In recent years flamboyant period action films from China have enjoyed considerable success internationally, most notably the Academy Award winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and most recently the Jet Li epic Fearless. Perhaps envious of its neighbor, Japan has begun fielding its own bigger and bolder productions. Takeshi Kitano’s offbeat Zatoichi has been the most […]
Comic Book Resources has spoken to Andrew Dabb and Mike O’Sullivan of Devil’s Due Publishing about G.I. Joe Special Missions: Antarctica, the latest installment of the intermittent comic book series. The two discuss the rationale behind the series, the story behind the choice of venue, and what’s coming up next for the title.
The latest “Animated Shorts” column at Newsarama digs into a swirling controversy around Warner Brothers’ Happy Feet, as conservative critics and reporters blast the film for what they perceive as thinly veiled political propaganda disguised as a movie about tap-dancing penguins. Other news in the column includes part 3 of the Soviet-era animation article series, […]
Before he began the work that would establish him as the God of Manga and the father of the anime industry, Osamu Tezuka was trained as a medical doctor. No doubt his experiences in that prior life informed Ode to Kirihito, a grand-scale work from 1970 that has just been released in English by Vertical, […]
I doubt few eyebrows would raise if I was to declare that we all live in “uncertain times.” However, beyond the concerns of the upcoming global catastrophes, the political deceit, the uncontrolled growth of technology and of course, this generation’s most profound question, just who will Britney Spears eventually settle down with, there is one […]
Art Lozzi, artist for Hanna-Barbera during its heyday, has made a guest appearance on animator John Kricfalusi’s weblog with an in-depth discussion of color techniques, with copious examples from Yogi Bear cartoons. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat)
Scott Kurtz has spoken to Comic Book Resources about the upcoming launch of PvP: The Animated Series, based on Kurtz’s popular webcomic. Kurtz discusses into the rationale behind turning the strip into a series, the changes that will occur in the translation, and the differences between PvP and other Flash-based animation projects on the web. […]
FUNimation has released its DVD schedule for January through April of the new year. New series include Gonzo’s Solty Rei, the shoujo title Peach Girl and Afro Samurai which will also be airing on Spike TV. Additionally, series Baki the Grappler, Kodocha, Galaxy Railways, Burst Angel, Samurai 7 and Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki will all […]
When I first saw the trailer for A Scanner Darkly, my perception of the story, characters and director was thrown out the window. All I cared about was this animation style that they had chosen to use for this film and I knew I had to see it for that alone. The only drawback to […]
The Minneapolis Star Tribune has a list of the 50 best DVD Box sets. Three animated box sets made the list; The Flintsones: Season 1, Schoolhouse Rock!, and The Simpsons: Season 4.