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"Black Cat": Second Life’s Better than the First

by Dukeon February 6, 2007
The first volume of Black Cat had some interesting plot points and some pretty palette work, but the majority of the disc just didn’t feel right. Volume 2 is an improvement, but that’s not saying a whole lot, is it? Train Heartnet, a. k. a. the Black Cat, is sick of killing and has decided […]

Turner to Pay $2 Million for Marketing Mishap

by Maxie Zeuson February 5, 2007
Turner Broadcasting and marketing agency Interference will pay federal, state, and local agencies $2 million in connection with a marketing stunt gone awry, The New York Times reports. Half of the money will go to defray costs incurred by the agencies, which closed highways, bridges, and other infrastructure in Boston after mistaking electronic advertisements for […]

LA Times Profiles Lasseter and Newman

by Maxie Zeuson February 5, 2007
The Los Angeles Times carries a lengthy joint profile of John Lasseter and composer Randy Newman, who have collaborated on most of Pixar’s films.

Peter S. Beagle on "The Last Unicorn" 25th Anniversary

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2007
Peter S. Beagle is one of those creators who proves that the universe is not fair in distributing talent. His first novel, A Fine and Private Place, was written when he was at the ripe old age of 19, and he followed it up with a huge library of highly beloved novels that get categorized […]

Disney and Robert Zemeckis Team for Performance Capture Animation Studio

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2007
The Walt Disney Company announced that it has entered into a deal with director Robert Zemeckis (The Polar Express) to establish a new film company that will develop 3-D animated movies using performance-capture technology. The deal stipulates that Zemeckis will produce and direct an undisclosed number of movies for the film company.

LA Times on "Tekkon Kinkreet," American-directed Anime

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2007
The Los Angeles Times has profiled director Michael Arias, the American-born director of the anime movie Tekkon Kinkreet (free registration required). The movie is based on a manga series by Taiyo Matsumoto, and (according to the times) is the first major anime feature film to have a non-Japanese director. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat)

Voice Casting Calls Held for Miyazaki’s Next Film

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2007
According to Nausicaa.net, the Studio Ghibli production diary notes that casting has begun for Hayao Miyazaki’s next film, with 160 children attending the audition. Details about the next film are still pending.

"Legion of Superheroes," "The Batman," "Foster’s," "Camp Lazlo" Renewed

by Ed Liuon February 5, 2007
According to a post at the Animation Guild weblog, several Warner Brothers animated shows have been greenlit for new seasons. On Cartoon Network, Ben 10, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, and Camp Lazlo have all been renewed, although the TAG blog states that Camp Lazlo may be facing its final season with this renewal. On […]

Boston Panic Boosts "ATHF" Ratings

by Maxie Zeuson February 5, 2007
The Aqua Teen Hunger Force panic in Boston appears to have driven up ratings for the show, at least in the short term, Marketing Daily reports. Among all households, ratings for Thursday night’s broadcast of show were 20% higher than the broadcast from the week before. However, among the show’s key male 18-to-34 demographic ratings […]

Disney Biographer Interviewed at Creative Loafing Atlanta

by Maxie Zeuson February 5, 2007
Felicia Feaster interviews Walt Disney biographer Neal Gabler about the animation legend over at Creative Loafing Atlanta. Excerpt: Although we have visionaries, people like Steve Jobs, Steven Spielberg, I don’t think we have anyone who has the kind of impact on the culture that Walt Disney had … because I think the culture is so […]