"The Legend of Prince Valiant Volume 1": A Series Fit for a King

by on July 31, 2006
Once upon a time the newspaper comic strip sections were robust and full of not only the usual comedy but also action adventure. Though it has a lower profile today, one of the most famous such strips is “Prince Valiant,” which has portrayed the dashing exploits of a young Arthurian knight since 1937. Though there […]

"Eiken": Big Busts and Brain Damage

by on July 30, 2006
Densuke’s made it into the prestigious Zashono Academy, which is odd, as he’s neither that smart nor that attractive. What does the latter have to do with the Zashono Academy? Apparently, every other student is a female with at least a D-cup, and if they’re less than that, they’ll be sure to let you know. […]

"The Pink Panther": The Case of the Missing Laughs

by on July 29, 2006
There’s no such thing as a sure thing in Hollywood, but the odds were stacked heavily in The Pink Panther‘s favor. It boasts not only one of the most beloved comedic characters in film but also two formidable comedic talents in stars Steve Martin and Kevin Kline. Oh, and, uh, Cheaper by the Dozen director […]

The Track Team Talks "Avatar" Music

by Ed Liuon July 28, 2006 has posted the first of a 3-part interview with the Track Team’s Jeremy Zuckerman, half of the team that creates the music for Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender. Zuckerman discusses how he and his musical partner Benjamin Wynn formed the Track Team, how they landed the Avatar job, and how they interact with the […]

"Speed Grapher Vol. 1": Decadence Was Never So Appealing

by SB20xxon July 28, 2006
“Greed will imprison us all.” Speed Grapher opens with a great monologue by the main character, Tatsumi Saiga. In it he paints a believable (and dire) future scenario as he describes the sorry state of future Tokyo, where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Without trying very hard, you can easily identify […]

More Tad Stones on "Hellboy: Sword of Storms"

by Ed Liuon July 27, 2006
Director Tad Stones has been interviewed by SciFi Wire, the news service of the SciFi Channel, about the animated movie Hellboy: Sword of Storms. Stones discusses how he and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola met while working on Disney’s Atlantis, and discusses the change from an animated series to two animated movies. Related story: IGN Interviews […]

Craig Kyle Talks "Dr. Strange" DTV

by Ed Liuon July 27, 2006
Now Playing Magazine has posted an article with Craig Kyle, animation VP for Marvel Comics, which focuses on the Doctor Strange direct-to-video animated movie that is expected to follow Ultimate Avengers 2 and Iron Man. Kyle tackles the challenges of storytelling where the lead character is very unsympathetic for more than half the movie, and […]

Disney Returns to 2-D Animation with "The Frog Princess"

by Ed Liuon July 27, 2006
Disney stated on Wednesday that it begun producing a traditional 2-D animated movie with directors Ron Clements and John Musker. The movie is titled The Frog Princess, and promises to put a female spin on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale. No information on a projected release date was given. (via Internet Movie Database Daily […]

BCI Announces 18 Filmation Shows For DVD (Updated 7/27)

by Dan Collinson July 27, 2006
At this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, CA, BCI announced that they are going to distribute 18 Filmation shows to DVD. Among the list for 2006, Season 1, Volume 1 of She-Ra Princess of Power; The New Adventures of He-Man; A Snow White Christmas; the animated musical Journey Back to Oz; the live action versions […]

Oshii’s Latest Feature Selected for Venice Film Festival

by on July 27, 2006
Production I.G. announced today that the latest film from the famed anime director Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell), Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters, has been selected for competition at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival in the Horizons (Orizzonti) section. That section, which is separate from the category competing for […]