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Lasseter on Post-Merger Role at Disney

An article in the New York Times aggregates a number of public comments made by Pixar’s John Lasseter about his role at Disney once the Disney-Pixar merger is completed (registration required). Some of the topics discussed include how Lasseter and Pixar president Ed Catmull will split their time between Pixar and Disney, Lasster’s attempts to […]

Pixar Stock Certificates a Hot Commodity

An article in the Los Angeles Times notes that the Disney/Pixar merger has triggered a small boom in collectors anxious to own a physical stock certificate of the company before the merger (free registration required). Several companies, such as OneShare.com and Frame-a-Stock offer to sell investors and collectors a single share of stock in a […]

"Minoriteam" Creators Talk About Motivations and Influences

An article in the New York Times speaks to Adam de la Peña, Todd James and Peter Girardi about their new animated series Minoriteam, which debuted on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block last night (registration required). The trio talk about the use of ribald humor as social commentary, the potential of the show to offend, […]

WizardWorld L.A. News Roundup: "Ultimate Avengers" Voice Actors Panel, "Gargoyles"

This past weekend’s WizardWorld Los Angeles comic convention was the platform for DC, Marvel, and other American comic book companies to make several new announcements. The Comics Reporter’s “Collective Memory” feature is the best single source for all the news reports filed about the con. Of particular interest to animation fans are the panel discussion […]

Teddy Ruxpin's "Journey Begins": A Fantastic Flashback

The 1980’s were the decade of decadence. Hair was big, music was big, and almost every animated series had a matching toy line. Landing somewhere between the gender divide of G.I. Joe and My Little Pony, The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin emerged as an all-ages cartoon for both boys and girls. Although some can contribute […]

Nickelodeon Announces New Series, Episodes, etc., at Upfront Presentation

Nickelodeon held its upfront presentation to advertisers on Thursday, March 9. During the presentation, Nickelodeon announced a slate that will include content developed from such platforms as feature films, video games, broadband and international production, as well as a multi-million dollar development slate for non-linear productions. Nickelodeon television will also premiere 254 new episodes during […]

Nickelodeon Ups Execs

Nickelodeon has promoted Marsha E. Williams to Senior Vice President of Research and Planning at Nickelodeon Networks. In her new position, Williams is responsible for Consumer Insights for Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., including all brand, programming and production, merchandising, public affairs, online and other corporate consumer research for Nickelodeon. Williams will report to Pam Kaufman, […]

Domestic Is Better: StarToons' Jon McClenahan Gets Interviewed

Recently I interviewed Jon McClenahan, the founder of StarToons, one of the few fully American animation studios of the 1990s. His studio’s work included Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Histeria!, and other smaller projects. Here’s what the talented animator, director, and former truck driver (yes, it’s true!) revealed. Your name, age, current […]

"Arcade Gamer Fubuki": Arcade Games and Panties? BRILLIANT!

OK, let me get this straight. There’s this anime called Arcade Gamer Fubuki, which is all about arcade games—a dying race in America—and their champion, a young girl who thrives on up-skirt shots and who has to face off against boxers and giant raptors, all from the mind of Mine Yoshizaki, the creator of Sgt. […]

Production IG Founder to Give Guest Lecture at University of Colorado

Anime News Network reports that Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (founder of Japan’s Production IG studios, which has done work ranging from Kill Bill to IGPX) will be speaking at the University of Colorado at Boulder on Friday, March 24.

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