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Empire of the Rats: Disney, Eisner, and the Rot in Hollywood

Michael Eisner is either the biggest liar in Hollywood, or he has been the object of more scurrilous lies than anyone else in Tinseltown. is peddling trivia, not data. In 2003, only 18% of Hollywood’s total revenues came from the US box office. The rest came from foreign sales, TV sales and DVDs. In all […]

Gene Hazelton, 1919 - 2005

Veteran animator and artist Wesley “Gene” Hazelton passed away last week, according to a report in Tom Spurgeon’s Comics Reporter weblog. Hazelton began working for Disney in 1939, working on films like Fantasia and Pinocchio, before moving to Warner Brothers in 1941. Later, Hazelton was a fixture of the Hanna-Barbera studios, working on both the […]

Counterfeit "Incredibles" Merchandise Flooding Asia

Disney is consulting its legal staff to determine the most effective method to deal with a flood of counterfeit Incredibles merchandise throughout Asia. The counterfeits are apparently filling demand for Incredibles merchandise that is not being met adequately by Hasbro. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

Hayao Miyazaki, Art Spiegelman Among "Time 100"

Animator Hayao Miyazaki and comic book artist Art Spiegelman are two of the the “Time 100,” a list of the 100 most influential people in the world as selected by Time magazine. Miyazaki is the director of My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle, while Art Spiegelman’s Maus remains a seminal work in […]

"Fosters" Launches on Sky Gamestar

Sky Gamestar will launch Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends: Tick Tock Terror on Thursday, April 14, it was announced today. The game, from developer Denki, allows players to control Bloo as he moves through a variety of rooms inside the Foster Home and battles haunted fixtures and fittings. [Source: Denki]

Sean Astin Signs on for "Cat Tale"

Sean Astin will topline Cat Tale, an CGI-animated film about a cat that grows up in Dogtown and returns to Catopolis to find his roots, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Others in the film’s cast include Elisha Cuthbert, Stanley Tucci, Alan Cumming, Fred Willard, Catherine O’Hara, Billy Idol, Rip Torn and Chazz Palminteri.

Playhouse Disney Goes Online

Disney Online is developing a learning-based broadband service for preschool-age children, the company said today. “Playhouse Disney Preschool Time Online,” which will feature characters from Disney Channel’s Playhouse Disney programming block, will be an ad-free environment that uses puzzles, games and various learning activities to promote kindergarten readiness. The service is slated to launch in […]

Sony Releases "Spider-Man: TNAS" to UMD

Sony will release Spider-Man: The New Animated Series to its new UMD system on June 14, TVShowsOnDVD reports. It will retail for $19.95.

4Kids Gets "Kappa Mikey" Rights

4Kids Entertainment has acquired the worldwide licensing rights to Kappa Mikey, the companies announced today. Under the deal, 4Kids Entertainment will manage the marketing, promotional and licensing initiatives of the series, which is slated to launch on Nicktoons in 2006. [Source: Business Wire]

Annency Announces Competition Lineup

The Annecy International Festival of Animation has announced its list of productions in competition. AWN has the complete rundown.

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