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Disney and Robert Zemeckis Team for Performance Capture Animation Studio

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2007
The Walt Disney Company announced that it has entered into a deal with director Robert Zemeckis (The Polar Express) to establish a new film company that will develop 3-D animated movies using performance-capture technology. The deal stipulates that Zemeckis will produce and direct an undisclosed number of movies for the film company.

LA Times on "Tekkon Kinkreet," American-directed Anime

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2007
The Los Angeles Times has profiled director Michael Arias, the American-born director of the anime movie Tekkon Kinkreet (free registration required). The movie is based on a manga series by Taiyo Matsumoto, and (according to the times) is the first major anime feature film to have a non-Japanese director. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat)

Voice Casting Calls Held for Miyazaki’s Next Film

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2007
According to Nausicaa.net, the Studio Ghibli production diary notes that casting has begun for Hayao Miyazaki’s next film, with 160 children attending the audition. Details about the next film are still pending.

"Legion of Superheroes," "The Batman," "Foster’s," "Camp Lazlo" Renewed

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2007
According to a post at the Animation Guild weblog, several Warner Brothers animated shows have been greenlit for new seasons. On Cartoon Network, Ben 10, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, and Camp Lazlo have all been renewed, although the TAG blog states that Camp Lazlo may be facing its final season with this renewal. On […]

Boston Panic Boosts "ATHF" Ratings

by Maxie Zeuson February 5, 2007
The Aqua Teen Hunger Force panic in Boston appears to have driven up ratings for the show, at least in the short term, Marketing Daily reports. Among all households, ratings for Thursday night’s broadcast of show were 20% higher than the broadcast from the week before. However, among the show’s key male 18-to-34 demographic ratings […]

Disney Biographer Interviewed at Creative Loafing Atlanta

by Maxie Zeuson February 5, 2007
Felicia Feaster interviews Walt Disney biographer Neal Gabler about the animation legend over at Creative Loafing Atlanta. Excerpt: Although we have visionaries, people like Steve Jobs, Steven Spielberg, I don’t think we have anyone who has the kind of impact on the culture that Walt Disney had … because I think the culture is so […]

"Panther" Director Levy to Helm "Flash" Film

by Maxie Zeuson February 5, 2007
Warner Bros. Pictures has tapped Shawn Levy to direct a big-screen adaptation of The Flash, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Levy replaces David Goyer on the project. Levy, who recently directed Night at the Museum and The Pink Panther, will oversee the writing of a new screenplay, one that will have a lighter tone than […]

Whedon Off "Wonder Woman"

by Maxie Zeuson February 5, 2007
Joss Whedon has bowed out of a planned Wonder Woman movie, says The Hollywood Reporter, confirming what Whedon himself wrote at www.whedonesque.com. In that post, Whedon cited creative differences with Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures for the parting of ways.

"Cinderella III" Makes Real Movie Magic

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2007
Even before seeing it, Disney fans are citing many reasons to dislike Cinderella III. It’s another direct-to-video sequel from the Disney studios, joining a crowded field of sequels that range from the pretty good to the nearly unwatchable. It’s also a sequel to one of the studio’s most beloved animated classics, even though the original’s […]

Air Gear Vol. 1: The Crow: City of Skaters

by Classic Speedyon February 4, 2007
Air Gear plays like one big advertisement for a pair of skates that, as far as I know, don’t actually exist. That sounds like a bad thing, but it’s not. You get to see a regular dude like me (albeit a tad younger) pull off slick moves while skating at high speeds through the city […]