NY Times Traces DreamWorks' Stumbles

by Maxie Zeuson July 25, 2005
The New York Times (link required free registration) has a lengthy analysis of recent missteps by DreamWorks Animation. The article details numerous incidents that have left the company with a “credibility gap” with analysts and investors.

Weinstein Co. Buys Indy CGI Feature

by Maxie Zeuson July 25, 2005
The Weinstein Company has acquired the independently produced CGI animated feature Hoodwinked for distribution, the Indianapolis Star reports. The “crime story” tells the tale of Little Red Riding Hood from multiple viewpoints. Voice cast includes Tara Strong, Patrick Warburton, Andy Dick, Sally Struthers, and David Ogden Stiers. The film was produced by siblings Todd, Cory, […]

New Line Picks Up "Ex Machina" Film Rights

by Maxie Zeuson July 25, 2005
New Line Cinema has purchased the film rights to Brian Vaughan and Tony Harris’s comic book Ex Machina, says The Hollywood Reporter. Two versions of the script are being written, one by Vaughan and the other by The Gray Area‘s co-creator Glen Brunswick. Separately, Comic Foundry is giving away a copy of Ex Machina autographed […]

"Inspector Gadget" Screenshots Go Online

by Maxie Zeuson July 25, 2005
DVD Toons has screenshots and cover art of Inspector Gadget’s Biggest Caper Ever.

Majesco Brings DreamWorks Titles to Game Boy Advance Video

by Maxie Zeuson July 25, 2005
DreamWorks has granted Majesco Entertainment a three-year license to publish Game Boy Advance Video versions of Shrek, Shrek 2 and Shark Tale, the companies said today. The titles, which will be priced at $19.99 each, will debut this October. [Source: PR Newswire]

"Steamboy": Fantastic Journey to Yesterday's Tomorrow

by Chris Woodon July 25, 2005
These days we take it for granted that major anime features will get a nationwide theatrical run in the U.S. This was not the case in 1989, when renowned manga artist/writer Otomo Katsuhiro’s cyberpunk classic Akira took the art house circuit by storm. Nearly twenty years later, he has finally returned to the director’s chair […]

Monster Grabs "Jasper Morello"

by Maxie Zeuson July 25, 2005
Monster Distributes has acquired international distribution rights to Anthony Lucas’s “The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello” and will be taking it to MIPCOM Junior, World Screen reports. The 26-minute film is inspired by nineteenth-century authors Edgar Alan Poe and Jules Verne, telling the story of a disgraced aerial navigator who flees his plague-ridden home.

Seibert Launches "Oh Yeah!" Blogs

by Maxie Zeuson July 25, 2005
Animation producer Fred Seibert is encouraging creators associated with Oh Yeah! Cartoons to launch their own blogs, Cartoon Brew notes. The new blogs can be accessed through Seibert’s own blog.

Michigan J. Frog Out as WB Mascot

by Matthew Williamson July 25, 2005
USA Today is reporting that The WB television network has officially retired Michigan J. Frog, its longtime mascot, which it had used since its 1995 launch. Network president Garth Ancier cites the move as a step towards shedding the network’s young teen image as it tries to focus on a wider segment of the audience. […]

The Griffin Family Hits Sin City

by EJill34on July 23, 2005
Every animation fan knows the story of Family Guy by now: it was cancelled, released on DVD, and brought back due to extremely fine sales. It’s hard to deny that the series is hilariously charming, and much of that charm comes from the songs sprinkled throughout its various episodes. In fact, these songs were popular […]