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New Wallace and Gromit Project in the Works

by Ed Liuon February 1, 2007
A day after the announcement that DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Studios would be ending their partnership, Aardman spokesperson Aaron Sheriff has stated that, “There is a project on the table right now” for Wallace and Gromit, the studio’s most famous stars. The characters will be done in Aardman’s trademark claymation rather than the CGI used […]

Frank Welker Hints at New "Transformers" Series

by Ed Liuon February 1, 2007
On his official website, voice actor Frank Welker stated that he is not going to be voicing any characters in the upcoming live-action Transformers movie. However, he did state that, “They are doing a new series based on our old shows which neither Peter nor I were cast.” He further states that Corey Burton will […]

AniBOOM.com Awards $50,000 in First Annual Contest

by Nobuyuki samaon February 1, 2007
aniBOOM.com has announced the six winners in their first AniBOOM Awards contest. Chilean/Peruvian animator Jossie Malis took the $25,000 grand prize with his film “Bendito Machine.” Category winners, which received $5,000 each, included Eric Lerner for his music video Mr. Fortune, Ariel Belinco & Michael Faust for the drama Beton (“Concrete”), Conspiracy’s experimental video Chaos […]

Ty Templeton Talks ‘Hoverboy’

by Nobuyuki samaon February 1, 2007
Comicon’s The PULSE gets the low-down from Mr. Comics’ Ty Templeton about his new take on Hoverboy, the “classic” comic book hero “from the ’30s”. Says Templeton: “Mr. Comics is returning Hoverboy to his action-adventure-frontline combat roots, and placing him squarely in the middle of the War on Terror with bullets flying and rockets exploding, […]

CBR Spotlights ‘Hellboy Animated’ Artist Rick Lacy

by Nobuyuki samaon February 1, 2007
Comic Book Resources has a feature article on animator/artist Rick Lacy and his just-released graphic novel, Hellboy Animated: The Black Wedding, available at comic shops this week. Subjects covered include getting the Hellboy Animated assignment, the subtle differences between animated storyboards and comic art, the pressures of deadlines and his future projects.

Bejuba! Entertainment Taps Pechels de Saint Sardos For New Distribution VP

by Nobuyuki samaon February 1, 2007
Former Classic Media executive Sandrine Pechels de Saint Sardos has been appointed as the VP of distribution for Bejuba! Entertainment, according to an announcement on the company’s website. Ms. Pechels de Saint Sardos, based in New York, will assist with the development of the company’s sales strategies and explore new business opportunities. She will be […]

French Distributor Dargaud Changes Name To Mediatoon International

by Nobuyuki samaon February 1, 2007
Dargaud Distribution, handlers of over 1000 half hours of animation titles adapted from European children’s literature and comics such as Lucky Luke, Tintin, Astérix and others, has relaunched as Mediatoon International Distribution, representing the Dargaud Marina, Ellipsanime, Dupuis and Storimages catalogues. Mediatoon International Distribution is a division of Mediatoon, the new outfit set up by […]

Toon Disney Invades Vietnam

by Nobuyuki samaon February 1, 2007
Buena Vista International Television-Asia Pacific (BVITV-AP), one of Disney’s foreign distribution arms, has entered an agreement with Q.net Co., a Vietnamese distribution agent, for an animated series package to launch on Ho Chi Minh Television (HTV), the country’s second largest broadcaster. Starting this month, the 30-minute “Toon Disney” branded block will air on HTV7 daily […]

PR: AniBOOM Announces 6 Winners in First Annual Animation Awards

by Nobuyuki samaon February 1, 2007
TEL AVIV, Israel, January 31 /PRNewswire/ — aniBOOM.com, the largest online collection of cartoons worldwide, announced today the six winners in their first AniBOOM Awards contest. Chilean/Peruvian animator Jossie Malis and his indigenous inspired film, Bendito Machine, is the grand prize winner of $25,000. Category winners, each to receive $5,000 include feel-good video/animation music video […]

"Tales from Earthsea" Topped Japanese Box Office in 2006

by Benon February 1, 2007
Variety reports that Tales from Earthsea (Gedo Senki), the Studio Ghibli film directed by Goro Miyazaki, was the No. 1 box office hit in Japan for 2006, earning $63.2 million. Fifth was Death Note: The Last Name, a live action film based on the manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, with $43 million. Notably, […]