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"Kung Fu Panda" Received with Enthusiasm in Asia

by Ed Liuon June 24, 2008
Variety reports a good reception for DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda in South Korea and China’s Sichuan province. Even though the movie slipped to the #2 box office spot in South Korea this past weekend, Kung Fu Panda‘s $20.7 million box office take from 3.3 million admissions has made it the most successful animated feature […]

Laika Preps "Coraline" Film and Pitches More to Come

by Ed Liuon June 24, 2008
Variety is reporting on the slate of projects underway at Laika Studios, the animation studio owned by Nike’s Phil Knight after he purchased the famed Will Vinton studios. Their first feature film will be Coraline, a stop-motion project directed by Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. The movie […]

"Watership Down" 30th Anniversary DVD Coming October 7, 2008

by Ed Liuon June 24, 2008
Warner Home Video has announced that a 30th Anniversary edition of Watership Down will be released on October 7, 2008. The groundbreaking animated movie based on the novel by Richard Adams followed a warren of rabbits struggling for survival in the English countryside. The cast included an array of famous British actors, including John Hurt, […]

"The Jungle Book 2": Bungle in the Jungle

by Maxie Zeuson June 24, 2008
Normally, I try to let the bad movies—even the bad sequels to beloved classics—roll off my back. After all, what with Sturgeon’s Law and all (“Ninety percent of everything is crud”) it’s rarely any use getting worked up. And you have to be a little forgiving: animators and directors and writers have mortgages and tuitions, […]

"Kung Fu Panda" Takes #2 Box Office Spot in Second Week of Release

by Ed Liuon June 23, 2008
DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda landed solidly in second place in the weekend’s box office race with estimated ticket sales of $21.7 million, ceding the top spot to the newly opened Get Smart ($39.2 million), running nearly even with The Incredible Hulk ($21.6 million), and trouncing The Love Guru ($14 million, all amounts estimated). The […]

NY Times and Boston Globe on "WALL•E" and Director Andrew Stanton

by Ed Liuon June 23, 2008
The New York Times has taken a look at WALL•E, the upcoming Pixar film (free registration required), noting that the tough sell of a rat chef in last year’s Ratatouille pales in comparison to marketing, “a $180 million post-apocalyptic, near-silent robot love story inspired by Charlie Chaplin.” Director Andrew Stanton is interviewed about the inspirations […]

Charm Eclipse: "Moon Phase" Not As Cute As It Hopes

by Jameson June 23, 2008
Japan’s fascination with vampires once again flaps its little bat wings in the direction of my little dusty DVD box, and it is a struggle to understand the constant fascination in such a saturated genre. It truly is allegoric that anime appear as eternally spellbound by these charismatic monsters as the victims within the stories. […]

"Slayers" Try Again Before the Revolution

by Dukeon June 21, 2008
Well, after a few seasons of fun and hilarity, it’s time to say farewell to Lina Inverse and the gang. Well, for a little while anyway. A revolution is coming soon, but for now all the Slayers can do is try. Previously, Lina Inverse, sorceress extraordinaire, had been forced to use her ultimate spell, the […]

Briefly: Anime Workers Union; YouTube Indie Films; Frances vs. Pre-School Shows

by Ed Liuon June 20, 2008
* The Japan Animation Creators Association (JAniCA) has legally incorporated in Japan, taking one more step to establishing a labor union for employees of the anime industry. [Cartoon Brew] * YouTube will be setting up a virtual screening room for independent filmmakers to distribute their films, with a stop-motion puppet movie titled Love and War […]

PR: Right Stuf’s ANIME TODAY Talks Blood+ and More with Translator John Thomas

by Ed Liuon June 20, 2008
Right Stuf’s ANIME TODAY Talks Blood+ & More With Translator John Thomas Plus Anime Expo, kids activities in Japan, contests, & Auroranote in episode 69! GRIMES, IA, June 20, 2008 – Anime producer and mega-online anime retailer Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome John Thomas – the translator of Dark Horse’s Blood+ novels and […]