"Ant Bully" Animator Declares Movie "A Big Stinking Pile of Average Corporate Mush"

by Ed Liuon August 15, 2006
Keith Lango, an animator who worked on the recent feature film The Ant Bully, has posted a lengthy weblog entry explaining why he believes the movie failed creatively and at the box office. Describing it in the end as a “big stinking pile of average corporate mush,” he ultimately declares that the movie was too […]

"NY Times" on Indie NY Animation Scene

by Ed Liuon August 15, 2006
The New York Times has published a brief article focusing on the independent animators’ scene in New York City (registration required). The focus is a periodic meeting of animators in the apartment of Adam Pesapane (PES), and includes Bill Plympton and Signe Baumane (described by Plympton as “the diva of New York animation”). (via Jerry […]

Kevin Munroe on "TMNT" and CGI "Gatchaman"

by Ed Liuon August 15, 2006
Director Kevin Munroe was interviewed by Comics2Film about the aesthetics driving the new TMNT movie, which will bring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into the world of CGI. Munroe also briefly discusses the CGI-animated Gatchaman movie he is currently slated to write and direct. (via Comic Book Resources Comics Reel)

"Armored Trooper Votoms Volume 2": Destroying Hearts and Minds

by Chris Woodon August 14, 2006
It’s a shame that even with today’s advanced technology all-out mecha warfare remains but a dream. Still, there are heartening signs that day is nearing, such as a John Deere tractor that moves spider-like on six legs. Yes, I know how many legs a spider has, but you could have kept quiet about it. Anyway, […]

"Toxic Crusaders" Comes to DVD as Part of Box Set

by Dan Collinson August 14, 2006 reports that all 13 episodes of The Toxic Crusaders, the cartoon based on the cult film The Toxic Avenger, are coming to DVD as part of The Complete Toxic Avenger. All 13 episodes will be part of a 7-disc box set along with all four Toxic Avenger films. The box set will be in […]

AvatarSpirit Posts "Track Team" Music Interview Pt. 3

by Ed Liuon August 14, 2006 has posted the third and final installment of their interview with the Track Team, the group that provides all the music for Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender. This installment includes information about specific themes and how they were created.

Le Guin Posts Impressions of "Tales from Earthsea"; Explains Delay in US Release

by Ed Liuon August 14, 2006
Writer Ursula K. LeGuin has published a lengthy article explaining the context behind Studio Ghibli’s Gedo Senki (Tales from Earthsea) and a detailed explanation of her impressions of the film. LeGuin’s Earthsea series of novels were the basis for the movie, as well as the SciFi Channel live-action adaptation released in 2004. According to LeGuin, […]

China to Ban Foreign Cartoons in Prime Time

by Ed Liuon August 14, 2006
News reports are stating that government regulators in China have banned foreign cartoons on TV between 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM in an effort to protect China’s native animation studios. The ban has not been formally announced, but is supposed to be put into effect on September 1. The ban will affect all foreign-made cartoons, […]

"Lupin the 3rd Missed by a Dollar": The One Where Lupin Dies

by Chris Woodon August 12, 2006
I must confess, even as an ardent fan, that once you’ve seen a dozen or more Lupin the 3rd films many of them begin to blend together. That’s not to say Lupin‘s highly entertaining formula of priceless historical treasures, nefarious schemes, and goofy slapstick is a bad thing, just that like the Bond franchise it […]

Toon Disney August 2006 Movies and Specials (Updated 8/12)

by Zeddon August 12, 2006
The following is a list of the movies and specials scheduled to air on Toon Disney during the month of August: All Dogs Go To Heaven 2 (1996) Tuesday, August 1 (5:00 p.m., ET/PT) We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993) Wednesday, August 2 (5:00 p.m., ET/PT) Oliver & Company (1988) Thursday, August 3 (5:00 p.m., […]