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Disney’s "Bolt" Moves to November 21, 2008, after "Potter" Move

by Ed Liuon August 16, 2008
Warner Brothers has moved the release date of the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film from November 21, 2008, to July 17, 2009, claiming that the Writers Guild of America strike earlier this year has impacted production and that the film is better suited for a summertime release. In response, Disney has moved the […]

Disney Funds Research and Development Labs

by Ed Liuon August 16, 2008
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Walt Disney Corporation will be funding two research labs at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in Switzerland. The labs will do work in “computer animation, computational cinematography, autonomous interactive characters, robotics and user interfaces” that will be used by Pixar […]

"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" Is a CG-Film Only a CG-Audience Could Love

by on August 15, 2008
The other day the phone rang, but I let the answering machine get it. The “caller,” it turned out, was an automated system from one of the big box stores. Their machine and our machine spent a merry few minutes trying to talk to each other, what with the one badgering the other to press […]

Newsarama Begins "Clone Wars Weekly" with Dave Filoni

by Ed Liuon August 15, 2008
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has begun a new feature called “Clone Wars Weekly,” inaugurating it with a chat with director Dave Filoni. Filoni discusses his way up in the animation industry from Mission Hill to Avatar the Last Airbender to Star Wars. Filoni also discusses the link (or lack of one) between this Clone Wars movie/series […]

"Popeye and Friends" Vol. 2 Cancelled

by SB20xxon August 15, 2008
According to Warner Home Video, Popeye and Friends Vol. 2, which was scheduled for 9/30/08, has been cancelled, as “Popeye has such a strong appeal to collectors, so we’re focusing on that.” This cancellation doesn’t affect the release of Popeye the Sailor Volume 3: 1941-1943, however; that is expected on 9/30/08 as planned. [Source: TVShowsOnDVD.com […]

"Masters of the Universe" Season 1, Part 2 Continues To Impress

by Jon Ton August 15, 2008
The first half of the first season of 2002’s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe struck a good balance between establishing the world of Eternia and giving viewers some effective character-specific episodes. With most of the world-building out of the way, the second half of the season (lately released to DVD) is given over […]

LA Times on Dave Filoni Directing "Star Wars: The Clone Wars"

by Ed Liuon August 14, 2008
The Los Angeles Times has profiled Dave Filoni and his stewardship of the Star Wars legacy as the director of the upcoming Star Wars: The Clone Wars CGI animated feature film and TV series (free registration required). Filoni discusses how his work on Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender led to his current job and what […]

PR: Japan Society Teaches Language Lessons at NYAF

by Ed Liuon August 14, 2008
JAPAN SOCIETY TEACHES LANGUAGE LESSONS AT NYAF JAPAN SOCIETY AND THE NEW YORK ANIME FESTIVAL LAUNCH AN ON-GOING PARTNERSHIP Norwalk, CT, August 14, 2008: The New York Anime Festival, an anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture convention from the creators of New York Comic Con, today announced a year-round partnership with Japan Society, a non-profit […]

CBR on New "Clone Wars" Comics

by Ed Liuon August 14, 2008
Comic Book Resources has spoken with scripter Henry Gilroy about the new comic books from Dark Horse based on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the CGI animated continuation of the Star Wars saga which hits theaters on August 15, 2008, and will then become a series on Cartoon Network. Gilroy discusses the story that he […]

"Who Bob What Pants": New SpongeBob Special Coming to DVD

by SB20xxon August 14, 2008
A new SpongeBob direct-to-video movie is coming soon. Entitled “Who Bob What Pants”, the 74 minute film will debut on DVD on 10/14/08 for $16.99. It concerns SpongeBob leaving Bikini Bottom, getting amnesia, and becoming the ruler of another town; SpongeBob’s friends set out to bring him back, even though he doesn’t remember who they […]