Cinematical on Cartoon Oscar Lobbying

by Ed Liuon December 28, 2006
The Cinematical weblog is reporting on Hollywood studio efforts to lobby for the 2006 Best Animated Film Academy Award. Writer Jennifer DeFilippo notes that the increased number of releases and the continued success of Happy Feet over Casino Royale at the box office has led to studio lobbying comparable to live-action Oscar efforts. (via Heidi […]

NY Times on Savion Glover’s Lack of Credit for "Happy Feet"

by Ed Liuon December 28, 2006
The New York Times discusses tap-dancer Savion Glover’s role in the hit CGI-animated film Happy Feet, and the lack of recognition of his part (registration required). Glover is a famed Broadway tap-dancer and Sesame Street alumnus who was motion-captured to provide the dancing for Mumble, the lead penguin of the movie, but is largely unrecognized […]

Guy Michelmore on Making Marvelous Scores for "Ultimate Avengers" and "Iron Man"

by Ed Liuon December 28, 2006 has posted an interview with composer Guy Michelmore about writing the scores to the Ultimate Avengers and Invincible Iron Man direct-to-video animated movies. The interview also links to 4 free MP3 files of Michelmore’s music, yielding one song each from Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, The Invincible Iron Man, and Dr. Strange.

"Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki": His "Final Confrontation"? Dad and Weak Extras

by Chad Boninon December 23, 2006
Tenchi’s been through a lot recently. Meeting a would-be wife, overdoing it in the fields, and facing the destruction of the Earth: these will take their toll on the man. Yet, the hardest blow to take is emotional, and when Tenchi finds out the truth about his mother’s death, it may be the last straw. […]

Osamu Tezuka Manga Exhibition Coming to US in 2007

by Nobuyuki samaon December 23, 2006
“Tezuka the Marvel of Manga,” a traveling exhibition of the work of manga giant Osamu Tezuka currently being hosted by the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, will move on to the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco in June 2007, after a tour stop at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia. […]

NTV Announces ‘Claymore’ anime

by Nobuyuki samaon December 23, 2006
Nippon Television networks has announced a TV anime based on the current Monthly Shonen JUMP manga “Claymore” and set to air beginning in April of 2007. The popular fantasy epic “Claymore” first appeared in the pages of Shonen JUMP in July of 2001. The series chronicles the struggle of Claire, who is part of a […]

Sci-Fi Manga ‘Moonlight Mile’ to Receive Anime Adaptation

by Nobuyuki samaon December 23, 2006
Yasuo Ootagaki’s manga “Moonlight Mile,” published by Shogakukan, is set to become a TV anime series with broadcast beginning in March of 2007 on the Japanese satellite station WOWOW. Set in the near future, “Moonlight Mile” follows the adventures of astronauts and skillfully combines a realistic look at space exploration with an almost childlike sense […]

Australian "Deltora Quest" Becomes Japanese Anime

by Nobuyuki samaon December 23, 2006
A Japanese TV anime adaptation of the popular “Deltora Quest” series of Australian young adult fantasy novels has been announced. Broadcast begins on January 6, 2007, and the series will air Saturday mornings from 8:00AM to 8:30AM on TV Aichi and TV Tokyo networks. Written by Emily Rodda, the first “Deltora Quest” novel was released […]

Dick Van Dyke: Computer Animator

by Ed Liuon December 22, 2006
The Los Angeles Times discusses 3-D computer-generated animation and effects with famed actor Dick Van Dyke (free registration required), who has dabbled in effects and animation since appearing in Disney’s Mary Poppins. Van Dyke’s latest acquisitions are some of computer caricatures of himself from Night at the Museum, about which he stated, “I do a […]

Australia/New Zealand Release of "Tales from Earthsea" in 2007

by Ed Liuon December 22, 2006 is reporting that Madman Entertainment has secured the rights to distribute Studio Ghibli’s Tales from Earthsea in Australia and New Zealand. The movie will begin its theatrical run in mid-2007.