Travis Knight Named President and CEO of LAIKA, Inc.

by Ed Liuon March 5, 2009
Travis Knight has been named the new President and CEO of LAIKA, Inc., the animation studio whose first feature film was Coraline. Knight will be succeeding Dale Wahl, who was President since 2005 and is stepping down at his own request. In addition, Coraline producer Claire Jennings was named to the new position of President […]

CBR Talks with Virginia Madsen on "Wonder Woman"

by Ed Liuon March 5, 2009
Comic Book Resources interviewed actor Virginia Madsen about her role as Hippolyta in the direct-to-video animated movie Wonder Woman, out now on DVD and Blu-ray disc. Among other topics, Madsen discusses the superheroes she liked and disliked as a kid, the challenges of voice-over acting over on-camera acting, how Hippolyta was different from other roles […]

"Lilo & Stitch" 2-Disc Big Wave Edition Coming March 24, 2009

by Ed Liuon March 5, 2009
Walt Disney Home Entertainment has released details on the 2-disc “Big Wave Edition” of Lilo and Stitch. The special edition set will be released on March 24, 2009, and will include a small raft of bonus features, including deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, a commentary track by directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, music videos, […]

New Video Clips from Pinocchio 70th Anniversary DVD and Blu-ray

by Ed Liuon March 5, 2009
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has made several streaming video clips available from Pinocchio in advance of its release on Platinum Edition 2-disc DVD and Blu-ray high-definition disc on March 10, 2009. The clips include sample video from the restored and remastered version of the movie and also some behind-the-scenes material taken from the bonus […]

New Info on "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" Episode "Innocents of Ryloth"

by Ed Liuon March 5, 2009
Lucasfilm has released a synopsis of “Innocents of Ryloth,” the upcoming episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars which will debut on Friday, March 6, 2009, at 9:00 PM (Eastern/Pacific) on Cartoon Network. This second chapter of a three-part story follows General Obi-Wan Kenobi and his platoon of clone troopers as they interact with the […]

"The Mighty B! We Got the Bee" is More Admired than Loved

by Ed Liuon March 4, 2009
The Mighty B! is a show that I find I admire more than I truly love. There is prodigious talent behind it and its wonderfully energetic, boisterous comedy. It’s clearly trying very, very hard to be entertaining and largely succeeds. However, despite doing all of its component parts well, The Mighty B! generates more smiles […]

ADV Films Announces New May Titles Including "Clannad" Collection 2

by Classic Speedyon March 4, 2009
The following DVDs are expected from ADV Films in the month of May: * Azumanga Daioh Collection (Re-issue): 5/26/09 – $49.98 * Chance Pop Session Collection (Re-issue): 5/19/09 – $39.98 * Clannad Collection 2: 5/5/09 – $39.98 * Gilgamesh Collection (Re-issue): 5/12/09 – $49.98 * Ninja Resurrection/Blood Reign Double Pack: 5/12/09 – $26.98 * Princess […]

How "Coraline" Will Save the Economy of Oregon

by Ed Liuon March 4, 2009
An article in the Oregonian takes a look at “the Coraline Economy” in Oregon, named for the Laika Animation Studios movie and based on the idea that “The creatives — hanging at the local coffee shops and clubs and brewpubs, huddling in the corners and madly pounding their laptops — will lead us back to […]

Fulle Circle Interviews "Hoodwinked" Director Cory Edwards

by Ed Liuon March 4, 2009
The Fulle Circle weblog has interviewed Cory Edwards, director of Hoodwinked (which he describes as “the most profitable animated film of its time”) and the American re-release of Doogal (“To this day, you can say the word “Doogal” to me and I feel like I’m going to break out in a rash.”), as well as […]

"SpongeBob Vs The Big One": Lazy Day Beach Antics

by Grant Whiteon March 3, 2009
Like most adults who enjoy animation, I appreciate it as a versatile medium limited only by the ideas of the people who work in it, and believe that it’s perfectly possible to make a story with dark and mature themes. But that doesn’t mean I’ve lost sight of the simpler fun you can have with […]