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Ving Rhames to Star in "Aquaman"

by on February 24, 2006
Superhero Hype! reports that Ving Rhames will star in the CW Network’s untitled Aquaman project. He will play McCaffrey, a lighthouse keeper who serves as a mentor to Arthur Curry, played by Will Toale.

"My Gym Partner’s a Monkey" Comes to CN February 24

by Zeddon February 24, 2006
My Gym Partner’s a Monkey will premiere on Cartoon Network on Friday, February 24, at 9:00pm (ET/PT). The series will air Fridays at 9:00pm. [Source: Cartoon Network] Thanks to alert reader “Waggytoon” for spotting an error in a previous version of this article. While a sneak peek of the series was aired on Monday, February […]

"Dragon Booster" Tons of Unlived Potential

by on February 24, 2006
When Disney created Jetix for its ABC Family and Toon Disney channels, the star players on the block were Digimon and Power Rangers. Unfortunately, only one of those had new episodes being made (at the time), and one show does not an action block make. Dragon Booster is one of Disney’s first efforts in airing […]

Bruce Hart, "Free to Be…" Lyricist 1938 – 2006

by Ed Liuon February 23, 2006
Bruce Hart, a composer and lyricist, has passed away at the age of 68 due to lung cancer (registration required). Hart’s best known lyrics are for the theme song to Sesame Street, but he was also the composer for the famous Free to Be…You and Me, which mixed live-action and animation for a legendary TV […]

"MirrorMask": Dream a Dreary Dream

by on February 23, 2006
Art house films almost invariably seem to be dramas. At least I’ve never encountered a buddy cop indie. MirrorMask attempts to break out of this genre prison, bringing bizarre underground sensibilities to that most conventional and commercial breed of film: the family picture. Somewhere within MirrorMask beats the heart of an engaging coming of age […]

"Enchanted" May Revive Hand-Drawn Animation at Disney

by Ed Liuon February 22, 2006
A report at Jim Hill Media is deducing that Enchanted, a new hybrid animated/live-action movie, will resurrect the currently moribund Disney hand-drawn animation division. Hill states that the movie, which features an animated fairy-tale princess flung into live-action modern-day Manhattan by an evil queen, will use traditional hand-drawn animation for its fairy-tale segments. Prior reports […]

LeSean Thomas Talks "Boondocks" TV Show

by Ed Liuon February 22, 2006
This week’s Animated Shorts column at Newsarama.com features LeSean Thomas, co-director of the Boondocks animated series on Adult Swim. Thomas discusses his path from comics to animation, his animation influences, and his upcoming projects in animation and comics. Other features in the column include an article about Dougal, an upcoming CGI film from the Weinstein […]

China Bans Human/Toon Movies

by Ed Liuon February 22, 2006
A report in Variety states that the Chinese government has banned foreign films that mix human and animated characters, as done in Space Jam or Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The ban will only apply to future films. At least one industry analyst belives the ban is driven by a desire to boost China’s domestic animation […]

Spider-Man: Threat or Menace?

by Ed Liuon February 22, 2006
Surveillance video camera footage has caught superhero Spider-Man brazenly robbing a comic book shop in broad daylight. A man in a Spider-Man mask walked into Dream World Comic Books of Culver City, CA, smashed a display case, grabbed several rare comics, and fled the scene on foot. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog)

New Zealand Bishops Protest "South Park" Episode

by Ed Liuon February 22, 2006
A group of Catholic bishops in New Zealand is protesting an upcoming episode of South Park. The seven bishops sent an open letter to all Catholics to boycott the news services and advertisers of TV3. The episode has drawn criticism from New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and from Muslim groups expressing solidarity with Catholics. […]