‘Cars’ Finishes First at Annie Awards, But ‘Flushed Away’ Takes the Most Hardware

by Nobuyuki samaon February 12, 2007
Pixar’s Cars was named best animated feature at the 34th annual Annie Awards, handed out Sunday at the Alex Theater in Glendale, California. But ASIFA-Hollywood presented Flushed Away, from DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Animations, with more trophies than any other film. ‘Flushed’ earned honors in five categories: Scott Cegielski took the prize for animated effects; […]

Cox Steps Down at Sony Animation

by Nobuyuki samaon February 12, 2007
Penney Finkelman Cox, who launched Sony Pictures Animation with her longtime business partner Sandra Rabins, is leaving her position as executive vice-president to become a producer for the division, Variety reports. The move will leave Rabins as the sole operational executive running SPA’s day-to-day operations. Ms. Cox will remain as a producer on several projects […]

"Coyote Ragtime Show" Vol. 1: Style Over Substance, But Man, What Style!

by Classic Speedyon February 12, 2007
You know, sometimes I find it difficult to avoid being influenced by what I read on message boards. I’d read things about Coyote Ragtime Show in numerous places, even before it was licensed: “It goes downhill after the first episode.” “It runs out of steam too soon.” “Not worth watching.” And on and on. At […]

YouTube Agrees to Japanese Warning

by Benon February 12, 2007
In a Feb. 6 meeting with 23 representative of JASRAC, a Japanese copyright alliance, YouTube management agreed to place a warning against illegally uploading copyrighted content on its homepage in Japanese, Tokyo Anime Center reports. However, the site management replied it would be “extremely difficult” to provide copyright holders with full names and personal information […]

Yuri Norstein Helps Found Tokyo Animation School

by Benon February 12, 2007
The Yomiuri Shimbun reports that Russian animator Yuri Norstein will support the founding of the “Small School of Art Animation” in Asagaya, Tokyo in April by paying annual visits to the school and evaluating the work of its students. Mr. Norstein, now 65, is one of Russia’s most influential animators, and perhaps his most prominent […]

Nickelodeon & TeamTo Help Greenlight on ‘Oasis’

by Nobuyuki samaon February 11, 2007
Nickelodeon, French channel TF1 and French animation studio TeamTo have signed on as co-producers of the Korean 3-D animated TV series Oasis, according to Variety. The deal with Nickelodeon was sealed at the KidScreen Summit in New York, which opened February 8. Roughly 70% of the series’ $10.8 million budget is expected to be financed […]

Kirkland/Gordon On ‘Wolverine And The X-Men’

by Stuon February 11, 2007
In a recent post on his blog, X-Men: Evolution character designer and director Steve Gordon announced that he will be serving as a director on the new Wolverine And The X-Men series, which will be produced by Boyd Kirkland. The series will not be in continuity with X-Men: Evolution, and Gordon will not be designing […]

"Speed Grapher" Vol. 5: The Almighty Dollar

by Classic Speedyon February 11, 2007
After a rather lackluster fourth volume, Speed Grapher gets back on track in the fifth volume and heads towards the climax. And as always, major spoilers below. Suitengu was little more than a shallow “evil mastermind” in the series’ first four volumes, but this disc’s “The Reaper and the Nouveau Riche” explains his past in […]

"Speed Grapher" Vol. 4: Over the Hump and Slowing Down

by Classic Speedyon February 11, 2007
I praised the first three volumes of Speed Grapher, but I’m sorry to have to report that the fourth volume doesn’t pack as much punch. The series’ sleazy world has already been heavily established, and we pretty much know that anyone who isn’t Saiga or Kagura is evil, so some tension is gone. I liked […]

Disney’s ‘Winnie the Pooh’ Trademarks Under Fire, Again

by Nobuyuki samaon February 10, 2007
Stephen Slesinger Inc. (SSI) has fired another shot in their long-running battle against The Walt Disney Company over “Winnie the Pooh” rights by petitioning the U.S. Patent Office to cancel several of Disney’s trademark registrations from A.A. Milne’s classic brand. SSI is petitioning for the cancellation of about 25 Pooh-related names registered by Disney since […]