Lloyd Bochner 1924 - 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

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?

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

Nausicaa.net 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

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

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 […]

Rupert the Bear Returns to TV

UK’s Entertainment Rights has paid Express Newspapers £6m for a controlling interest in the 85-year-old character, Rupert the Bear. Under the deal, the Express — which has published Rupert comic strips since 1920 — retains a 33.33 percent interest in the brand and the right to continue with its strips, while Entertainment Rights gets worldwide […]

Al Ovadia Partners with BAF for "Cinderalla" Tale

Al Ovadia & Associates has agreed to be Berliner Film Companie Distribution’s exclusive North American licensing and promotional agent for forthcoming CGI effort Happily N’ever After (working title). The toon shows what happens when Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, Frieda, tries to take over Fairy Tale Land. [Source: C21Media]

"Bionicle 3" Heads to DVD

Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows is now available on DVD from Buena Vista Home Entertainment. Made by the Glendale-based Creative Capers animation studio, the movie is presented by the LEGO Co. and produced by Miramax Films and Good Story Prods. It retails for $29.99 SRP. [Source: AWN]

Nickelodeon Announces "Let's Just Play" Winners

Nickelodeon has announced the second round of winners of the “Let’s Just Play Giveaway,” an effort by the network to distribute more than $1 million in funds to help kids improve their schools’ or communities’ play facilities. PR Newswire has details.

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