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Peanuts, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Steve Jobs Planned as U.S. Postage Stamps

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2014
The Washington Post has uncovered a list of planned designs for upcoming U.S. postage stamps for 2014-2015, which includes Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Apple co-founder and seminal Pixar figure Steve Jobs. Rudolph is listed as “Design Approved” for release in 2014 (alongside stamps commemorating events of the Civil War, the War […]

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Review: “The Little Penguin: Pororo’s Racing Adventure” – On Cruise Control

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2014
The CGI character Pororo the Little Penguin is a smash hit in South Korea, where his animated series has been running since 2003 (though that length is a bit padded by the multi-year gaps between seasons and movies). While Pororo has been successfully exported to multiple foreign countries, Lionsgate is giving the little penguin and […]


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Jimmy Murakami, “When the Wind Blows” Director, 1933 – 2014

by Ed Liuon February 19, 2014
Cartoon Brew reports the passing of Jimmy Murakami at age 80, director of 1986’s animated feature film When the Wind Blows and an instrumental figure in the development of Ireland’s animation industry. Murakami was born in 1933 in San Jose, CA, and was sent to the Tule Lake Japanese-American internment camp during World War II, […]

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Hollywood Reporter Interviews Disney Animation’s Andrew Millstein on “Frozen,” “Big Hero 6”

by Ed Liuon February 19, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter has interviewed Walt Disney Feature Animation executive VP and GM Andrew Millstein about the studio’s recent string of critical and box-office successes, focusing heavily on Frozen, followed by the upcoming Big Hero 6. Among other topics, Millstein discusses the development of Frozen (and some of the surprises along the way), the popularity […]
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“Frozen” Box Office Approaches $1 Billion Worldwide

by Ed Liuon February 19, 2014
Disney’s Frozen is closing in on $1 billion in ticket sales worldwide, with $5.8 million in domestic ticket sales and another $18.2 million from foreign markets bringing its cumulative total to date to $955.7 million. The total puts it right behind Toy Story 3 (just over $1 billion) and Despicable Me 2 ($970.76 million), making […]