Festival at the screening for his latest movie, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (Gake no ue no Ponyo). Miyazaki commented on his insistence on hand-drawn animation vs. the CGI used by his friends at Pixar Animation Studios, how the film was inspired by Hans […]

"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" and "Secret Saturdays" Debut on October 3, 2008

by Ed Liuon September 2, 2008
Cartoon Network has announced that Star Wars: The Clone Wars and The Secret Saturdays will debut on Friday, October 3, 2008, at 8:00 PM (Eastern/Pacific), alongside Ben 10: Alien Force. The debut Friday will feature an hour of The Secret Saturdays and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, with subsequent weeks filled by one episode of […]

Fifth Annual Cartoon Art Museum Benefit to be Held at Pixar

by Ed Liuon September 1, 2008
The fifth annual benefit dinner for San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum will be held at Pixar Animation Studios on Saturday, October 11, 2008. Attendees will get access to a gallery of pre-production artwork from WALL-E, as well as admission to a presentation hosted by Dr. Michael B. Johnson, lead, Moving Pictures Group at Pixar. Members […]

"The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning": How To Keep Fish Fresh

by Christopher Glennonon September 1, 2008
The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning is the third installment of Walt Disney’s The Little Mermaid movies. That’s not to say it is the final chapter in some sort of sequential trilogy. Quite the opposite: It’s a prequel to the original Little Mermaid movie from 1989, which spawned a direct-to-video sequel The Little Memaid II: Return […]

Dragon*Con08 Day 2: Aqua Squid Venture Brothers

by on August 31, 2008
More news tidbits on [adult swim] programming, direct to you from Atlanta’s Dragon*Con 2008. (Truthfully, I’m typing this direct from my house which is 45 minutes from the con, but anyway…) And again I must caution that there be some minor dragon spoilers so please read at your own risk. The Aqua Teen Hunger Force […]

Dragon*Con08: [Adult Swim] Panel Highlights

by on August 30, 2008
In what was the most unashamedly satiric discussion panel [adult swim] has likely ever hosted at a convention, the [as] crew arrived for their first-ever “Dragon Panel” in dragon hats, kabuki makeup, and a leotard with a codpiece. And they each had fantasy dragon personas which included names such as Lyle Knightbreath (Dana Snyder), Mjorghen-Hammer, […]

Family Guy Event at LA’s Paley Center in October

by on August 29, 2008
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane and members of the show’s writing staff will be hosting an event at The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles on October 16th, 2008 for a panel discussion of “what goes into the making of their brashly subversive and remarkably resilient hit.” For ticket info as well as an […]

NY Times: Disney to Deploy Animated Icons to Sell Blu-ray (UPDATED w/Schedule Info)

by Ed Liuon August 29, 2008
The New York Times is reporting that Disney will be releasing five “Platinum Editions” of their movies in Blu-ray format over the next 2 years as part of a push to accelerate adoption of the new, high-definition video format (free registration required). The five titles named were Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, […]

Toon Zone Presents "Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles" Trailer

by Eileen Cruzon August 29, 2008
In conjunction with FUNimation, Toon Zone is proud to host this video preview of the upcoming Blu-ray release Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles. Click the image below to play (requires QuickTime). <!– You can also right-click on the following link (control-click on a Mac) to save the QuickTime files to your computer, if the embedded video […]

Pixar’s Ed Catmull to Receive First Randy Pausch Prize from CMU

by Ed Liuon August 29, 2008
Carnegie Mellon University will be awarding its first Randy Pausch prize to Dr. Ed Catmull, president of Walt Disney Animation and Pixar Animation Studios. The prize is named for the late Prof. Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon who passed away from pancreatic cancer in July, and is intended to honor entertainment […]