MoCCA "Interview with an Animator" Launches with Jackson Publick on Apr. 22, 2010

by Ed Liuon April 20, 2010
Venture Bros. creator Jackson Publick will be the first subject in the “Interview with an Animator” series on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:00 PM at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) in New York City. The series will be hosted by reporter Joe Strike, with future interviews featuring many animators in and […]

Cool Stuff: Look Around

by Eileen Cruzon April 20, 2010
In Look Around, local villagers gather to slay a monster. One warrior becomes so consumed with training towards this goal that he ignores all else in life. This delightful short was written, directed and animated by Lee kyu-tae while attending the Korea National University of Arts, Department of Animation in 2008. Lee kyu-tae’s characters have a […]

Nickelodeon Studios Staffing Up for New "Avatar the Last Airbender" Project

by Ed Liuon April 19, 2010
New job postings at MTV Networks Careers website and from the Animation Guild have revealed that a new Avatar the Last Airbender television project is currently staffing up for production, with open postings for Storyboard Artists, Revisionists, and Supervisors; Prop and Character Designers; and a Live-Action/Animation Reference Coordinator. Nickelodeon has confirmed that the project is […]

Andreas Deja on Designing Mama Odie for "The Princess and the Frog"

by Ed Liuon April 16, 2010
Jim Hill Media has posted highlights from a talk given by Andreas Deja at a recent Ryman Arts career event, where the Disney animator discussed the thought processes behind designing and animating Mama Odie (and her seeing-eye snake Juju) for The Princess and the Frog. Among other topics, Deja discusses the thinking behind Mama Odie’s […]

New Video & Stills from "Batman: The Brave & the Bold" Ep "Gorillas in our Midst!"

by Ed Liuon April 15, 2010
Warner Bros. Animation has released three new video clips and several stills from “Gorillas in our Midst!”, the newest upcoming episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, which will premiere on Friday, April 16, 2010, at 7:30 PM (Eastern/Pacific). Click on any of the screenshots below to view in full high-definition resolution:

No Returns for "Spectacular Spider-Man" or "Wolverine & the X-Men"

by Ed Liuon April 15, 2010
The Marvel Animation Age has posted two updates on older Marvel Animation shows. According to producer Greg Weisman, the announcement of a new Ultimate Spider-Man animated TV series effectively means that The Spectacular Spider-Man will not be renewed for a new season, although Marvel Animation President Eric Rollman stated that the decision to greenlight more […]

Video Clip and Images from "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" Ep "Zillo Beast Strikes Back"

by Ed Liuon April 14, 2010
Lucasfilm and Cartoon Network have released a new video clip from “The Zillo Beast Strikes Back,” the newest upcoming episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars premiering this Friday, April 16, 2010, at 9:00 PM (Eastern/Pacific) on Cartoon Network. The full press release follows, with a new screenshot and comments from sound editor Dave Acord […]

"Ben 10: Alien Force" Vol 6: Solid Showing Saving the World

by Ed Liuon April 13, 2010
The two-part finale, “War of the Worlds” finally reveals the extent of the Highbreed’s plans for Earth, with its destruction being only the latest stepping stone in their plans to destroy all life in the universe. Several of the prior episodes are now revealed to be setting up the big climax in this two-part episode, […]

Bakshi's "Lord of the Rings": Better Than It Looks

by Maxie Zeuson April 9, 2010
Movies are movies, and books are books; and it is usually unfair to judge an adaptation from one medium to another by comparing it to the original. But sometimes it can’t be helped. Judged on its own, Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is an abysmal failure: […]

"The Lord of the Rings": Potential Energy That Never Becomes Kinetic

by Ed Liuon April 8, 2010
Some of that faithfulness to Tolkien’s prose doesn’t serve the movie terribly well. Several of the actors’ line readings strain so hard to stay true to Tolkien’s words that they forget to bring life to his language. William Squire’s Gandalf and Annette Crosbie’s Galadriel are especially susceptible to this, although Squire is also competing with […]