Bruce Hart, "Free to Be…" Lyricist 1938 – 2006

by Ed Liuon February 23, 2006
Bruce Hart, a composer and lyricist, has passed away at the age of 68 due to lung cancer (registration required). Hart’s best known lyrics are for the theme song to Sesame Street, but he was also the composer for the famous Free to Be…You and Me, which mixed live-action and animation for a legendary TV […]

"MirrorMask": Dream a Dreary Dream

by Chris Woodon February 23, 2006
Art house films almost invariably seem to be dramas. At least I’ve never encountered a buddy cop indie. MirrorMask attempts to break out of this genre prison, bringing bizarre underground sensibilities to that most conventional and commercial breed of film: the family picture. Somewhere within MirrorMask beats the heart of an engaging coming of age […]

"Enchanted" May Revive Hand-Drawn Animation at Disney

by Ed Liuon February 22, 2006
A report at Jim Hill Media is deducing that Enchanted, a new hybrid animated/live-action movie, will resurrect the currently moribund Disney hand-drawn animation division. Hill states that the movie, which features an animated fairy-tale princess flung into live-action modern-day Manhattan by an evil queen, will use traditional hand-drawn animation for its fairy-tale segments. Prior reports […]

LeSean Thomas Talks "Boondocks" TV Show

by Ed Liuon February 22, 2006
This week’s Animated Shorts column at features LeSean Thomas, co-director of the Boondocks animated series on Adult Swim. Thomas discusses his path from comics to animation, his animation influences, and his upcoming projects in animation and comics. Other features in the column include an article about Dougal, an upcoming CGI film from the Weinstein […]

China Bans Human/Toon Movies

by Ed Liuon February 22, 2006
A report in Variety states that the Chinese government has banned foreign films that mix human and animated characters, as done in Space Jam or Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The ban will only apply to future films. At least one industry analyst belives the ban is driven by a desire to boost China’s domestic animation […]

Spider-Man: Threat or Menace?

by Ed Liuon February 22, 2006
Surveillance video camera footage has caught superhero Spider-Man brazenly robbing a comic book shop in broad daylight. A man in a Spider-Man mask walked into Dream World Comic Books of Culver City, CA, smashed a display case, grabbed several rare comics, and fled the scene on foot. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog)

New Zealand Bishops Protest "South Park" Episode

by Ed Liuon February 22, 2006
A group of Catholic bishops in New Zealand is protesting an upcoming episode of South Park. The seven bishops sent an open letter to all Catholics to boycott the news services and advertisers of TV3. The episode has drawn criticism from New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and from Muslim groups expressing solidarity with Catholics. […]

New "Ultimate Avengers" Clip at Yahoo! Movies

by Ed Liuon February 22, 2006
According to a report on Comic Book Resources’ Comic Reel report, a new clip from the Ultimate Avengers direct-to-video movie is available at Yahoo! Movies (note that this link will automatically open a video file in your browser).

IDW Teases Big "Transformers" Event

by Ed Liuon February 22, 2006
IDW Publishing Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall has released a single image to promote a new Transformers series or event coming in July 2006.

"Kaleido Star" New Wings, New Characters, New Goodness

by Dukeon February 22, 2006
Kaleido Star is an odd little release. Instead of the usual world-in-danger, bloody martial arts, fast-paced shooters, or high-tension sports storylines, this series is basically an anime version of the Barnum and Bailey circus, except without all the animals. After greatly enjoying the first series, I highly anticipated the second season, entitled Kaleido Star: New […]