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PR: 36th Annual Annie Award Nominations Announced

by Ed Liuon December 1, 2008
36th ANNUAL ANNIE AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED “Kung Fu Panda” Leads Nominations – 27 for DreamWorks Animation BURBANK, CA (December 1, 2008) – The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced nominations today for its 36th Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best animated features, television productions, commercials, video games and short subjects. DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu […]

"The Mighty B!" Coming to DVD

by Classic Speedyon December 1, 2008
Nickelodeon’s new animated series, The Mighty B!, will get a DVD release on 2/24/09. Entitled The Mighty B! – We Got the Bee, the DVD contains an hour and a half of cartoons as well as a “Behind The Mighty B!” featurette. Price is not yet available. [Source: TVShowsOnDVD.com ]

"Wall*E" Charms Even As it Slips In Some Subversive Ideas

by Weathermanon December 1, 2008
I doubt I need to tell too many of you what Wall*E is about: its $223 million at US box offices alone speaks to the movie’s runaway success. A little robot abandoned on an Earth drowning in trash finds a way to save it and the human race that abandoned it. It sounds simple, and […]

ADV Films Announces New February Titles Including "Full Metal Panic" Collection

by Classic Speedyon November 30, 2008
ADV continues to re-release many older titles in new collections during the month of February. Here’s what’s on tap: * Cyberteam in Akihabara Collection: 2/3/09 – $39.98 * E’s Otherwise Collection (Thinpak): 2/24/09 – $49.98 * Full Metal Panic Collection: Heavy Metal Collection (Thinpak): 2/10/09 – $89.98 * Jing, King of Bandits Collection (Thinpak): 2/24/09 […]

Aaron McGruder Announces "Boondocks Bootleg"

by Ed Liuon November 30, 2008
To help fill the gap between seasons of the animated series, Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder has announced BoondocksBootleg, the “Offiical Unofficial YouTube channel of Aaron McGruder” that will contain online video sketches starring characters like Granddad Witherspoon, Uncle Ruckus, and Carl “Thugnificent” Jones. (via HipHopDX.com)

Newsarama Interviews Craig McCracken on "Foster’s" and the Cartoonstitute

by Ed Liuon November 30, 2008
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has interviewed Craig McCracken, creator of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, about the new 1-hour episode “Destination: Imagination” which premiered on November 27, 2008. McCracken talks about some of the influences of the show, the role his wife Lauren Faust plays in the production of the show, and how his work at […]

Endemol and Teshkeel Media to Produce Islamic-Themed Superhero ‘Toon "The 99"

by Ed Liuon November 30, 2008
Teshkeel Media and Endemol UK are teaming up to produce the animated adventures of The 99, based on the comic book series of the same name from Teshkeel. The series focuses on a superhero team whose members derive their powers as an embodiment of one of the 99 virtues of Allah. Production will be done […]

"Variety" on Israeli Animation in "Waltz with Bashir" and "$9.99"

by Ed Liuon November 30, 2008
Variety has noted the two Israeli animated movies set to be released in U.S. movie theaters soon: the documentary Waltz with Bashir and $9.99, based on the short stories of Etgar Keret. The stop-motion movie $9.99 is a “surreal, multi-stranded musing on the meaning of life featuring disparate characters including a disgruntled guardian angel,” and […]

"Chowder" Vol. 2 DVD Brings 10 More Episodes on March 3, 2009

by Ed Liuon November 26, 2008
Warner Home Video has announced that Chowder Vol. 2 will be released on March 3, 2009. The disc will contain the following 10 episodes of the show: “The Wrong Address”/”The Wrong Customer” “The Burple Nurple Stand”/”Shnitzel Makes a Deposit” “Gazpacho Stands Up”/”A Taste of Marzipan” “The Puckerberry Overlords”/”The Elemelons” “Sniffleball”/”Mung on the Rocks” Running time […]

Susie Essman on Voicing Mittens in "Bolt"

by Ed Liuon November 26, 2008
Actor Susie Essman has spoken to the Fresno Bee about her role as the voice of the cynical cat Mittens in Disney’s new movie Bolt. Essman discusses the leeway she was given to improvise line readings during the recording sessions and the reasons why she loves her character.