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 […]
Superhero Hype! has confirmed that Zach Snyder will direct Warner Bros.’ long-in-development adaptation of Watchmen. Alex Tse will write the script.
Steve Fritz’s “Animated Shorts” column for Newsarama.com has a feature this week about the Witchblade anime series. Based on the comic book property from Top Cow, the series is being produced by Studio Gonzo (Samurai 7 and Gantz). Top Cow COO and President Matt Hawkins and VP of Creative Affairs for GDH International Eric Calderon […]
The Supreme Court has refused to hear a case that might have allowed the grandaughter of A.A. Milne to recapture the copyright to Winnie the Pooh. Clare Milne sought to use a 1976 copyright law to recapture the rights which her grandfather bequeathed to a trust upon his death in 1956; the Walt Disney Corporation […]
The Animation Podcast has posted part 1 of its podcast interview with Disney animator Burny Mattinson, who joined the Disney Animation studio while Walt Disney was still alive and has had a career spanning over 50 years. (via Jerry Beck’s Cartoon Brew weblog)
The Los Angeles Times has profiled the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive (free registration required), an organization dedicated to collecting and preserving significant animation production material for professional animators, students, and the general public. The article includes numerous comments by archive director Stephen Worth and renowned animator John Kricfalusi. The animation archive’s website and weblog can be […]