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"YeuWooBi," Possible Ghibli Competitor, Out in Korea Thursday

by on January 22, 2007
YeuWooBi, a new animated feature from director Lee Seong-gang, arrives in South Korean theaters Thursday. The JoongAng Daily article reflects just how much the Korean animation industry has riding on the success of this film. The film follows a shapeshifting, mythical fox who takes on the form of a young girl. The Miyazaki comparisons are […]

Miyazaki’s Next Film in Production for March Announcement

by on January 22, 2007
In a press conference in Tokyo, Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki let slip a few details about the company’s next film. Hayao Miyazaki’s new film has been titled, is now in production, and will be announced in March, Suzuki said. [via Nausicaa.net]

"Tales from Earthsea" Takes Worst Director, Worst Film at Japanese Razzies

by on January 22, 2007
Tales from Earthsea, the latest feature film from Studio Ghibli, directed by Goro Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki’s son, took home the dubious Worst Director and Worst Film honors at the Japanese Bunshun Raspberry Awards. The “awards” are voted on by 32 Japanese movie critics, a group that had no particular affection for the younger Miyazaki’s work […]

"Paprika" Opens Stateside May 25, Screens at Rotterdam February

by on January 22, 2007
Paprika, the new film from director Satoshi Kon (Millennium Actress, Perfect Blue) will open in select U.S. theaters May 25. Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, the film will play at the International Film Festival Rotterdam from Feb. 1-3. [via Anime News Network]

Marjane Satrapi on Animating Her Life for "Persepolis"

by Ed Liuon January 22, 2007
The New York Times takes an early look at Persepolis, the black-and-white animated feature film coming later this year (registration required). The film is based on the graphic novel memoir of Marjane Satrapi, telling her coming-of-age story in Iran after the overthrow of the Shah. The article discusses the path the graphic novel took from […]

Fanboy Planet Interviews Marc Worden on Voicing "Iron Man"

by Ed Liuon January 22, 2007
The Fanboy Planet website has posted an interview with Marc Worden, the voice actor for Tony Stark/Iron Man in the upcoming direct-to-video movie The Invincible Iron Man. Topics discussed include Worden’s history with the new Mickey Mouse Club, the creative decisions made with the Iron Man DVD, the difference between working for Disney and for […]

Marvel Produces "Teen Avengers"

by Dan Collinson January 21, 2007
AWN reports that Marvel will produce a direct-to-video film entitled Teen Avengers. According to Craig Kyle, Vice President of creative development for animation at Marvel Studios, the video will be targeted toward younger audiences. Kyle also stated that the film is not based on the Young Avengers series.

"The Invincible Iron Man": Hero of Iron, Movie of Tin

by on January 20, 2007
My favorite superheroes have always relied on advanced technology or physical skills rather than magic superpowers; maybe it’s just because I love elaborate weaponry. And no one does that like Iron Man. Recent comic developments notwithstanding, old shellhead has often been stuck in supporting roles over his long career, so I was thrilled that Marvel […]

Disney Dali Film to Screen at London’s Tate Modern

by Ed Liuon January 19, 2007
Several news outlets are reporting that London’s Tate Modern gallery will be screening Destino, the animated short film that was a collaboration between surrealist artist Salvador Dali and Walt Disney. The film was in production between 1945 and 1946 before running out of money. It was completed in 2003 by Roy Disney and was nominated […]

Geneon Announces New March-July Titles + Changes/Delays

by SB20xxon January 19, 2007
Numerous series are getting complete box set treatment from Geneon. On March 13th, Human Crossing will be released for $39.98, and Stellvia will be released for $99.98. March 27th brings us Ai Yori Aoshi/Ai Yori Aoshi Enishi, which will be released for $59.98, as well as Gatekeepers/Gatekeepers 21 for $79.98. In terms of single volumes, […]