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"Hell Girl" Vols. 1-4: Beautiful, But Oh-So-Repetitive

The concept for the anime series Hell Girl couldn’t be simpler: if you enter a name on a website at midnight, Enma Ai—the Hell Girl—will immediately condemn that person to an eternity of suffering. However, the price for her services is that you yourself will join your tormentor in Hell at the end of your […]

Cartoons on the Bay Announces Program for 2008

One hundred seventy-six programs from twenty-four countries will be showcased at Cartoons on the Bay between April 10 and April 13, World Screen reports. The festival is being held in Salerno, Italy. The United States will be represented by such popular favorites as Avatar: The Last Airbender (Season 3); Ben 10 (Season 4); Foster’s Home […]

"Justice League: The New Frontier": The Brave and the Bold and the Little Bit Bonkers

Justice League: The New Frontier opens with two of the loveliest animated sequences ever glimpsed outside a Brad Bird film. In the prologue an unseen artist paints and narrates a spooky tale about the rise and incipient return of the monstrous “Centre.” The colors are bold but perhaps slightly divergent from the usual primaries; the […]

"Justice League: The New Frontier": Flawed, but Strong and of Good Courage

It’s hard to walk into an adaptation of one of your favorite books with the full expectation that your favorite scene isn’t going to be in it. Such was the problem I faced when spinning up Justice League: The New Frontier, the direct-to-video adaptation of Darwyn Cooke’s graphic novel DC: The New Frontier. Attempting to […]

Toon Zone Interviews Matt Wayne on Spinning "The Spectacular Spider-Man"

Having already served as a story editor on Justice League Unlimited and cast a storm with Hellboy, Matt Wayne is no stranger to superhero cartoons. The Marvel Animation Age and Toon Zone News caught up with Matt in an email interview to talk about his work on the upcoming The Spectacular Spider-Man. Take it away, […]

"Peter and the Wolf" Filmmaker Profiled

It’s the day before the Academy Awards, so the BBC interviews and profiles stop-motion animator Suzie Templeton, whose “Peter and the Wolf” is in competition for the Best Animated Short prize.

"Persepolis" Is a True Milestone in Animated Filmmaking

After a movie has garnered a certain amount of hype, watching it can be a bit of a challenge. There are very, very few movies that actually deserve all the hype that they get. The feedback from disappointed moviegoers can even end up creating a backlash that can overwhelm whatever merits the movie might have […]

Giacchino, "Ratatouille" Composer, Profiled in USA Today

USA Today profiles and interviews Oscar nominee Michael Giacchino, who wrote the score for Ratatouille. Giacchino made stop-motion animated home movies as a child, the article notes. He also moved sideways into composition, getting a job in the marketing division at Disney Interactive before segueing over into music-writing for games and ultimately for TV and […]

"Justice League: New Frontier" Interviews Around the Web

Several interviews related to the upcoming direct-to-video movie Justice League: The New Frontier are available on-line. Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has interviewed scripter Stan Berkowitz and director Dave Bullock about producing the movie. Berkowitz discusses the choices he had to make to whittle down the 400+ page graphic novel to a 75-minute movie, and also how […]

"JL: New Frontier": Jeremy Sisto Describes Playing Batman

A year ago, Jeremy Sisto was starring as a private investigator with deep psychological scars in “Kidnapped.” This season, Sisto joined the “Law & Order” legacy of actors as a detective with a haunted past. It’s seem only natural that his next starring role would be as Batman. Warner Bros. has released another interview with […]

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