Orville Redenbacher Revived via Digital Animation Technology

by Ed Liuon January 16, 2007
USA Today is reporting that ConAgra Foods has decided to resurrect popcorn pitchman Orville Redenbacher via digital animation in an ad campaign that began on the telecast of last night’s Golden Globe Awards ceremony. (via Cartoon Brew weblog)

Gotham Group and Yahoo! Team for Online Animation

by Ed Liuon January 16, 2007
Variety is reporting that Yahoo! has signed a first-look deal with the Gotham Group for original on-line animated content. The Gotham Group is an executive producer for the Creature Comforts television series from Aardman Animation, which is to air on CBS Television in early 2007, and is currently producing The Spiderwick Chronicles for Paramount/Nickelodeon Movies. […]

L.A. Times Previews "Shrek 3," "Simpsons" Movie in Summer Previews

by Ed Liuon January 16, 2007
The Los Angeles Times covers Shrek 3 in a feature dedicated to comparing the sequel showdown coming this summer to movie theaters nationwide (free registration required). The giant green ogre will be facing down Pirates of the Caribbean and Spider-Man, both of which are also on their third films. In another feature, the Times also […]

New York Comic-Con Announces Anime Guests and Programming

by Ed Liuon January 16, 2007
A press release from the New York Comic-Con details the anime-related programming scheduled for this year’s convention. In addition to panel discussions with the various anime companies, there will be dedicated panels to Japanese horror comics and anime; “Laptop Anime,” about how to create anime on personal computer hardware and software; and a Robotech: The […]

Alexandr Petrov Exhibit at the Ghibli Museum, Foreign DVD Library Announcements

by Ed Liuon January 16, 2007
According to, Studio Ghibli and animator Alexandr Petrov have announced an exhibition of Petrov’s work at the Ghibli Museum. The same news posting details Ghibli’s efforts to release more foreign animated movies to DVD in Japan, with Paul Grimault’s Le Roi et l’Oiseau to be released on April 4.

"Cars," "Happy Feet" Win Golden Globes

by Ed Liuon January 16, 2007
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has awarded the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film to Disney/Pixar’s Cars, and the Golden Globe for Best Original Song to “The Song of the Heart” from Warner Brothers’ Happy Feet. A full list of the Golden Globe award winners is available at the HFPA website.

"Gankutsuou" Honors Dumas Masterpiece

by Jameson January 16, 2007
Animation and literary classics are not regular bedfellows. Occasionally they’ve slipped between the sheets, so to speak: many cartoons are taken from classic literature. But there are few of which you can honestly say that they’ve reinvented a classic. Most successful animated versions of classic novels have—in this man’s humble opinion—added something unique to the […]

"Time Warp Trio": Where’s Mr. Peabody When You Need Him?

by Dukeon January 15, 2007
With all of these violent cartoons on the air today (such as Avatar, Kim Possible, and Naruto), not to mention other shows that are apparently using subliminal messages to teach kids naughty stuff, it’s hard to find a show for young children that’s safe and innocent in every single way. Enter Discovery Kids’ Time Warp […]

"Japanese Classic Anime Collection" Coming in April from Digital Meme

by Ed Liuon January 15, 2007
Digital Meme has announced the Japanese Classic Anime Collection, a four-disc DVD set of anime made between 1928 and 1936. The classic anime will be restored and remastered, with nothing added except for integrated music on some of the silent anime titles. The estimated price for the set is approximately $110, and the release is […]

J. Torres Confirms "Legion of Super-Heroes" Tie-in Comic

by Ed Liuon January 15, 2007
Advance solicitations for DC Comics in April will reveal that a tie-in comic to the Legion of Super-Heroes TV show will debut on April 18. The comic will be written by J. Torres (Teen Titans Go!) with art by Chynna Clugston-Flores (Blue Monday, Queen Bee). Torres was interviewed by about how the comic came […]