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NY Times on Overly Talky Cartoons

by Ed Liuon March 20, 2006
The New York Times‘ Arts & Leisure section published an article by Charles Solomon commenting on the excessively talkative cartoon films coming out of the major studios today (registration required). He condemns films such as Chicken Little, Madagascar, and Hoodwinked for being overstuffed with dialogue. These movies stand in contrast to the examples set by […]

WizardWorld L.A. News Roundup: "Ultimate Avengers" Voice Actors Panel, "Gargoyles"

by Ed Liuon March 20, 2006
This past weekend’s WizardWorld Los Angeles comic convention was the platform for DC, Marvel, and other American comic book companies to make several new announcements. The Comics Reporter’s “Collective Memory” feature is the best single source for all the news reports filed about the con. Of particular interest to animation fans are the panel discussion […]

Teddy Ruxpin’s "Journey Begins": A Fantastic Flashback

by CookieSon March 20, 2006
The 1980’s were the decade of decadence. Hair was big, music was big, and almost every animated series had a matching toy line. Landing somewhere between the gender divide of G.I. Joe and My Little Pony, The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin emerged as an all-ages cartoon for both boys and girls. Although some can contribute […]

Nickelodeon Announces New Series, Episodes, etc., at Upfront Presentation

by Zeddon March 19, 2006
Nickelodeon held its upfront presentation to advertisers on Thursday, March 9. During the presentation, Nickelodeon announced a slate that will include content developed from such platforms as feature films, video games, broadband and international production, as well as a multi-million dollar development slate for non-linear productions. Nickelodeon television will also premiere 254 new episodes during […]

ABC Family Acquires Rights to "The Polar Express" and "Corpse Bride" from Warner

by Zeddon March 19, 2006
ABC Family has acquired television rights to a slate of movies from Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution including Corpse Bride, The Polar Express and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the companies announced on Friday. The first of the films will begin their runs on the network this fall. [Source: TVWeek] (via Jeff Harris)

Nickelodeon Ups Execs

by Zeddon March 19, 2006
Nickelodeon has promoted Marsha E. Williams to Senior Vice President of Research and Planning at Nickelodeon Networks. In her new position, Williams is responsible for Consumer Insights for Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., including all brand, programming and production, merchandising, public affairs, online and other corporate consumer research for Nickelodeon. Williams will report to Pam Kaufman, […]

Simon Kenny Named President, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution

by Zeddon March 19, 2006
Simon Kenny has been named President of the newly formed Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, one of the companies that make up the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. In this newly created role, Kenny will manage the worldwide electronic distribution streams of the studio’s product over existing, new and emerging digital platforms, including pay-per-view, electronic sell-through, […]

Domestic Is Better: StarToons’ Jon McClenahan Gets Interviewed

by Classic Speedyon March 19, 2006
Recently I interviewed Jon McClenahan, the founder of StarToons, one of the few fully American animation studios of the 1990s. His studio’s work included Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Histeria!, and other smaller projects. Here’s what the talented animator, director, and former truck driver (yes, it’s true!) revealed. Your name, age, current […]

"Arcade Gamer Fubuki": Arcade Games and Panties? BRILLIANT!

by Dukeon March 19, 2006
OK, let me get this straight. There’s this anime called Arcade Gamer Fubuki, which is all about arcade games—a dying race in America—and their champion, a young girl who thrives on up-skirt shots and who has to face off against boxers and giant raptors, all from the mind of Mine Yoshizaki, the creator of Sgt. […]

Production IG Founder to Give Guest Lecture at University of Colorado

by Grant Whiteon March 18, 2006
Anime News Network reports that Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (founder of Japan’s Production IG studios, which has done work ranging from Kill Bill to IGPX) will be speaking at the University of Colorado at Boulder on Friday, March 24.