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Chris Hayward, "Rocky and Bullwinkle" Writer 1925 – 2006

by Ed Liuon December 19, 2006
The New York Times is reporting the passing of animation and comedy writer Chris Hayward on November 20 at the age of 81 (registration required). The cause of death was reported to be cancer. Hayward was a long-time writer for Jay Ward Productions, being most closely associated with the “Dudley Do-Right” segments. The obituary notes […]

"Batman Adventures’" Burchett and Slott Re-Unite for "She-Hulk"

by Ed Liuon December 19, 2006
Comic Book Resources has spoken to writer Dan Slott and artist Rick Burchett about their upcoming run on Marvel’s She-Hulk, starting with issue #14 shipping on December 20. The last comic book the two collaborated on was DC’s Batman Adventures, based on Batman the Animated Series. In the article, Slott and Burchett provide a current […]

"Cars" Soundtrack Nominated for 3 Grammys

by Dan Collinson December 19, 2006
The AWN website reports that the soundtrack to the Disney-Pixar film Cars is nominated for three Grammy Awards. The soundtrack is nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album; Randy Newman & James Taylor get the nod for Best Song Written For A Motion Picture for “Our Town”; and John Mayer’s rendition of “Route 66” gets a […]

Joseph Barbera 1911 – 2006

by Ed Liuon December 18, 2006
Several news sources are reporting the passing of Joseph Barbera due to natural causes at the age of 95. Barbera was half of the famous Hanna-Barbera animation duo responsible for such classic cartoon characters as Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, the Flintstones, the Jetsons, and Tom and Jerry. His partner, William Hanna, passed away in 2001. […]

"Ninja Nonsense" Vol. 4: Break Out the Egg Nog and… Swords?

by SB20xxon December 18, 2006
All good things must come to an end, unfortunately. And Ninja Nonsense is no exception. It was one of the better anime comedies in recent memory, and I’m glad RightStuf licensed it. That said, this final volume isn’t quite as strong in the humor department as Volume 3, but there are still quite a few […]

Jim Hill on the $500m Impact of "Tinker Bell Movie" Delays

by Ed Liuon December 18, 2006
Jim Hill Media has posted an article examining the potential impact to Disney’s bottom line due to the delays of The Tinkerbell Movie, which was to be the flagship of a new “Disney Fairies” marketing initiative. The movie was originally scheduled to be released to DVD in October 2007 in conjunction with a retailing push […]

TitansTower.com Posts Mega-Interview with "Teen Titans’" Glen Murakami

by Ed Liuon December 18, 2006
The TitansTower.com website has posted a massive interview with Teen Titans producer Glen Murakami, running from his start in the animation industry with Batman the Animated Series and going all the way through to the fifth and final season of Teen Titans. Along the way, Murakami hits on such various topics as the approach the […]

ASIFA-East Interviews Animation Historian Jerry Beck

by Ed Liuon December 18, 2006
Animation historian Jerry Beck has been interviewed for the ASIFA-East monthly newsletter. Interviewer David B. Levy inquires about Beck’s career path, some of the DVD projects he is working on (including the Paramount Harveytoons boxed set and the upcoming Popeye shorts collection), and what shorts from each studio he would save in a fire. Beck […]

LA Times Looks Back at Walt Disney’s Impact on American Culture

by Ed Liuon December 18, 2006
On the 40th anniversary of Walt Disney’s death from lung cancer, The Los Angeles Times has published an editorial examining Disney’s place as an American icon in the national culture (free registration required). The editorial is by Neal Gabler, whose recent biography of Disney has garnered significant popular and critical acclaim. Gabler refuses to pigeonhole […]

Chris Sanders No Longer Directing Disney’s "American Dog"

by Ed Liuon December 18, 2006
At the Cartoon Brew weblog, Amid Amidi is reporting that Chris Sanders, director of Lilo and Stitch, has been removed as the director for Disney’s animated film American Dog. The move was supposedly made during the recent layoff of 160 employees at Disney Features Animation, although Sanders does not seem to have been one of […]