How the Iraq War Led to "Happy Feet"

by Ed Liuon November 15, 2006
The headline story for Steve Fritz’s Animated Shorts column is Happy Feet, the upcoming CGI movie about tap-dancing penguins with a voice cast that includes Elijah Wood and Robin Williams. The column notes how director George Miller (Babe, Mad Max) finally began production on Happy Feet instead of a new Mad Max movie because of […]

Murata Koichi 1939 – 2006

by Ed Liuon November 15, 2006
Animator Murata Koichi passed away on November 7, 2006, at the age of 67, according to Murata was the president of the Oh Production animation company and worked as key animator on Hayao Miyazaki on Panda Kopanda and as an animator on Isao Takahata’s Anne of Green Gables. (via

Martin Costello on the Digital Clay of "Flushed Away"

by on November 15, 2006
Every year, ACM Siggraph holds a convention on Computer Graphics, around the United States. This year the convention came to the Boston Convention and Exhibit Center. Everywhere there were collaborative drawing tables, artistic toys and tech that would put James Bond to shame. Fountains you could “sculpt,” a tabletop cartoon theater, and even a full-body […]

"Case Closed": Conan Has the Right Answers

by on November 15, 2006
Well, after a year of waiting, we finally got the first season of Case Closed on DVD, and now it’s over. Feels kind of weird to be done with half of the first 52 episodes, and it’ll feel even weirder when Cases 2 & 3 are stuffed in one box, but until then, it’s time […]

New ‘The Invincible Iron Man’ Images Online

by on November 14, 2006
IGN has new shots of the upcoming The Invincible Iron Man direct-to-DVD feature online. The Invincible Iron Man will be released on January 23, 2007.

Geneon December DVD Releases: Trigun Remix, Viewtiful Joe, and more

by Ed Liuon November 14, 2006
A press release from Geneon Entertainment details several of their upcoming DVD releases for December, 2006: Trigun Remix vol. 5, Viewtiful Joe vol. 6, Elemental Gelade vol. 4 – DISCOVERY, Fighting Spirit vol. 5 – One Step Further, KamiChu! vol. 4 – Holiday Confessions, and Saiyuki Reload Gunlock vol. 5. Full details on the contents […]

NY Times Magazine on "How to Be Funny" with Brad Bird, Patton Oswalt

by Ed Liuon November 14, 2006
The Sunday New York Times Magazine has published an issue dedicated to film comedy (registration required). One of the feature articles, “How to Be Funny,” speaks with 10 comedic wizards about assorted film comedy techinques. Two of the contributors are writer/director Brad Bird, who expounds on “How to Draw Funny Pictures;” and actor/writer Patton Oswalt, […]

Craig Kyle on "Invincible Iron Man"

by Ed Liuon November 14, 2006
Crave Online has spoken to Craig Kyle about the Invincible Iron Man direct-to-video movie in January, 2007. Kyle notes how Iron Man’s origin story will play out and also hints at possible plot threads for the movie. The site also has a behind-the-scenes video clip. (via Comic Book Resources Comics Reel)


by Ed Liuon November 14, 2006
GENEON ENTERTAINMENT NEW DECEMBER RELEASES With that gift giving time of year upon us and wish lists to be fulfilled, Geneon Entertainment doesn’t hesitate to pull out all the stops to make this the best Holiday yet. Some of our key December arrivals will include the wonderfully outrageous adventures of Viewtiful Joe Vol.6; the sky […]

"The New Adventures of He-Man" Coming to DVD December 26, 2006

by Ed Liuon November 13, 2006
BCI Eclipse has announced that The New Adventures of He-Man will be released in a 6-disc DVD pack on December 26, 2006. The series was a spin-off of the original He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. This release is the first of two volumes, containing 33 of the 65 episodes of the show and […]