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PR: NYAV Post & Tripwire Production Announce Voice Acting Contest at NY Anime Fest

by Ed Liuon September 17, 2008
NYAV POST & TRIPWIRE PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCE VOICE ACTING CONTEST AT NY ANIME FESTIVAL PROMINENT NYC STUDIOS GIVE FANS A CHANCE TO LIVE A DREAM Norwalk, CT, September 17, 2008: The New York Anime Festival (NYAF) today announced Who Wants To Be A Voice Actor?, a voice acting contest produced by leading New York City recording […]

Bob Winquist, Influential CalArts Instructor, 1923 – 2008

by Ed Liuon September 17, 2008
The Los Angeles Times reports the passing of Bob Winquist at the age of 85 on September 10, 2008, due to complications related to old age (free registration required). Winquist was an extremely influential animation teacher at the California Institute of the Arts, with his followers including Pixar’s Ralph Eggleston and Pete Docter. Winquist also […]

The Australian Interviews Andrew Stanton on "WALL-E"

by Ed Liuon September 17, 2008
The Australian has interviewed Pixar’s Andrew Stanton about WALL-E (which opens in Australia tomorrow, September 18, 2008). Several topics recur in the interview, such as the perceived political message or contradictions of that message, but Stanton also delves into new territory, such as how Finding Nemo‘s success emboldened him to try something different in WALL-E.

The Age Profiles Australian Stop-Motion Animator Glen Hunwick

by Ed Liuon September 17, 2008
The Age has profiled Australia’s Glen Hunwick, who has made a name for himself in his native land with memorable stop-motion advertisements and has just debuted his first short film “Mutt.” Hunwick describes why he enjoys stop-motion animation and why he has opted to stay in Australia instead of moving to countries with larger and […]

Publishers Weekly Interviews NY Anime Fest Organizers

by Ed Liuon September 17, 2008
Publishers Weekly Comics Week has interviewed Lance Fensterman and Peter Tatara, vice-president and program manager of the New York Anime Festival. The pair discuss the move to September from last year’s December date, changes to the show floor, the addition of non-anime-specific Japanese pop culture figures like Baby, the Stars Shine Bright and Iron Chef […]

Toon Zone Presents "Sasami: Magical Girls Club" Season Two Set Trailer

by Eileen Cruzon September 17, 2008
In conjunction with FUNimation, Toon Zone is proud to host this video preview of the upcoming DVD box set release for the second season of Sasami: Magical Girls Club. 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 […]

DreamWorks DVD News: "Shrek the Halls" and "Kung Fu Panda" DTV Follow-Up (UPDATED)

by Ed Liuon September 16, 2008
DreamWorks Animation Studios and Paramount Home Entertainment will release Shrek the Halls on DVD on November 4, 2008. The DVD will contain the original half-hour holiday special, along with sing-alongs with the cast of Shrek and Madagascar and interactive games. For full details, read the press release here. The Hollywood Reporter is also stating that […]

PR: Pandamonium Breaks Loose Nov 9 when Kung Fu Panda Debuts on DVD and Blu-ray

by Ed Liuon September 16, 2008
PANDAMONIUM BREAKS LOOSE ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9th WHEN THE YEAR’S BIGGEST COMEDY DEBUTS ON DVD AND BLU-RAY ALONG WITH DREAMWORKS ANIMATION’S WORLD PREMIERE OF PO’S ALL-NEW ADVENTURE Two-Disc Edition of the $600 Million Summer Blockbuster Comes Stuffed with Laughs and Hilarious Bonus Content And, The Story Continues With the All-New Adventure, Secrets of the Furious […]

Briefly: New Voice of "Backpack;" Otaku’s Japan PM Candidate; "Black Lagoon" Manga

by Ed Liuon September 16, 2008
* The Hudson Reporter has profiled 8-year old Alexandria Suarez of her new role as “Backpack” on Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer. * Japanese Prime Minister candidate Taro Aso has probably sewn up the otaku electorate, judging by his popularity in the renowned Akihabara shopping district in Tokyo, which includes a shop dedicated to merchandise about […]

Disney Releases Video Previews from "101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure"

by Ed Liuon September 16, 2008
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released two video previews from the 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure Special Edition DVD. Auditions: Lost in London: 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure is available now.