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Disney CFO: Disney/Pixar Deal to Close by May

by Ed Liuon March 10, 2006
At the Walt Disney Company’s annual meeting, Disney Chief Financial Officer Tom Staggs stated that he expects the Disney/Pixar merger to be complete by late April or early May. During the meeting, Pixar creative chief John Lasseter had much praise for Disney CEO Bob Iger, telling all assembled that “you are led by a great […]

Tony Millionaire’s "Drinky Crow" to Adult Swim

by Ed Liuon March 10, 2006
A report on Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog states that cartoonist Tony Millionaire is working on a pilot for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim based on his Maakies comic strip. The pilot will be titled Drinky Crow, and Millionaire is working on it with writer and producer Bruce Kaplan. MacDonald has an exclusive Drinky Crow image […]

SciFi Wire Updates on Stan Lee Projects

by Ed Liuon March 10, 2006
A brief article on SciFi.com’s SciFi Wire provides several updates to film, home video, and video game projects coming from Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment. In addition to previously announced animated superhero projects involving former Beatle Ringo Starr and Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner, Lee also mentioned two new animated DVD films coming soon: The Condor, […]

"Wired" Magazine on Dominance of Digital Animation and "A Scanner Darkly"

by Ed Liuon March 10, 2006
The March issue of Wired magazine contains a cover story titled “How Digital Animation Conquered Hollywood,” now available on the Wired website. The article covers subjects as diverse as pure CGI-animation, performance capture (as in King Kong), “green screening” (as in Sin City), and digital compositing (as with glass and reflection effects in Steven Spielberg’s […]

DreamWorks Animation Beats 4Q 2005 Estimates Despite Drop in Profit

by Ed Liuon March 10, 2006
DreamWorks Animation SKG has just announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2005, reporting net income of $63.2 million (or 61 cents per share) on revenues of $172.9 million. These numbers represent a significant drop from 4Q 2004 results ($192 million profit on $495.7 million revenue), but were still significantly higher than Wall […]

Andrew Dabb on "G.I. Joe Sigma 6" Comics

by Ed Liuon March 10, 2006
Writer Andrew Dabb has been interviewed by Comicon.com’s PULSE News about his work on the G.I. Joe Sigma 6 licensed comic book published by Devil’s Due Publishing. Among other topics, Dabb discusses his artistic influences, the challenges in writing for younger audiences, and his favorite members of the G.I. Joe team. Five preview pages are […]

UK/Australia "Ren and Stimpy" DVDs Censored

by Ed Liuon March 10, 2006
A report on the Lyris Lite weblog is stating that the UK and Australian DVD release of Ren and Stimpy Season 1 and 2 has been censored. Slightly over 3 minutes have been cut from the “Out West” cartoon to conform to British Board of Film Censors regulations, which prohibit the depiction of hanging as […]

"Lupin Columbus Files": Explores Familiar Territory

by on March 10, 2006
If you’ve only recently joined the Lupin the Third fan club you’ve been spoiled, because beginning with 1997’s thrilling Island of Assassins the annual Lupin TV specials have all been solidly entertaining. Although no exception to the rule, 1999’s The Columbus Files struggles to stand out. With Excel Saga‘s Shinichi Watanabe directing, the film’s deftness […]

ImaginAsianTV Acquires "Hikaru No Go"

by on March 10, 2006
According to this week’s Shonen Jump newsletter, ImaginAsianTV has acquired Viz Media’s Hikaru No Go. Of note is that ImaginAsian will be airing both the dubbed and subtitled versions of the series, with the dubbed version airing in the afternoons and the subbed version airing in prime time. No premiere date is set at this […]

AtomFilms To Go Serves Up Portable Short Films

by Ed Liuon March 9, 2006
AtomFilms has just launched their “AtomFilms To Go” service, which allows people to download short films optimized for display on portable devices such as Sony’s PSP and Apple’s iPod Video. Included in the launch titles are several animated offerings, including Bill Plympton’s “Your Face” and “Vampz,” which depicts vampire sibling rivalry.