"Wall Street Journal" on Internationalizing Cartoon Characters

by Ed Liuon October 16, 2007
The Wall Street Journal examines the growing practice of “transcreating” cartoon characters for export from the United States to international markets (registration required). The article makes note of the newer versions of the Powerpuff Girls and Spider-Man created for Japanese and Indian markets, respectively, and also highlights Chinese versions of Disney’s Mickey Mouse that resembles […]

Stephen Anderson on "Meet the Robinsons"

by Ed Liuon October 15, 2007
On the eve of the DVD release of the movie, director Stephen Anderson has been interviewed about Meet the Robinsons by The Trades website. Anderson discusses how his animation background affects his directorial style, what it was like working with Adam West, what the environment at Walt Disney Feature Animation is like under John Lasseter, […]

"Persepolis" Wins People’s Choice at Vancouver Fest; Creator Satrapi Interviewed

by Ed Liuon October 15, 2007
The Gold Derby weblog is noting that the animated feature film Persepolis has won the People’s Choice Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival. The same post speculates why the film was submitted as France’s candidate for the Best Foreign Film Acacemy Award over the live-action La Vie En Rose, which was the expected choice. […]

Animated "Highlander" Coming to DVD

by Dan Collinson October 14, 2007 reports that BKN and Genius Products is releasing the USA network original toon Highlander: The Animated Series to DVD on December 4th. The 4 disc set will contain all 40 episodes that originally aired in 1994. The toon is about Quenton MacLeod, a man who is immortal. Who must bring peace to a post-apocalyptic […]

Writer’s Guild of America Strike Threatens Animated Features (UPDATED Oct 15, 2007)

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2007
Due to continuing failure to reach agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers (AMPTP), the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has formulated unusually harsh strike rules for its members, declaring that its members may not write for animated features if a strike should occur. This is notable because animation is usually not […]

Bruce Timm on Directing Live-Action, CGI, and "The New Frontier" (UPDATED Oct 12)

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2007
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has posted a Q&A with Bruce Timm, where he answers questions submitted by Newsarama’s readers. Among other topics, Timm comments on voice recording techniques, the prospect of directing live-action superhero movies, and whether or not he would do a computer-animated film. He also comments on the different factors involved in selecting projects […]

"The Batman" to Air on Boomerang Starting 10/15

by SB20xxon October 12, 2007
The Batman will begin airing on Boomerang’s late night “Boomeraction” block beginning on 10/15/07. It will air Monday through Sunday at 11:30 PM/10:30c as a companion to Justice League Unlimited. For more info on The Batman or Boomerang, read the press release. [Source: Toon Zone Press Release ]

ADV Shakes Up Its Staff

by Weathermanon October 12, 2007
Anime News Network is reporting that ADV Films has cut 13 staff members and hired several new ones as they reorganize the company to move into the new year. The layoffs at ADV come during a period of great instability in the anime industry, Funimation has also cut staff recently and Geneon Entertainment has begun […]

Marvel Reveals the New Captain America and Sets a Release Date

by Weathermanon October 12, 2007
Marvel has released the first drawings and character details for the new Captain America, set to debut in Captain America #34 on January 16, 2008. The new Captain America design incorporates many elements from the original Captain America designs and includes a .45 caliber pistol and a knife carried in the shield from the movie […]

"Meet the Robinsons" on DVD October 23, 2007

by Weathermanon October 12, 2007
Disney’s spring 2007 animated feature Meet the Robinsons will be released on standard DVD and BluRay disc on Tuesday October 23, 2007. The standard DVD will feature a selection of deleted scenes, several music videos, an interactive game, a featurette on the production of the movie and an audio commentary by director Stephen Anderson and […]