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Wired Posts Video Interview with Neil Gaiman on "Coraline"

by Ed Liuon November 16, 2008
The Wired weblog has posted a video interview with writer Neil Gaiman on the stop-motion feature film based on his novella Coraline, where he describes the movie as, “the biggest, most strange, expressive, peculiar, enormous stop-motion film I think that’s ever been made.”

"Shrek the Halls"? Skip It and Stick with the Classics

by Ed Liuon November 16, 2008
I’m not a huge fan of the Shrek films, finding them cynical and highly artificial cinematic exercises that are only intermittently funny. If I’ve lost you already, then odds are that Shrek the Halls is just the holiday special you’ve been waiting for, and you should stop reading now, since everything else in this review […]

A Winning Hand of Black Jack

by Jameson November 15, 2008
Long before House M.D. whipped out his cane there was a maverick doctor who was regularly getting his scalpel wet. Every week in fact, in a serialized manga strip in Weekly Shōnen Champion. The tales continued for a whole decade before leapfrogging to anime in the eighties. I talk, of course, of the unlicensed skills […]

The Brave. The Bold. The Deeply Ambivalent.

by Stuon November 14, 2008
As a Batman fan for many years, I have come to appreciate many things about the character. I have also come to realise that, as DC’s most popular superhero and a mainstream icon, he is going to get treatments that I am not going to like. So I loyally sat though Batman And Robin; more […]

"Batman: The Brave and the Bold" Is Like a Blast from the Past

by Maxie Zeuson November 14, 2008
Apparently the world can’t get enough of Batman. Certainly Warner Bros. can’t. Batman: The Brave and the Bold is the latest animated iteration of the famed comic book character. Depending on how you parse the DC Animated Universe, it is either the third or the seventh (or somewhere in between) series to feature the character […]

"Batman: The Brave and the Bold": Bam! Pow! (Wink, wink!)

by Scott Summerson November 14, 2008
How encouraging it is, what with the high price of fuel and foodstuffs these days, to know that the Cartoon Network is drawing on one of America’s most fertile renewable resources: Batman. Not four months after the premiere of his latest Hollywood blockbuster, and with DVDs of The Batman‘s last season still on the racks, […]

"Variety" on Animation in Documentaries "Chicago 10" and "Waltz With Bashir"

by Ed Liuon November 14, 2008
Variety notes the rise of animation in documentary films, such as Chicago 10 (read Toon Zone News’ review here) and Waltz with Bashir, with Chicago 10 director Brett Morgen and Waltz With Bashir director Ari Folman discussing the reasons for using animation in their documentaries instead of stock footage or interviews. Morgen states that he […]

Emru Townsend 1969 – 2008

by Ed Liuon November 14, 2008
Animation writer and blogger Emru Townsend passed away on Tuesday, November 11, 2008, after a battle with an aggressive form of leukemia. Townsend wrote for a variety of animation-centric websites, books, magazines, newspapers, and DVD liner notes. In lieu of flowers, Townsend’s family is requesting that people “learn more about how to get registered to […]

Marvel Targets "Thor" Animated Series for Fall 2010

by Ed Liuon November 14, 2008
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Marvel is already working on a Thor animated series, set to debut in Fall 2010 after the Thor feature film that will debut earlier that year. The first season of 26 half-hour episodes will focus on the Norse god of thunder and his adventures protecting the mythical realm of Asgard […]

"Brave and the Bold" Coverage Around the Web

by Ed Liuon November 14, 2008
A variety of coverage is popping up around the Internet about the new Batman: The Brave and the Bold series: Comic Book Resources has interviewed Diedrich Bader, voice actor for Batman; Michael Jelenic, story editor for the show; and Andrea Romano, casting and voice director. The World’s Finest Online has interviewed director Ben Jones, who […]