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Creating "Lil’ Bush": A Conference Call with Donick Cary and Iggy Pop

by Ed Liuon May 30, 2007
Donick Cary is a veteran of television comedy, starting out as a writer for Late Night with David Letterman and The Simpsons. Late last year, he was tapped by Amp’d Mobile to create animated shows for broadcast on cell phones. The result was Lil’ Bush, a comedy series that follows the misadventures of a pint-sized […]

"Kim Possible" Co-Creators to Leave Disney

by Ed Liuon May 29, 2007
Reports are circulating on the Internet that Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley will be leaving the Walt Disney Company when season 4 of Kim Possible wraps up production. The two co-created the series about a cheerleader and superheroine after a long career with animated Disney television properties such as Hercules and Aladdin. Series director Steve […]

Christine Auten on Voice Acting and Directing Anime

by Ed Liuon May 29, 2007
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts column has interviewed Christine Auten on her career as an anime voice actor and how that turned into a second career in the recording booth as a voice acting director. Auten is probably best known as the English voice actress for Priss in Bubblegum Crisis; she has been working with ADV as […]

L.A. Times on New "Star Wars" Animated Series

by Ed Liuon May 29, 2007
The Los Angeles Times has published an article about the new Star Wars CGI-animated series (free registration required), speaking with supervising director Dave Filoni (Avatar the Last Airbender) and executive producer Catherine Winder. The article notes that most of the production of the series will be done in Singapore, where Lucasfilm has set up a […]

Katzenberg Planning Shrek 4 and 5 to Finish the Franchise

by Ed Liuon May 29, 2007
In an interview with Australia’s The Age, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg stated that he intends to make Shrek 4 and 5 to wrap up the franchise of movies. Katzenberg also discusses the scathing critical response to Shrek the Third, as well as his general feelings towards the business, DreamWorks, and the current American political […]

PR: The Rhythm Continues with the Second Season of Class of 3000

by Ed Liuon May 29, 2007
The Rhythm Continues with the Second Season of Class of 3000 New Season Thursday, June 7, at 7 p.m. (ET, PT) Following a Sing-a-Long Musical Marathon on Cartoon Network A new season of Class of 3000, the critically-acclaimed Cartoon Network original series from creators and executive producers André “3000” Benjamin (OutKast) and Tom Lynch (Romeo!), […]

ReelTime.com Licenses Anime for Online Distribution (Updated)

by Weathermanon May 29, 2007
www.Reeltime.com has announced that they have licensed the Enoki films library for online distribution. Enoki owns such titles as Kare Kano, El Hazard: The Wanderers and Revolutionary Girl Utena, among others. ReelTime’s deal currently only covers the United States of America and is only useable on the latest Windows platform through Internet Explorer or Firefox. […]

"Basilisk": Lovely Brutality

by on May 29, 2007
It’s been a long time since the US anime market has gotten a good, realistic samurai drama. Sure, there’s Samurai Champloo, Samurai 7, and Rurouni Kenshin, but those shows aren’t all that realistic. Basilisk isn’t all that realistic either, but it’s still more in tune with the samurai drama archetype than most other samurai titles […]

Charles Nelson Reilly R.I.P.

by Dan Collinson May 28, 2007
The Associated Press reports that actor Charles Nelson Reilly passed away on Friday from complications of pneumonia at the age of 76. A regular on the classic game show The Match Game, Reilly has also done two live action series for Saturday mornings. He played the evil magician Hoodoo in Sid & Marty Kroft’s Lidsville, […]

"Tachigui": Oshii Scams the Audience

by on May 28, 2007
Tachigui, Mamoru Oshii’s latest film, is a “mockumentary” of such deadpan humor I had to lean over when it was done and ask my theater companion—who’s lived in Japan—how much of it was true. “Not a word of it!” he shouted, and began waving his arms furiously. That, in a nutshell, may be the reaction […]