Writer Mark Evanier is reporting the passing of voice actor Lennie Weinrib at the age of 71. Weinrib’s career in voice acting lasted nearly 40 years, with his most memorable roles being the voice of H.R. Pufnstuf and Scrappy-Doo.
Steve Fritz’s latest “Animated Shorts” column for Newsarama.com contains part 1 of a 2-part feature interviewing Lou Scheimer, one of the key members of the Filmation Studios. Scheimer details his entry into the business working for legends like Chuck Jones and Joseph Barbera, his connection to Bozo the Clown, and the con job that led […]
UK network ITV has commissioned a series of Ricky Gervais’ book series Flanimals, C21Media reports. Gervais, most famous for both versions of the comedy series The Office, will write and narrate the series, which focuses on his personally imagined monster creations. The series will be animated via a mix of claymation and CGI.
You know every once and a while, an anime will come out of Japan that just really blows the doors off what people thought could be done in the way of animation, storytelling and overall scenario. Sure, it might be grounded in some familiar roots, but the resulting work seems to redefine its genre, if […]
Voltron.com has officially launched their new website as of 1:00 PM today. The biggest announcement is that they’ve teamed up with Media Blasters to come up with a DVD box set scheduled for release in September 2006. The box set will be available from Animeworks. Tvshowsondvd.com has the full press release. Media Blasters has launched […]
ICv2.com is reporting that the Sojitz Corporation’s Japan Content Investments (JCI) investor group has made a “substantial” investment in A.D. Vision. CEO and founder John Ledford will remain as ADV’s CEO and majority shareholder. The article states that the investment will allow ADV Films to raise its output of anime titles and expand its operations […]
Writer/artist Steve Purcell has spoken to Comic Book Resources about the new Sam and Max webcomics and video game coming soon from Telltale Games. While the focus is on Sam & Max’s comic and video game incarnations, Purcell also briefly discusses their life as a Saturday morning cartoon.
He-Man.org reports that the Best of She-Ra: Princess of Power DVD will have a variant cover. The variant cover is focused more on the 1985 full-length animated feature film The Secret of the Sword. The catch is that it will be sold exclusively at the annual Wizard World Convention in Chicago, Illinois, from August 3-6, […]
For Mobile Suit Gundam‘s 15th Anniversary, Bandai and Sunrise wanted to do something different. By 1994, the Universal Century had been practically played out. What with the original series, the movie trilogy, Zeta, ZZ, Char’s Counterattack, 0080, 0083 and F91. And that was just in animation. There was a whole new generation just waiting to […]
Cartoon Brew’s Amid Amidi has interviewed filmmaker Garrett Gilchrist about his restoration of Richard Williams’ The Thief and the Cobbler. The fan-driven project aims to re-create the original cut of the movie before investors seized control of the film and hired another studio to complete it, significantly altering it in a futile attempt to make […]