JustMyShow.com has posted part 1 of a podcast/phone call with Bill Melendez, director/producer of many of the most beloved Peanuts animated TV specials, including It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas. A bonus clip also includes comments from Melendez on performing Snoopy for the cartoons. (via Cartoon Brew weblog)
The New York Times looks at the ratings race for children and teen programming, focusing on current front-runner Nickelodeon and rising challenger the Disney Channel (registration required). The article notes that none of Nickelodeon’s new programming has achieved superstar status on the order of Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, or Rugrats, while also […]
A profile in the New York Times reveals the trials that Goro Miyazaki has endured since the release of Gedo Senki (Tales from Earthsea) (registration required), including critical comments by Earthsea author Ursula K. LeGuin and the inevitable comparisons to his father, renowned animation director Hayao Miyazaki.
An article in the New York Times spotlights the software from a company called Image Metrics which “lets a computer map an actor’s performance onto any character virtual or human, living or dead” (registration required). The technique promises less restrictive and more accurate digital recreation than the state-of-the-art motion capture used by films like The […]
Rob Hoegee, series story editor and head writer for the KidsWB’s Legion of Superheroes cartoon, has been interviewed by Comic Book Resources about his duties on the show. Hoegee talks about his background as story editor for Teen Titans and what goes into scripting an episode for the show.
A podcast discussing and including sound samples from the recent Zeta Gundam- A New Translation trilogy US premier is available for download, Gunota Headlines reports. The podcast, created by Mike Dent of the R5 Central blog, includes soundbytes from director Yoshiyuki Tomino’s appearances at the event.
Alchemy’s first law of equivalent exchange: to obtain, something of equal value must be lost. What happens in a world without alchemy? Edward Elric, formerly known as the Fullmetal Alchemist of the State, has to deal with that situation. Having been transported to a country called “Germany” for some time, he is having to adapt […]
Krypto the Superdog sails onto DVD with his second volume containing five more episodes (10-12 minutes each). With this volume, Streaky gets his superpowers, Mechanicat returns and Ace the Bathound shows up for his first appearance. The series, while meant for kids, retains a certain amount of enjoyability even for older audience members. I’m sure […]
Volume 2 continues our adventures with Saiga and Kagura. Saiga is a photographer who is helping Kagura escape the confines of her “imprisoned” rich girl existence, all while those who want to take back Kagura tail them. In episodes five and six, we meet Madam Koganei, a female villain with a penchant for eating diamonds […]
You are the newest professor at the Mahora Academy, an all-girls school… where most the girls are older than you, and they can’t know that you’re a master of magic. One student does, because your father put the bloodsucker at that school in the first place. Another does, because she’s got the mad ninja skills […]