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Variety on Rising Costs of Marketing Cartoon Movies

by Ed Liuon June 30, 2008
Variety has taken a look at the rising cost of marketing animated feature films, especially from DreamWorks Animation and Disney. The article notes that Disney’s WALL-E is set to become the most marketed movie this year, with DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda coming close behind. The article examines how the arms race between these studios began […]

"WALL-E" Takes $63.1 million in Debut Weekend; Panda’s Kung Fu is Still Strong

by Ed Liuon June 30, 2008
On its debut weekend, Disney/Pixar’s WALL-E took the top spot in the weekend box office race with an estimated $62.5 million in ticket sales. Analysts had expected an opening in the $50-60 million range. The results are tied with Monsters, Inc. to be Pixar’s third biggest opening, sitting right behind The Incredibles ($70.5 million in […]

"Batman: Gotham Knight" Panel Report from Wizard World Chicago

by Ed Liuon June 30, 2008
Comic Book Resources has posted their Batman: Gotham Knight panel report from this past weekend’s Wizard World Chicago comic convention. The panel was preceded by the debut of the movie, which played to a completely full room. The panel itself was attended by DC Comics Senior VP of Creative Affairs Gregory Noveck, executive producer Bruce […]

"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" News from Wizard World Chicago

by Ed Liuon June 30, 2008
Comic Book Resources has posted a report of the Lucasfilm panel from this past weekend’s Wizard World Chicago convention. Hosted by Steve Sansweet, Lucasfilm’s Head of Fan Relations, the panel focused heavily on the upcoming Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and movie, with video comments from director Dave Filoni. They also noted that […]

NY Times on Lucas’ Animated Return to "Star Wars: The Clone Wars"

by Ed Liuon June 30, 2008
The New York Times has taken a look at George Lucas’ return to the Star Wars universe for Star Wars: The Clone Wars (free registration required), the upcoming TV series which will debut in a limited theatrical release on August 15, 2008. The article notes that Lucas has yet to make good on his promise […]

A Haunting Tale of the End of the World in "WALL-E"

by Alex Weitzmanon June 30, 2008
I’ve been mourning the death of George Carlin all week, and in my recent searches of the Net I found his appearance on Inside the Actors Studio. In that episode, he said something of note: “To me, using technology to fix the mess made by technology is what [humanity is] planning to do, and it […]

ADV Films Announces New September Titles Including "RahXephon" Collection

by Classic Speedyon June 29, 2008
Aside from Welcome to the NHK vol. 6, which comes out on 9/23/08 for $29.98, all the other titles in this wave of ADV announcements are re-releases. * Aquarian Age (Thinpak): 9/9/08 – $39.98 * New Fist of the North Star / Neo Tokyo (Double Feature): 9/30/08 – $19.98 * RahXephon (Thinpak): 9/9/08 – $99.98 […]

"Three Delivery" is Pretty Good for Fast Food

by Ed Liuon June 28, 2008
Between Avatar the Last Airbender, Yin Yang Yo!, Skunk Fu, Chop Socky Chooks, and Kung Fu Panda, there seems to be a bit of a glut of cartoons on the market that are exploiting kung fu as a plot element. Some of these cartoons aim for reverent lifts from the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon school […]

Satoshi Kon to Host Retrospective Film Series at Lincoln Center

by Ed Liuon June 28, 2008
Famed anime director Satoshi Kon will be hosting a retrospective of his films for the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City. Titled “Satoshi Kon: Beyond Imagination,” the series will run from June 27 – July 1, 2008, and will include screenings of Millenium Actress, Paprika, Paranoia Agent, Tokyo Godfathers, and Perfect Blue. […]

MTV Hosts "Batman: Gotham Knight" Clip

by Ed Liuon June 28, 2008
MTV has posted a five-minute streaming video clip from the upcoming Batman: Gotham Knight direct-to-video animated movie. Titled “Crossfire,” the clip shows Batman coming to the rescue of two Gotham City Police officers caught in between warring mob factions. (via Comic Book Resources Comics Reel)