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Pixar Founder Receives Award

Visual Effects Society has chosen Pixar founder John Lasseter as its recipient of the 2005 Georges Melies Award for Artistic Excellence, AWN reports. Lasseter oversees all of the studio’s films and associated projects and is currently directing the studio’s next feature film, Cars.

Titles and Descriptions of Studio Ghibli Museum Shorts Available

Nausicaa.net is reporting on three new short films which will be shown at the Studio Ghibli Museum starting January 3, 2006. The three films are: – “Yagodashi” (Looking for a Home), about a girl on the road looking for a new home – “Hoshi wo Katta Hi” (The Day I Cropped a Star), focusing on […]

WHV Goes UMD

Warner Home Video (WHV) will begin releasing DVDs in the new Universal Media Disc (UMD) format on December 6, 2005. Among the first DVDs to be released in that format will be Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume 4, Batman Begins, and Enter the Dragon. The UMD is a newly developed compact, high capacity, optical format […]

"Madagascar" Penguins Star in Christmas Special

Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico, the scene-stealing Penguins from Madagascar, will now star in their very own film entitled The Madagascar Penguins In A Christmas Caper. The story follows young Private as he ventures out of the zoo on a solo mission but runs into trouble when he’s mistaken for a Christmas toy. With Skipper, […]

THQ Announces New "Incredibles" Game

THQ Inc. on Tuesday announced that The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer has shipped to retailers and is now available on the PlayStation 2, the Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and Windows PC/Mac. The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer is the follow-up to the video game The Incredibles, inspired by the Walt […]

SpongeBob Takes a Trip, Kids Invited

In “Where’s Gary,” a half-hour SpongeBob SquarePants special premiering on Nickelodeon on Friday, November 11, at 8:00pm (ET/PT), SpongeBob’s pet snail Gary runs away from home after feeling neglected by SpongeBob. The snail is “adopted” by a new owner. After realizing the error of his ways, SpongeBob sets out with his best friend Patrick to […]

Lloyd Bochner 1924 - 2005

Actor Lloyd Bochner passed away on Saturday due to cancer at the age of 81. Best known to the general public as Michael Chambers in the Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man,” Bochner will be best known to animation fans as the voice of Mayor Hamilton Hill in Batman the Animated series.

Next Ghibli Feature To Be Announced Dec. 13; Oshii Will Direct Love Story

Nausicaa.net reports on a talk at the Tokyo International Film Festival between Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki and director Mamoru Oshii, in which Suzuki revealed that the studio will announce Dec. 13 the name of the property that will be the basis for the next Ghibli feature. Previously, Suzuki had said that Ghibli was in […]

"IGPX" Feels the Need for Speed

Americans and Japanese aren’t really so different when you get right down to it. We both enjoy animation, motor sports, and squid on a stick. (God, I hope that stays down). These mostly-common interests have come together in the futuristic racing anime IGPX, a joint production between Cartoon Network’s Toonami and Production I.G. of Ghost […]

"IGPX" Off to a Cool Start

Anime studio Production I.G. has made an impressive name for itself. They launched a new era of animation technology in Japan with Ghost In The Shell, which not only managed to top the U.S. Billboard Video Sales charts, but also brought digital compositing and digital animation into play in Japan. They used their success not […]

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