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Disney’s “Frozen” Co-Director Jennifer Lee on Her Career & Shifts in the Movie Business

by Ed Liuon March 21, 2014
In an appearance on CBS This Morning, Frozen co-director Jennifer Lee discussed the runaway success of the film and expressed her hopes that it marks a shift in Hollywood away from the perception that “it’s boys that drive the moviegoing” towards more dynamic characters of either gender, and her hope that more women will take […]

NY Times on “Funky Turns 40” Exhibition on Black Animated Characters of the 70’s

by Ed Liuon March 21, 2014
The New York Times has taken a look at “Funky Turns 40,” a traveling exhibition of animation cels, posters, storyboards, and other artifacts preserved by the Museum of UnCut Funk as part of their mission to preserve the rise of black characters in TV animation starting in the 1970’s. The article speaks with the Museum […]

In Fortune’s Top 20 Fictional Leaders: “Ferngully”‘s Crysta, “Frozen”‘s Elsa, “Toy Story”‘s Woody

by Ed Liuon March 21, 2014
Fortune magazine has published its list of the top 20 leadership figures out of Hollywood, and three animated characters have made the list. Crysta from Ferngully: The Last Rainforest was named for her bravery and for inspiring her new human friend to protest deforestation. Elsa from Disney’s Frozen was named for her self-imposed exile to […]

Review: “The Jungle Book 2” Blu-ray – What a Bear

by SB20xxon March 21, 2014
Oh my, did this one hurt. The Jungle Book is one of my favorite Disney films, so this sequel (which arrived almost forty years after the first film!) had its work cut out for it right from the start. Let it be known that I have nothing against sequels, if a worthwhile story can be […]

A First Look at “Gundam Reconguista in G”

by Todd DuBoison March 20, 2014
This year is the 35th anniversary of Gundam, Japan’s storied robot anime franchise, and a livestreamed event in Japan began promotion for the occasion in earnest ahead of the start of the AnimeJapan trade fair on March 22nd. A trio of animated works were spotlighted at the event, one being seventh and final chapter of […]

Fast Company Talks with Disney/Pixar’s Ed Catmull on Management Secrets

by Ed Liuon March 19, 2014
Ed Catmull, President of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, has spoken to Fast Company in a series of articles in conjunction with his upcoming book Creativity, Inc. In addition to a lengthy excerpt from the book about the Pixar “Braintrust,” several smaller articles give a more focused look at more specific topics: How Disney […]

Billboard on “Archer” Going Country in Season 5

by Ed Liuon March 19, 2014
Billboard has looked behind the scenes at a recent musical turn in FX’s Archer, whose season 5 premiere upended the series status quo and ended up making a country music star out of Cheryl Tunt, the fabulously wealthy and slightly insane assistant to the agents of ISIS. Archer Executive Producer Matt Thompson discusses the reasons […]

PR: NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu is Back April 16

by on March 18, 2014
NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu is Back April 16 The powerhouse series NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu continues on Cartoon Network with two special episodes on Wednesday April 16 beginning at 6:30 p.m. (ET/PT). During the special episodes airing throughout 2014, the Ninjas will be pushed to their limits as they face new technological threats and gain new allies in […]