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GameTap’s New "Sam & Max" Promotional Animated Shorts

by Ed Liuon December 1, 2006
A press release from GameTap and Telltale Games announces new weekly animated shorts based on Steve Purcell’s Sam & Max: Freelance Police, to promote new episodes of the Sam & Max video game. The shorts will be done using machinima, using the game’s own engine to produce a short film, and will be posted every […]

"Pucca": Is Santa Truly a Hidden Leaf?

by on December 1, 2006
A few months ago, Jetix, Disney’s brand for anything action, brought over a series based around one of Korea’s greatest pop icons: Pucca. Well, Pucca has been doing pretty well so far, and it all culminates in Pucca‘s Christmas Special. The first episode in this trio is entitled “Tis the Season for Revenge.” In this […]

Toon Zone Was There: Anime USA Overview

by Weathermanon November 30, 2006
For anyone asking what Anime USA is, it’s an anime convention. To be a little more direct to the point, Anime USA is an anime convention now in its 7th year held in Northern Virginia–as of late in the Sheraton Premiere Tyson’s Corner. For a convention that started with about 75 non-staff people, Anime USA […]

Shirley Walker 1945 – 2006

by Ed Liuon November 30, 2006
The SoundtrackNet website is reporting that composer Shirley Walker has passed away at the age of 61 due to a brain aneurysm. Walker provided the music for Batman the Animated Series, Superman the Animated Series, The Zeta Project, the HBO Spawn series, and Batman Beyond. She also was a composer for the live-action Flash series, […]

"Dungeons & Dragons: The Complete Animated Series" DVD Box Set Rolls a 20

by on November 30, 2006
The Joy. The Memories. Oh to be holding this box set in my hands. I was and still am a huge fan of this show, and finally after all these years, it has been compiled into a DVD box set and what a box set it is. Writing this review will be a pleasure. First […]

Penny Farthing Press to Turn "The Loch" into Animated Short Film

by Ed Liuon November 29, 2006
Penny Farthing Press has announced that it will be adapting their children’s book The Loch into an animated short film. The Loch was written by Penny Farthing Press editor-in-chief Marlaine Maddux and illustrated by talent coordinator Courtney Huddleston, and focuses on four friends embarking on “a traditional rite of passage called The Knowledge Journey” in […]

Director Carlos Saldanha on "Ice Age 2"

by Ed Liuon November 29, 2006
The current Animated Shorts column at Newsarama.com is headlined by a feature story speaking to director Carlos Saldanha about Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, which has just been released on DVD. Among other topics, Saldanha discusses the casting of Queen Latifah as new female mammoth Ellie, the creation of the “Fire Dance” sequence, and the […]

Marvel Posts "Invincible Iron Man" Trailer and Screenshots

by Ed Liuon November 29, 2006
Marvel has posted a trailer and several screenshots of the Invincible Iron Man direct-to-video movie coming in January, 2007. The trailer is in Flash format. (via Comic Book Resources Comics Reel)

"Law of Ueki": A Gift from the Sky and I Wanna Return It

by on November 29, 2006
If there’s one thing that hasn’t been represented well in animation, it’s recycling. Sure, there was Captain Planet, and a bunch of anime have recycling jokes sprinkled here and there. But recycling as a main plot point? I guess that’s where The Law of Ueki comes into play. As Ueki continues his pursuit of making […]

Clamp Profiled in NY Times

by Ed Liuon November 28, 2006
The New York Times has profiled Clamp, the Japanese four-woman manga studio that has produced some of manga and anime’s biggest recent hits, including Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits, and Tsubasa (registration required). The article examines the studio’s manga output, the differences between the American and Japanese comic system, and why there seem to be more women […]