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Frank Miller: I Want to Do Animation

Frank Miller, comic-book writer and artist for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Sin City, has expressed an interest in doing an animated project in an interview with Heidi MacDonald of Comicon.com’s the Beat weblog. Miller describes the innovative “green-screen” techniques used to film the live-action Sin City movie as “essentially doing animation” and seems […]

How Will Disney CGI Unit Affect Pixar Negotiations?

The Los Angeles Times wonders what effect Disney’s CGI animation unit will have on new negotiations between new Disney CEO Robert Iger and Pixar CEO Steve Jobs (free registration required). The Pixar-Disney relationship is currently scheduled to end in 2006 with the release of Cars, but Disney retains the rights to make original sequels. At […]

Steve Englehart Interviewed about Batman, "Dark Detective" Mini-Series

Writer Steve Englehart has been interviewed by Comicon.com’s PULSE News about his iconic take on Batman originally published in the 1970′s. Englehart also answers questions about his upcoming mini-series Batman: Dark Detective, which promises a gubernatorial run by the Joker and the return of Silver St. Cloud, one of Batman’s most enduring romantic foils.

Fred Patten Hospitalized by Stroke

Pioneering manga and anime enthusiast Fred Patten has been hospitalized by a stroke, according to a report in Comicon.com’s the Beat weblog. Patten co-founded the first anime fan club in 1977 and has written articles about anime and manga for more than 20 years.

Media Pundits Weigh in on Robert Iger

Two different articles in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times speculate on the future of the Disney Corporation under its new CEO Robert A. Iger, who will replace outgoing CEO Michael Eisner in September (free registration required for both). Both articles place a heavy emphasis on the Disney-Pixar relationship and the often […]

Judge Rules Disney Can't Recoup $524,000 in Pooh Royalty Court Costs

Superior Court Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl ruled on Monday that Disney cannot recoup 4,000 in court costs incurred during their court battle over Winnie the Pooh royalties with the Slesinger family. The amount is more than half of the $1 million Disney sued to reclaim. The judge will rule on the remaining expenses on a […]

Audio Interview with Brad Bird at DVD Talk Radio

Brad Bird, director of Pixar’s The Incredibles, has been interviewed for DVD Talk Radio by DVDTalk.com’s editor Geoffrey Kleinman, who has posted the interview as a 4.7 MB MP3 file ready for download. In addition to answering many of the same questions asked since The Incredibles debuted, Bird comments at length on the background behind […]

"The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie": Invertebrates Have More Fun

Chances are you’re acquainted with the cheerful sea sponge known as SpongeBob SquarePants, even if you don’t have a SpongeBob plushie on your desk. I mean to say, even if you don’t have young children. You leave my plushie out of this. The four-cornered, bucktoothed marine fry cook with bulging eyes has been topping kids’ […]

Kyle Gives "Ultimate Avengers" Update

In a recent issue of Wizard Magaine, Craig Kyle gave numerous updates on the Marvel/Lions Gate upcoming Ultimate Avengers direct-to-video feature. Speaking of the current projects, “It’s the print of the film before it’s animated,” says Kyle. “It’s the storyboard cut together with the voice-over to give you the timing of the scenes and the […]

"Robots" Have More Heart Than Sharks

Some of my favorite moments from Futurama are the ones that see robots put in situations you’d think would be exclusive to humans. Fox’s new movie Robots, with animation by Blue Sky, may not have a character as edgy as Bender, but it does manage to build an entire society of robots that, even without […]

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