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Irving Ludwig Dead at Age 95

by Zeddon November 30, 2005
Irving Ludwig, former president of Buena Vista Distribution and one of the most respected and innovative executives in the area of motion picture distribution, passed away at his home in Santa Monica, California from natural causes on Saturday, November 26. He was 95 years old. During his 40-year association with Disney and Buena Vista, Ludwig […]

Keith Andes Dead at 85

by Zeddon November 29, 2005
Keith Andes, the voice of the 1960s Birdman, has died at the age of 85. Andes was best known for his role as Marilyn Monroe’s leading man in the 1952 film Clash by Night. Excite News has more on Keith Andes’ life and death. (via Adam Tyner)

Stan Berenstain 1923 - 2005

by Ed Liuon November 29, 2005
Stan Berenstain, writer, artist, and co-creator of the Berenstain Bears, passed away last Saturday in Pennsylvania at the age of 82. The Bears were created by Stan and his wife Janice, starring in over 200 books and adapted for animation on three different occasions. (via Tom Spurgeon’s Comics Reporter)

C.S. Lewis Would Have Preferred Animation for "Narnia"

by Ed Liuon November 29, 2005
A letter from 1959 posted by the website nthposition.com reveals that C.S. Lewis was opposed to a live-action adaptation of his Narnia works, stating that “Anthropomorphic animals, when taken out of narrative into actual visibility, always turn into buffoonery or nightmare.” A brief follow-up comment notes that, “Cartoons (if only Disney did not combine so […]

Todd McFarlane Talks Up "Spawn"

by Ed Liuon November 29, 2005
Comic Book Resources.com has published a lengthy interview with the creator, and Newsarama.com has published a lengthy interview with the creator. The interviews focus on McFarlane’s Spawn comic book reaching the 150 issue milestone recently, although McFarlane also comments on Spawn spin-offs in movies, TV, and other comic books as well.

"Princess Tutu Vol. 2": Existentialist Magical Girl Old-European Fairy Tale Delights

by Karl Olsonon November 29, 2005
Is anyone still reading after that title? I hope so, because Princess Tutu Volume 2 takes all the philosophical and intellectual overtones that permeated Volume 1 and sends them into overdrive, thus sending the series into true excellence. Everyone should check it out as such. Between the nods to European ballets, fairy tales and classical […]

'Ultimate Avengers' DVD Specs Announced

by Stuon November 28, 2005
DavisDVD has posted specs and a small shot of the cover for The Ultimate Avengers: The Movie in their animation sub section. The feature will be presented in 1.77:1 Anamorphic Widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1, with supplements including a trivia section, a feature on the cast, a DVD-ROM game Which Avenger Are You?, and a […]

Comics Previews for November 25: Perhapanauts, JLA: Classified, Generation M

by Ed Liuon November 28, 2005
The following comic book previews are available throughout the Internet: – A feature article about Perhapanauts #1 at Newsarama.com includes a 4-page preview, and more pages are A feature article about Perhapanauts #1. The comic by Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau centers on a paranormal team of investigators fixing rips and tears in reality. It […]

AnimationMentor.com E-School Teaches to the World

by Ed Liuon November 28, 2005
An article in the Los Angeles Times profiles AnimationMentor.com, a web-based “e-school” founded this spring in Berkeley, CA (free registration required). The school currently has a teaching staff of more than 50 teachers, many of whom are working professionals in the industry, and approximately 400 students from 35 countries.

Origins of PBS's "Zula Patrol" Animated Series

by Ed Liuon November 28, 2005
A brief article in the New York Times covers PBS’s upcoming animated series Zula Patrol, which will send a group of strange alien explorers out to “take the sting out of science education for children” (registration required). Deborah M. Manchester, creator and executive producer for the show, details the origin of the show from a […]