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Animated 'Spider-Man' DTV Rumored For 2007 Release

Citing unidentified sources, www.development-hell.com reports that an animated direct-to-video Spider-Man feature is in development, in time for release with Spider-Man 3, slated for release in Summer 2007. The DTV will feature Spider-Man battling one of the upcoming movie’s villains, The Chameleon. It is not known if the feature will be created in the style of […]

LA Times on Technology's Role in Animation

The Los Angeles Times has published a brief article about technology’s role in advancing animation, ranging from the invention of rotoscoping by Max Fleischer to today’s use of CGI to generate or enhance animation (free registration required). The article is printed in conjunction with the “Animated Performance: Art Meets Technology” seminar scheduled on July 29 […]

"Long John" Baldry 1941 - 2005

The New York Times is reporting that “Long John” Baldry passed away at his home in Vancouver on Thursday from a severe chest infection (free registration required). Baldry was extremely influential in the Britsh rock scene in the 1960′s, coaching and playing with artists like the Rolling Stones, Elton John, and Jimmy Page. In recent […]

Frank Espinosa Talks "Rocketo"

Animator Frank Espinosa, who redesigned the Looney Tunes characters in 1992 and provided artwork for a series of Looney Tunes postage stamps, has spoken to Newsarama about his new comic book series Rocketo, which details the adventures of an explorer and mapmaker living 2000 years in the future. Rocketo #1 is scheduled for release in […]

"Duckula" DVD Trailer Goes Online

Capital Entertainment has posted a trailer for their upcoming DVD release of Count Duckula. You can access it here.

Disney Closes Australia Studio

Walt Disney is closing its DisneyToon Studio in Australia, Full story is reporting. The studio will close once it has completed work on Cinderella 3. Update: Full story on the closure.

Nick Partners with WNBA in Fitness Program

Nickelodeon and the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) will partner to encourage youth fitness under Nickelodeon’s “Let’s Just Play” initiative, the network said today. Under the deal, Nickelodeon will sponser the WNBA’s Be Fit Tour and get a “significant presence” at WNBA games with “Let’s Just Play” stretch breaks, in-arena Public Service Announcements, specialty prize […]

NY Times Traces DreamWorks' Stumbles

The New York Times (link required free registration) has a lengthy analysis of recent missteps by DreamWorks Animation. The article details numerous incidents that have left the company with a “credibility gap” with analysts and investors.

Weinstein Co. Buys Indy CGI Feature

The Weinstein Company has acquired the independently produced CGI animated feature Hoodwinked for distribution, the Indianapolis Star reports. The “crime story” tells the tale of Little Red Riding Hood from multiple viewpoints. Voice cast includes Tara Strong, Patrick Warburton, Andy Dick, Sally Struthers, and David Ogden Stiers. The film was produced by siblings Todd, Cory, […]

New Line Picks Up "Ex Machina" Film Rights

New Line Cinema has purchased the film rights to Brian Vaughan and Tony Harris’s comic book Ex Machina, says The Hollywood Reporter. Two versions of the script are being written, one by Vaughan and the other by The Gray Area‘s co-creator Glen Brunswick. Separately, Comic Foundry is giving away a copy of Ex Machina autographed […]

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