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Sundance Shorts The Obvious Child

Sundance Animated Shorts Coming to Theaters Starting September 26, 2014

by Ed Liuon August 26, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter notes that the Sundance Film Festival is rolling out a 95-minute program of animated shorts to theaters, set to premiere at the Sundance Sunset Cinemas in Los Angeles on September 26, 2014. More dates and cities are to be announced in the coming weeks. The program will include 4 shorts from the […]
Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios Greenlights Five New Kids’ Series Pilots

by Ed Liuon August 26, 2014
Deadline.com covers the announcement from Amazon Studios of five new childrens’ series, set to premiere in 2015. The five will include three animated and two live-action series. The animated series are: Buddy: Tech Detective from writer Jennifer Hamburg (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood): “an exciting preschool whodunit that follows super-sleuth Buddy, his incredibly organized best friend Trudy, […]

Review: “Robotics;Notes Part One” – A Slow-Burn With Little Fire

by macattackon August 26, 2014
Production I.G. had two shows premiere on Fuji TV’s noitamina block in Japan on October 11, 2012. One was Psycho-Pass, and the other is Robotics;Notes. The two shows could not be any more different. Psycho-Pass is a dreary look at the future, a cyberpunk dystopia that is ever so thinly veiled as a utopia. Robotics;Notes looks at the […]
Song of the Sea

“Song of the Sea” Opens Theatrically on December 19, 2014, in NYC and Toronto

by Ed Liuon August 26, 2014
GKIDS ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN RELEASE DATE FOR SONG OF THE SEA OPENING THEATRICALLY DECEMBER 19 IN NEW YORK & TORONTO From the Academy Award®-Nominated Filmmakers of THE SECRET OF KELLS NEW YORK (August 25, 2014) – GKIDS, the distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, proudly announces Friday, December 19th as the […]

The Legend of Korra – “Enter the Void” – Episode 38 Recap

by Neo Yion August 25, 2014
Korra undertakes a desperate plan to save the Airbenders. With time and options nearly spent, Korra devises a last minute plan to save the Airbenders and simultaneously keep her out of the Red Lotus’ hands. One wrong move could mean the loss of Tenzin, his family, and his people. Zaheer and his cronies are smart […]

Marvel Skipping the “Big Hero 6” Movie Party

by Ed Liuon August 22, 2014
Although Disney’s upcoming animated feature Big Hero 6 is based on a Marvel Comics superhero team (and comic book mini-series of the same name), The Hollywood Reporter states that Marvel is not planning any tie-ins to the movie, citing the lack of any Big Hero 6 tie-ins for the November 2014 advance solicitations (when the […]

Liz Holman, Animator, 1953 – 2014

by Ed Liuon August 22, 2014
A paid obituary in the Los Angeles Times reports that Emmy-winning animator Liz Holman has passed away at the age of 61. Holman had battled cancer for a long time. After earning an MFA in Film Graphics from the prestigious Cal Arts academy in 1979, Holman worked in the animation industry for 25 years at […]

Otakon 2014: Interview – Masao Maruyama on Studio MAPPA and its Works

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison August 22, 2014
Masao Maruyama’s storied career spans the lifetime of the modern anime industry itself. He started out with Mushi Productions before going on to found the animation studio Madhouse in 1972, where he spent over four decades producing scores of noteworthy anime titles and working with some of the finest talent in the business. Such series […]

Otakon 2014: Interview – Sunao Katabuchi Talks His New Film, “In This Corner of the World”

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison August 22, 2014
Sunao Katabuchi might be most recognizable to English-speaking anime fans as the director of the gritty Black Lagoon presently airing on Adult Swim’s Toonami block, but he’s also a veteran of the anime industry whose early credits include scriptwriting for Hayao Miyazaki’s Sherlock Hound TV series and the position of assistant director on Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery […]