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33rd People’s Choice Awards for "Cars," "Simpsons"

by Ed Liuon January 10, 2007
The 33rd Annual People’s Choice Awards handed out several awards to Disney/Pixar’s Cars for Favorite Family Movie, and Favorite Song from a Movie and Favorite Remake for “Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts. The Simpsons also won in the Favorite Animated TV Comedy category. The full list of award winners and information on the […]

Peter Kleinow, Stop-Motion Animator, 1934 – 2007

by Ed Liuon January 10, 2007
The Cartoon Brew weblog is reporting that stop-motion animator Peter Kleinow passed away last Saturday, January 6, 2007, at the age of 72. Kleinow animated both the original Gumby and Davey & Goliath TV shows, the original robot Terminator in the 1984 science fiction movie of the same name, and commercials with characters like the […]

Penguins Making Waves in Ads, Thanks to Animated Versions

by Ed Liuon January 10, 2007
The New York Times notes a wave of penguin-themed advertisements coming soon (registration required), crediting their success as pitchmen to the successes of DreamWorks’ Madagascar and Warner Brothers’ Happy Feet, in addition to the live-action sleeper hit March of the Penguins. The trend may not let up any time soon, with penguins appearing in ad […]

James Cameron’s "Avatar" to Break New Ground in CGI Animation

by Ed Liuon January 10, 2007
An article in the New York Times details the innovations behind James Cameron’s upcoming movie Avatar (registration required), an ambitious project that will use a variety of new technologies and techniques to integrate computer-generated animation and live-action footage. The work will involve both motion-capture and traditional CGI effects work with innovations like a camera that […]

"Tom and Jerry Tales": The Eternal Struggle

by Classic Speedyon January 9, 2007
Tom and Jerry, like Mickey Mouse and the Looney Tunes, are cultural cartoon icons, and you mess with such icons at your peril. Any new incarnation of the characters will be held to the high standards of what came before, and few potential viewers will be other than skeptical of such incarnations. Until now I’ve […]

Studio Ghibli Releasing More Foreign Films in Japan; Plans Film with Foreign Director

by Ed Liuon January 9, 2007
Nausicaa.net is reporting that Studio Ghibli is branching out further into film distribution in Japan, focusing on bringing foreign animated films to Japanese movie theaters after a successful run of the French Le Roi et L’Oiseau. The next film to be brought to Japan by Ghibli will be My Love by Aleksandr Petrov, to be […]

Luc Besson Talks "Arthur and the Invisibles"

by Ed Liuon January 9, 2007
Newsarama.com has posted an interview with Luc Besson, director of the forthcoming Arthur and the Invisibles. Besson discusses the genesis of the movie, the many valued contributions of artist/designer Patrice Garcia, and the live-action/CGI hybrid technique he used for the film.

Hanna-Barbera veteran Iwao Takamoto, 1925-2007

by Nobuyuki samaon January 9, 2007
Iwao Takamoto, the animator who designed the cartoon canine Scooby-Doo as well as characters on such shows as “The Flintstones” and “The Jetsons,” died on Monday after suffering a massive coronary, a spokesman said. He was 81. Takamoto died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was being treated for respiratory problems, said […]

Genius Products Enters Co-Pro, Distribution Deals With ER and Classic Media

by Nobuyuki samaon January 9, 2007
Genius Products, LLC, The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Entertainment Rights PLC (“ER”) of London, England, and Classic Media Holdings, Inc. of New York City announced Monday that they have entered into long-term agreements for the distribution, co-production and co-financing of multiple home video and videogame productions for the family, children and teen markets. Genius Products […]

M. Night Shyamalan to Helm "Avatar" Film Trilogy

by Chris Woodon January 9, 2007
Variety reports that Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan has signed on with Paramount to write, produce, and direct three live action films based on Nickelodeon’s popular Avatar animated series. A potential conflict looms with Fox’s just greenlighted James Cameron sci-fi project of the same title. According to Fox, “We own the movie title ‘Avatar.’ […]