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ASIFA-East Interviews Animation Historian Jerry Beck

by Ed Liuon December 18, 2006
Animation historian Jerry Beck has been interviewed for the ASIFA-East monthly newsletter. Interviewer David B. Levy inquires about Beck’s career path, some of the DVD projects he is working on (including the Paramount Harveytoons boxed set and the upcoming Popeye shorts collection), and what shorts from each studio he would save in a fire. Beck […]

LA Times Looks Back at Walt Disney’s Impact on American Culture

by Ed Liuon December 18, 2006
On the 40th anniversary of Walt Disney’s death from lung cancer, The Los Angeles Times has published an editorial examining Disney’s place as an American icon in the national culture (free registration required). The editorial is by Neal Gabler, whose recent biography of Disney has garnered significant popular and critical acclaim. Gabler refuses to pigeonhole […]

Chris Sanders No Longer Directing Disney’s "American Dog"

by Ed Liuon December 18, 2006
At the Cartoon Brew weblog, Amid Amidi is reporting that Chris Sanders, director of Lilo and Stitch, has been removed as the director for Disney’s animated film American Dog. The move was supposedly made during the recent layoff of 160 employees at Disney Features Animation, although Sanders does not seem to have been one of […]

"Postcards from Buster" 2nd Season After "Two Moms" Controversy

by Ed Liuon December 18, 2006
The New York Times is reporting on the abbreviated second season of Postcards from Buster on PBS (registration required), which began in November and will run through February. The animation/live-action hybrid series made headlines in January 2005 when an episode showed the animated Buster visiting a real-life family in Vermont that had two mothers, which […]

"Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes" Comes To DVD

by Stuon December 18, 2006
Several online retailers such as Amazon.com and PlayUSA are citing a March 27th release for Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes Volume One. The disc is set to contain four episodes of the show but has yet to be officially announced. No cover art or specs are available.

Marvel Animated Soundtracks Available on iTunes

by Ed Liuon December 17, 2006
Marvel has issued a press release announcing that the soundtracks to Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, and The Invincible Iron Man are available for purchase and download on the iTunes Store. Individual tracks are 99-cents while the full soundtracks are $9.99 each. Read the full press release.

Press Release: Soundtracks to Marvel Animated Films Available on iTunes

by Ed Liuon December 17, 2006
Soundtracks to Marvel Animated Films Available on iTunes Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2 and Iron Man lead the charge Listen up Marvel fans, the soundtracks for Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2 and Invincible Iron Man are now available on iTunes! Each soundtrack is performed by a live orchestra and composed by Emmy Award-winning composer Guy […]

Pop Matters on "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

by Ed Liuon December 17, 2006
The Pop Matters website has posted an article about the making of A Charlie Brown Christmas, the perennial holiday classic about Charles Schulz’s Peanuts gang discovering the true meaning of Christmas. Interviewed for the article are Bill Melendez, director, animator, and voice of Snoopy; and Jeannie Schulz, widow of Charles Schulz. (via Mark Evanier’s weblog)

"Gundam SEED Destiny": It’s Time For…ADVENTURES OF THE MINERVA! YAY!

by Dukeon December 16, 2006
After three volumes of plot-maneuvering in order to get the world of the Cosmic Era into the next great war, Gundam SEED Destiny has finally reached the point where it can take a breather before the next big event. Unfortunately, that breather occurs now. Last time, Athrun visited the PLANTs to see what they were […]

"Tom Goes to the Mayor" Coming to DVD

by Dan Collinson December 16, 2006
Tvshowsondvd.com reports that the Adult Swim cartoon Tom Goes to the Mayor will be on DVD in a 3 disc set containing all 30 episodes. Special features include a mock-umentary, celebrity voice sessions, and behind the scenes material. The DVD will arrive in stores on April 3, 2007.