El Capitan Theatre Presents High Tech "Chicken Little"

by Zeddon November 2, 2005
On the heals of Monday’s announcement of Chicken Little going high tech, the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California has announced that they will take part in the event. Besides presenting Chicken Little in Disney Digital 3D, the theatre will also feature before each show the characters from the movie in a special live appearance. […]

Viacom Reports Third Quarter Financial Results

by Zeddon November 2, 2005
Viacom Inc. on Tuesday reported results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2005. Revenues increased 10% to $5.9 billion from $5.4 billion for the same quarter last year, led by growth of 15% in Cable Networks and 54% in Entertainment, as well as increases in Outdoor and Radio. Net earnings per diluted share from […]

MTV Networks Names COO

by Zeddon November 2, 2005
MTV Networks on Tuesday announced that Michael J. Wolf, former managing partner of McKinsey & Company’s Global Media, Entertainment and Information practice, has been named President and Chief Operating Officer. In this newly created senior executive position, Wolf will lead the company’s business and technology operations, including Advertising Sales, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Business and […]

Scott Morse’s Red Window Pays Homage to Maurice Noble; Sequels "Southpaw"

by Ed Liuon November 2, 2005
Writer/artist Scott Morse has announced his new self-publishing venture. Dubbed Red Window, the imprint is set to launch in early 2006 with two new works of graphic fiction. The first, Noble Boy, is described as a tribute to veteran animation artist Maurice Noble, best known for his inventive backgrounds for classic cartoons like “Duck Dodgers […]

Lloyd Bochner 1924 – 2005

by Ed Liuon November 2, 2005
Actor Lloyd Bochner passed away on Saturday due to cancer at the age of 81. Best known to the general public as Michael Chambers in the Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man,” Bochner will be best known to animation fans as the voice of Mayor Hamilton Hill in Batman the Animated series.

Wallace & Gromit Conquer Cell Phones

by Benon November 2, 2005
MediaWeek reports that Aardman Animation, the studio behind Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and many other stop-motion classics, has penned several deals to distribute promotional videos for the new film as well as older animations including “Creature Comforts” and “Angry Kid” over cellular phones. In Britain, Aardman’s partner is Orange UK. Licensing […]

G-Rated Cartoons Getting More Violent?

by Benon November 2, 2005
The Associated Press ran an article today on a possible increase in violence in G-rated children’s films. Almost all the examples in the story are of animated films. The story highlights particularly violent scenes in Disney’s new “Chicken Little,” printing quotes from various parents’ groups, but lacks solid statistical evidence. Strangely, none of the parents’ […]

Next Ghibli Feature To Be Announced Dec. 13; Oshii Will Direct Love Story

by Benon November 2, 2005 reports on a talk at the Tokyo International Film Festival between Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki and director Mamoru Oshii, in which Suzuki revealed that the studio will announce Dec. 13 the name of the property that will be the basis for the next Ghibli feature. Previously, Suzuki had said that Ghibli was in […]

"IGPX" Feels the Need for Speed

by Chris Woodon November 2, 2005
Americans and Japanese aren’t really so different when you get right down to it. We both enjoy animation, motor sports, and squid on a stick. (God, I hope that stays down). These mostly-common interests have come together in the futuristic racing anime IGPX, a joint production between Cartoon Network’s Toonami and Production I.G. of Ghost […]

"IGPX" Off to a Cool Start

by Karl Olsonon November 2, 2005
Anime studio Production I.G. has made an impressive name for itself. They launched a new era of animation technology in Japan with Ghost In The Shell, which not only managed to top the U.S. Billboard Video Sales charts, but also brought digital compositing and digital animation into play in Japan. They used their success not […]